Monday, October 7, 2013

File Cabinet Makeover

A couple of weeks ago, I shared with you all the makeover I did on an old bookshelf so I could use it in our new office space.  Today, I've got another makeover: an ugly old file cabinet.

I followed the same steps as before: sand, wipe down, prime, and paint.  But this time, I also listened to my own advice and did two coats of primer.
I removed the drawers and the hardware
Primer, round 1
Primer, round 2
And a coat of glossy white
I added new hardware, and it was good to go!
 A few tips to keep in mind:
1) Use an enamel primer- it adheres well to glossy surfaces, so you don't have to work so hard sanding
2) Make things easy on yourself! This is a file cabinet, it's okay to skip painting the back- no one will know! (unless you tell them on your blog...)

Our filing cabinet is in its new home now- come back Wednesday to see how I've decked out our new office!


  1. These always surprise me! Amazing what paint and new hardware can do! Great job!

    1. I know what you mean! I always think "well, it'll be better than before" but it is always such a transformation!

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    1. Thank you! (Though it'd be hard to look worse...hah!)

  3. It turned out great Holly. I'm completely obsessed with white furniture!

    xo erica

    1. Thank you! I think white furniture is perfect for anywhere- matches everything!

  4. Oh my, you are such a fantastic girl!!! It's an amazing job, well done))) Thank You for sharing such a nice post, it's really inspiring!!!
    Wish you a blessed day ahead!

  5. great job dear- I should def try this home ❤

    1. Thanks, Mona! Send pics if you try it yourself!

  6. What a great makeover! A few coats of paint and primer can make a world of difference. It looks so nice.


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