I found an idea on pinterest to make this look like a piece of furniture. If you know me, you know I love shabby chic antique furniture. We needed a filing cabinet AND an endtable so why not create both?
I ventured off to Lowe's and picked up the paint, feet, and trim.
Then I went to Hobby Lobby, to find the awesome knobs (which were 50% off), Mod Podge (I used my 40% off coupon), the $2.99 sponge brush set, and the prettiest scrapbook paper. I found paintable wallaper at Lowe's but they wanted $20 for a roll. I didn't need but 2 feet of the paper so I either had to find something else to put that paper on or find another option.
I scrubbed the cabinet with Mean Grean, sprayed WD-40 on all the sliding parts, got Dustin to beat the lock out with a screwdriver, and removed the knobs. I painted the cabinet with spray paint at first--bad idea. It left swirly marks and just wouldn't cover the cabinet like I wanted without using 10 cans. Then I used a regular paintbrush--another bad idea. It left bristle marks all over the cabinet. Louie and I used spray adhesive to put the scrapbook paper on--bad idea. It left ugly bubbles (see below) and started peeling up on the ends. I decided to use the Mod Podge which was amazingggg. I pulled back what I could and restuck it while smoothing all of the bubbles out with a glove on. Since the paper was textured, I painted it lightly to match.
Once everything dried, we had to drill holes in the bottom to attach the feet with nuts, then had to drill new holes for the knobs because they weren't exactly as big as the original knob holes. I then painted the trim and had Derrick's dad cut it for me. The trim was probably the quickest part of this whole process.
So now I have a fully functionable filing cabinet/endtable that is super fabulous for less than $50 bucks!