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File Cabinet Makeover

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Transform an old file cabinet into chic craft supply storage with built-in calendar thanks to chalkboard paint!
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The entire file cabinet was covered in a few coats of black chalkboard paint, making it a blank canvas for writing down to do's, labeling the drawers, etc.
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Thick white borders and light pink hardware add a modern, feminine touch to the cabinet.
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The deep drawers of a file cabinet are perfect for storing bulky craft items like yarn!
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Here's the original file cabinet. I lightly sanded and cleaned with a damp cloth before applying a primer.
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I used painter's tape to create the white borders. For a full step-by-step tutorial head to my blog Design Improvised!

To see more: http://www.designimprovised.com/2013/08/file-cabinet-makeover.html

Got a question about this project?

  • Sylvia Romero
    Sylvia Romero Fort Wayne, IN

    Super cool!!

  • Farmer's Wife Barntique

    And it's magnetic too...awesome job!!

    • Design Improvised | Haeley Giambalvo
      Design Improvised |... San Antonio, TX

      @Farmer's Wife Barntique Yep, I use magnets to post project ideas on the side of the cabinet all the time!

  • Jennifer Smith
    Jennifer Smith Macon, GA

    Great for teachers!!!

  • Tamara Jilek
    Tamara Jilek Villa Park, IL

    Instead of painting the border use some fun duct tape they have out now.

  • Wanda Bruster
    Wanda Bruster Richmond, VA

    I have one and I'm gonna do this.

  • Beccie Therrien
    Beccie Therrien Greenville, NY

    Nice job, Haeley 😊

  • Christine
    Christine Venice, FL

    This is brilliant! I will be doing this in my husband's home office asap!
    Great idea!

  • Karen Edwards Loricco
    Karen Edwards Loricco Bradenton, FL

    Love it great idea

  • Karen
    Karen Agawam, MA

    I so wish I had a file cabinet!! LOVE this. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Judy Martin
    Judy Martin Winter Haven, FL

    I have one big one like that.. will re do ,but I want to put rollers on mine to move easy gone build a wood frame for bottom for rollers first ,have the chalk paint to!!

  • Edna Hitt
    Edna Hitt Jourdanton, TX

    Great idea, I am doing mine thanks

  • Nancy Jenkins

    I have 2 office items that could be done up like this and one is for sale in storage as is for anyone near Alberta and hour or two from our borders. My 2 drawer I could do this project.
    I will take cash in U.S. or CDN $. Never used the chalkboard

  • Stella Jemas Bakirtzis

    Love it!!!!!

  • Mary Beth
    Mary Beth Coraopolis, PA

    Oh my goodness, I love this! Such a great makeover. I have a wooden file cabinet that I am going to do this to. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Melinda Heidinger Weinberger
    Melinda Heidinger... Willoughby, OH

    I love it!! What a great idea, and so pretty!!

  • Alainna Bunch
    Alainna Bunch Jim Thorpe, PA

    You did a great job and have a real knack for design and I think you should keep it up! I say go for it!

  • Marion Nesbitt

    Nice job. These file cabinets are so darn ugly.

  • Caroline Labouchere
    Caroline Labouchere United Arab Emirates

    Mine is metal, will it still work?

  • Pauline Dixon
    Pauline Dixon Summerville, SC

    What kind of white paint did you put over the white primer? Or is the white just the metal primer?

  • Aiegottabyit

    Sweet,love that!

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