Monday, February 7, 2011

A filing cabinet beautified.

I'm super excited to share this with you guys today!

We've needed a bigger filing cabinet for a while. I saw this one on craigslist and snagged it for $30 buckaroos. I was pretty stoked because I looked it up and it retails for $199 at Staples - pretty awesome deal right?

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Well it's definitely functional, but not so aesthetically pleasing. So I took care of that with some wallpaper and a little Modge Podge!

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I wanted to take pictures of my process but I needed two hands for most of it and Matt wasn't home while I worked on it. So I'll do my best to write out the steps I took in case any of you want to try it yourselves!

First, I took all the hardware off (duh). I'd give more details instructions but it will differ depending on how your filing cabinet is built. Then I measured the drawers and cut pieces of wallpaper about 1 inch larger than the drawer all the way around. I put Modge Podge right on the drawer with a foam brush and stuck the paper on using a credit card to smooth it and get rid of any bubbles. Once it dried, I used an exacto knife to cut off the excess. I just held the knife right up against the side of the drawer and slid it right down (or across for the top and bottom) and the edge was almost perfect. I thought this was easier than trying to cut a piece to the perfect size and center it perfectly, etc etc.

There's only one spot on the bottom right of the bottom drawer where it tugged a little resulting in an uneven edge, but this pattern is pretty forgiving so I'm okay with it! If your drawers can actually come out (mine don't), I would recommend laying them face down once they're dry and cutting the excess from behind. It's safer and will probably come out cleaner!

Then I just added another coat of Modge Podge and let it dry before adding on the new hardware. The absolutely gorgeous wallpaper was a FREE SAMPLE! I knew you could get free 4x6 wallpaper samples from big box stores, but I never knew higher end wallpaper distributors would send you LARGE samples for free or just the cost of shipping. It's a pretty awesome resource to know about! (And for those of you asking, the patterns in the Saturday Tidbits post were free wallpaper samples as well!) The new cup pulls cost a total of $8 at Home Depot and I had the Modge Podge on hand so this whole project cost me a whopping $38 bucks.

It's one of my favorite projects yet. I'd love to hear what you think!

Tomorrow I'll show you where this bad boy and my new desk are going to go!



I linked up to the Shabby Nest, Funky Junk Interiors and Chic on a Shoestring Budget!

97 comments:

  1. that is SO neat!!! looks awesome Leah!

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  2. OMGosh!!!! This is completely adorable!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing. You just inspired me!!!!!

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  3. you always find the best deals on craigs! i love the pattern too!

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  4. Hi! I'm following from the blog hop! I'd love if you'd return the follow favor and maybe join in on my blog hop next Sunday.

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  5. Very cute!! I pass these up at goodwill all the time and now seeing this I wont any longer! :) I am your newest follower!! I love making new friends <3 Feel free to follow me back!

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  6. First, that is fabulous! Second, I need one, but Third, I'm not creative and need someone to do it for me! haha.

    New follower here! Found you through the Military Monday blog hop! Stop by my space and say hi!!
    http://mrsheather-lynn.blogspot.com

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  7. I LOVE modge podge! Super cute idea to with a plain 'ol filing cabinet! I'm stopping by from the Military Monday Blog Hop! I'm a new follower, I look forward to reading more from you!!

    ~Sarah
    http://confessionsofasailorswife.blogspot.com/

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  8. That is such a good idea! I'm a new follower from the blog hop... love your blog!

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  9. What a great idea. I love it.

    New follower.
    Have a great week.
    Cindi
    www.littleyayas.com

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  10. Wow! Clever transformation. I have some kelly green file cabinets in the basement that could really benefit from some beautification. Thanks for the inspiration! You did a great job. I found your blog from the Cottage Instincts link party and I'm your newest follower. I hope you'll visit me at Cottage and Creek and follow back.
    ~Lynn

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  11. It looks fabulous! Filing cabinets are hideous and the wallpaper you chose is gorgeous!

