Industrial Bedside Table or End Table from VHS Storage Cases

Industrial Bedside Table or End Table from VHS Storage Cases

I can’t be 100% certain, as I’ve not visited EVERY thrift store across the globe, but I’m 99% certain that every thrift has old VHS Storage Cases on their shelves. Cassette tape storage cases, too – they’re positively everywhere! So, I decided I needed to upcycle them – and my idea? Modern industrial furniture, like a metal card catalog or industrial bedside table!

Cassette tape storage or VHS storage at thrift store for upcycling into industrial bedside table by Sadie Seasongoods

NOW- this is going to be a longer tutorial than my norm, not because it’s a difficult project, but simply because there are more steps than my average project requires. But please stay with me- I assure you that it’s worth it! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.




There are basically three main components to this upcycled metal card catalog table project: (1) the base, (2) the cases, and (3) the drawers.

Building the Base of an Industrial Bedside Table

So, let’s get right to it, starting with the base. Why do I need a base? Because if I’m building an end table, I need it to be sturdy and I need real wood to attach table legs to.

Because the VHS storage cases were stack-able (there are little notches on the tops and bottoms that fit together), I used a piece of scrap plywood (oak plywood from Lowe’s) and traced the bottom of one of my cases.

Upcycling idea for VHS storage to be transformed into modern industrial furniture or industrial cabinet by Sadie Seasongoods

After cutting it out (with our jigsaw) and sanding down the edges, I wanted to cover up the edges before painting them. Why? Because oak plywood is comprised of three layers, and each layer takes on paint differently, and I didn’t want those striations to show through!

Thanks to a fellow blogging friend, Anika’s DIY Life, I learned about veneer band edging! I had never heard of it before, but it’s super easy to use. Think of it like iron-on wood tape.

Veneer edging or band edging to be used on oak plywood before spray painting to look industrial by Sadie Seasongoods

I unrolled some band edging, walked my entire piece of plywood along it, and snipped off what I needed with my beloved multi-media shears. Then, just as the directions state, I used my iron to press and seal it along the edges of the plywood. SO EASY and look how good it looks!

Using an iron to attach the veneer edging to plywood before spray painting and upcycling with VHS storage by Sadie Seasongoods

VHS Storage Cases to be Upcycled into Modern Industrial Furniture

Now my base was ready to be spray painted- but let’s set it aside and talk about Component # 2: The Cases.

First, I needed to do a little prep work on the VHS storage before painting. And all that I did was sand down the bottom of my top case and the top of my bottom case because I needed to permanently glue them together. And a little bit of sanding just roughs up the finish and helps the wood glue get a better hold.

After applying wood glue and stacking them together, I used some of my heaviest books to add weight while I let the glue set overnight.

Storage drawers for VHS tapes to be upcycled into industrial end table or industrial side table by Sadie Seasongoods

Once the VHS storage cases were fused together, I could finally start spray painting everything. First, I started with a gray primer, just to allow the spray paint I used to apply evenly later on.

Next, I used this spray paint for my industrial “metal” look– it’s one of my favorites!

I did the same spray painting on the plywood base – first with grey primer, then with metallic spray paint. One everything had dried, I brushed on a top coat to protect the finish.

Now I needed to get the wood glue out again and attach my painted plywood base to the bottom of my VHS storage cases- once again using books to add weight while it set overnight.

Attaching plywood base to VHS storage that will become an industrial bedside table or industrial end table by Sadie Seasongoods

After the base and tape storage cases had been fused together, I screwed hairpin legs into the corners of the plywood (these are the exact ones I ordered). I made sure to use shorter screws that didn’t pierce the cases.

Hairpin legs as a metal table base for VHS storage that was upcycled into modern industrial furniture by Sadie Seasongoods

Making VHS Tape Drawers Look Like a Metal Card Catalog / Metal Drawers

My plan with the drawers was to add some file-cabinet-looking handles to each one. I needed to pre-drill the holes before painting, just so I didn’t scratch up the painted finish.

Drawer handles to be attached to cassette table storage or VHS storage for upcycling into industrial side table by Sadie Seasongoods

I bought some very basic drawer handles, measured out placement for the drill holes on each drawer (temporarily attaching them just to make sure they worked) and set the handles aside.

Modern industrial furniture that was made from VHS storage cases for VHS tapes by Sadie Seasongoods

Like I had done with the plywood base and VHS storage cases, I painted the drawer fronts with grey primer and metallic spray paint. I also brushed on a clear matte top coat afterwards.

Then, I re-attached the drawer handles to each drawer front.

Storage cases for VHS tapes that are being repurposed into industrial bedside table or industrial end table by Sadie Seasongoods

Ready for the final step and full assembly?

Industrial Bedside Table / Industrial End Table from VHS Storage Cases

I glued on some label holders (which I spray painted with brushed nickel to match the handles) to each drawer front and slid them back into the case. AND THERE IT IS- my very own metal card catalog or industrial side table!

Card catalog label holders attached to VHS storage cases for upcycling into modern industrial furniture by Sadie Seasongoods

Here, allow me to stand back so that you can drink the whole thing in!

