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File Cabinet Re-Fresh!!

Updated: Oct 28, 2022

This file cabinet makeover is a cheap way to up-cycle an old file cabinet! Convert a worn-out cabinet into a fashionable/designer looking file cabinet that you won't find in a store. A simple use of spray-paint and wallpaper creates a transformed look for less. Chalkboard spray-paint adds a multi-purpose function for an organized lifestyle.


  • E600 Glue

  • Ruler

  • Scissors

  • Mod Podge

  • Wall paper/Craft paper

  • Screwdriver

  • Paint brush (to apply the Mod Podge)

Start the project by disassembling the handles from the drawers using a screwdriver.

Step 1

Use E600 glue or other strong adhesive to repair any torn or frayed edges. Allow enough time for the adhesive to dry, based on the label instructions. Its best to do a touch test to make sure the torn parts have dried and are in tact.

Step 2

Choose any color or finish spray paint and spray all of the sides of the file cabinet except the top side. (I chose a black lacquer spray paint for this project). The top side of the cabinet needs to be sprayed with a chalkboard spray paint.

Step 3

Use a paint brush to spread Mod Podge on the face of the drawer. Place a cut piece of wallpaper/craft paper on top of the smeared Mod Podge to adhere to the drawer front. Repeat this step for the other drawer front. (I switched up the look for the two drawer fronts and placed the paper vertically on one drawer and horizontally on the other).

Step 4

Reassemble the file cabinet back together by screwing the handles into the front of the drawers. (Poke a small hole thru the paper from inside the drawer to make it easy to screw the handles back in).

Grab some chalk and write a small to-do list or an inspirational message on the top of the cabinet!

Whoop Whoop!!!

There you have it! A boring and dingy looking file cabinet has been transformed into a modern multi-functional file cabinet using a few materials and a little effort.

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Jan 28, 2018

That turned out sooo cute! Great job!

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