I’ve recently discovered my love for the combination of industrial and farmhouse decor. I feel like dark metals and stained wood go perfectly together and I am so happy I kept this little gem in my basement until I knew exactly how I was going to restore this metal filing cabinet.
I did receive free paint for the purpose of this post. You can see my full disclosure here.
Living in Colorado there is a very limited time of the year that has perfect weather conditions for painting furniture. It’s either freezing cold or raining or freezing cold AND raining. I typically hoard furniture all winter and then work on back to back projects all summer. The point I’m trying to make is it can take me years before I actually get to a project. I’m either delayed by weather or simply not knowing what to do with it. Hence it took me so long to decide on this one.
Alrighty here we go!
Metal Filing Cabinet Makeover
This metal filing cabinet was given to me by my in laws and it has been in my basement for about 3 years. Not even used for storing things. I knew I wanted to paint it but I just couldn’t bring myself to because I feared I would make it look cheap.
Then came along Country Chic Paint and their fun metallic creams. Come on, doesn’t the words metallic cream just make you want to smile? They should! Country Chic gave me a pint of metallic cream, a brush, and a pint of their all-in-one paint for the purpose of the contest (more on that below)
This stuff is amazing! There are 4 different colors: Silver Bullet, Trigger, Pocket Watch, and Belt Buckle. For this project I used the iron black color called Trigger.
I started by pulling out all of the drawers. Keeping them in order, I cleaned the entire cabinet with clorox wipes. I typically spray furniture with a bleach and water mixture but the wipes were handy. Turns out the cabinet was a lot dirtier than I thought.
I brushed on 3-4 very thin coats of the cream, letting each coat dry completely (about an hour to be safe). In the beginning I didn’t wait long enough and it got a little goopy. Better to be safe and wait. I did paint indoors and there was no odor. You can use a sponge depending on your project and Country Chic Paint has so many tutorials for their products!
I taped off each handle, because of course they are a permanent feature. (I didn’t know this until I went to take them off) In some cases the cream had collected next to the handle which made it hard to get the tape off clean. Hindsight: probably wouldn’t have taped the handles so well. I just used a q-tip to touch up the corners and it was good as new!
The wooden top was made from 1×2’s, 1×4’s and 1×10’s. All lumber I normally have on hand. We wanted to lift the top a little in order to have a skirt (1×2’s) trim and have room to open the first row of drawers. We used 1×4’s to lift and attach the skirt. We then used 1x10s to create a new wooden counter top.
When we measured the top we were delighted it would have over hang in the front and on the two sides but not in the back. This would allow us to place it closer to the wall. In the end we forgot to account for the skirt in the back and had to add a small strip of 1×2 down the middle of the top surface. I happy accident in my opinion. I love the stripe!
The bottom has a similar skirt as the top except it is made with 1×4’s. We also added square supports (cut from the 1x4s) to each corner to attach the castors to.
Once it stops raining I plan to apply a thin layer or poly to the entire piece. The paint has adhered to the metal nicely but I always love to protect my painted furniture with something. You can see what products I use protect painted furniture here. You can also use the Country Chic Tough Coat to protect your painted furniture.
This painted metal filing cabinet will go nicely with my industrial farmhouse office. It’s in progress but you can see my inspiration board.
This month I am working with The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest (TM) and Country Chic Paint on a contest themed “Bling Bling.” This metal filing cabinet couldn’t have been painted with any typical paint. In order to really shine it HAD to have a little bling bling metallic cream!
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