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Transform a Boring Black Box File Cabinet Into a One-of-a-Kind Beauty

We are working on creating a "command central closet" and I didn't want a big boring black box staring back at me from my pretty new space... enter a little primer, some Bliss Chalk Paint, and a Martha stencil. Done! Now, flowery might not be everyone's speed (as may not turquoise) but you could do any colour and design that suits your fancy!
Here is how this gal started out. After hunting for months for a used file cabinet that wasn't destroyed beyond practical function I ended up buying a new one (GASP!!)
I primed it with this fabulous stuff.
After one coat of my beautiful BLISS Country Chic Chalk Paint
Then stencilled it with white chalk paint called Simplicity. I find the end of a foam brush works best... wipe the excess paint onto the edge of the container, hold the stencil down and dab straight down with it.

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  • Bethany W.
    Bethany W. Tallahassee, FL
    on May 5, 2014

    Love this idea. I've wanted to get a filing cabinet, but hate the look of the grey and tan metal ones. But then, the wood ones are not fire proof, plus they cost so much more. This fixes both problems! I'm on it.

  • Ashley F
    Ashley F Poquoson, VA
    on May 5, 2014


  • Donna Hugley
    Donna Hugley Rockport, TX
    on May 5, 2014

    This is blissfully beautiful!

  • Shirley P
    Shirley P Boyd, TX
    on May 5, 2014

    love the color,great job

  • Lena Grasso
    Lena Grasso Canada
    on May 6, 2014

    It looks great and I'm going to do this, grey, tan, black, look horrible. just wondering, I saw you used primer before applying chalk paint? I heard no primer was necessary with chalk paint?

    • Krista @ thehappyhousie
      Krista @ thehappyhousie Canada
      on May 8, 2014

      @Lena Grasso I just wasn't willing to take the risk- I used chalk paint on my melamine cabinet doors in my kitchen once (to do a chalkboard inside my cabinets) and it all peeled off..... agh. Such a big job to fix. With it being a brand new cabinet and such shiny smooth metal I decided I would rather be safe then sorry and prime first:) Generally you don't need to use primer with most things for chalk paint though, you are right.

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