Most of you know I’m in the process of creating a home office in our master bedroom. I’m working on a budget. I got these filing cabinets from Habitat for Humanity ReStore for a couple bucks and wanted to repurpose them to make my desk. I knew I wanted to use card pull label holders because not only do I love the way they look on furniture, I also love being organized! I have so much paperwork for LJDECOR, the Chihuahua Rescue, and personal stuff it’s easy to quickly become unorganized. Unorganized leads to being unproductive around here and we can’t have that.
The first thing I had to do was remove the existing pulls to create a flat work surface. I failed to get a picture of that, but I do have it on the YouTube tutorial. It was fairly easy, they just popped right out. Here’s what the filing cabinet looked like after the handles were out.
I used craft board from Lowe’s
And simply cut them to the width I needed.
Using wood glue and clamps, I adhered the wood pieces to the front of the filing cabinet how I wanted them to look.
*EDIT* I would suggest sanding down the filing cabinet first and use Loctite Heavy Duty Epoxy Glue instead of wood glue. This will ensure a more secure grip.
After the glue was dried, I primed the entire cabinet with spray paint.
I played around with the colors a lot and ended up mixing my own together.
Then I measured and marked where I wanted the cabinet pulls to go. I used a drill bit to drill thru only the craft board. The screws that come with the label pulls are short enough that it only needs to go through the craft board.
Then I simply screwed in my label pulls.
I am so happy with how it turned out. It looks a little vintage, antique, play on restoration hardware.
I ended up spray painted just a light dust of gold metallic spray paint on the label pulls so that they would show up better against the dark paint.
It has a personality and imperfections and I truly love it. I ended up doing two of them and that is what the DIY Faux Marble Desktop is sitting on.
Craft Board from Lowe’s 3/8 thick 4″x36″ (I used 6 pieces)