(this is my last house, you can see the whole house tour HERE)
The drawers themselves looked like a filing cabinet when I dismantled the desk, they were set into a metal frame that had no top or bottom. I added a piece of butcher block that I had left over from my kitchen makeover (see Kitchen Overhaul Reveal HERE) to the top of the cabinet to give it a table top and I built a simple base for it out of 2x4s screwed together with deck screws.
I added swivel casters to this base to make it easier to move the filing cabinet around as well as to add some much needed height.
These casters were supplied by D Lawless Hardware . Because I had already created "feet" for the cabinet last year when I was playing around with it, this base fit snugly around those feet and I didn't need any fasteners to hold the whole thing in place. Another option would be to use a sheet of 3/4" plywood screwed into the top of the 2x4s to then screw the drawer frame into. The desk drawers have holes in the metal base that I used to screw those feet into. This is how the feet looked:
and how it all looked with the new base and casters and a piece of beadboard added to dress the whole thing up a bit
You can see I also added an extra piece of plywood under the butcher block to add a little more height. Plus the plywood is actually attached to the cabinet, the butcher block is not.
Then I painted all the wood black to blend in with the cabinet.
This is such a handy little piece! It's much deeper than the little 2 drawer filing cabinet I bought from Walmart years ago. It's sturdier because of all the wood weighing it down - no worries about it falling forward if the drawer is really heavy - and the wheels make it very easy to move around without hurting my wood floors.
Best of all, this now very useful piece didn't wind up in a landfill site.
Have a great week!
Disclaimer: Although I received free product from D Lawless Hardware, the opinions stated are entirely my own.
With a small budget, big dreams and a love of a challenge, Anne blogs about renovating and decorating her tiny 1930s bungalow. A self-taught artist and professed power tool lover, she enjoys writing, gardening, photography, nature and diy'ing. And she's never met a dumpster she didn’t want to root through! Come along for the ride!!