September 2014 Up-Cycle

Stenciled File Cabinet

Stenciled File Cabinet

Supplies:/

  • metal filing cabinet
  • good quality Primer
  • foam roller, tray, paint brushes
  • Country Chic Chalk Paint in Bliss and Simplicity (white)
  • stencil and a foam roller
  • clear acrylic sealer

Instructions:

  1. Cover file cabinet with two coats of primer.
  2. After my two primer coats I did two coats of Country Chic Chalk Paint in Bliss
  3. Once the second coat had dried I used a stencil from Martha Stewart Crafts and I went to town adding some serious flowery interest to her.
  4. I used the end of a foam roller that I had dipped into my Simplicity Chalk Paint and then wiped most of it off against the edge of my container before gently pressing down directly onto the stencil.
  5. I went with a sweeping pattern of flowers, starting with the larger flowers, then going back once they were dry and filling in the gaps with the smaller flower stencil. That way I wasn’t rubbing my stencil against any wet flowers and smearing the paint every which way.
  6. I also finished her off with a coat of a clear acrylic sealer rather.
  7. You might notice that I skipped the standard handles to as well – instead I used a little bit of twine that I had on hand to make my own handle. I just cut it to length, fed it in through one hole and tied a knot at the end. Then I tied a second knot outside of that hole… measured the length I wanted and tied off a third knot, then inserted the last end of the twine in the second hole, and tied it off tightly to hold it all in place.

Stenciled File Cabinet