Tuesday, July 23, 2013

{DIY} Dorothy Draper File Cabinet

Let's get to the point....file cabinets are Not Cute!  Sure some have vintage charm, but most are just plain ugly.   But when I actually get around to filing I feel like I deserve to be greeted with something fantsy pantsy...so I got a little cray cray and whipped up this new and improved Dorothy Draper inspired thrift store Filing Cabinet!
But first, I have a bone to pick with Goodwill.   I don't know if the rest of America is suffering from the recent glorification of thrift shopping (umm...thanks Macklemore) but here in Seattle its getting a little RIDICULOUS.   Do you know that I passed up 3 very similar file cabinets that were priced at $15-$19!!!   WHAT THE HECK...seriously still in shock over here.  Worst part is someone got swindled they were sold in no time!  My husband is so thankful that I found this one for $5.99....serisously he's really good at faking interest but I know he could careless about the current wrinkle in my relationship with goodwill.   And if you don't care either...we'll shame on you.  Just kidding please feel free to skip to the next picture..I don't take offense!
And here is another shot of this super fabulous vehicle for organization...
Dorothy Draper File Cabinet Supplies and Cost Breakdown:
File cabinet - Goodwill $5.99
Zinsser Primer (I went with oil base) - already owned
Martha Stewart Gold Paint in Golden Pearl - $5.48  (a little goes a long way!!!)
Painters Tape - I prefer frog but any works
White Paint - spray paint or latex and use a spray gun
Total Cost: less than $8

Dorothy Draper File Cabinet How To 
Fist clean very well...dawn and water, or rubbing alcohol, or de-glosser.  Then prime.   For metal and ceramic items I typically use a oil based primer because it bonds much better.
 
Next I painted the drawer Fronts and Top in gold...but I had a major accident...the paint crackled!  If this hasn't happened to you well, then your in luck.  I'm pretty sure it is related to poor cleaning and/or heat.   It was cray cray hot when I was projecting and since we rarely experience this in Seattle I wasn't thinking!  Spray paint is very testy in the heat.
So I waited for the paint to dry - like days for the paint to dry - and then sanded out the crackle.   Then I drove my butt to Home Depot and found this Gold Martha Stewart Paint.  I think I'm in love.  I'm super happy with the gold shade too...it's a bit more "mink" then my gold leaf...which was perfect for this project.   The 10oz can is only $5.48..which I appreciated and no this is not a sponsored or post...I just really liked this stuff!
After the Gold Paint was dry I built my design with painters tape and then painted another coat of gold over which prevents bleeding and secures the tape..thanks Ashley you saved the day again with this crazy fun tip!
And Voila...
I seriously love this File Cabinet...I'm even contemplating using it as and end table.
Best part is we now have 2 drawers to hoard paper instead of the 1...so much for my lean filing system!

53 comments:

  1. Wow - love this idea - what a glamorous filing cabinet!!!!
    I'm trying to find a perfect gold so thanks for sharing!
    Also I have to tell you - I did a post on this exact same issue of thrifting here in Montreal - the Salvation Army is OUTRAGEOUS - the last time I was there they explained to me that a lot of the pieces were antiques and they had a specialist helping them price pieces LMHO...........
    Unbelievable - !!!!!!!!!!
    XOXO

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    1. Thanks Susan! Gold is so difficult for sure...everyone is NOT created equal! And totally agree about goodwill prices...yeah right antique! OMG!
      thanks for stopping by!
      -Katie

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    2. You are so right, some of their prices are unbelievable.

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  2. Um, this is gorgeous! I love everything that's going on in that photo. Where did you find those jars?!

    Stephanie @ http://www.thestyledsoul.com

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    1. Thanks Stephanie for the kind words...actually the Jugs are from Target on the markdown rack! Got them a few months ago!
      -Katie

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  3. OH! Love it, so nice what a transformation and you used two of my favourite colors : white and gold; feminine and glamorous! and yes you can use this as a side table it's really pretty! :-)

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    1. Thanks Ingrid! I totally think this baby is going in the den as my new end table!
      -Katie

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  4. Beautiful makeover! Loving the gold. And yes, thrift store prices seem to be going up. How about St. Vincent De Paul thrift stores? Their prices use to be pretty good.

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    1. Thanks Julie! I've been bouncing between goodwill and value village here in Seattle both are crazy on their prices! I did find one where I can negotiate a little...hey it never hurts to ask for a discount!!!
      -katie

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  5. You may come to my house any day and take over the decorating!

