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8 File Cabinet Makeovers {Drab to Fab!}

I find furniture restoration and taking old furniture and making it beautiful so rewarding.  Today, I’m featuring 8 file cabinet makeovers that you’re going to love.  These before and after file cabinets have full pictured tutorials so you can makeover your ugly metal file cabinets you have at home as well!  {{squeal in delight}}

File Cabinet Makeover

File Cabinet Makeovers

1.  Fabulous File Cabinet makeover with step by step pictured instructions from Jackie who turned her 4 drawer file cabinet into a beautiful work of art.

2.  Short file cabinet makeover – Using faux painting technique on the drawers and the desk top. **Sadly, this blog was made private.  You no longer can view the tutorial.

3.  DIY Fabric filing cabinet redo –  Cut fabric to fit and secure with a mod podge on the cabinet, smoothed on the fabric and an hour or so later added another layer on top.

4.  Grey veneer filing cabinet makeover – Jodz used a sample of Vision wallpaper that has a lovely textured suede feel and cost $7.00 (available in NZ at Resene) to make her file cabinet beautiful.

File Cabinets

Before & After File Cabinets

5.  Telephone pages textured tutorial – Shannon jazzed up her file cabinet using telephone book pages, mod podge, and paint.  It looks amazing.

6.  Modge Podge File Cabinet Make-Over – Here is Sew Woodsy’s version of her cabinet makeover – she used scrapbook paper on the doors.

7.  You can also just use paint just like Meridith did with her multi-drawer storage cabinet.

8.  iGriza’s beautiful storage cabinet redo – Third times a charm for this makeover and it was worth it as the ending product is fabulous.

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  1. Jen@letsmakeitours

    Thank you so much for the feature! I loved looking at all the other filing cabinets as well 🙂

  2. Ashleigh

    Oh wow, I love this post. It has never occurred to me to fancy up a filling cabinet which is the reason I have always refused to buy one. They are just down right ugly! I’ve been looking for a small table to set next to my small desk to keep our printer on and this would solve that problem with also giving me a place to file. I love them all!!!

  3. Lisa Clark

    Wow, this is a great idea!! I’ve always hated filing cabinets too because they’re just gross looking. It’s awesome what you can do with a little paint, paper or fabric!

  4. Amy

    Very cool! I have to perfect (blah) filing cabinet to try one of these techniques on. Thanks for sharing these.

  5. Kelli @ 3 Boys and a Dog

    I have never thought of making my ugly file cabinet prettier! What a great idea… hmmm, maybe it is time to pull out my scrapbooking supplies and get to work. 🙂

  6. Jackie

    Thanks so much for featuring my project! I am honored. How exciting.
    I love all the great tips here.

  7. Jodz

    Thank you for putting my filing cabinet makeover (no.4) on your blog. I am so excited and suprised to see my handiwork there. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  8. Ritkiss

    I love the makeovers. I think number 5 might work for mine, it is wooden. Thanks for all the great tips!

  9. Mel

    I’m not sure what’s changed in your blog recently, but I know that I’ve liked even more entries and tips and ideas recently and found a lot more to be applicable to my life and so I just wanted to say thanks and keep up the great work!

  10. Laurie

    Thanks Mel! I have made a lot of changes lately to Tip Junkie. I guess when ‘you know better – you do better’! I really appreciate your compliment and taking the time to let me know. Hugs!

  11. Sew Woodsy

    Thanks for featuring my file cabinet!!!

  12. Tiffany

    This is great. I was just telling my husband I need to do something to ugly brown filing cabinet or it couldn’t come out of the garage. Thanks for the post of ideas!!!!

  13. Henna@ About Cabinets Blog

    i think these are just great ideas for cabinet makeovers, these cabinets serve a vital purpose in home and office and once made over, they are excellent for storage

  14. Lorna

    This is perfect. I need filing cabinets and found some cheap at the Habitat for Humanity Restore, but they were soooo ugly. Now I can go get some and know just what to do to give them a new life. Thank you so much!!

  15. Jamie

    Finally!! I have been looking for a way to redo a small File Cabinet I have had forever! Thanks so much for these and ALL your great tips!!

  16. Roger

    this is a good idea. Now, I can redecorate my old cabinet to be placed in my kitchen

  17. Nicole

    #3’s link doesn’t work!

  18. File Cabinets

    Wow these are beautiful! Great selections. I actually came across a post where people take old file cabinets, paint them, remove the drawers, and make them really cool outdoor planters! Thanks for the post, I’ll be back to see more.

  19. Emil

    Wowww…, it’s very beautiful and amazing. This is a very interesting idea to me. I plan to makeover my filing cabinet like yours. I really like it. I can not wait to do it. Thank you so much for sharing tips and information…

  20. Tara

    Links for 3, 6 and 8 dont seem to be working… Link for 6 takes you to the page but does not show you the tutorial.

  21. castors

    When furnishing a shared professional office space, you’ll want to plan your file storage carefully, keeping an eye on both décor and functionality. The right choices contribute to the smooth, pleasant operation of your workplace.

  22. Deb

    I did this to a file cabinet in 1974 when I first got married and we could not afford furniture!! Painted it black and put black and white houndstooth Contact paper on drawer. Everything old is new again!!

  23. hshadix

    I really like the idea of #2, but I cannot access the blog with tutorials. Any help would be great.

  24. raplus3

    Sadly, the blog for #2 was made private 🙁

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