Vintage Card Catalog Furniture Look


I wanted an authentic looking vintage card catalog furniture look, so upcycled a DVD media cabinet.  Before I share the details, I must mention this post has affiliate links for your convenience, you can see full disclosure here.

When I introduced the card catalog furniture on this post, I metioned the beautiful card catalog drawer pulls I bought from Amazon. Don’t miss out on that great deal.

The pulls really make the feel of library cabinet.  I’m confident you can use the following techniques for any piece, but remember that unless you have this exact cabinet, your measurements will be different.

Here’s how I imitated the vintage card catalog furniture:

I had to do the prep work.  For more on that, read the last post.

I didn’t change anything structurally.  It’s a typical DIY façade except for drawer pulls that are actually used to open and close it.

faux card catalog 2I measured the space of the front surface doors.  Given that it had two distinct sides, I naturally divided the space for each.

Each door panel was enough to make 10 faux drawers.  In total, giving me four horizontal drawers by five vertical drawers, or 20 faux card catalog drawers.

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I cut each drawer front with my handy dandy Craftsman jigsaw to 5″ x 6″.  They were spaced 1/2 inch between left to right and 1 inch from top to bottom.

I used wood similar to this craft plywood, they are often called wood veneer panel or underlayment.  You can buy this at Home Depot and they will cut the pieces to size for your card catalog furniture.

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After I cut the catalog drawers down to 5 x 6, I stained them with Minwax dark walnut.

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I painted the entire piece with Behr Premium Plus Ultra – Catalina Coast. Love, Love that color!

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I used small finishing nails to tack the wood squares onto the cabinet.

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The pulls were a little on the small size compared to the faux drawer, so to remedy, I used more paint to the outsides and distressed to narrow the focus of the dark walnut.

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I used vintage book page numbers for the label slots.

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I’m totally happy with the vintage card catalog furniture feel.

I would love if you pin it!

Vintage card catalog furniture feel


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15 thoughts on “Vintage Card Catalog Furniture Look”

  1. Now I know I have the same cabinet and I had wonder what the original use for it was. I got it from Craigslist for free. This transformation you made is fabulous and in my fav color. Congratulation great job.

  2. It looks so good now! Love that paint color too, and your solution painting the outsides was genius, it gives it a worn out appearance!

  3. What an incredible transformation Heather! It doesn’t even look like the same piece. Thank you for linking this up to the Bewitchin’ Projects Block Party last week. You are one of my Featured Picks this Sunday over at Recreated Designs. Hugs, Lisa

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