Oak Filing Cabinet Re-Purposed – Tutorial

Have you been to a class reunion in recent years?

I just had a weekend of reunions with classmates, as well as graduates from all the years during the 70’s.  Eek!  I really said it.  Count the years if you wish.  It’s a lot.

I had to wonder how many people were putting on a show.  You know…assuming a different personality, of sorts.  And, I’m sure there were those who’d had work done, and I might be shocked to know the true number.

I was thinking…I’ve done similar things through the years…only with furniture, old and not-so-old alike.  (By the way, I still consider myself to be in the not-so-old category.  Wink.)

Ugly Oak Filing Cabinet Updated

Part of our recent yard sale “haul” included this oak filing cabinet.  It wasn’t in too bad of shape, and SD (Spunky Daughter) claimed it for her room immediately.

File Cabinet Before Reno

The thing is, I don’t care for oak.  Another thing is, it’s not even all oak – much of it is that awful pressed wood.  Don’t get it wet!

SD gave it two coats of Annie Sloan Pure White.  She chose a stencil from Hobby Lobby and wanted to paint it only on the top.  I voted for the drawer front, too, but she didn’t want it there.

I proposed we paint a two-tone stencil, and she agreed to it.   After sanding and distressing the top a little, we painted the stencil.  Here’s how.

You will need:

  • desired colors of craft paint
  • 2 paper plates
  • paint roller, small size works well.

Let’s paint:

Pour puddles of two colors (or more colors, if you like) side-by-side on a paper plate.  Have an empty plate close by.

Paint Mixture

Roll your paint roller across the paint to load it.  Then, roll it across the empty plate to off-load some paint.  If you have too much on your roller, you’ll have a smudgy mess when you remove the stencil.

Run the paint-loaded roller over the stencil gently until surface is coated in the stenciled area, lift roller, and begin again beside your first area.  Work your way across the stencil.  Gently lift stencil from table top.

Stenciling Cabinet

Since SD was holding the stencil while I painted, we didn’t have to tape it down.  If you’re working alone, you’ll want to do some taping.

If any areas get smudged, you can sand them later in those spots, after the paint dries.  Absolute perfection isn’t necessary, but a big sloppy mess would be too much to repair.

Rinse and dry the stencil, rotate to place the pattern running the opposite direction beside the one you just painted.  You may need to let the first painted area dry first.  SD and I were able to place the stencil beside the wet area without getting into it, so we painted before letting it dry.

Stencil Complete

Allow paint to dry completely, then sand with very fine sand paper to make some areas lighter than others.

I added a coat of Annie Sloan Clear Wax, then painted and attached the drawer pull.

Since I couldn’t talk SD into stenciling the file drawer, at least she agreed to painting the drawer pull.  This is my favorite part of the entire piece.  I love cup pulls.

Painted Cup Pull

I mixed the green and blue colors together, trying to achieve a shade of aqua.  It didn’t work very well, because it turned out green.  But, after sanding to distress the cup pull, it’s still my favorite part.

If you want to see this table in SD’s room reveal, head on over to Extending the Life of a Tween Room (after we finish here, of course).

You can see that some of the leaves are fatter.  Those were areas at the tip of the roller where the paint was heavier.  I didn’t off-load paint at the tip of the roller (I guess by wiping?), but I don’t mind the imperfection.

File Cabinet Update Complete

I prefer imperfect things.  Do you?  You don’t find a branch full of perfect leaves in nature.  The slight imperfections (due to bug infestation and abnormal plant growth) mean it’s real.  The only perfect branch of leaves I’ve ever seen is a fake one.  I much prefer real, don’t you?

Like during our reunion gatherings, it’s obvious when someone’s putting on a false face.  We can see when people are trying to be perfect…putting on a front…a fake front (or rear, as it may be).

Do you feel more comfortable with people who aren’t afraid to show imperfection?  I do.  I think it’s because, being fully aware of our own imperfection, we are drawn to those who are most like ourselves.  “Perfect” people seem fake – just like with leaves on a plant.  After all, we are all imperfect, whether we admit it or not.

Our imperfection is beautiful.  It is part of the design of each person – the part of the whole – a trait to overlook, smirk at, and sometimes adore.  I love how God makes each person unique.  Imperfection is part of that individuality we enjoy in others,

There is beauty in every person, don’t you think?  Imperfection and all, you are beautiful!

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Comments

  1. Sheryll & Critters. says

    I just now saw your SD room and I am totally jealous. It is just gorgeous! There is not a tiny thing I don’t love about it. The wall color, the spread, those LAMPS, the art, drapes and just everything is so perfect.