Instruction on DIY Card Catalog Cabinet

I wanted the furniture to have the appearance of an actual old card catalog, so I repurposed a DVD media cabinet. Before I go into the specifics, I feel obligated to let you know that this article contains affiliate links for your convenience; the whole disclaimer can be found here.

Earlier in this article, when I was describing the card catalog furniture, I mentioned the stunning card catalog drawer pulls that I had purchased from Amazon. Don’t pass up the opportunity to save so much money.

The pulls contribute much to the overall appearance of a library cabinet. If you do not have this particular cabinet, your dimensions will need to be adjusted accordingly; nonetheless, I am certain that you will be able to employ the following procedures successfully on any piece.

I tried to recreate the look of the old card catalogs in the following way:

I was responsible for doing the groundwork. Read the last article for additional information on that.

I did not make any changes to the underlying structure. A standard do-it-yourself front, with the exception of the drawer, pulls that are needed to actually open and shut the cabinet.

I determined the amount of room available in the front surface doors. Because it had two separate sides, it was only logical for me to separate the area for each one.

Each door panel was enough to build 10 false drawers. In all, you have provided me with 20 fake card catalog drawers providing me with four horizontal drawers and five vertical drawers.

I used my trusty Craftsman jigsaw to reduce the size of each drawer front to 5 inches by 6 inches. They were separated by a distance of one inch from the top to the bottom and half an inch from left to right.

I utilized a wood product that was comparable to craft plywood; these products are also known as wood veneer panels or underlayment. This may be purchased from Home Depot, where you can also have the pieces cut to the appropriate dimensions for your card catalog furniture.

After reducing the size of the catalog drawers to 5 by 6 inches, I stained them with dark walnut Minwax stain.

I used the paint color Behr Premium Plus Ultra – Catalina Coast to paint the whole of the sculpture. Love, love, love that shade of blue!

I attached the wood squares to the cabinet by using tiny finishing nails in a tack-like fashion.

In order to compensate for the fact that the pulls were on the smaller side in comparison to the fake drawer, I added extra paint to the exteriors of the handles and distressed them so as to bring less attention to the dark walnut.

I utilized the page numbers from old books as the labels for the holes in the labels.

I couldn’t be happier with how the card catalog furniture from the past looks and feels.

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