If you’re anything like us (alive, human, semi-adult-like), you’re inundated with paperwork. Some important, some you have no idea what to do with, and some you’d rather toss, but aren’t sure if you can. (Hello, Taxes from 2005…?) In the past, I took these papers, put them in a box so aptly labeled “important papers”, and occasionally went through said box to throw things away. BUT NO MORE! No more, I say.
So one day, I thought to my self: “Self. Let’s add some pizazz to this thing.” Alls I needed was some liquid nails (or so I thought), wood (fence pickets), and clamps. Oh, and a saw or two.
Spoiler alert: liquid nails doesn’t do the trick. SWITCHHHH. Gorilla glue does.
So first, I cut a few pieces of fence pickets to size that would cover both the left and right sides. (I used fence pickets because they’re cheap and we had a bunch of them hanging around in our garage.)
After they’re all cut to size, I globbed on the liquid nails. Once they were all adequately glued, I clamped them all tight and left them to set up for a couple hours. While the sides were setting up, I went ahead and cut all the other pieces to size- back, top, and front.
Then I glued the back on (let it set up).
Then the top (let it set up… this is the only reason this project took a bit of time).
Then the front. Oh, I wanted to get crazy with the front. So I did. I ripped a few long strips to the same width- 1-5/8″, and then cut them all down to the same size – 4″ long. Then started playing around with the pattern. In the picture below, they’ve just been placed on the drawer, so I could get an idea of the cuts I needed to make.
Then I glued all of those pieces down (using gorilla glue this time, since the Liquid Nails didn’t seem to work out so well).
Then I gave everything a quick sand with some 60-grit paper and a foamy sanding block. (Which took care of that whole glue-expansion thing, as pictured below.)
To get handles on, I used our oh-so-clever cabinet pull measuring device and marked where I needed to drill the holes (so that the pull would be in the same spot for both drawers). See?Drilled the holes, screwed the pulls in, and bada-bam, bada-bing!
A beauuuutiful filing cabinet that can hang out just about anywhere. All for a total of about $24. It would have been cheaper, but I bought the Liquid Nails. Liquid Nails lied. Gorilla Glue does not lie. It wins.