Beautiful Filing Cabinet Makeover

Turn an old filing cabinet into a stylish statement piece for your home office.

Beauty of Turquoise Filing Cabinet

Chic Filing Cabinet Makeover

Photo by: Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Materials Needed

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  • metal filing cabinet
  • two 8 x 10 picture frames
  • chalk paint
  • clear wax
  • foam paint rollers
  • soft-bristled brush for wax
  • epoxy
  • rubber gloves
  • two drawer pulls
  • drill (optional if needed to attach drawer pulls)
Supplies Needed for Filing Cabinet Project

Materials for Filing Cabinet Makeover

Photo by: Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Before

An ugly black filing cabinet lacked style and originality. With a few updates, this cabinet has a lot of potential.

Before of Filing Cabinet

Old, Metal Filing Cabinet

Photo by: Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Remove Drawer Pulls

Begin by removing the old drawer pulls from the filing cabinet.

Removing Drawer Pulls From Filing Cabinet

Remove Drawer Pulls

Photo by: Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Clean

Give the cabinet a good wipe to remove dust and lint.

Cleaning Metal Filing Cabinet With Cloth

Clean Filing Cabinet

Photo by: Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Tape Drawers + Lock

Wrap painters tape around the inside of the drawers and the lock to prevent any paint drips.

Place on Wood Base

Rest the filing cabinet on a spare piece of wood to get the cabinet ready to paint.

Putting Filing Cabinet on Wood

Place Cabinet on Wood Piece

Photo by: Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Paint the Cabinet

Select a chalk paint color of your choice and paint one coat. Allow to dry before applying a second coat.

Painting Filing Cabinet With Foam Roller

Paint Filing Cabinet

Photo by: Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Take Apart Frames + Paint

Disassemble two 8 x 10 frames. These will add a decorative touch to the front of the cabinet. Using the same shade of chalk paint, apply a coat or two and allow to dry.

Drill Holes

Drill two holes on the top and bottom half of the cabinet to attach the drawer handles, if needed.

Drilling Holes Into Filing Cabinet for Handles

Drill Holes Into Cabinet

Photo by: Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Attach Handles + Frames

Add two stylish drawer handles to the front of the cabinet (image 1). Next, secure the frames around the handles on the top half and lower half of the cabinet with epoxy (image 2 and 3).

Add Wax

Finish with a coat of clear wax using a soft-bristled brush.

Adding Clear Wax to Filing Cabinet

Apply Wax to Filing Cabinet

Photo by: Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Chic Cabinet

What a functional and stylish piece! This filing cabinet is no longer an eyesore in the office.

Beauty of Turquoise Filing Cabinet

Chic Filing Cabinet Makeover

Photo by: Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

Andy Vinson of Loch & Key Productions

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