Planked Wood Filing Cabinet Update

Apr, 21, 2016

It’s been a little while since I participated in my monthly furniture flipping group, but I’m back! I love the DIY Furniture Girls and it’s always so fun to see what everyone comes up with. This month the theme was Neutral. Lots of possibilities here.

I recently got this plain white filing cabinet that I’m using in our spare room/my office as a nightstand and extra storage. It came with pretty ugly hardware so I knew I was going to be replacing it, but I took it a step further and added something extra and turned it into this fun Planked Wood Filing Cabinet!

Themed Furniture Makeover Day


Filing Cabinet Makeover

Here’s what it looked like before:

Planked Wood Filing Cabinet Makeover

Pretty boring right? I still liked how simple it was and wanted to keep it mostly white but it needed a little something to jazz it up. I started by ordering these awesome handles from Etsy. They were a really bright gold, which was a little much for me, so I gave them a quick coat of my favorite gold spray paint. I’m kinda obsessed with them and already want to order more to use on another project.

Planked Wood Filing Cabinet Update

For the wood, I went to Home Depot and had them cut two pieces of thin Plywood for me. I knew I wanted a darkish weathered look so I grabbed a couple different stains. Then and started experimenting a bit.

Wood Stain for Planked Wood

I don’t think I could create this exact look again if I tried. I basically just went back and forth between these two stains, wiping a lot of the driftwood one off each time until I finally got it where I wanted. The two pieces aren’t identical either, which I really like.

Greywashed Planked Wood Filing Cabinet

Once those were dry, I applied a coat of Poly and then I was ready to attach them! I used Gorilla Glue which worked great.

Gorilla Glue for Planked Wood Filing Cabinet

The hubs helped me drill some new holes and we attached the pretty new hardware 🙂

Modern Gold Handles on Filing Cabinet

I love this simple update that took a boring old filing cabinet into a really unique piece.

DIY Planked Wood Filing Cabinet

Planked Wood and Gold Filing Cabinet Update

Updated Filing Cabinet

Gold and Wood Filing Cabinet

Don’t forget to check out all the other neutral makeovers below!

Planked Wood Filing Cabinet Update



  1. Reply

    Jen @ Girl in the Garage

    April 25, 2016

    Bre, what a clever idea! I love the wood planks and those new pulls are gorgeous!

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    Haeley @ Design Improvised

    April 22, 2016

    You are the furniture makeover queen! I don’t know how you do all these amazing projects. This turned out beautiful!

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    Stacy @ Anastasia Vintage

    April 22, 2016

    Bre, you have such an eye for simple yet striking looks! And those knobs are pretty awesome!!

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    Kim Jones - Hunt and Host

    April 21, 2016

    Wow, Bre, what a clever idea! Your cabinet looks great, very inventive! It’s so clean and streamline looking, really like this piece!

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    April 21, 2016

    I love it! So creative!

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    April 21, 2016

    You are so clever to think of a way to give a boring filing cabinet a makeover. I love the hardware that you used and the wood behind it really shows it off.

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    Laurel (@abubblylife

    April 21, 2016

    holy crap that is quite a transformation!

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    Marie, The Interior Frugalista

    April 21, 2016

    She’s back with another smok’n makeover! Wow Bre, what a difference this clever idea made to this dresser. Totally drab to fab! I bet it looks fabulous in your new office area.

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      Marie, The Interior Frugalista

      April 21, 2016

      ‘file cabinet” not dresser. Need another coffee this morning 😉

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    Emily @ Table & hearth

    April 21, 2016

    LOVE this!!! Who knew a couple of boards and some groovy knobs could transform it so much?!

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    Lucy ~ Patina Paradise

    April 21, 2016

    Love the graphic statement that this makes. So simple but so much better!

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    Amy | Canary STreet

    April 21, 2016

    Awesome makeover, my friend! Love the wood planks and pretty hardware!

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    kimm at roadkill rescue and reinvented

    April 21, 2016

    Ahh, gorgeous! I can always pick out your projects by just the photo, and I’m right again! 😉 LOVE the modern look, the wood accents and the hardware. Perfection!

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    Karin Chudy (ART IS BEAUTY)

    April 21, 2016

    Bre, you rocked this. That is such a cool transformation!
    I hope you are enjoying that new baby!

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    Christy@ Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

    April 21, 2016

    This is so elegant now, Bre! I love how you bring pieces to life! XO

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    Susie from The Chelsea Project

    April 21, 2016

    Oh wow. What a great makeover. The addition of wood and new pulls totally transformed the old cabinet. Yet another great idea for my son’s apartment. When we get him set up, I’ll have to send you some pics with all the “Bre” inspired pieces. XOXO… and P.S. Nice to have you back… Susie from The Chelsea Project

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    Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces

    April 21, 2016

    You added the perfect touch, Bre – texture and style. I love it!

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    LEigh Anne

    April 21, 2016


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