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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Vintage Industrial File Drawer Table

Long before lack of money was a real issue in my life, I always tended to save things I knew could be repurposed. It's just in my nature to see things, not just for what they are right now, but for what they might become in the future.
I know a lot of you are the same way! 

Since lack of money is sort of an issue for us right now, I'm even more grateful for the ability to take something we have that isn't serving a purpose, and turning it into something I need. 

My projects rarely involve lots of 'construction'. Usually it's just re-fitting some random parts together to make a different (usually pretty funky) piece of furniture that works for me. 

Lately I have been loving industrial type elements, and when I saw this Library Bureau metal file drawer at the thrift store a few months back, I was immediately drawn to it. 
Actually, it was in a junk-filled yard behind the thrift store {hey, that's where they hide all the good stuff-haha!} and when they said I could have it for a couple dollars, well....who could resist? 

Please don't answer that. 

I haven't had time to research Library Bureau. Do any of you happen to know if this is a vintage or reproduction brand? 

Either way, I totally love it. I knew it would make a cool looking storage piece as soon as I could figure out what I could set it on. 

I started with this luggage rack type table base (from a neighbor's yard sale last summer) I had actually been planning to do a project inspired by Becky's at Beyond the Picket Fence.

luggage rack and crate upcycled and repurposed

So cute! Maybe this will be my piece's next upcycle : ) 

On top of the luggage rack base I placed an old table top. I had to place it with the underside facing up, because it wouldn't fit down properly over the luggage rack the other way. But that ended up working out really well. 

The base of the file drawer fits perfectly into this side of the table top! 

The great thing about putting pieces like this together is that they will be completely unique. No one else anywhere has a piece just like this, and I like that! 

My vintage file drawer table has been used as a side table in the living room, and I recently shared it in my creative space for the Where Bloggers Create party. 

Remember last week when I shared my Mystery Mayhem in the living room? 

Here's a little sneak peek of what I've been working on...

I'll share the full story with you soon! 


Sharing this week at
Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
Fabulously Creative Friday at Jennifer Rizzo
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Furniture Feature Friday at Miss Mustard Seed
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs.Olson
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Vintage Inspiration at Beyond the Picket Fence
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
The Scoop
Show and Share at Coastal Charm
Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Sundays at Home at Thoughts From Alice


  1. Jeanette,
    You need to have your own DIY show. This is fabulous. I love how you can see the potential in just about any wonderful treasure you find. Great job. This is truly unique and so wonderful. Love it.

  2. I love the drawer turned table. Your mantel is so cute! I can't wait to see the full reveal. You are going to love having the little fireplace again. You will style it darling, I'm sure.

  3. Love the box . . . love the luggage stand . . . YOU are one clever girl!

  4. Great repurpose. I like to use what I have too and there's nothing wrong with that. We had a huge hit to our business about 3 years ago and are still feeling the lack of income. It makes me proud when I figure out how to do something without spending a ton of cash. Way to go girl!!!

  5. I love an industrial vibe...and have a smaller piece - maybe a card file thing, and a luggage holder thing in my garage...thanks for giving me the inspiration to see if they might work together to form a table! I'll let you know...

  6. I like this! I'm going to pin it. I was looking for some ideas for a whole barn full of junk here at my house... you have some wonderful ideas. :)


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  8. The Library Bureau was a business founded by Melville Dewey in 1876 to provide supplies and equipment to libraries. The Library Bureau quickly became a one-stop vendor for supplies and equipment a library might need. By 1900, its lengthy, well illustrated catalog was widely distributed.

    During the late 1800s and early 1900s, the Library Bureau supplied furniture, equipment, supplies, and services to many of the new Carnegie Libraries being built. The Bureau prospered. It opened a number of large factories to provide furniture and supplies. It sold merchandise and services through a network of sales offices in the United States, England, France, and Belgium.

    In the 1890s, the Library Bureau introduced vertical filing. It soon became a large supplier of filing equipment, supplies, and expertise to business and government. Library Bureau schools in major cities taught filing to clerical workers.

    In 1927, the Library Bureau was absorbed along with a number of suppliers of office supplies and equipment by the newly formed Remington Rand holding company. The Remington Rand continued to use the brand name "Library Bureau" into the 1950s.

    After Remington Rand and its successor companies had stopped using the Library Bureau brand name, they sold the name to a furniture company in Maryland which makes furniture in the spirit of antique Library Bureau furniture

  9. Jeanette, you're right. Totally unique and I love it!! The writing on the drawer pull is fabulous! I have a luggage rack with a tray on it in my sewing room. It's painted aqua and holds the projects I am working on. Works great for that. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  10. Thank you Jeannette thank you so very much for taking the time to visit, your comment makes me smile, because I. Know you so get this whole up cycling of salvage. The bed I have had for years when Hannah was young. The dresser was painted by me to removed the outdated look of it's finish and the small chest and mirror another piece that I have had for years, 26 years the mirror a thrift find and I painted it, I paid $11.00 for you might say that my daughters room is full of hand me downs and the bed was bought for her.

    I love when all the right old pieces seem to work years later when you add a bit of paint to there old finishes.

    Love what you have done with the old file drawer. I have a thing for metal boxes, I have a couple myself, I think yours will serve many uses for extra storage in where you use it.
    Love your fire surround and how you used that sweet heater as it's wood burning stove.
    It will decorate really sweet for a salvage flea market chic Christmas.

    Looking forward to what great find you will style next :)


  11. Love your creativity! This table is so fun and uniquely 'you'! :)

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