This one was spray painted green, and vinyl adhesive wallpaper was affixed to the drawers.
This one was neglected and rusty before it was rescued, cleaned up, and painted. Isn't the vine pattern lovely?
This black cabinet was purchased on Craigslist on the cheap. Mod Podged wallpaper on the drawers and some new cup pulls gave it a new look.
This is another example of how wallpaper and new handles can turn a file cabinet from blah to beautiful.
Taking it a step further, this cabinet was covered all-over with fabric and Mod Podge. That's a lot of work!
And for a bit of fun, I thought I'd throw in this Super Mario version. Sweet!
All the cabinets above are vertical, with flat-front drawers and hardware that can be removed. Lateral file cabinets can be a little trickier, depending on how the drawers are opened and whether the pulls are integrated into the metal or not.
This one is covered with wallpaper or heavy wrapping paper, and attached with spray adhesive.
This cabinet's factory paint job was stripped and sanded to create an industrial vibe.
Designer Mary McDonald even DIY'd this large lateral file with a giant photocopy of a favorite wallpaper as a camouflage.
DIYs are great and all, but most times we DIY to save money. In this case, we're DIYing because the product doesn't exist in the marketplace. Hmm ... anybody got some money to invest in a new company?