Industrial side table or industrial end table that was made by upcycling the cassette tape storage or VHS storage by Sadie Seasongoods

How amazing is that?? Modern industrial furniture made from upcycled VHS storage drawers. Honestly, I can’t believe my idea worked as well as it did!

Modern industrial furniture or industrial bedside table that was made by upcycling some VHS storage cases for VHS tapes by Sadie Seasongoods

I just love it when my crazy visions become a reality…and in this case, even better looking than I could have imagined

Wondering how I’ll actually use my industrial bedside table? I will either purchase or construct perfectly sized drawer organizer boxes and glue them to the inside of each drawer. That way, I’ll be able to store odds and ends inside of it, without issue

So, what do you think? Will you look at outdated VHS tape drawers differently now?

If you enjoyed this upcycling project for modern industrial furniture, then you’ll love this rotating hardware bin that I made from another thrift store find!

Hardware organizer and parts bins for Craft Storage by upcycling a Tupperware serving center


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  1. this is so cool! great way to revive those cases!!

  2. Ok, this is way cool. I actually have two metal library card files. They are smaller than the VHS cases but I’m wondering if I could do something similar? Love your ideas and the execution of them. You should be proud of this one! It’s awesome.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Yes!! That’s how I got my vision for it- by seeing end tables that other folks had made with real metal card files. I’m sure there are tutorials out there, but I would think the process would be similar (attaching the files to a base, attaching legs to the base?).

  3. Mandy Williams says

    This is fantastic! One of your best ideas!

  4. Super smart remodel and looks fabulous as always!

  5. Rita Corblies says

    Well now you sparked my interest . Your vision/imagination is incredible.

  6. Elizabeth Fencl says

    Are you Kidding me?? You are a Genius!! This is hands down one of the best makeovers I have seen in a while…Love it!!

  7. Soooo many ads but loved the makeover.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Hi, Linda, thanks for the feedback. This is a much longer tutorial/blog post than I normally post, so there will be more ads than normal- but only because it’s longer. The ad percentage is the exact same on every post I publish. Unfortunately, the only way I can pay our mortgage is to include ads on my website- this is my full-time career and I need to be compensated for the hours, days, and weeks that I put into each and every project I post here. The alternative is that my website require a yearly membership fee and I really don’t want to ever go down that route. Best of luck to you.

  8. I always love your projects—so useful and creative!

  9. I found containers(with lids) @ Dollar General.Cut off lid and they fit inside perfect

  10. Well Done!!! This is one of the best “upcycles” ever! I love it! You should be proud!

  11. A M A Z I N G !!! Love it!

  12. Sarah, holy VHS girl, you should totally be proud of this project, it is just awesome!

  13. How in the world would you have perceived this idea? It’s so fabulous! Good going!!!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you!!! It’s actually been rattling around in this head of mine for a while (the original photos are time stamped from August 2017)…I just needed time to work out the execution. Glad I didn’t put it off any longer!

  14. I just saw some of these at the Goodwill the other day! I knew they would be great for something, but couldn’t think of it at the moment, so I left them behind. I’ll be keeping an eye out for them now because the wheels are turning! Great project!

  15. Deborah Bell says

    You have outdone yourself and should be very proud of the metal cardholder converted from VHS storage boxes. AMAZING is all I can say!!

  16. Genius! Everyone could use small, but big function, storage. Love following your blog.

  17. Oh my goodness, I just got rid of some of these! What a great idea and now I’m kicking myself. Isn’t that always the case. Something collects dust in the basement for years and years and then shortly after finally getting rid of it, you find a purpose. Love what you did with yours! Pinned 🙂

  18. Terri Hughes says

    WOW…..I would have never thought to do this with these old VHS tape drawers. Love it!!!!

  19. Cristine Meixner says

    OK, this one is truly incredible! What vision! What style! Cheers for you!

  20. Terri Hughes says

    WOW……I would never have thought to do this with old VHS cases. Turned out great!

  21. Thank you for sharing! I see those VHS storage drawers all the time. WoooHooo!

  22. Robyn Wright says

    WOW! WOW! WOW!

  23. Once again, you have AMAZED me! 🙂 This turned out great.

  24. oh gosh, great job! I love this!!!

  25. This is so awesome, Sarah! And I’m totally with you-whatever is plentiful drives me to create something with it (but my overflow is in my own house).

  26. Gavin Daniels says

    You have a wonderful eye!

  27. As always, beautifully done! Those cassette case holders that were next to the VHS one you snatched might worth a second look. Next time I see either at the thrift store, I’m grabbing them to upcycle for my office/craft room.

  28. This is beyond fantabulous!!

  29. That is one of the most amazing upcycling projects I think I have ever seen. I would never have guessed what you used to make it. I absolutely love it!

    xo Dianne

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you so very much, Dianne!! I, too, am thrilled at how it turned out- I had high hopes going into it, but you just never know if those ideas will work out!!

  30. OOOHHH I already have a bunch of those cabinets, and see them by the dozens at the thrift shops. I’m not usually a fan of industrial, but these turned out beautiful. Our home is mostly all wood furniture. But those cabinets are yucky fake wood so it is a real improvement to paint them.

  31. Anja Hughes-Stinson says

    wow! i love this idea! I always see these and have wondered what I can make out of them. So awesome and great detailed instructions 🙂


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