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    1. haha thanks Kate! Man I can barely manage decorating my own these days! The summer weather is keeping my outdoors all day!
      -katie

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  6. um, totally amazing! i would love to do that to a brand new file cabinet too!!! love it

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    1. Thanks so much Carissa...it's typically a neglected item...but it really gets a lot of use around my house so it's nice to have it sparkle!
      -Katie

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  7. I think you could totally use this filing cabinet as an end table. It's awesome. Glad you were able to solve the paint crackling...I hate when that happens.

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    1. Thanks Kelly! Yes, the paint crack thins is so lame! It really drives me bonkers! Thanks for stopping by the blog!
      -Katie

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  8. I have a file cabinet I've been wanting to paint...right now it is covered with contact paper. I wish I'd not done that project...but at the time, it worked for me. :)
    Anyway...this project looks wonderful! I may have to use this idea.
    I'm pinning it.
    Pat

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Pat! glad you agree file cabinets deserve a little love too!
      -Katie

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  9. I love this Katie! I had a recent crackle experience ruin a tray I was trying to make... maybe it was the heat? Or not waiting for my mod podge to dry before spraying clear sealer on? Super frustrating anyways... I will have to try sanding it out, see if that works. You really did a fab job remaking this!!
    Krista

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    1. Thanks Krista! Nothing more frustrating then the crackle! I'm really thinking it was the heat for this one...Once it happened on a ceramic duck...that was a doozie to sand out! Thanks for stoppign by!
      -Katie

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  10. I love EVERYTHING about this!! Thanks bunches for linking up with me. Fabulous job! :)

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    1. Thanks so much Kristi! Thanks for hosting your parties!
      -katie

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  11. Your comments about how prices have gone up in thrift stores is on point! I have backed off on thrift store shopping for many things because the prices have gotten ridiculous. We have a thrift store in town and I was always willing to pay a bit more there because 100% of the profits go to Alzheimer's Research. Well, they now price things so high that I only go rarely. Mainly for vintage glassware. I used to be able to buy a solid brass lamp there (perfect for spray paint makeovers) for $8.00 and now they are $15.00. That is insane if you ask me. I am convinced that thrift stores are taking advantage of the trend of fixing up the old.

    Now onto your filing cabinet. It is amazing! So glamorous. I painted my filing cabinet a dark moss green and thought it was good, but I see another makeover in it's future! Lovely and glam!

    Thanks for sharing it on Tatertots and Jello!

    Jenny

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    1. Thanks for the kind words Jenny! I'm so glad to hear I'm not the only one suffering here at the thrift stores...I can't wait till it not "cool" anymore and I can once again score some deals!
      So glad you like the cabinet!
      -Katie

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  12. Katie,

    I love, love, love your "after"! You did such a great job and I totally commend you for not freaking out when the paint bubbled. I also have noticed the bloated prices at thrift stores. It is so frustrating since we all thrifted when it wasn't "trendy!"

    I just wanted to let you know that I've featured your makeover on my Finding Friday: Favorite Finds. Please stop by to check it out and grab a featured button: http://itsalwaysruetten.blogspot.com/2013/07/finding-friday-my-favorite-finds_26.html

    Thanks!

    Julia

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    1. So cool Julia! I grabbed your button and am sharing on Facebook! Thanks for stopping by!
      -Katie

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  13. Wow. What a glamourous filing cabinet. I love it. I love your style too. I would love it if you would link this up to my new and improved link party that is going on now.

    http://www.ifitsnotbaroquedesignblog.blogspot.com/

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    1. All linked up! Thanks so much for letting me know about you linky party! i'll be there regularly!
      -Katie

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  14. Great makeover of the cabinet. I agree, those things are just never pretty, no matter what. Except now!

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    1. Thanks so much Toodie for stopping by! So glad you like the project!
      -Katie

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  15. Now that is one very sophisticated file cabinet!

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    1. Thanks Sharon...so glad you like it!
      -Katie

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  16. What an awesome makeover! I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven't already this week. Your favorite posts, most popular, recent or new! The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday's at midnight. Followed by (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday! http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/.
    I would be honored if you join us and follow to stay connected Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs, Cathy

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    1. Hi Cathy, I'm all linked up from last week! I actually just forgot to add this party to my list! Sometimes I get a little lost with my toddler and Doc McStuffin's (her favorite Disney TV show) in the background!
      Thanks for checking out the File cabinet!
      -Katie

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  17. This project is so fun! Thank you so much for sharing at Redoux Katie! I am sharing at my party tomorrow. I love that you named it after Dorothy Draper!!