    Thanks for sharing in FFA!

    Hannah @ http://youngancrafty.blogspot.com/

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  12. OH YAY! it looks gorgeous! My big question used to be where to get the wall paper samples but thank you for answering my question!! I love it and I'm TOTALLY going to do this as well!

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  13. so adorable, you did an awesome job!

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  14. Great idea - I would have never thought to cover a filing cabinet! Awesome.

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  15. This looks fabulous! I have a very similar filing cabinet that could use this very facelift :)

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  16. I love this! Thank you for the inspiration. I keep my file cabinet near the front of the house, which helps me keep the filing under control... but doesn't look very pretty! Now I'm on a mission to beautify it!

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  17. Stopping by from the hop :) Have a great day.
    Crystal
    http://inspiredlangley.com

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  18. Wow! what a great transformation! Thanks for sharing the great idea!

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  19. Where can you get such large wallpaper samples? I have never heard of such large ones, either at the large home improvement stores or at online stores. Thanks for any suggestions.

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  20. OMG! How amazing is that! We have a large grey and very old filing cabinet which I hate, and would look like a new set if I did something like that with it. Very creative.

    Found you through Tuesday blog hop.
    CJ xx

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  21. Great job!! I've never seen a filing cabinet look so stylish. :)

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  22. Wow! Very nice job!

    Following from bloghop...would love to have you follow back:)

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  23. Although my hubby would never let me do something like this to our families filing cabinet, as he likes that it is just black and hides more, I would love to do this to one for a craft room.
    I am a new follower from teh Totally Tuesday blog hop.
    www.theknitwitbyshair.blogspot.com

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  24. Awesome job. You really turned a super functional piece of furniture into a work of art. I never would have thought of doing something like this. File cabinets are always so blah. This is really quite genius!

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  25. Love love love this! Can't beat functional and pretty :)

    P.S. Visiting from Better After

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  26. I have one of these beauties in my basement. I may just have to go and find some wallpaper! This is a great and clever idea.

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  27. I'm shocked! I love this! Who'da thunk? You're very creative. I'm gonna go find me some wallpaper now! Thanks :)

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  28. I am your newest follower!
    Please follow back, I would greatly appreciate it!
    Quick Tattletails
    :)

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  29. Wow! I must say, that's the best looking filing cabinet I've ever seen. Nice job. I used mod podge today, too. Check it out!
    Www.curlywillowdiy.blogspot.com

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  30. Oh you rock! I painted one a few years back and am bored with it now! I am so adding some colour to the front to jazz it up!!!!!

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  31. This is totally amazing! Great job!

    Thanks so much for dropping by the Be-Bop-A Blog Hop! I'm a follower and I hope you'll stop by again soon! Have a great day! :)

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  32. What an awesome transformation. I love mod podge and am a new convert. This looks really good. I didn't see a link back to the party. If you could just add that please. Thanks so much for sharing this at the party.

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  33. Brilliant idea! I have an old filing cabinet in the workshop that needs a makeover too! I'm doing a late blog hop from Survey Junkie and am now foloowing. Hope you get a chance to stop over at mine for a cuppa coffee :) cheers christine

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  34. Oh I really like the paper you used. I have two filing cabinets hidden away in a closet...they may be getting a makeover very soon now!

    Visiting from the Wednesday Window party. Enjoy the week! :)

    Alison
    http://welcomesunshinehome.blogspot.com/

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  35. I love love that...I see so many blogs and this excites me you are so creative...I am a fairly new blogger and learn so much from bloggers like you. thank you
    Julie
    lifeatfirelakecamp.blotspot.com

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  36. This is a great project! We have so many filing cabinets donated to us so hopefully one of our recipient members can use this idea to diy their own.
    http://mfta.wordpress.com/2011/02/09/filing-cabinet-makeovers/

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  37. I am your newest follower thru the blog hop. Please follow me back at http://tupelodeals.blogspot.com and be sure and enter my first giveaway.

