Filing Cabinet Before and After


Remember this filing cabinet I showed you recently?

It’s had a makeover! Here’s how it looks now:

I was planning on keeping the original hardware, but obviously didn’t! I’ll be using this in my sewing room for patterns and paperwork, and thought the glass pulls were a perfect touch of feminity to the cabinet. They make me happy every time I look at them.
I kept the distressing fairly light, just enough to look subtly worn…

I decided on the same apple green paint I had leftover from this dresser, and overall am super happy with how it turned out! I can’t wait to get my patterns organized and fill it up!


  1. I like so much.

  2. Love the pea green! :-)

  3. That looks so pretty! I have a cabinet I want to paint and redo soon, I’m so inspired now!

  4. so cute! great job. :) love that color and the drawer pulls are amazing!

  5. It’s so pretty. Great choice on the pulls. They would make me really happy too.

  6. I LOVE it!!! Makes me want to go find a filing cabinet to make over!! :-)

  7. Very NICE! I love the color and agree with the pulls. Great job! I must say again LOVE the color.

  8. It looks great! Love the green!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Looks great Abby! I love the pulls! Very pretty touch!


  10. So pretty – a very nice transformation! Puts the plastic box I keep my patterns in to shame (but maybe you have more patterns!!).

  11. Love this. I have the same cabinet. Was thinking of combining with my black metal one and getting rid of. Now I have a new idea for it. Thanks so much for sharing.

  12. I really need to show this to my husband. Maybe he’ll let me paint ours. Cute!

  13. So cute! I love the glass handles especially

  14. I love that green co our , am off to see what I have that could use a paint treatment now.

  15. I love the color and the new girly pulls. So elegant looking.

  16. Very nice! I wouldn’t have thought about painting it. I’m a big fan of wood or the wood look, but like this very much.

  17. Marsha M. says:

    Very nice job, love your choice of colour and pulls, it adds a lot of femininity to what was one a very masculine looking file cabinet. Just an idea, if you put the labelly thingys back on, which still match the lock part that shows, you could insert some really pretty scrapbook paper (or favorite fabric ironed onto interfacing and cut to size) for some more pretty patterned and girly goodness!

  18. It’s a good look. Keeping it slightly worn gives it a nice antique-ish look. You did a good job painting that filing cabinet.

  19. I just found a cabinet exactly like this and am excited to give it new life. Did you sand yours before painting?

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