File Cabinet Makeover

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This fab furniture transformation began with another Craig’s List adventure.

I have been carefully planning my office makeover for a couple of years now.  Yes, it’s true.  

I keep changing my mind about layout and specific furniture components.  Do I go the route of built-ins, DIY or retail?

And don’t get me started on color themes or artwork.

The space in our home that is designated for the office, is an open area directly by the front door.  So it’s the very first thing you see as you enter our home.  And it’s been an unfinished embarrassment for quite some time.

7-24-13n 027 File Cabinet Makeover @ CharmingZebra.comI do have somewhat of an office plan now.  And it all centers around an ugly brown, second-hand file cabinet from Craig’s List.

The unit actually looks a bit better in the photo than it did in real life.  The wood color wasn’t consistent and there were paint spots and duct tape marks across the surface.  And the hardware style was a bit too delicate for the chunky proportions of the cabinet.

It was a bit homely, but nothing a little makeover couldn’t fix.

9-10-14n 006 File Cabinet Makeover @ CharmingZebra.comAfter cleaning  the file cabinet well, I lightly sanded it.  Then I primed and painted it white with two coats of Kilz paint.

I said good-bye to the current hardware and ordered brass pulls from the Martha Stewart line through Home Depot.  I had them deliver the hardware directly to the nearby store, so I didn’t have to pay shipping costs.

I’m slightly obsessed with the new pulls.  They really give the cabinet such a different look.  I find myself opening and closing the file drawers for no apparent reason other than to use the shiny new hardware.

9-10-14n 015 File Cabinet Makeover @ CharmingZebra.comEach drawer has two sections for hanging file folders.  The unit itself is well-built and the drawers open and close quite smoothly.

9-10-14n 030 File Cabinet Makeover @ CharmingZebra.comI styled a little vignette for the photo shoot with second-hand books and a foxy salt shaker from Target.  For the next step, the file cabinet will actually become part of a DIY desk.  Now, I just need to get going on the other components.  (Before I change my game plan again, that is…)

9-10-14n 010 File Cabinet Makeover @CharmingZebra.comI’m so glad those Craig’s List sellers were ready to send their sad little file cabinet off on another adventure.

9-10-14n 001 File Cabinet Makeover @ CharmingZebra.comSo what about you?

Have you ever had a room makeover, years in the transition?  Or brought a tired-looking file cabinet into its glory days?  Or become slightly obsessed with brass hardware?

~ Gina (aka Miss Charming)

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  1. that hardware makes such a difference! gorgeous!
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  2. It looks fantastic. I adore white painted furniture and the hardware is perfect.
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  3. This turned out lovely. Yes, my transformations tend to drag on and on, too. I’ve been on the lookout for a nice filing cabinet—it’s hard to find ones that aren’t too office looking. This is really nice!
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  4. wow. that cabinet is so pretty, and yes those pulls are rockin it. i have never bought anything from craigs list and when I see amazing makeovers like this I always remind myself that I need to.
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  6. Love the makeover. White and pretty hardware never gets old, doesn’t it?
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