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    1. So exciting and so glad you liked it! I grabbed a button and I'll be partying again! Thanks so much for your support Moi!
      -Katie

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  18. Thanks so much for sharing at A Peek Into My Paradise TGIF Link Party! I just wanted to let you know I am featuring you this week. I would love for you to grab my button to add to the post or your sidebar. I would love for you to share your news of being featured on your social media. I can't wait to see what you link up next week!
    http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/
    Have a great week!
    Hugs! Cathy

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    1. SO Fun! Thanks Cathy! I just stopped by and grabbed a button...thanks for letting me know!
      -Katie

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  19. I am featuring your file cabinet on my blog today. I just love what you did. Your blog is my new favorite. I love all of your projects. I hope to see you tomorrow for another link party.

    http://ifitsnotbaroquedesignblog.blogspot.com/

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    1. So cool! Thanks so much for your support and that is so nice to hear that you like the blog! It really means a lot to me!

      Thanks so much Lauren!
      -Katie

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  20. Uhh paint crackling....every DIY-er must have had to deal with this at some point. So annoying. Love the filing cabinet, gold is so chic. I hear you on the Goodwill prices thing. I found a mid century buffet that was to die for there, but it was missing pieces of wood, and some of the drawers were broken and goodwill still wanted $60 for it. Unbelievable.

    Britt @ Creating Space for Five

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    1. So crazy on the $60! That's why I'm so happy I found that one place that will let me bargain a little...Thanks for stopping by!
      -Katie

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  21. Great do over. And yes, I thought it was just me, but the really awful junk at my Goodwill store is more than I would pay for new. I have learned to just do 'without'.

    I would love to know the color name and number of your wall paint? I also love the color/print of your drapes. I am drawn to the wall color for maybe my bathroom.... maybe my hallway and so ya know?

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    1. Hi Sheryll...the wall is Benjamin Moore Thunder and the curtains are from West Elm...
      http://www.westelm.com/products/tali-printed-window-panel-t215/?pkey=cwindow-panels-curtains-shades&cm_src=window-panels-curtains-shades||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_--_-

      hope that helps! I love it so much I'm thinking about doing it in my hallway too! But warning it is definitely a chameleon grey. The swatch is more brown but on the wall it looks totally different!
      -Katie

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  22. Absolutely love it! I pinned so I can remember to do this to my old ugly file cabinet!
    Thanks,
    Leslie
    House on the Way

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  23. Wow! This is definitely a piece I wouldn't mind paying $20 for at goodwill! So nicely done! It's inspired me to tackle a goodwill nightstand. I'll post pictures on my blog when I'm done and link back to you for the inspiration. :)
    Bethirtyone.blogspot.com

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  24. i have a filing cabinet in my dining room that I need to make work as a part of the decor. Thank you so much for this.
    I'm a little confused on the gold paint part with the tape. Sorry.. but can you re-explain that part to me like a 2yr old...
    You painted and then put tape over it and painted again? :-/

    thanks in advanve for the clarity.
    -Ondria :)

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  25. Beautiful, I love this, saw it on Pinterest! Thinking about getting a filing cabinet for new office. You've convinced me it's a good idea. xo caroline @ c.w.frosting

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  26. Glad to see I'm not too late to this party! haha... Love this cabinet! Going to try for my DIY desk! Also, I have to ask, where are those curtains from in the background?! I die!!!

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  27. Yes...I'm not the "creative" type but can you dumb down the gold paint part? Did you paint over the tape or remove the tape and paint within the lines? How did you prevent the paint from dripping? This is a great looking cabinet! I have one that is already beige and just needs the gold added to it. also would you suggest I also prime the part that I plan on painting gold? Thanks in advance :)

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  28. Love this amazing file cabinets! I have two file cabinets that am looking into redoing. But I have a little bar time understanding step by step that you did to create this amazing file cabinets. Would you please be able to list your steps also with the names of the item s you use to create this beautiful cabinets.

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  29. This looks great!, But i'm confused a bit. if you painted the whole cabinet gold after the tape, then how come it looks white and the gold is the design..

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Thanks for posting your comments or questions! Do not be fooled, I read every single one and will respond soon!
-Katie