Monday, September 17, 2012

Filing Cabinet Chalk Paint Makeover

When I think of filing cabinets, I think of the lifeless version on the left.  I picked up two filing cabinets for a great deal on Craigslist with a plan to make them go from depressed to distressed!!!

  • First, I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.  
  • Next, I added some cocoa colored paint that I mixed from paint samples.  
  • Then, I traced the edges of the cabinet to make it appear like the white paint had worn down.
  • Finally, I did a coat of clear wax, followed by the dark wax.  
This close up does the chalk paint distressed look more justice.  I can't wait to have this entire room arranged so I can share just how beautiful it looks with the chalk paint desk I painted, so even though the room isn't done, I thought I'd show them to you the pics side by side to see how it's coming together.

I am so PUMPED at how this is turning out.  I used to be in love with offices from a certain upscale catalogue.  I'm totally glad that was never in the budget! I love this custom look a whole lot more.

Have you been making over any furniture lately?

Linking up to Miss Mustard Seed, Homestories A to Z, The 36th AVENUE,
Too Much Time On My Hands, Tatertots & Jello.


  1. Those filing cabinets look fabulous! Who would have thought to paint and distress them? Great look!

  2. Thanks! Congrats on your niece. Those headbands you made her are cute! Love the leopard and feather ones!

  3. Oh, Beja! What a makeover! I LOVE it!


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