What can I do with an old library card catalog cabinet?

by GA
  6 answers
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Oct 05, 2019

    Hi GA,

    Take out the insides of the drawers and make new interior sides and bottoms, if necessary, using heavy card or thin mdf etc. covered in fabric or stuck with tape or glued in place. Hope that's of some help!

  • 48017673 48017673 on Oct 05, 2019

    Here’s 8 ideas for catalog furniture! https://www.twotwentyone.net/8-repurposed-card-catalogs/

    If you are going to be painting I’d recommend watching a few tutorials first :) https://youtu.be/fYIFobByOHQ

  • Em Em on Oct 08, 2019

    I took out the metal rods and sliders. Cut heavy cardboard the size of the drawer to cover the middle opening in each drawer. I got heavy wrapping paper that looks like natural stone and wrapped over the cardboard. Each drawer is labeled and put in alphabetical order address labels, bills, correction (erasers, white out) fasteners (paper clips, staples and stapler) labels keys maps, markers, pencils, pens, and everything is at your fingertips when you want it.

    Keep the pieces you remove from the drawers that held the index cards. If you should ever choose to sell it, the bars that held the cards may up the value considerably.

  • Emily Emily on Oct 08, 2019

    Card catalogs would be great for holding recipes I use my metal "boxes" for photographs, so card catalog would be perfect for them too. If yours is freestanding, so many uses for those small drawers. Napkin storage, candles, napkin rings, silver ware, other kitchen items. Socks, etc.etc.

  • GA GA on Oct 09, 2019

    Thank you for your ideas!