File Cabinet Makeover, metal file, file cabinet, chevron, teal, black and white, makeover, diy

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)., metal file, file cabinet, chevron, teal, black and white, makeover, diy, metal file, file cabinet, chevron, teal, black and white, makeover, diy


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!, metal file, file cabinet, chevron, teal, black and white, makeover, diy, metal file, file cabinet, chevron, teal, black and white, makeover, diy
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!
Even after working on about a trillion spray paint projects, it never ceases to amaze me how it can easily transform almost anything!, metal file, file cabinet, chevron, teal, black and white, makeover, diy, metal file, file cabinet, chevron, teal, black and white, makeover, diy, metal file, file cabinet, chevron, teal, black and white, makeover, diy
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. It turned out fantastic! Love the colors. Megan

  2. Love how it turned out…it’s now that punch of color piece for your room!

  3. Amazing transformation! I would love for you to link up to my linky party via:

    Mrs. Delightful

  4. Great makeover! This turned out awesome! I love the SBucks cup in the middle of the painting supplies! That would totally be me!

    @ Creatively Living

  5. what a seriously fun “after!” love it!

  6. wow.. Your chevron file cabinet is being loved by So Many people.. It’s been already pinned 70 times from my board.. :) Thanks for linking up!

  7. That looks so great! I wish I could be so crafty! Found you from hop! Love for you to follow back when you can!

  8. I love it! It’s so bright and fun now! You’ve got me eyeing my sad, beige file cabinet now….

  9. looks great. A can of paint and your imagination and taa daa!! Thank you for linking to the Thursday Favorite Things Hop. I appreciate your bloggy friendship xo

  10. Love this redo! You are very creative :) Tanya

  11. 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.


  12. Hi, Barbara

    I love the file cabinet. It looks great!


  13. You’re soooo very creative. Love the file cabinets.

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

  15. I love this! Great job! :)

  16. Barbara, This is the cutest file cabinet…great job!

  17. New fan from the west coast hop…..LOVE this…I have a file cabinet that needs a makeover…THANK YOU!

    Dear Life from a mom of boys

  18. Love the color combo, so much more fun now!!

    PS – Thanks for linking up to the blog hop!

  19. This is way cool! Would LOVE it if you would link this project up at my brand new Trendy Tuesday party going on right now!!

  20. LOVE LOVE LOVE AND DID I SAY LOVE? I shared this on my COM-FB page. winks, jen

  21. Hey lady! I just wanted to let you know I featured you on Blissful and Domestic today. Stop by and snag a button!

    Danielle @ Blissful and Domestic

  22. Woah! You did a great job with these. I love them!!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by my place. I’m following you too. :)

  23. What a difference a little paint makes. You took an ordinary object and made it extraordinary!

  24. This is SO on my list of projects! I’m so glad I got to see this! New follower!
    Mer @

  25. I LOVE this makeover! So much that I featured it today, go check it out and make sure you grab your “I’ve been featured” button :) Thanks for linking up to the Get Creative party!

  26. Just wanted to let you know that I am featuring you today! Come on over and grab the feature button, its at the bottom of my blog :)

  27. I love this! I actually have a big beat up filing cabinet sitting in my garage that I want to paint and you’ve shown me I CAN! Thanks for sharing!

  28. Love it!!!!! Makes a cheap old metal cabinet look like a million bucks!

  29. Pretty colors and pretty chevron – love it!
    Thanks for linking up!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  30. 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:)

  31. barbara–love your file cabinet makeover! the colors work great together.


  32. 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!

  33. Featured you this week! Yeah you!
    Come by and grab a button!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  34. Great article about File Cabinet. I really like your blog very much and also share this article with my friends and keep it up

  35. Doing a makeover in your filing cabinets wouldn’t be that easy but with that kind of result in the end, you would really feel that all the things you did is worth it. Good Job!

  36. 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.

  37. I recently used this site to get some designs. I was really impressed. I will definitely use them again.

  38. This is a REALLY fun idea! It looks great! My husband and I made a DIY desk using two filing cabinets ( and doing something like your idea to them would make it even snazzier. I’m going to pin it for others to see…fun!


  39. You are one talented girl! Looks great. :) XO

  40. How many coats of paint did this take?

  41. 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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