Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Made It: File Cabinet Rehab with Sass!

Since I'm going to be teaching firsties, I wanted to add color... lots of color! Color makes me... happy! As  I plan what will go into my future {and new} classroom, I wanted to create a show-stopping piece that people would say, "Where did you get that at!" and I would proudly respond, "I made it!" 

So... I turned a boring old cabinet- that I scored for FREE- into a colorful, sassy, ready-for-firsties cabinet!

I'm linking up with 4th Grade Frolics for my first Monday Made It of the summer! What took me so long!?! Well, I was moving... and moving again... Oh, and I was in Vegas! But, I'm here now with lots of Monday Made Its to share!

I started my project with a boring brown metal cabinet. I loved the look of it and the many drawers, but it wasn't ready for my classroom! 

I took the drawers out and added primer to get it ready for some vibrant spray paint!

And here are my color choices! The darker the color, the easier to paint with! The yellow was ridiculously hard to pain with! I had to paint layer, after layer, after layer... and it still ended up looking a bit odd. The blue was by far the easiest to work with! I am going to use the same paint for other craft projects!

I was so smart and didn't wear gloves... and ended up looking like this! I kinda liked the look! I still have some random bits of spray paint here and there... hmmmmm

After a top coat, the drawers were ready to go back in! I just loved it!! But... I wasn't done yet! Every teacher knows the details are what makes the best impression!

I found these pretty papers on sale that would match my classroom theme/ colors and look just perfectly as a finishing touch to my cabinet! I love the patterns! My favorite is the paper in the blue drawer.
 It says, "I love it!"

Ta Da! The final product! 
I can't wait to get this sassy piece in my classroom! 


The Breakdown:

Cabinet- FREE
Spray Paint- $4 each x 7 = $28 (YIKES!)
Pretty Paper- $4
Flower- $3

Total = $35

Effort - Moderately Easy
Time - About 3 hours + drying time


Next week I will have some more fun craft projects to share! In the meantime, I hope you check out the other lovely creations on the Monday Made It link-up!



  1. Oh my goodness, that is darling! LOVE free stuff. Then I don't feel so guilty about all that I spend to make it cute. ;)

  2. Your cabinet turned out really cute. Love it.
    Mrs. Brown Loves Bookworms

  3. Holy cuteness! I love this. I hope that I come across an old filing cabinet like this some day. My dream is to find a library cabinet.

    1. Mine, too! I have been looking for one! If only...

      Thanks for stopping by,


  4. That is adorable!!! I am moving to a new school, there is an old black file cabinet that I am wanting to paint, thanks for the info. I'd love to find one like cute!
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  5. EXCELLENT work with your file cabinet! Your creativity shines through with what you've done to this beautiful functional storage!

    1. Thank you, that is a very kind compliment!

  6. Those came out really cute!!!


  7. That's so stinkin' cute!!! Now I'm gonna be on the hunt for an old filing cabinet :)

  8. This is adorable. I love the bright colors you chose!


  9. Oh my gosh! It turned out so cute! Nice job! Wanna come make over some of my furniture!? haha

    Tasha Emmerson
    Confessions of a Tiny Teacher


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