Let’s face it, filing cabinets may be practical, but they are anything BUT attractive in a home office…I’ve been sharing my office space with this ugly black filing cabinet for years now and it is by far the worst piece of furniture in our home. All of this changed a couple nights ago when I glanced over at it and had an “ah ha” moment…I decided to give my filing cabinet a makeover using chalky finish paint, which works perfectly on metals with absolutely no priming required! Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint!
I actually LOVE the pop of color my newly painted filing cabinet adds to our office now!
Chalk Painted Filing Cabinet [tutorial]
Here’s how my filing cabinet looked before it’s transformation…
Americana Décor Chalky Finish paint in Refreshing
Americana Décor Chalky Finish paint in Everlasting
Americana Décor Crème Wax
Medium size brush & small detail brush
Make sure your filing cabinet is clean and dry before applying the first coat of paint. Apply one coat of the chalky finish paint. I used Refreshing for the base, but there are many more amazing chalky finish colors here. Don’t worry about painting perfectly, chalky finish paint is meant have a somewhat “imperfect”, textured look.
Allow the first coat to dry (about an hour). Apply a second coat of paint.
Next, apply a coat of paint to the hardware. My filing cabinet only had two plastic handles and a key lock, so I covered both in the Everlasting Chalky Finish paint. You may add a second coat to the hardware if needed.
Allow the cabinet to dry completely overnight before sealing it.
Once the cabinet is completely dry, use Americana Decor’s Crème Wax top coat to seal in the paint. It’s best to apply a thin layer of wax using Americana’s 2″ wax brush (this helps spread the wax easier).
Allow the wax a dry for approx. 2 hours. Now that your filing cabinet is complete you’re free to use it as a chalk board surface, how completely perfect for organizing!
I definitely won’t mind sharing my office with this beauty now 😉