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  38. WOW that looks amazing! Maybe I need to ship you up here to my office to do a make over! I am your newest follower! Make sure to zip over to my site. Snatch up all the latest coupons, freebies, promotions, giveaways, and so much more. Hope to 'see' you around soon!
    Stay Fabulous
    Chara
    Nothing But Fabulousity

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  39. That's gorgeous! So simple too. New follower from the blog hop, check out my blog when you get a chance :)
    http://mommyspeanutgallery.blogspot.com/

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  40. Putting this on the to do list. I need a filing cabinet but they are all so well metally. Yours came out beautiful.

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  41. Hi there! I'm a new blog follower via Google Friend Connect. I love your blog! Hope you'll check out my blog and follow back! Have a fabulous day and blog on!
    -Ashley
    The Broke Bride Chronicles

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  42. Dropping by from a very early Thirsty Thursday Blog Hop! Follow back later if you like: pickfamilynonsense.blogspot.com

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  43. This is so wonderful! you did an amazing job and I love your transformation!

    Thank you for your sweet note! I think you are pretty inspiring yourself :)

    Best,

    Barb Blair

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  44. WOW, that looks SOOOO good. I have NO crafting skills, but you've inspired me to try!!!

    following from the hop!!!

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  45. I love this! I'm your newest follower! I'd love for you to come by.

    http://theloops13.blogspot.com/

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  46. wow very creative i love it
    new follower from the hop
    http://everydayproductsandmore.blogspot.com/

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  47. HI
    I am stopping by from the blog hop
    I blog at www.tammileetips.com
    I hope you will stop by and visit
    Tammilee

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  48. This is so fresh looking, I love what you did with it. I just saw this on Lindsey's before and after blog and saw the name of your blog and had to click over. I see that from the Daley Ranch hike post, you are in San Diego County like me! So cool to see other bloggers that are local. Glad to meet you :)

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  49. That's FANTASTIC!!! What a great idea and it looks SO Classy!!!

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  50. What a lovely filing cabinet!!! You have transformed it completely. Thanks for sharing the process. Love the wallpaper you used.

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  51. Such a clever idea! Love it! Just found your lovely blog via My Romantic Home. I'm your newest follower and would be delighted to have you follow me back!
    Happy Valentine's Day!
    Tammy

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  52. Awesome!!! Love it!

    XOXOXO,
    Erika and Sebastian
    www.sewdoggystyle.blogspot.com

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  53. OH!This reminds me.
    make over the file cabinet...again.
    Yours is pretty.
    Thanks for the reminder.

    Pat

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  54. Hello, I have the honor of being your "linky neighbor" over at Funky Junk Interiors, you did a great job on the file cabinet, soooooo unique! xoxo tami

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  55. I noticed someone down the street put out a filing cabinet on the curb. I was thinking I could do something with it, but I hadn't thought of wallpaper. So much easier than painting it! Thanks for the idea!

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  56. Wow, that file cabinet looks great. Fantastic idea. New follower
    -Buffi
    My Wonderfully Dysfunctional Blog

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  57. I have the exact same filing cabinet only mine has 4 drawers, so I'm bookmarking your page for the time I tackle my transformation. Yours turned out great!!

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  58. Hello, I have the honor of being your "linky neighbor" over at Funky Junk Interiors, you did a great job on the file cabinet, soooooo unique! xoxo tami

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  59. What a great way to warm up such a functional and sterile thing that everyone has!

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  60. So pretty and I especially love the new handles. I have a big black filing cabinet right here in our family room that needs a makeover like yours.

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  61. I love that wall paper! Even matched the original color of the file cabinet, looks cohesive!

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  62. I love that idea. I have some pretty ugly filing cabinets that I might cover now.

    --Denise at Sly Needle

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  63. Holy crow! What a FABULOUS idea!! I have the exact same file cabinet, and it is also black and in my studio. I've been dying to do something to it and this is a great idea!!!
    I'm here today from Sunday Spotlight. It is my first time at a party!
    Hope you can visit me at my new blog
    daniellahayes.blogspot.com
    Thanks so much!
    xxDaniella

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  64. what a great idea. It looks fabulous!

