Dream, meet realized. For as long as I’ve been decorating my living spaces, I have wanted a card catalog. That desire got stronger when I created my writing-themed office a few years ago. However, the real card catalogs are quite expensive, and the storage in them honestly sucks for the amount of space they take up. For those reasons and more, I had to put my dream of a card catalog on the back burner. That’s where it stayed until I had a bit of a eureka moment a few weeks ago.

As we’ve gotten deeper into sublimation, our craft stash and printer collection has grown. It was barely a month after we built our awesome printer cart for our (then) two printers that we acquired a third printer…the Epson EcoTank 15000. We were STOKED to get that one but quickly realized that we had no where to put it. As we talked through new printer storage options we could build or buy, the idea came to me: a printer cabinet that was fronted with card catalog drawer faces.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t say this is one of those projects that seems easy at first but turns out to be one giant learning curve after another. However, now that we figured it out, we feel it’d be fairly easy to replicate for those who want to.

So check out the video below to see how we made a Faux Card Catalog Printer Cabinet:

🛒 Tools and Materials (most links = affiliate links):

Plywood (ideal, we used scrap wood)
5mm Wood Sheet
High Gloss White Paint
Card Catalog Pulls (we painted them black) – https://amzn.to/3d13UVw
Miniature Knobs (brass; we spray painted ours black) – https://amzn.to/3zMDl03
Base Cabinet – https://www.lowes.com/pd/Hugo-Borg-London-36-in-W-x-34-5-in-H-x-24-in-D-White-Door-and-Drawer-Base-In-Stock-Cabinet/5000738283
Circular Saw – https://amzn.to/35FHLZ5
Clamps – https://amzn.to/3zOmj1F
Miter Saw – https://amzn.to/2UgVVNE
Drill – https://amzn.to/3j4cO8G
Drill Bits – https://amzn.to/3gRvyWm
Fortsner Bits – https://amzn.to/2SKDFw1
Wood Glue – https://amzn.to/3zHQWWC
Wood Screws, 1 1/4″ – https://amzn.to/3d3gzHP
Flat Black Spray Paint – https://amzn.to/3j4elLY
E6000 – https://amzn.to/3gNuELu
Sliding Rails – https://amzn.to/2UoZx0i
Paint Supplies – https://amzn.to/3gWAWYp
Foam Roller – https://amzn.to/3cZJ0q7
Furniture Legs (we painted white) – https://amzn.to/3zNhA0c
Plunge Router – https://amzn.to/2Uh588I
Measuring Tape – https://amzn.to/2SRzmil
Wood Filler – https://amzn.to/3zHSIXM
Cricut Mini Press – https://amzn.to/3zI2ppj
Melamine Edge Banding – https://amzn.to/3zMotPt

If you prefer written instructions…

If you prefer to follow along with pictures and words, check out our Instructable via the link below:

DIY Faux Card Catalog Cabinet

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