DIY Filing Cabinet Makeover

6 Materials
1 Day

I needed a space to store some important paperwork and I wanted it to be cute - so I took a metal filing cabinet that I found at Goodwill for about $15 and transformed it into an adorable place to store all of my papers. If you love this simple project, check out more easy DIY projects over on my blog, Love & Renovations.

Here's a look at the filing cabinet before. It was just a plain metal cabinet, in relatively good condition, but definitely in need of some sprucing up.

I used Rust-Oleum's spray paint to paint both the drawers and the base of the cabinet. The base is Oregano and the drawers are Chiffon cream.

Once the cabinet was dry, I added some large gold stickers to the drawers - one says "Work" the other says "Life". I didn't seal the stickers, and they seem to be holding up fine so far, but if they begin to peel I'll use a clear coat to hold them in place.

This was a super fast and simple project and I love how it turned out! You could get really creative with the colors and style of how you do this, but a little spray paint goes a long way when you've got an ugly metal filing cabinet! You can see a full video tutorial for this project on my YouTube channel.

Resources for this project:
See all materials
Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.More info
Love & Renovations
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
Frequently asked questions
Have a question about this project?
  3 questions
  • Dee Dee on Feb 16, 2019

    Love the work and life stickers. Where did you get them?

  • Betty Betty on Feb 17, 2019

    My home is very old and has plaster walls which are in very good shape. My question is how do I hang pictures or heavy mirrors without damaging them. I appreciate any help I can get!! I’m tired of looking at bare walls! 😊

  • Ranny Ranny on Jan 17, 2020

    Is it really that simple to spray paint the drawers. I have an old file cabinet and would love to do it but I worry that the paint will look streaky and home=done.

Join the conversation
2 of 41 comments
  • Shelly Shelly on Jun 14, 2021

    I am a crafter so I up cycled an old file cabinet for my stickers, cardstock, basically anything for scrapbooking and stenciling.

  • Eva Eva on Jun 07, 2022

    W O W What a Difference 😮

    This is a very cute & well-done project 🎨 ♏️♍️

    I love it ❤️

    Thank you for sharing your pretty work 👍️