9 Sexy, Stripped-Steel Cabinets

Maybe it's because I currently store my clothes in a giant lateral file cabinet (and have my mind on some DIY), but lately I've been eyeballing the sleek steel bodies of metal cabinets. I found so many great variations on the theme that it deserved a post. My favorites are the vintage styles, which feature era-appropriate detailing and old-school functions (apothecary, anyone?), but I did spot a new reproduction from San Francisco's Restoration Hardware that feels at home with the antique styles. Check out my finds and let me know which one you love. 

By Sarah Virginia White
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Stacking Cabinet

This midcentury steel cabinet featured on 1stdibs features reconditioned steel and handy industrial rollers. I love the idea of storage that can travel—and certainly wouldn't want to pick this up anytime soon. 

 

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Steel Shelves

Salvaged from the counter of a diner in upstate New York and featured in 1stdibs, these Deco-inspired steel shelves would punch up a bathroom or (thanks to handy tabs in the back, they can also hang on the wall). 

 

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Standing Safe

The buffed-steel standing safe from Los Angeles' Off The Wall Antiques has been stripped of paint and polished to a sheen, and features an open upper space with four drawers beneath. It would make a fabulous bar or television cabinet. 

 

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File Cabinet

This vintage steelcase file cabinet has been stripped and polished to a high sheen. I love the super-clean lines. Find it at San Francisco's Polished Modern

 

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Storage

Don't judge an Etsy shop by its name. Los Angeles-based (wh)Ore Haus Studios makes cool, industrial furniture from salvaged steel sheets, including this storage bin. 

 

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Modern Apothecary

San Francisco-based Restoration Hardware reproduced a 19th-century pharmacy cabinet as a bathroom display case, $1195. 

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Medical Side Table

Chicago's Urban Remains has a wealth of architectural salvage, but you can find treasures in the four floors that also hold a wealth of accessories. Pick up this vintage medical side table, $495, from the Grand Avenue shop. 

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Tiny Cabinets

Etsy shop Urgestudio is selling this twee set of filing drawers, complete with character-filled rust spots, for $24. 

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Victorian Steel

This Victorian-era wall cabinet, $4,500 from Modern50.com, was originally used to hold apothecary supplies, and has shelves and drawers. 

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