8 Great Stenciled, Papered, and Painted File Cabinet Makeovers

published Jan 28, 2013
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It’s one of those things that nobody wants, but everybody needs in their home office. A utilitarian fireproof file cabinet is a must to keep your important documents safe and in order. But you don’t have to settle for the metallic beige eyesores of your parents’ den circa 1970.

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You can take an old cabinet (or a new-to-you one from a flea market or thrift store) and tailor it to suit your home office with a fresh coat of paint, wallpaper or patterned vinyl. Just follow the lead of these posts from around the blogosphere.

Take a cue from the ladies of A Beautiful Mess and give your cabinet an inspirational makeover. Or plaster it with phone book pages to get a textured look, like Shannon of Shannon Makes Stuff. And if there’s one thing to take from this post, it’s that blue seems to be the color de rigeur for turning boring office staples into fresh pieces that pop.

Give it a try and see how you can DIY your way to a new file style.

(Images: As credited above, 15 & 16. flickr user cbb0104, used with permission)