Thursday, November 11, 2010

My DIY Filing Cabinet...from drab to fab

I have had this ugly filing cabinet following me from house to house sitting in the garage taking up space. It was on its way to the tip and a brand new model was about to be bought to replace it when I thought perhaps a paint job would be a good idea and then I thought about wallpapering it. I did a bit of research and began the project. I LOVE the results.

What you will need

Modge Podge (can be purchased from Art Stores, Spotlight, Scrapbooking Stores)
Spray Paint ( I used 2 cans)
Wallpaper or Scrapbooking paper
Ruler
Rotary Cutter
Sponge Brush



So this is the before shot after I had sprayed the handles.



I measured the drawer which is exactly A3 size which made it easy, then very carefully measured the drawers and made my template which you can see here.



On one drawer I did cut the paper a little larger hoping to fold back the edges and have a clean look but they would not stay glued down so I made them all the exact size as the drawer.

I tried spray adhesive but it did not work on the metal and found modge podge worked a treat. I then used the modge podge on top of the paper which also acts as a sealant.

This is one drawer down and me getting very excited, jumping up and down actually.



I then removed all the drawers and sprayed the whole cabinet, it took 3 coats for a good coverage.

This is my finished result.........I LOVE it sooooooo much and cant wait to get it to the new house next week and into my long awaited craft room.



Hope you enjoyed this DIY, feel free to ask me any questions.

46 comments:

5 star, baby! said...

looks gorgeous!!
well done. will have to keep this one in mind!!

Spunkerella Pettiskirt said...

FABULOUS result... clever cookie♥

Gromarts said...

looks fantastic - well done!!

Janina Lear said...

Look at how quickly my lovely stallholders have commented. Thank You. Are we all up working late?

Anonymous said...

Awesome!! What talent! Cuz ox

Catherine said...

wow hon!!! that looks AMAZING!!!!! and the fun part is, you can so easily change it when you get bored of one look.... well done babe

Anonymous said...

Great work - cannot wait to see the craft room - very envious!!! Ginny.xxx.

Merrilyn said...

Janina that is FABULOUS! It makes me want to wallpaper everything in sight. Every time you use it now it will give you warm fuzzies - well done!

moppysgirl said...

That is one very successful makeover! How much nicer is it than one you could have bought too! Just gorgeous. xxx

jacqueline said...

WOnderful idea and a fabulous tutorial!! Thanks so much for sharing. Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

Janina Lear said...

Thanks all...Merrilyn I want to wallpaper everything in site too. Sooooo many gorgeous ones to choose from these days.

Brigitte said...

Gorgeous!

Nancy Comelab said...

That is just stunning, Janina! Thank you so much for sharing your process - I want to go out and find myself a vintage filing cabinet now! May I ask what wallpaper you used for this?

Much love,
Nancy (BYW)

maria said...

Beautiful!

Margot Madison Creative said...

Great tutorial! I like that you included the revised ideas (like spray mount vs. mod podge). That's helpful for people like me who like to wing-it when we start projects.

Bohemian Grandma said...

What a great transformation!
Beautiful

BrianW said...

That's beautiful! Congratulations.

Mod Podge Amy said...

This is great!

Katie said...

LOVE this! I've made one of my drab file cabinets to fab too!

newsprout said...

It's a keeper! It did this to years ago and am getting ready to paint it again. Great job!

Christine Real said...

Oh I am going to do this in my husbands office, he has a file cabinet just like that! Thank you so much for showing us this great DIY, I am book marking it right now!

Janina Lear said...

Nancy, the wallpaper is made by Zoffany and the design is Nostell Priory. A friend had a spare roll. Katie, would love to see your drab to fab if you feel like emailing it to me...janinastoolbox@gmail.com or popping in a link to it if it is blogged.

Leonie said...

Wow, you clever chick! that looks so awesome!!! Thanks for sharing and inspiring me. Definitely going to jazz up my filing cabinet too:)

Mookah said...

Stunning! Who needs a new one when you can create this yourself? Counting down the sleeps.......bring on Piccadilly!

Simba said...

Looks gorgeous! Where do you get the wallpaper?

Piccadilly Market said...

Simba, it was bought at the Wallpaper place on Shannon Ave in Geelong West if you are local

Heather said...

Looks terrific!

Candi said...

It looks gorgeous, you did a great job!

STYLIZIMO said...

What a great DIY project! So cute with the wallpaper!

-Nina

Bianca said...

LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT!!! Will be trying this out with my filing cabinet. It's already on my to do list now. Thanks for sharing.

Mod Podge is an amazing product.

Bianca

Tali said...

wow! you clever cookie!!

Judi said...

OMG! This is absolutely STUNNING! I have just the cabinet, so might eventually get to give it a go, although I have about a ZILLION things on my 'to do' list at the moment, lol.

Judi

Jackson Gaydosh said...

With little effort and the right tools, you get to spruce up your drab filing cabinet to something fitting for your personality. Also, I liked how you used the wallpaper to create a continuous design to every level of the drawer!

Janina Lear said...

Thanks Gals, I love that this post continues to get noticed. It really was a fun project and I still love it. It is a feature in my study which is never the case with a filing cabinet.

uandidecorate said...

Love this project...I have a huge black 5 drawer cabinet and I am soooo doing this....thank you for the inspiration. Deborah Lutz

The Brocketts said...

Thank you! Starting my hideous garage-sale find over the weekend! Found you on pintrest!

Anonymous said...

What an amazing idea - I'm going to obscond with an old cabinet from my husbands office this weekend & give this a try!! Thank you for your postings! xoxo

Janina Lear said...

You are so welcome

Shannon H. said...

Thank you for the tutorial! Can't wait to do our ugly black filing cabinet this weekend.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful!! Love your tutorial! Thanks for the inspiration! --Christina

Pippi21 said...

I love this idea..have the same file cabinet but I'm confused how you spray painted the hardware without removing it or getting spray paint over entire drawer front. Can you go back over that procedure again? Guess I'm what they call a visual person..hard to understand instructions at times, so I have to see it shown to me.

Piccadilly Market said...

Hi Pippi21

You may have missed it on the post but I removed the drawers and sprayed the rest of the cabinet.

Good luck with it.

Michelle said...

This looks so pretty, what a great make over!

Nancy said...

End result is gorgeous! You make it look so easy! I intend to find a cabinet at a yard sale this summer and see if I can get your look! Thanks!

jennifer palmer said...

Did you use mod podge on the back of the paper as well as the front?

jennifer palmer said...

Did you use mod podge on the back of the paper as well as the front?

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