DIY Filing Cabinet – Stylin’ Filin’

DIY: Stylin’ Filin’ Cabinets

When it got down to it, my office needed filing cabinets.

Not decorative storage baskets, not decorative magazine storage holders, actual filing cabinets.

The kicker was, filing cabinets are for the most part un-attractive and in my teensy office nook there wasn’t a single place for them to be hidden nor go un-noticed. I decided to transform filing cabinets into something I wanted, not just something I needed!

{See how I turned the storage CLOSET into my to OFFICE by CLICKING HERE }

Dee Dee Filing Cabinets Shopping List:
Filing Cabinet (2 Drawer by Space Solutions from Wal Mart)
Tempered Hardboard
(a 4’ x 8’ piece – cut to drawer size from Home Depot)
Mini Sponge brush roller (one for primer, one for paint)
Paint brush (I use Purdy brand)
Primer (Kilz / Zinser or similar)
Paint (I used Behr Quart in Jamaica Bay from Home Depot)
Sandpaper or sander Overlay ( Dee Dee 6x 10)
Knobs (2 brass knobs from Home Depot)
Gorilla Glue or similar


1. Using some muscle & a pair of pliers, remove the “lock” so the front of the drawer becomes flat (the hole is okay, you will be covering that with the tempered hardboard).

2. Prime your filing cabinet & pre-cut tempered hardboard using a roller or brush.

3. Sand & Paint your filing cabinet & pre-cut tempered hardboard using a roller or brush.

4. Gorilla glue the tempered hardboard to the front of the filing cabinet drawers – place few heavy something’s on the drawers overnight while the glue dries, leaving a towel in between to prevent any indentation. Additionally, gorilla glue knobs down and place something heavy on top of the knob to secure in place as well.

5. The next day add your Dee Dee overlay and your project is complete!

Before (Drab):

After (Fab) – Stylin Filing Cabinets!