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Your Weekend Project: Turn the File Cabinet into Tool Storage

File cabinet as garden shed tool storage by Mimi Giboin

Welcome to Your Weekend Project, featuring how-tos and ideas from our archives for an organized and inspired home.

It’s all in a day’s work: an office file cabinet moves to the garden shed and gets a second life as tool storage.

The office staple has sturdy metal drawers to do a heroic job of organizing basics, in this case pruners, clips, and assorted brushes. On top we stack odds and ends like tape and twine that get the most use—and tend to go missing right when you need them.

Photography by Mimi Giboin for Gardenista.

File cabinet as garden shed tool storage by Mimi Giboin
Above: From Bisley, a 5-Drawer File Cabinet in white is $99 at Container Store.
Made of solid steel, the cabinet is 13 inches high and has drawers that are just the right depth to organize small tools and clippers.
Above: Made of solid steel, the cabinet is 13 inches high and has drawers that are just the right depth to organize small tools and clippers.

File cabinet as garden shed tool storage by Mimi Giboin
Above: From Ikea, small Riktig Curtain Clips are useful to organize seed packets or to hang small bundles of herbs to dry; a pack of 24 is $2.99.
File cabinet as garden shed tool storage by Mimi Giboin
Above: Useful small brushes to clean pots and planters (or to banish dirt from a worktop) include the Iris Hantverk Table/Counter Brush (on the left); $39 from Fjorn Scandinavian. Redecker’s Soft Horsehair Dish Brush (second from right) has a beechwood handle and comes in a set of two for $11.99 from Amazon.
For more tips on tool storage and shed organization, see:

N.B.: This post is an update; it first ran on Gardenista on June 4, 2017.

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