File Cabinet Makeover



If you’ve got an ugly file cabinet sitting in a corner of your office.  Then this post is for you.  Today, I’m sharing the first of a number of quick and easy decor upgrades for your office or home office. The first project is an amazing File Cabinet Makeover that literally Blew. My. Mind.

Last June, I gave birth to my first son, Matías. When I came back to work the ugliness of the space hit me like a ton of bricks.  I realized just how much time I spend at the office and I really wanted to make it feel more special and inviting.

So, why not start with the file cabinet, eh?  If you’ve ever bought one, you know that they can be pretty expensive AND an eye sore.  Not an ideal situation.  I knew I wanted to upgrade the file cabinet, but I wasn’t willing to spend a lot of money on it.  Hence this DIY.

{The BEFORE and AFTER pics of the office will be up soon, so make sure to come back and check it out.  (Here’s a sneak peek I posted on Instagram last week). }

Browse below for the supplies and instructions.



I used two hangers with fabric samples that I had lying around my office to style the top of the file cabinet.  I also, spray painted the frame from the picture above and added this “You’re not the kind of girl who settles.  Keep not settling” poster from The Every Girl.


Looking at the before picture hurts my eyes.



For this project you’ll need:

  1. Screw driver
  2. Rust-oleum Appliance Epoxy spray paint- white– You’ll need 2 cans per file cabinet
  3. Gold handles– these are from a local hardware store.  Mine measured 3 3/4.
  4. Tape
  5. Sandpaper



  1. Prep your space- Move your file cabinet to a well ventilated area and protect any surfaces that might get painted. (Including the floor!).  Then, use the sandpaper to make sure that the metal file cabinet will absorb the paint thoroughly. No need to go crazy though; some light sanding will do.  Also, remove any of the hardware that you don’t want to paint white.  I left mine on since I knew I would switch them out afterwards.
  2. Spray paint the file cabinet.  Don’t hold the can too close and move your arm around slowly and evenly.  Let the first coat dry before moving on to the second coat of paint.  Let it dry before moving on to the next step.
  3. Using the screw driver, remove the handles and replace them with the new ones.  Make sure you use the same screws that came with your old file cabinet.  The ones I purchased at the local store were waaaay too long for my file cabinet and wouldn’t have worked.
  4. Add some style to your file cabinet by choosing a fun font and identifying each drawer.  I took it a step further and had a little fun with the last drawer.  It’s called the “Secret Stash” drawer.


That’s it!  This project won’t take up more than an hour of your time and will make a big difference in your space.  I’m really pleased with how it turned out and I can’t wait to keep updating my office bit by bit.  Next week I’ll be sharing all of the BEFORE pictures of the office.  They’re a little embarrassing but we all have to start somewhere.

Buen fin de semana!


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