Tuesday, March 9, 2010

{Borrowed DIY Office Project}

One of my fav bloggers (and I know one of your's too) is Design*Sponge. This is the blog that all of us just arriving into blogland (and those who have been there for years) aspire to be like.

As you know, I'm turning my spare closet into an office and have been looking for ideas of how I can make it look fabulous on a dime. Now don't get excited, I did not do this project below - but plan to this weekend. I just couldn't wait to share this great idea because I know so many of us have those awful metal filing cabinets in our homes, and this is a fab way of how to spruce them up a little. So THANK YOU Design*Sponge (and Casey from Fossil) for this amazing idea - and stay tuned for my version and pictures of my home office progress next week...
completed cabinet
File Cabinet
Wallpaper sample (or any other printed paper)
Mod Podge
Exacto Knife
New Handles/Hardware

how to

1. Remove the drawers and hardware from the file cabinet. (You can remove the lock by pinching the sides of the back, then pulling it through the front- see picture!)

2. Paint the body of the cabinet with spray paint or use a roller with high gloss latex. Set it aside to dry.

3. Apply Mod Podge directly to the drawers and apply wallpaper on top. Smooth out air bubbles with an old credit card. Allow to dry

4. Once the wallpaper is dry, cut around the edges with an X-Acto knife.

4. Apply a layer of mod podge on top of the paper and allow to dry.

5. To protect and seal the cabinet, coat with polycrylic or another water based top coat.

6. Attach your new handles and reinsert the lock.

7. Stand back and enjoy! :)

Genius right? Can't wait to make mine this weekend. Stay tuned!
Final Signature


  1. Oh! Totally love this..Makes a BORING file cabinet look very chic!

    Jen Ramos

  2. Oh, I love it! I love the pattern too! So cute!
    Lila Ferraro
    Queen Bedroom Sets

  3. Thanks Jen and Lila! I can't wait to re-do mine this weekend, I hope it turns out just as fab! :-)


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