    Megan
    craftycpa.blogspot.com

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  65. I want to do that. What type of site should I look for when I'm looking for free samples?

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  66. Hi Kat! Every wallpaper distributor's website I looked at listed their policy on samples. I saw a picture of this wallpaper, and Googled till I found a distributor that would send me a large enough sample.

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  67. Wonderfully done! I have a plain tan 4 drawer file that is just crying out for some stylish work. Great job!

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  68. What a wonderful transformation. I love it. I'm a new follower.
    CAS

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  69. How Cool!! I have a box of super vintage fabric that I snagged from my 85 y.o. Grandmother's sewing room. I am so going to use it on this this project. All I need is a can of spray paint for the cabinet and handles....thanks for sharing.

    Congrats on the feature I am your newest follower and proud of it :o)

    Have a good one!

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  70. This is just beautiful! Love that elegant print.

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  71. Oh my! What a wonderful makeover of a boring item that we so often have to have in plain view! I'm going to put this on my "project ideas" list!

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  72. So pretty!! And thanks for the tip on how to get rid of mod-podge bubbles =)

    -caroline

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  73. Wow that looks fantastic, maybe I should give this ago & brighten up my office!! I wouldnt know where to start

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  74. OK what a great idea!
    My office could use a make over!
    Next time your in Colorado, come on by!!!

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  75. This looks wonderful now. I have an older cabinet that you've help me find the courage to tackle.

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  76. We purchased a black 4-drawer file cabinet on Craigslist for $30.00 several months ago. Gotta love those deals. I really love and admire what you did to dress yours up. And I love that you replaced the handles too. Very nice job and lovely to look at.

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  77. Love that idea! I have a file cabinet sorely in need...so thanks for sharing!

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  78. I have an old beat up ugly 4 drawer cabinet that I have been tryingto figure out what I can do to make it not such an eyesore.....THANKS for the inspiration!!! what a wonderful idea!!!

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  79. Hey! Don't really know how I landed here, but I'm loving your ideas. Very cute!

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  80. I am SO doing this! We just added an office to our home and I am in the process of decorating it. This is exactly what I want to do to our filing cabinets. Thank you so much for the great idea!

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  81. Love Love Love the filing cabinet!! And the pulls are my favorite. I have similar ones in my kitchen. I'm so going to give this a try!!!

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  82. I love this pattern...I would really like to use it for another project. Could you please tell me the pattern name? I couldn't find it anywhere on your blog. Thanks!

    P.S. I love the file cabinet!

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  83. Oh My gosh I would love to know that pattern name on that wallpaper too!!! So cute!

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  84. I might do this one! I am now a follower!

    http://houseonashwelllane.blogspot.com/

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  85. what a fantastic idea! i need a filing cabinet but i don't want to get one because they are so blasted ugly!! i saw an ugly white one at a yardsale this weekend wish i would have seen this earlier. i'm thinking you could even spray paint the cabinet the color you wanted. (although black is great).

    thanks for the tip! i may have to link to this in the future!

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  86. Whoa! I thought you painted the file cabinet yourself! I was about to ask how long you've done it, but found out that you used a wallpaper and an application of Mod Podge. And I gotta say, you got fine taste. You gave it an oriental appeal.

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  87. I love the design because it looks like a very special and unique filing cabinets. If all filing cabinets would be like that, I would try to collect as many as I can.

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  88. This is SO awesome! I have a huge (aka "Ugly") 4-drawer 1 @ school & while I'm not sure the permanant solution would work, I'm going to look into magnetic sheets...

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  89. Think about how you want your file drawers to be organized. If a system comes to mind—bills in one drawer, tax information in another, et cetera-make notes on a pad of paper.

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  90. I love how the way this 3 drawer filing cabinet changed from simple to stunning. Was it hard to make it look like that?

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