File cabinets never occupied a minute of thought until I got married. But then came kids, and a house, — and PAPER!— and it became an essential. When we brought the first one home I felt like I had just thrown a bit of my aesthetic sensibility out the window, and ever since I've been seeking out options for subduing these visual space-hoggers. Thankfully, there seem to be a lot of awesome ideas for either making these puppies blend in or making them into focal points— in the good
• Mari Eriksson, Swedish lifestyle photographer and blogger, has one of my favorite — and easiest!&mdash solutions: industrial style incorporation. I really never thought a plain jane metal file cabinet had the potential to look good in someone's home until I spotted Mari's beautiful craft room, decked out in industrial schoolhouse style and bright floors and walls. It looks so....purposeful! Check out the rest of Mari's gorgeous home here.
• 2., 3. A simple paint job can do wonders for turning ho-hum cabinets into part of the decor. I've used rustoleum's spray paint to great effect. Choose a color that matches of provides a nice contrast with the rest of your decor. In picture 2, vintage style hardware was also purchased on ebay to update the look of the cabinets, and placing a few side by side gives them a more establishes, less office-y look. They also make a great base for a desktop (picture 3).
• 4. design*sponge featured one of my favorite before and afters of all times: Casey's wallpaper sample face lift. Using the remnant, mod-podge, and new modern pulls, Casey completely updated the look of this office staple by papering the cabinet fronts. Check out the full tutorial here.
• 5. Design*Sponge reader Abha took the concept a step further, papering the entire cabinet using gift wrap! Check out her post here.
• 6. Or you could apply the same concept using fabric, like Christi Weber of Waste Not Work Shop.
• 7.OR, you could employ Mary McDonald's famously (infamously?) clever trick of photo-copying wallpaper and gluing it on a mundane cabinet.
What tricks have you found for fitting these bulky beasts into your decor?
PS- I have yet to visit a Goodwill or thrift store that didn't have a file cabinet for pennies, so before you go spend a ton on a new one, it's worth it to look for a secondhand option first.
(Images: 1: Mari Eriksson for angel at my table, 2: Better Homes and Gardens, 3: Country Living, 4: Casey for Design*Sponge, 5: Abha for Design*Sponge, 6: Christi Weber, 7: Domino)