Industrial Metal Card Catalog from Upcycled VHS Tape Drawers

Industrial Metal Card Catalog from Upcycled VHS Tape Drawers

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 tape drawers (or cassette tape drawers) on their shelves. You know the ones I’m talking about, right? Usually 2 or 3 drawers wide…faux wood grain…stackable, etc?

Well, I decided that I needed to come up with a great reuse idea for them (because they’re so plentiful). And I knew exactly what I wanted to try to achieve: creating a DIY industrial metal card catalog table using this pair of old VHS tape drawers.

Old VHS tape storage cases or VHS tape drawers at thrift store for upcycling and repurposing projects by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A thrift store STAPLE!

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.

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Video Tutorial

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

Full Tutorial- Metal Card Catalog, Step 1: The Base

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

Because the cases are 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.

Creating a table base from plywood for upcycled VHS tape drawers as DIY card catalog by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Step 1: Working on the base

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.

Using veneer band edging on plywood base for upcycled VHS tape drawers repurposed into DIY metal card catalog by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I love discovering new problem solvers!

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 veneer band edging on plywood base for upcycled VHS tape drawers repurposed into DIY metal card catalog by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

It look FAB!!!

Metal Card Catalog, Step 2: The Drawers

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

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

Drilling holes for drawer handles on repurposed VHS tape drawers to become industrial metal card catalog table by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Drill before paint!

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 them aside for painting later.

Drilling holes for drawer handles on repurposed VHS tape drawers to become industrial metal card catalog table by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Excellent- exactly what I was looking for.

Metal Card Catalog, Step 3: The Cases

NOW for Component #3: The Cases…

Just like the base and the VHS tape drawers, I just needed to do a little prep work 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.

Attaching VHS tape storage cases together to create upcycled metal card catalog table by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Coming together nicely…

Metal Card Catalog: Painting and Combining

So, all my prep work for the base, the drawers, and the cases was done! And I could finally start spray painting everything– first, I started with a gray primer, just to allow the metallic paint to apply evenly later on.

Spray painting primer on VHS tape storage cases to be upcycled into industrial card catalog table by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A worthwhile step for a smooth finish…

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

Spray painting VHS tape storage cases to be upcycled into industrial card catalog table by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ohhhh, I hope this looks as good as I want it to!

Once everything (base, drawer fronts, cases) is painted and dry, you could optionally use a matte topcoat to seal it.

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

Gluing plywood base to underside of VHS tape storage cases to create upcycled industrial metal card catalog table by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Combining my components!

Ok…my industrial metal card catalog table is almost complete! After the base and 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.

Building an industrial metal card catalog table using repurposed VHS tape drawers or VHS tape storage cases by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Oh my gosh, it’s working…

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

Attaching filing cabinet handles to fronts of upcycled VHS tape drawers for upcycled card catalog project by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Wooooohooooo….

Ready for the final step and full assembly??

Metal Card Catalog: The Reveal

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 table!

Upcycling VHS tape storage cases or VHS tape drawers into DIY industrial metal card catalog table by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Look, you guys!!

Upcycling VHS tape storage cases or VHS tape drawers into DIY industrial metal card catalog table by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I just LOVE it…

How amazing is that?? Industrial home décor from upcycled VHS tape drawers…I can’t believe my idea worked!

Repurposing VHS tape drawers or VHS tape storage cases into DIY industrial metal card catalog table by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I’m super proud of this project…

How to upcycle VHS tape drawers or VHS tape storage cases into DIY industrial metal card catalog table by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

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

And if you’re wondering how I’ll actually use my industrial metal card catalog 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? And if you’re interested in even more upcycled industrial project ideas, please check out my full collection here before you go!

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  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!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thank you, Kristie- I’m sure you’ll see them again the next time you go thrifting. They’re everywhere!

  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!!

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