Friday, August 24, 2012

Filing Cabinet Drawers Makeover

cabinet chalkboard paint
Chalkboard paint love
I haven't had many project reveals lately but I finally finished a project yesterday.  I felt very energised after my trip to Brisbane and woke early (530am which is super early for me) so I got up and did a huge amount of work, then after school drop off I had a great career-coaching session with a client, sitting at my favourite cafe in the beautiful Sydney sunshine while helping him sort through some options and drinking good coffee - did I ever mention just how much I love my work! and then I went home to finish up this little furniture makeover.


My neighbour who gave me the IKEA Bevkam Step stool that I recently rejuvenated also gave me this little two drawers filing cabinet. It also had had a hard life and had a bad paint job in an oil based paint with lots of lumps and bumps.  Over the years the white oil paint had turned very yellow. I cleaned it up, sanded it back, Zinssered it and painted it in nice crisp white paint and waxed it. Now it is smooth as silk and all bright white in a paint that will actually stay white.  For the drawers, I decided to have a little fun and painted them with black chalkboard paint which I had over for the vintage frame makeover.  It was all looking very black and the shape of the drawer fronts wasn't defined so I lightly sanded the edges so you can see the bevelled shape of the drawer fronts.  I took some of the photos before sanding the edges so you can see the difference it makes  What do you think?


cabinet chalkboard paint

I thought it would be fun to be able to write on the front what the drawers contain or perhaps just your to do list!
 cabinet chalkboard paint


The drawers are on runners for easy opening and are study and solid so they will hold a good weight. They are made for holding files and the whole unit is in very good condition.  While it is a very basic utilitarian piece, I think it's quite cute now and would look good in a home office or even kids play room.

cabinet chalkboard paint


While I'm feeling so productive I need to tackle the vintage five piece bedroom set that has been sitting in my carport for about 2 months now. I am going to enjoy painting this set as it's got some lovely mouldings on it and while it's pretty ugly now, some white paint is going to transform it!

The filing cabinet is for sale, please contact me if you are interested.

cheers
Fiona xx

cabinet chalkboard paint



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13 comments:

  1. That is a great idea! I totally borrowing that!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  2. these are adorable drawers, fiona! great idea!

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  3. Fiona your creative juices are flowing once more. Love this cabinet great idea. Your clients must be so happy helping them get their business in order. x

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  4. Definitely better with the sanded edges! Looks great! Great idea (as usual!). Mx

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  5. Fantastic. love the idea. popped over from Redoux link party

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  6. Love your chalk board filing cabinet! What a great idea. Hopped over from Furniture Feature Friday and I'm happy to be your newest follower. Would love to have you stop by for a visit. Blessings ~ Judy @ www.vintagestreetdesigns.com

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  7. Looks great - and I love the idea of chalboard draw fronts!

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  8. I was just thinking today that it would be a good idea to paint part of my filing cabinet with chalkboard paint. Glad to see it works well. I'm going to have to do it!

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  9. This is a fabulous idea. Creative as ever Fiona. Thanks for sharing,
    Julie

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  10. What a great idea!!!
    Your newest follower - would love to have you visit and follow back when you have the time
    Hugs,
    Suzan

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  11. What an awesome project. I will be featuring this tonight at my Sizzle into Summer party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

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  12. What a cute idea for a filing cabinet, love it! I didn't know you had another job on the side! ;0

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