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