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Our File Cabinets Get a Facelift

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Jeff and I had planned to create a shared office from what is now our dining room. With the kids gone we don't use it as a dining room anymore except for a couple of holidays each year. We are keeping the dining room table so we can still have those holidays. But we are adding some desks.
  • file cabinets get a facelift, home office, organizing, painted furniture
  • file cabinets get a facelift, home office, organizing, painted furniture
Jeff's office moved to a new location and were getting new office furniture so they were selling or giving away items. We took four file cabinets and two desk tops for $30. It took us a while but we finally got around to fixing them up.
They were way too short to be table height so we needed to add legs. Well the distance we needed was 9 1/2". Those legs would be way too long so we decided to add a cubby to the top for some storage and legs at the bottom to split the difference.
  • file cabinets get a facelift, home office, organizing, painted furniture
This is hard to see because the file cabinet is laying on it's back but Jeff built legs for the bottom and you can see the side of the cubby at the top of the cabinet.
  • file cabinets get a facelift, home office, organizing, painted furniture
For the cubby he measured the length of the cabinet and cut two pieces, then a smaller piece to go between them at the back.
  • file cabinets get a facelift, home office, organizing, painted furniture
Here is a little glimpse at the legs before he added them to the bottom. We used "end cuts" of wood from Menards. Each piece was .45 if I remember correctly and we bought about 10 of them.
  • file cabinets get a facelift, home office, organizing, painted furniture
We added my favorite spray paint color - Metallic Oil Rubbed Bronze. It is sort of a really dark brown...almost black and it comes out so nice and some brand new hardware to the drawers.
  • file cabinets get a facelift, home office, organizing, painted furniture
Here is Jeff's side of the office space complete with the updated file cabinets and the desk top. What do you think? I think they turned out nice. I can't wait to get my side finished. It will be much prettier.
I hope you will visit my blog for other great ideas.
  • file cabinets get a facelift, home office, organizing, painted furniture

To see more: http://michellejdesigns.com/file-cabinet-re-vamp/

Got a question about this project?

  • Susie @ The Chelsea Project Blog

    This rocks.

    • Michelle James
      Michelle James Emmetsburg, IA

      @Susie @ The Chelsea Project Blog Thanks so much Susie. I am going to check out your blog. I love the name.

  • Upstate NYer
    Upstate NYer Kingston, NY

    Nice job. You could make it any color with a bit of spray paint! For kids rooms or a colorful adult.

    • Michelle James
      Michelle James Emmetsburg, IA

      @Upstate NYer I love spray paint. I would paint everything with it if I could and there are so many nice colors now. I would have loved to make them teal but my hubby is a neutral guy. So, my next favorite is the Oil Rubbed Bronze. LOL!

  • Dbattest
    Dbattest Scranton, ND

    I've seen this idea before and they used a door for the desktop, the hole was already there so that all cords could be ran down the hole (where the doorknob would go)!!! Love be ideas like this, great job!!!

    • Michelle James
      Michelle James Emmetsburg, IA

      @Dbattest Thanks so much. We have crooked walls so our cords fit behind the desktop. But the idea of the hole where the door knob was is brilliant!

  • Paula Guy
    Paula Guy Winter Haven, FL

    Love the legs. Great idea!

  • Janice Huston
    Janice Huston Portage, IN

    What a wonderful idea! I love this so much, those legs really dressed up those plain cabinets. And the cubby gives a bit of extra storage. Gonna keep this one on my to do list! Thanx for the inspiration!

    • Michelle James
      Michelle James Emmetsburg, IA

      Thanks Janice. I really love the way the legs turned out. Glad you like it too.

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