I love taking old items and making them new again. So, recently when my office was getting rid of some old file cabinets, I decided to snag one and give it a second chance at life.  It so happens, that I have been in need of a small file cabinet for all of my business forms anyway, so it worked out perfectly.


The file cabinet structurally is in perfect condition, but cosmetically it is just old and ugly.  It once was a nice gray color, but now it is grayish brown with rust.  I decided that I wanted to make it very “pretty” and “feminine”. I am very pleased with the results. So, check out the process and results below and let me know what you think!

Materials Needed:
  • 220 grit sandpaper
  • White Chalk Paint
  • Light Blue Chalk Paint
  • Lavender Spray Paint + Primer
  • Sponge
  • Paint Brush
  • Tack Cloth
  1. First take the 220 grit sandpaper and lightly sand down the entire surface of the file cabinet.
  2. Wipe down with a tack cloth.
  3. Next, spray paint the entire outside surface with the Lavender spray paint + primer. (This will take several coats.  Make sure you follow the directions provided on the can.  You will need to make sure you let the paint dry the proper amount of time between coats).
  4. Once the lavender paint has been applied and fully dried, take your sponge and apply the white chalk paint in a dabbing motion.  You are looking to use the sponge to create a textured appearance. The white chalk paint should be applied wherever there is lavender paint.
  5. Once the white paint has fully dried, take your 220 grit sandpaper and distress the paint to your liking.
  6. Wipe with a tack cloth.
  7. Next, take the light blue chalk paint and dip just the tip of the paint brush into it. Then using a pendulum motion, do long brush strokes onto the surface. Use this dry brushing technique until you have achieved the desired level of blue paint on the cabinet.
  8. Let the paint fully dry.
  9. Once again, take the 220 grit sand paper and distress the surface to your liking.
  10. Wipe again with your tack cloth.
  11. Take the clear finishing spray and spray the entire surface and let fully dry.
  12. Enjoy your new file cabinet!

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