I wanted a small storage piece for my office, but I didn’t want to spend too much moola, so a thrift store flip was in order.
- Find a filing cabinet at thrift for your base. I found one at Goodwill with minimal dents and scratches for just $6.79.
- Find a friend to keep you company while you craft.
Remove drawers & handles. Give the entire filing cabinet a quick, even sanding with fine sandpaper. Start applying your contact paper (or paint). Take your time and be sure to smooth out the air bubbles as you go.
Take intermittent breaks as the seams of the contact paper enrage and annoy you.
- Reassemble partway through to admire your progress and regain a smidgen of sanity.
Dig through your stash to see if you have some knobs you can repurpose on this piece. Touch up paint where necessary.
Randomly decide you dislike the old locking mechanism and rip it off the drawer. Cover the now-ridiculous-looking hole with a random pendant from your stash.
- Find joy.