Plain File Cabinet? Not for Me!

4 Materials
4 Hours

Our filing cabinet was going to be in our pantry, so it HAD to have some personality.

I LOVE the way it turned out.

The filing cabinet was a thrift store find for $6. It was dull and uninspiring, so it was time to give it an upgrade!

Teal is my color. Little curated items in our home here and there weave a similar thread. I lightly sprayed the metal surface with Paint with Primer Spray paint. Already so much better, right?

Using brown frisket paper from the paint department of Home Depot, I created a frisket around my stencil from Michael's. This kept the area clean so that my design would stand out.

I used a light color teal in gentle spray passes, up and down, then across.

I allowed the cabinet to dry completely before repeating it on the adjacent drawers.

Before I was finished, I misted the lighter color along the edges of the drawers. This gave the overall design a nice, faded look.

I love how it turned out!

Don't sit still for too long at our house, or I will paint you!

Resources for this project:
See all materials
Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.More info
Frequently asked questions
Have a question about this project?
  3 questions
  • Debby Gritz-Levi Debby Gritz-Levi on Jun 03, 2022

    What do you mean when you say you misted it? Love how it turned out.

  • Julie Julie on Jun 04, 2022

    Looks beautiful! When you paint though it tends to scratch easily. Did you put any kind of sealer on this?

  • Susan Susan on Jun 10, 2022

    Did you have to let cabinet sit a few days before you did the stenciling?

Join the conversation
5 of 37 comments