Thursday, October 17, 2013

D.I.Y. Office Furniture

Do It Yourself...... I'm really not one for throwing things away, I can see the potential and try and make them new again.  Sometimes it works out great and other times it's an epic fail.  Happy to say these were a keeper.

I found this old two-drawer metal filing cabinet at a garage sale a couple of months ago so I snagged it for my daughter who needs one for her office.
It was in pretty good shape, a few scratches on the top, but no dents.  I bought a can of black and a can of red spray paint and scoured up the entire cabinet with a sander so that the paint would adhere a bit better.
I removed the drawers and taped over the handles.  Spray painted them with 3 coats of the black spray paint.  Let each coat dry thoroughly before adding another coat (approximately 2 hours in the sun).
I sprayed the cabinet with one layer of grey primer before painting it with 3 coats of the red spray paint.

I really love how it turned out and it was so easy to do.  I have a couple more in MY office that could use a facelift!
After I put the drawers back in, it just seemed like it was missing something, so I cut out the vinyl lettering with my Cricut machine using the "Printing Press" cartridge. 
I think it will look great in my daughter's office.  But..... you can't have a new filing cabinet without a new desk chair to match so I took this old steno chair from the basement.  This chair was destined for  the dump all because the seat was stained...... 
So... I removed the seat and recovered it in a much cleaner and brighter indoor/outdoor fabric, and it's perfect!


Britni Vigil said...

That filing cabinet is fantastic, so much better than a normal one. Great work!

Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

amy said...

Wow. What a huge improvement you made to that chair. I LOVE the fabric choice. And love the numbers you added to the file cabinet.

Kriss MacDonald said...

It's always so hard to find any decent looking office furniture to use at home so these ideas are great!

Aubrey Woodland said...

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