I have been working on a new computer desk for the kids for quite some time. I had one boring black filing cabinet taking up space (but useful for school papers and bills) and so I decided if I found a second to match, I could make a desk and add some storage space at the same time. I scoured thrift stores for awhile with my measurements in hand, and finally found a filing cabinet to match. Which was more difficult than it sounds because I happened to have one that was taller than most of the others I came across.
After I found the match, I took the pair outside on our dead grass (yes this was way back in February) and washed them, removed the hardware that came off easily, taped off the rest and applied a nice coat of Kilz Primer. Next up I used a Rustoleum yellow spray paint. I usually prefer Krylon, but I couldn't find a yellow I liked in that brand.
For the desk top, I bought some wood planks and had the hubby cut, sand and attach them together according to my measurments. He added wood bracers underneath at just the correct spacing so as to keep the filing cabinets in place...if that makes sense. When we were sure it fit, I stained and sealed and then we didn't even attach it to the cabinets, just laid it down and presto...insta-desk with built in storage. Aweome. Notice the tiny desk behind. Blech. I was so happy to change that out.
My father-in-law gave me an awesome working retro typewriter, so it sits up there for funsies. I love it...although it's out of typewriter tape, so I need to find some because it's so fun to type with.
I love how the whole thing turned out. Their desk sits up with mine and the antique desk in the loft. It makes me smile every time I walk by.