Industrial Filing Cabinets to Side Tables Makeover #MondayMakeoversWithFallon


I’ve been on the hunt for a couple of unique filing cabinets so that I could transform them into something cool. These were the perfect fit and you can do so many different things with them. You can make them into side tables/nightstands, set them apart and add a piece of wood to the top to make a desk, or of course, they could be used as filing cabinets! I love when pieces serve so many different purposes. Anyway, when I saw these two I snatched them up and got to work! See the process below.


  • I removed the drawers and laid everything out so I could have easy access to each piece during the cleaning process.

  • I cleaned and scrubbed the cabinets inside-and-out with Krud Kutter and a Scotch Brite pad.

  • I let the cabinets dry really well in the sun, HOWEVER, I did not let the metal get hot because I knew that it would affect the application of the spray paint. I made sure that they dried well (about 30 minutes), but then moved them to the shade.


  • The painting process was pretty simple. I found a well ventilated area (not in the direct sunlight) and started spraying! My absolute favorite product to use on metal is Rust-Oleum spray paint. It goes on smooth and holds up really well over time. I probably could have gotten away with (2) cans of spray paint, but being the perfectionist that I am when it comes to painting, I actually used (1.5) cans on each cabinet, so I went through (3) cans total. I wanted to make sure I covered every square inch, inside-and-out.


  • The base of the filing cabinet measures 12 x 24, so I had a to buy a large board from The Home Depot and cut it down to fit the base.

  • I smoothed out the cut board with a piece of sandpaper then I scuffed up the bottom of the filing cabinet so the glue would adhere well.

  • I just Rapid Bond Super Glue and spread it all over the bottom of the filing cabinet.

  • I quickly placed the cut board on top of the glue. Instead of clamping the board down with clamps, I just added some books and weights to the top to apply pressure.


  • I purchased these Hairpin Legs off of Amazon.

  • The instructions recommended screwing the legs in 1.5” from the edge, so that’s what we did!

  • The screws that came with the legs were too long, so I had to purchase new ones (pictured below)

  • I measured and marked each hole then my husband pre-drilled and screwed them in for me.

BEFORE-AND-AFTER PHOTOS: I love the way these turned out! They were just as I envisioned. They can serve many different purposes and are one-of-a-kind!!

Guess what!? These are for sale, too!! Here is the listing: Industrial Filing Cabinets/Side Tables. If you aren’t local and would like a shipping quote, just let me know!

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