Tuesday, April 19, 2011

File Cabinet Redo!

I saw this file cabinet redo from Design Sponge
and had to try it myself!  Didn't this turn out SO CUTE!

  So here is my before:

I basically followed Casey's instruction's off Design Sponge with a few differences
Here is what she/I did:

1. Remove the drawers and hardware from the file cabinet. (You can remove the lock by pinching the sides of the back, then pulling it through the front- see picture!)
2. Paint the body of the cabinet with spray paint or use a roller with high gloss latex. Set it aside to dry.
** I did not do this step because I wanted the cabinet to stay gray because it would match the fabric but found that was a mistake.  You can see some of the dark grey through the fabric.  So at least paint your drawers white if you are leaving the cabinet the same color.
3. Apply Mod Podge directly to the drawers and apply paper or fabric on top. Smooth out air bubbles with an old credit card. Allow to dry.
4. Once the fabric is dry, cut around the edges with an X-Acto knife.
4. Apply a layer of mod podge on top of the paper or fabric and allow to dry.

5. To protect and seal the cabinet, coat with polycrylic or another water based top coat. ** haven't done this yet...lazy!
6. Attach your new handles and reinsert the lock.  I took the X-Acto and cut little slits where these items were going to be placed:

7. Stand back and enjoy! :)

It's a great project to tackle if you are just starting out with modge podge.  It didn't take me long at all and was pretty simple.  It would be especially fantastic in a small apartment as a side table.  Have it do two jobs in one!  If you try it I would love to see your after photos!

                           Before                                                   After

** I got my fabric at U-fab here in Richmond.  I will be doing a post on their AMAZING store soon!


  1. Nice job! I love your take on it, very creative!

  2. i love that, erin! the fabric is sooo fun!

  3. I think it looks great!! Absolutely love the after!


  4. I adore it! What a huge transformation!

  5. I love yours! Great color combo!!

  6. It certainly beats the drap black or cream filing cabinet.

    Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  7. Super cute!! Love the fabric.

    I did something similar with contact paper...

    I'm a new follower, by the way... love your blog!

  8. OMCRAFTGODS!! This is so flipping awesome! I must do this asap.

  9. This is so cute. That fabric is awesome.

  10. love this! I am a kindergarten/1st grade teacher and the two file cabinets in my room are UGGGGLY! This would be a great summer project! I haven't been to U-fab yet. I need some fabric for a window treatment- and now this project- so I must go in!

  11. So glad you all like it! Im telling you , it was pretty darn easy! And I ALWAYS end up messing my pojects up but this one was pretty mess up free! Minus the fact that I spilled modge podge ALL OVER my pants. Came out in the wash ;) So no harm done! SEnd me pics if you guys try it yourselves.

  12. This is so fun! I actually like the pattern you chose better than the D*S one!! :D

  13. Very cool makeover...I have a sad, plain black file cabinet sitting down in my husband's office. Might have to snatch it away from him and give this a whirl!

  14. I like it! Good job. Your newest follower. Hope you can visit me sometime.

  15. Very nice! I like the fabric you used---neat, modern lines. :) Thanks for the tutorial. I have a very, very ugly creamy colored one in a closet. :s

    Thanks for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party. Happy Easter! :)

  16. How cute is that?? Love it! Great fabric too. (Visiting you from the DIY showoff, and glad I did!)

  17. wow this is so gorgeous, to think last week i took mines to salvation army...
    don't forget to add it to our linking party this week

  18. I love that fabric! The colors and the pattern are great. It looks great on the cabinet!

  19. this is sooo soo cute!! awesome result, much better than the original. I'd love for you to link this up to my link party, Your Girlish Whims! http://mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/04/your-whims-wednesday-4-and-features.html

  20. I love this! So many people have File Cabinets in offices and craft rooms, so it is nice to know they can be "pretty!"
    I loved this idea so much, I shared it on my Friday Favorites post on Calico and Cupcakes. Feel free to grab a featured button if you want one. Have a beautiful Friday and weekend!

  21. Hehe, you missed point number two but it seems that it hardly affected the final result. Are you using it already? The design looks great too. It has that gothic feel to it. That is a blessing from Zeus. LOL!

    Jackson Gaydosh

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