The small town Colorado girl who’s obsessed with home and everything that entails! I’m a creative, a decorator, a day dreamer, a huge fan of scones, and I’m passionate about loving where I live and making a home.
I can’t be the only one who has (or had) a filing cabinet that’s not the prettiest thing to look at. And since we must have them for our office to survive the chaos of paper, I decided it was silly to not paint ours.
While the cabinet itself wasn’t bad, I’m not a huge fan of orange oak wood. It’s just not my favorite thing. And now that the office is starting to make big progress, I decided it was time to paint the filing cabinet.
So, here’s an easy way on how to paint a filing cabinet….
If you happen to have a filing cabinet that you can’t stand looking at, please promise me you’ll paint it. Our office feels like a new place now that it blends in with the desk.
Here’s what I started with…
It was in great shape, just not really the look I was going for…
First, I pulled out the drawers and removed the hardware. Then I gave the body of the filing cabinet a coat of Maison Blanche Maison White paint…
Because it’s sometimes a smidge hard to get full coverage with white paint, I used the Maison White as a base coat…
I also added a coat to the drawer fronts…
After the first coat of Maison White dried, I applied the actual white color, Magnolia. I’m amazed at how well this color matches the actual white color of our furniture. It seriously couldn’t match any better. After two coats, the entire cabinet was covered…
Once the paint dried, I decided to use white lime wax to finish it…
Basically, the difference between the lime wax and regular wax is the chalk that’s added to the lime wax. And because I wanted the filing cabinet to be as white as possible, I buffed on a coat of the white lime wax…
While the white lime wax isn’t really noticeable on the white paint, I do think it would be amazing on a piece with color. I can’t wait to try it out!
After I buffed the wax, I reattached the drawers and added the hardware. And now it looks much, much better…
I’m still in the process of organizing our paperwork, and that’s certainly not one of the funnest jobs, but once I do decide where everything is going to go, I plan on popping in some pretty labels…
It’s taken me forever to paint this cabinet, and now that it’s done, I have no clue why I waited so long…
Procrastination is a funny thing. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve walked into the office and thought about painting it… Too many times and a lot of wasted thoughts. Silly.
I’m so happy to have another project checked off the office to do list… and if you look extra hard, you may see a few more unfinished projects just waiting for their time to shine… hopefully soon! 😀
Now, be sure to stop by these other talented ladies to see what they’re sharing…
Doreen from Hymns and Verses
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Karin of Art is Beauty
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And Shannon from Fox Hollow Cottage
And for a bit more detail about the paint (and step by step instructions), you can check out Maison Blanche’s You Tube Channel. There’s lots of great information and tutorials. To buy the paint, see the list of retailers here.
Happy Painting! 😀
P.S.- I received product and/or compensation for reviewing Maison Blanche Paint Company products. However, all opinions about their paint, finishing products and this lovely white filing cabinet are my own! For my full disclosure policy, click here.
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Ok, so I do have an orangey file cabinet tucked under a desk. It never occurred to me to paint it, but I did paint a different one.
What a great improvement! I love white furniture and am tempted to paint some of my office furniture,,,,but it is such a big job!!?? Love your office space, it is great! Have a happy day!
That looks great. I love the brass with the clean white. I might have to pick me up a file cabinet. I just need one big enough to hold all my paint LOL!
Wow, what a difference! The office is so cute and your burlap in the picture frame gives me inspiration. I have a wall with all my vintage frames ready to be hung, but not sure what is going to go where yet. I think I will frame burlap and then as I find just the right picture and art work fill them in. Is that a burlap covered stool under the desk? Tres chic!
That came out so pretty.
It looks like something your purchased at Pottery Barn
Your work is so pretty –
Enjoy your Thanksgiving –
What an improvement!! Love the new look of the filing cabinet!
H-ello! Night and Day.
What a difference. Still knocks me over what paint can do.
It’s like, I know… but I’m STILL surprised.
Looks fantastic, and so custom.
I totally got a Pottery Barn vibe there.
Nice job girl!!
I can’t believe it’s the same cabinet. I had to look twice. Great job. So much better now! 🙂 Julie
Beautiful!! What type of purdy brush did you use?
Have to agree with everyone, it’s very nice … now. I agree with YOU too … as I dislike orange oak … anything! But at the moment, I’ve had to stop painting mine, as it’s the woodwork all through our house, and that’s all I’ve been doing for months. Have to take a break … but lovin’ our new color. Stop over for a look sometime.
Wishes to all for a great weekend.
Did you not have to sand at all because of the paint you chose to use? I have a filing cabinet JUST like this, with a bit of a sheeny/gloss on it. I want to paint mine but don’t know if I need to sand it or anything first!
Exactly! Because I used chalk paint, I didn’t need to rough up the texture of the filing cabinet. If you use latex paint, give it a light sanding job.
Was you Maison Blanche White coat your primer or did you need to user primer and then THe Maison Blanche White followed by the Magnolia. I just received my paint from Maison Blanch that I ordered because of your story.
I used the Maison White as the base color, and then added the Magnolia on top of the Maison White. No primer needed. I hope that helps! 🙂
Hi! I basically just acquired this same exact filing cabinet from my Aunt, but I can’t figure out how to remove the drawers. You mentioned that you were able to remove yours, but could you provide some more detail as to how? I feel like there’s a simple trick I am missing lol.
Oh man, I don’t remember how I removed the drawers and I don’t have the filing cabinet anymore to look at it. Hopefully you can figure it out… it will be so much easier to paint!