I have seen countless articles describing how to recycle old pieces of furniture into plant containers, but this is the first time that I have heard of this idea being extended to office equipment. The step-by-step instructions are clear and easy to follow and the end result is a great improvement on the original filing cabinet. I came across this in an article by Julie from her Southern Wild Design website.
I totally snagged this wonderful project from Carole in Australia who posted her version last week. I loved this so much I went right to work with my own planter. Here’s what I came up with…
- The hunt for a filing cabinet took me to my nearby Habitat Restore. I found several orphaned filing cabinets, one of which was older, made of thicker gauge metal, and (most importantly) had a bottom. It cost me $15. They probably would have taken $10 but it?s the restore. They need that $5.
- Step 1: Remove the drawers.
Most filing cabinet drawers are removed by fully extending the drawer and then lifting up. The drawer is then detached from the extension mechanism.
- If you pull the extension mechanism out, you will notice that it stops at some point. Look for a tab on the mechanism. By lifting this tab, the drawer extension will slide completely out of the cabinet.