Transform An Old Filing Cabinet Into A Handy Garage Storage Unit

Haydee, from the blog Trash to Treasure, had an old file cabinet in her garage that was definitely not being put to good use. Instead of giving it away, she had a vision for this cabinet that would make her and her garage very happy. Here is a simple DIY project that yielded very rewarding results.

What you’ll need:

  • Sandpaper
  • Spray primer and paint
  • Painter’s masking tape
  • Casters
  • Pegboard
  • Pegboard hanging kit
  • Scrap wood
  • Screws
  • Power drill
  • Level (optional if you wish to do a decorative stripe)

Haydee decided to use an old, forgotten cabinet that she already owned. “It was holding super important warranties for appliance we haven’t owned since I was a natural blonde,” she wrote about this cabinet.

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She started by removing all the drawers from the cabinet and laying it on its back.

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The first step in preparation was to sand and wipe down the cabinet so that the first coat of primer could be applied easily. Once the first coating of primer was sprayed on and fully dried, she used a level to outline where she intended to put a decorative strip around the unit.

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She then used painter’s masking tape to tape off the areas where the strip was going to be. Next, she painted the entire thing again with her finishing coat of paint.

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“Cover the painted part of the cabinet with tape and/or newspapers to protect newly painted surface and paint contrasting stripes,” she explained in her blog post. “Allow to dry completely before removing the tape.”

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She cut a piece of scrap wood to a slightly smaller size of the cabinet base. She then measured and marked off the areas where the casters would be attached to the piece of wood.

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She then prepared the washers, machine screws, and nuts that would be used to attach the caster to the base of the unit.

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With the help of her power drill, she then affixed the casters to the previously-marked areas on the base of the wood.

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She measured and cut pegboards to the size of the unit sides.

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She added some simple, inexpensive hangers to one side to accommodate some rolls of tape and her hacksaw.

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The other side stored other basic tools that were too small to fit comfortably into the main compartments in the middle.

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All that was left to do was to attach the board and casters to the base of the unit and fill it with her gardening and garage tools. This wonderful contraption helps to keep all your tools in one place and spruces up your dreary garage. What’s not to love about it? To learn the details of this project, be sure to check out Haydee’s blog post here.

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