File Cabinet Makeover

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I’m all about bringing out of the box ideas to fruition, on the cheap!  


My most recent attempt at this came in the form of old run of the mill file cabinet that had been sitting in my hall closet, for um, ever!  At least 6 years, I kid you not.  Worst of all it was empty!  Sadly I stacked stuff on top, but kept nothing in it.  Not practical or smart considering that my son’s video games were in desperate need of a home.

If you’ve visited Chase the Star at anytime,  you’ll know I’m not one to leave well enough alone, like ever.  A black metal file cabinet would’ve fit in the playroom just fine.  But ‘just fine’ ain’t gonna cut it!

Take a look at what he looked like before:

 {Sad and lonely}

 

I don’t have too much experience working with metals so this was a new endeavor for me.  However, I knew that I wanted blue and I wanted chevron, and that would be easy with a couple of cans of spray paint and a lot of patience!


Luckily I had all of the materials I needed, just had to pick up a can of Rustoleum Ultra Cover in Lagoon and a skinny vanilla iced latte from Starbucks to get started.

 
After wiping the cabinet down with a damp cloth, and removing the drawers and the casters, I added a coat of the pretty blue (Lagoon) to the entire cabinet shell (making sure to to tape the inside rim). 

 

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As that was drying I started the (tedious) task of taping out the chevron pattern on the drawers.  This was done free-hand which took a little longer, in retrospect, I would’ve printed out a pattern to follow.
After a couple of coats of white spray paint, I peeled off the tape and had an almost perfect chevron print!  ‘Almost’ works for me!
 
Painted the drawer pulls the same blue by screwing them in to an old (and overly painted on) piece of cardboard so they’d sit still!
 
 
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Once everything was dry I added the casters and the drawer pulls back on and wound up with this ultra cool almost retro looking cabinet for the playroom!
 
 {Happy!}
 
 
 
Even after working on about a trillion spray paint projects, it never ceases to amaze me how it can easily transform almost anything! 
 
 

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If you happen to have an old metal cabinet, don’t get rid of it because it doesn’t fit in to your space, take a can of spray paint and make it special!
 
Love, Barbara
 
 
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Barbara is a lover of all things creative, simple, and budget friendly. Chase the Star began in 2012 as a creative outlet and to chronicle her DIY and crafty adventures. She is a working mom and wife residing in sunny Southern California.

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  1. says

    Barbara. Love it!! Makes me regret not picking up a cheap old file cabinet at the thrift the other day. Thanks for linking up to Furniture Friday and if you ever want to guest post, let me know.

    mONICa

  2. says

    Beautiful transformation! I discovered you on Happy Hour Projects and I’m now following. I would love if you could follow back! Tx

  3. says

    I love the chevron, your free hand is so much better than my stencils any day of the week. From boring to fun! Thank you for sharing on Freedom Fridays and hope you week is just going marvelous! See you on Friday (but I’ll be back before to see what you are making next:)

  4. says

    Love it lady!! I am wanting a 4 drawer one and would love to make it over!! Great work!
    Thanks for sharing at Show & Share….featuring this in tomorrow’s party!

  5. says

    Barbara, this looks great! I don’t know if I could be patient enough to measure out the tape line placement to make it perfect, but I’d be up for the freehanding technique any time. What a great way to upstyle an ordinary file cabinet. Following you from CHQ.

  6. says

    I’m curious how the blue spray paint has held up over time. I have some metal stools that are powder coated blue from the manufacturer, but the blue is too dull for me. I’d really like to spray them a cobalt blue, but I’m worried about the paint getting scratched as we sit on them and put our feet on the rungs.

    • Barbara @ Chase the Star says

      Hollie, thanks for your comment! My file cabinet is holding up beautifully! The paint hasn’t faded or chipped a bit. It sits in my kid’s playroom where it’s used and abused, and there is no change in the paint at all. I definitely recommend a sealer if it’s used for sitting. A spray sealer probably would work best. Good luck!

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