I picked up this map cabinet off of Craigslist for $60 after a long search for an affordable architect-type cabinet. You may start to notice that I have a bit of an obsession with apothecaries, catalogs, map drawers, and the like.
While far from the fanciest of such cabinets, this one nevertheless had lots of potential buried under thick layers of road construction-type orange. It was constructed of plywood, which was a bit of a disappointment when I went to look at it, but ultimately I decided to take a chance on it anyway.
After removing all of the paint I painted it with milk paint and put a little dark wax over it to keep with the aged nature of the cabinet. This thing has been around for a while, and I made the decision not to repair the chipped drawers. I did build a tall toe kick to improve its functionality, and I added a top to it out of solid wood.
Ready to see how it looks now?
It turns out that a map cabinet was the perfect storage solution for my business office to ago along with these awesome reclaimed wood shelves I recently added.
The office is also an inventory storage room a little business venture I’m starting that I will share more about soon. It is a small room so the cabinet takes up a good bit of space, but the top also serves as a very functional space for photographing smaller inventory. Everything in this office has to double as inventory storage, so this space is a little different than a typical office.
At some future point I will likely add liners to the drawers, but they are so large that for now I am letting them stay as they are.
The hardware makes the piece, in my opinion. (This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. You can read my full disclosure policy here.) The pulls are here and the labels here. I love the vintage look the cabinet adds while serving a very functional purpose.
Yes, it is a bit crowded. The window curtain does hang in front a bit, but the drawers can open around it.
And there it is! I am happy with how it turned out and love that it is such a great place for storing the plethora of tablecloths I am filling it with. What do you think of how it turned out? Would you have picked this up and what would you have done with it?