Friday, February 10, 2012

Filing Cabinet Makeover

Filing cabinets always look soo dull and drab.  A little spray paint and some removable wall decals go a long way to bring a fresh look to your filing cabinet. 

Our filing cabinet currently lives in our room, but will probably be put back into our master closet.   I decided to paint our filing cabinet light blue to match our room.  I also added some flower decals in red, golden-yellow, green and blue to give it a pop of color. 

Here is our before picture:

and here is our after picture:

This project was super simple and didn't cost very much. 

-  1 Can Primer  (I used Krylon Primer in White )
-  Spray paint  (I can't remember what color blue I used.  I used the Krylon Glossy White for the  handles)
-  Painters tape
-  Wall Decals (I used the Jennifer Wall decals from Target)

-  Dust filing cabinet.
-  Take the handles off.  (Open drawer and push on the handle - It should  pop out the front of the cabinet)
-  Tape the lock so you don't get paint in it.
-  Follow instructions on primer and spray paint.  I ended up doing three coats of primer.
-  Wait until primer dries and then spraypaint.  I pretty much used the whole  can.
-  Primer and spray paint the handles your desired color. 
-  Wait for it to dry and put stickers on and handles back into the cabinet.

I didn't bother sanding the filing cabinet before primering it.  This was my first time spraypainting anything, so I made sure to start with the back of the filing cabinet just to make sure I had my technique down.

I hope you enjoy this project.  I think it's a nice, easy way to decorate furniture you might already have in your house. 

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  2. I just found your blog. ♥ Pinterest! The filing cabinet is such a clever idea. I am now going to refinish an ol' one that sits in my classroom. Thanks for sharing!

  3. This is gorgeous. Thank you for listing exactly what you used. I'm definitely going to pick up some wall decals the next time I go to Target!

  4. The sturdiness, dependability and the functionality of the lateral file cabinet is most important.

  5. Great job. Your filing cabinet looks fantastic. It's inspiring me to do my own.

    How important do you think it is to use a primer? I have an off-white filing cabinet that I am going to paint a lavender. Thank you.