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Monday, April 4, 2016

$3.00 Vintage Metal Card Catalog Refresh


Happy Monday!  

I've been slowly chipping away at organizing my office and FINALLY finished updating the vintage metal card catalogs.  You may remember when I posted about these beauties way back in October.  I was lucky enough to snag them from Goodwill for $3.00 a piece!

Turn metal card catalogs into the perfect vintage storage. via Littlehouseoffour.com


Turn metal card catalogs into the perfect vintage storage. via Littlehouseoffour.com
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The original dark gray had been painted over in a very light blue and was beginning to rust. I liked the idea of changing them back to their original color, but wanted them to stand out a bit against my dark shelving unit.  Light gray (Matte Iced Gray to be exact) seemed to be a great alternative.
Turn metal card catalogs into the perfect vintage storage. via Littlehouseoffour.com

Turn metal card catalogs into the perfect vintage storage. via Littlehouseoffour.com

Turn metal card catalogs into the perfect vintage storage. via Littlehouseoffour.com

Turn metal card catalogs into the perfect vintage storage. via Littlehouseoffour.com

Turn metal card catalogs into the perfect vintage storage. via Littlehouseoffour.com
As always, this project kind of evolved as I went.  I first applied gold leaf Rub 'n Buff to the pulls, but wasn't thrilled with how it looked against the light gray.  I ended up going back over them with my favorite black nickel metallic paint and finally had a winner.
Turn metal card catalogs into the perfect vintage storage. via Littlehouseoffour.com
I added 1/2" buttons (painted in the same metallic paint) to cover the holes from the missing hardware.
Turn metal card catalogs into the perfect vintage storage. via Littlehouseoffour.com

Turn metal card catalogs into the perfect vintage storage. via Littlehouseoffour.com

Turn metal card catalogs into the perfect vintage storage. via Littlehouseoffour.com
I went with the traditional alphabet labels, but filled the drawers with my chalk paint and paint brushes. 
Turn metal card catalogs into the perfect vintage storage. via Littlehouseoffour.com

Turn metal card catalogs into the perfect vintage storage. via Littlehouseoffour.com

Turn metal card catalogs into the perfect vintage storage. via Littlehouseoffour.com

Turn metal card catalogs into the perfect vintage storage. via Littlehouseoffour.com

Turn metal card catalogs into the perfect vintage storage. via Littlehouseoffour.com

Turn metal card catalogs into the perfect vintage storage. via Littlehouseoffour.com

Turn metal card catalogs into the perfect vintage storage. via Littlehouseoffour.com

Turn metal card catalogs into the perfect vintage storage. via Littlehouseoffour.com
I also made labels for the rest of the boxes and magazine holders.  Hopefully, I can now keep everything neat and organized.  

Turn metal card catalogs into the perfect vintage storage. via Littlehouseoffour.com

Turn metal card catalogs into the perfect vintage storage. via Littlehouseoffour.com

Believe it or not, the wood crates store even more Reader's Digest books.   
Turn metal card catalogs into the perfect vintage storage. via Littlehouseoffour.com
Speaking of books, if you love home decor and easy DIY projects I highly recommend Young House Love and Loveable Liveable Home.   John and Sherry Petersik are amazing writers and share common sense, budget friendly ideas to help turn your house into a home.  
Turn metal card catalogs into the perfect vintage storage. via Littlehouseoffour.com

Turn metal card catalogs into the perfect vintage storage. via Littlehouseoffour.com

Turn metal card catalogs into the perfect vintage storage. via Littlehouseoffour.com

My office certainly doesn't lack color and is a bit more eclectic than the rest of my house, but I love the bright, bold colors.  It's a great place to spur creativity and I love that everything in this space was either brought in from other rooms in our house, DIY'd or purchased at thrift stores.

Turn metal card catalogs into the perfect vintage storage. via Littlehouseoffour.com


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5 comments:

  1. I think your colour choice for the metal files is perfect. Thank you for the links to the items you used. I do enjoy your blog!

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  2. great find and awesome make over, love love the room xx

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  3. These look very nice! I'm actually liking the light green "before" look too. At least, on my monitor they look light green. I have a pair of these old file drawers...have still been deciding what to do with them. Good job!
    Florence

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