Upcycled Filing Cabinet

Jenny Ogg
by Jenny Ogg
Got hold of an old 2 drawer filing cabinet (for this to work the cabinet has to have a base).
I took out the drawers, attached an inexpensive rubber doormat to front (was the side of the filing cabinet). I used a "no more nails" type of adhesive that is suitable for outdoor use. With this cabinet I didn't need to add drainage holes as there were already some hole sin the back of it.
The beginning stages.
I spray painted it all in a primer/paint all in one spray. This is an off white colour but anything could be used.
Filled with soil, planted some plants! Love it!
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  • Carla.beier Carla.beier on Jan 31, 2018

    First of all, it looks beautiful! I absolutely love the “rubber mat” that doesn’t look like a rubber mat. It has a rod iron, very expensive look. Could you please tell me what kind of paint you used, was it latex or something else? Thanks so much

  • Rj125816070 Rj125816070 on Jun 25, 2018

    I absolutely LOVE this idea! Thanks so much for sharing! My question is, do you have any creative suggestions for the

    frame of the cabinet that is left?

  • Linda Pepiton Grindstaff Linda Pepiton Grindstaff on Feb 12, 2019

    Love it! What did you do with the drawers?

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  • Kar5140389 Kar5140389 on Sep 13, 2018

    Beautiful and clever. Thanks for the idea.

  • Barbara Barbara on Jul 03, 2020

    have been looking for ideas for this for awhile, love the idea of using a door mat, what a clever idea. i'm on my way to buy a mat. thanks