PREPPY STRIPED FILE CABINET MAKEOVER

A few years ago, my mom gave me a file cabinet that she didn’t need anymore.  We needed one, so I was happy to get one for free.  The problem was that it was dark green with wood-tone trim.  It didn’t match anything.  That hadn’t really been an issue because it has been stashed in my basement, out of sight.

BUT NOW THAT I AM ATTEMPTING TO PULL TOGETHER AN OFFICE/CRAFT ROOM, I THOUGHT IT WAS TIME TO SHOW THE OLD FILE CABINET A LITTLE LOVE.  IT WAS TIME FOR A FILE CABINET MAKEOVER.

First things first.  I had files hanging in the top drawer but just stacked on the bottom because the wire part where you hang the folders was broken.  I was able to fix that easily after taking a trip to Office Max. They had a couple of different options for replacing that part.

After the inside was fixed, I moved on to the outside.

PREPPY STRIPED FILE CABINET 1

THIS IS WHAT I HAD TO WORK WITH…

Since this thing needed a complete paint overhaul, I figured,

“WHY NOT DO SOMETHING FUN?”

SO I DECIDED ON WIDE STRIPES LIKE A POLO SHIRT.  PINK AND WHITE STRIPES.

First, I painted the whole thing white. This took at least three coats of spray paint.  It was cold out when I did this project, so I worked in my garage.  It is important to have good ventilation and I would recommend wearing a mask because there was a lot of spray paint involved in this project.

After the white paint is good and dry, measure out how wide you’d like your stripes to be.  Use a ruler and a level to mark straight lines and use painters tape to tape them off.  Make sure the tape is on the part that you want to stay white.  I made my stripes approximately 5 inches wide.

Then cover the part you want to stay white with newspaper to avoid overspray.

Spray on 2-3 coats of pink paint to make your stripes.

PREPPY STRIPED FILE CABINET 2

Once the pink paint is somewhat dry, carefully peel off the tape and paper and there you have it!

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