Monday, March 31, 2014


Brought to you by Popular Demand: Fabulous Filing Cabinet DIY Instructions

…if you need a Spring Break project, this is it!!

DISCLAIMER: I am a messy crafter. To say there was spray paint everywhere is an understatement. I recommend drop cloths. Many of them. Covering everything.

1. Remove the drawers of the filing cabinet. (I eventually covered the drawers with fabric so I did not even bother to clean them or paint them.) Clean the filing cabinet using a clean rag and denatured alcohol.

2. Lightly scruff the filing cabinet using a 3M AutoBody Scruff Pad RED and then wipe down a second time using denatured alcohol.

3. Before spray painting, use a tack cloth to clean the filing cabinet one last time. Then, spray away. (I have no painting suggestions. The first filing cabinet I painted was the first time I had used spray paint. Just go with it. I used about four cans of spray paint on the four-drawer cabinet, and probably could have used one more.)

4. While the spray paint is drying, remove the hardware from the front of the drawers. (On the two-drawer, I was able to remove all the hardware which made covering them with fabric a piece of cake. The four-drawer was a little tricky. I couldn't get the sliding tab that you use to open the drawer off, so I had to slit the fabric and get creative.)

5. Once the drawers are hardware-free, go to town with the ModPodge. I put down a heavy coat on the drawer and around the edge of the drawer before laying down the fabric. (I used fabric quarters and left them full size.) Once the fabric was in place, I focused on making sure the fabric adhered to the edge of the drawer by putting a coat of ModPodge on top of the fabric and around the edges. I then cut down the fabric to size by trimming around the wrapped edges. …I repeat, I am a messy crafter. There was ModPodge everywhere. I just kind of went for it.

6. After each drawer was covering in fabric, I went back and put a second coat of ModPodge down to “protect” the fabric and, hopefully, create some durability.

7. When the fabric was dry, I used an xacto knife to cut through the fabric and create holes where I needed to be able to reattach the hardware.

Fabulous Filing Cabinet complete.


  1. It's so awesome :). Thanks for the tips!

    1. Thank YOU! I love how they have spiced up my classroom. Much better than boring, beige filing cabinets.

  2. Oh my gosh! Pinning this for later. My current cabinets are only a year old, so I might get in trouble if I did this now... :/

    1. : ] I may or may not have received a little talking to for altering school property! ...but really, what teacher isn't going to want these upcycled filing cabinets?!?

  3. I love your DIY Tutorial, that super cute filing cabinet that I would be happy to inherit, and your super fun blog! I've nominated you for a Liebster Award over on my teacher blog. :)

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