I wanted to update my old filing cabinet desk and I didn't want to spend too much. I had these 6 year old filing cabinets bought from Walmart 6 years ago.
Time: 2 HoursCost: $10Difficulty: Easy
Here are my old filing cabinets! I took the handles off and gave them a nice thorough sanding all over. The picture shows the locks, but I did take them out before painting.
Especially the bottom. This is what happens when you hurry to set up your room after cleaning the carpet and not making sure the carpet is dry. YUCK!!! Steel wool to the rescue!
Removed the drawers and cut a piece of cardboard to fit the opening and bottom to prevent overspraying the inside.
If you have to ask where to get cardboard that size, you're not shopping Amazon enough.
First, I sprayed with Rustoleum Rusty Metal Primer, then when dry, top coated with Valspar Outdoor Anti-Rust Paint & Primer in a Satin Oceanic color.
I moved the filing cabinets back in - topped it with a section of countertop. You can find these at any store that sells countertops. This piece is 5' wide. I did put felt spacers/sliders on the TOP of the filing cabinets to prevent any scratching from the counter top and on the bottom of the cabinets to prevent scratching the floor.
It's starting to look like a desk!
You can easily drill a hole(s) in the countertop to fish your wires through, if you wish.
All finished! Those cabinets look SO much better now. I think I need a new chair....definitely a new chair cushion!
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Is the counter top affixed to the top of the file cabinets in any way? If not, how easy would it be to bump the top out of allignment (or off!) of ...
AnswerHi Jan LOVE THIS What is the height of your file cabinets? I’m planning on doing this but I just need to make sure an office chair will fit under...
AnswerLove this idea!! I have two pieces of countertop left in my basement & didn't know what to do with them! Think you could use milk crates on eith...