Wednesday, July 11, 2012

File Under "Radaroni"

I just completed a combo dining/office space for some 
cool new clients. 
This husband and wife team needed to convert the room 
previously used as an office into a nursery for their new 
son, due in the fall.  
After reviewing their living spaces and gaining a sense of 
who they are through all their great pieces of art, artifacts, 
and collections, it was clear that they have a love for the 
I've dubbed them the "Global-Mid-Century-Traditionalists," 
for all the factors that make their living spaces unique to 

On a budget, as most thirty-somethings are, the existing 
ho-hum filing cabinet needed to be worked into the new 
The functionality of the filer was perfect, but its melamine 
finish was decidedly not.  

So, using spray adhesive and a staple gun, I re-covered the 
fronts and sides with burlap and added a jacquard band at 
the top to conceal the raw edge of the burlap, while 
allowing the top to stay smooth and black. The jacquard 
edge tied-in with the homeowners' rug, too; an intended 
plus. Using adhesive, natural jute twine, and metallic 
gold paint, I also re-covered the cabinet pulls to reflect 
more of the aesthetic already in place. 

Now the cabinet not only serves as a functional "office" 
piece, but as another "dining" service spot. 
Yay, duality!

They loved it, and I love it, too.  
Patting myself on the back for the uber-coolio 
repurpose/recycle factor.

Here's the filing cabinet metamorphosis:

Standard big-box-store-look:

Oh? Yes, this is a drawer front:

These are the issued aluminum handles, pre-coolness:

I covered the top so the spray adhesive wouldn't go where it didn't  belong:


Woven in:

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