Friday, October 15, 2010

Trash to Treasure --- File Cabinets

Our guest poster today is Lindy from Lindy Cottage Hill Blog.

I have a dirty little secret. These simple little covered night tables with their very clean lines

started out life as one of these...

Nasty, I know.  But true.  I cleaned, sanded, and spray painted them using the last drop in more than one can and color of paint.  Waste not, want not.  It wasn't going to show anyway and wouldn't really bother anyone I know -- except maybe my mother.

I expanded the size of the top just a smidge because I wanted a little more space on top and because I needed the cover to drop down freely over the sides.   I glued a 1/2" piece of plywood the dimensions I wanted to the top using liquid nail and a small child to sit on it for a couple of hours while the glue dried.  Not really,  I used heavy books but I like the "small child" idea.

The topper was simple -- just four flaps cut to fit the four sides and 4 smaller flaps (mine are about 10" wide) cut to cover the corners.  I added the tiny bows to "cute" it up a little and to keep everything in place. 

All the extra storage comes in really handy.



  1. Brilliant!!!!!!!!!!

    Carmen and the Primcats

  2. Very nicely done! I've got one of those file cabinets that get dings so easily. Lovely cover!