I’ve shared quite a few “easy diy” projects on this blog, but this one might be the easiest one yet. Seriously, it’s something you could literally do in your sleep (although I wouldn’t actually recommend trying to get it done in your sleep since you might get spray paint all over the neighbors’ car).
Mike and I knew we needed some sort of file cabinet to keep all of our IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS (read: random papers we’ve been holding onto for years that probably are useless, but we hold onto them nonetheless). When looking for a new one online, we realized that they can actually be quite expensive. So instead I started trolling craigslist and the occasional thrift store until we found this old file cabinet at B Thrifty for $7. To give it a little facelift, we then took the leftover mint green spray paint from our cat poop box project and spray painted the crap out of it!
Before spray painting, I wiped it down with a some clorox wipes and then I took the weird handles off of them (not pictured, but imagine gross, bulky, plastic, off-white handles that actually make you gag because they are so ugly). Then I proceeded to do two coats of spray paint and let it dry for a few hours.
We found new handles (crisp, shiny, beautiful handles) at Home Depot and put them on the freshly minted file cabinet. (See what I did there?) but unfortunately the lovely handles didn’t fit the holes allotted that well. There was a noticeable gap between the new handles and the hole where the handles are supposed to go. This is the part that probably wasn’t very easy, but Mike had a brilliant idea about how to handle this problem. We used dimes as a way to cover up the holes! DIMES! Brilliant I tell you. Don’t ask me how he drilled a hole in the dimes, because I don’t know. I assume he used a drill of some sort? Mike? Help me out here.
Then we placed the brand new (to us) file cabinet in it’s resting spot as Mike’s bedside table and filled ‘er up with all those very important and very necessary documents.
I’d like to give a shout out to the United States Mint for being the inspiration for, and reason why our new file cabinet is complete. Keep up the good work, fellas.