A couple of months ago I gave these white cabinets a makeover. I built them several years ago and had never really liked them. I had reached the end of my “decorate the office” budget (and my patience if I am being honest) and just kind of threw them together using pieces of plywood and laminated pine I had already on hand. I think I did have to buy a little more to make the tops. I tried to use the router to make the edge of the doors look nicer since they were bowed and a little cracked and I ended up not loving it. The cabinets were not square and I was not proud of the build. I also didn’t take pictures along the way so I never posted a tutorial. I also had never shown you how they worked as storage and as a filing cabinet.
When I was revamping my office, I knew I had to do something to these sad little cabinets.
Here is what they look like now!
I shared all the details of how I dressed them up over on the HomeRight blog. But basically I cut the doors down to fit inside and added trim. I also chose fun vintage inspired hardware.
The cabinets are on casters so they can roll out from under the floating shelves. The trim hangs down a bit to cover them.
The top is a filing cabinet so I just roll it out a bit and lift the lid if I need to access the files.
I have a regular metal filing cabinet in the basement for all the things older than a year but the current things I keep close at hand in the office.
The bottom is for storage. It used to be really full but the addition of the wall of shelves has really helped and I only have a few things in here. The cabinet on the other side of the office is full of my kids’ art supplies and paper.
These cabinets are also helpful when I need more work surface area. I usually pull the one on the left out and bring it a bit closer to the desk. Sometimes my kids pull up a chair and use it as a desk too.
While I love the look of built-ins, I was worried with as small as the room is, that something big and solid would make it feel smaller. These shelves and the cabinets below them are a fun alternative to floor to ceiling built-ins and help me maximize the space in my tiny office.
What do you do for all your papers you need to organize? Do you have filing cabinets or do you have another system?