Garage Storage from a File Cabinet

It’s all in a day’s work: an aging file cabinet gets a much more colorful second life as tool storage, with a few simple moves.

At Gardenista, we spotted the former office staple on the blog Tttreasure, where its new racing stripes and sideways orientation make it almost unrecognizable. But the sturdy metal drawers still do a heroic job of organizing basics, in this case rakes, shovels, and assorted hand tools. We like the casters and the pegboard on either side for odds and ends like tape and twine that get the most use—and tend to go missing right when you need them.

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Above: High-gloss spray paint and twin stripes make the cabinet garage-worthy, not to mention giving it a sense of humor. Photo via Tttreasure.

Above: Pegboard is glued to the sides and clamped in place (L) until it’s secure. Hooks (R) are especially useful for small staples and tools with blades that can dull from being stored on their sides. Photo via Tttreasure.

Above: Source sandpaper in a range of grits from coarse to fine; 9″ by 11″ 3M Production Sandpaper Sheets are $.49 to $1.09 each from Blick.

Above: The 2-Inch Steel Wheel Swivel Caster is $3.98 from Home Depot.

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Michael Glovre
Michael Glovre2 years ago

Theme of this blog is really great as your method is simple, yet effective. Now I can realize those cabinets are really perfect for makeover. I was in need of a wall storage cabinet. By today itself I will make an attempt to renovate my garage. I think I need the help of some professionals like Garage Living in Toronto for more perfection.

Kathleen Cazander

What an interesting idea. Thanks

Robert O.
Robert O.3 years ago

Very clever, thanks.

Sonia Minwer-Barakat Requ

Great idea.Thanks for sharing

Latoya Brookins
Latoya Brookins3 years ago

I'll recommend this to my stepdad. He spends a lot of time in the garage. He has a lot of tools and loves to build and fix things.

Les M.
Les M.3 years ago

i wish i saw this before my office gave away a bunch of old cabinets.

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Alicia N.
Alicia N.3 years ago


Pat W.
Pat W.3 years ago

simply clever!

Beth Talmage
Beth Talmage3 years ago

What a great idea!!