This was one of my favorite posts from viewfromthefridge.com take 1, that I thought I’d repost here … again …
So here it is … LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the finished product. This actually was one of those pinterest projects that was a huge success!
The idea originally came from my mom who saw it in HGTV magazine (good old fashioned ‘pinning’)…
But, leave it to me … I refered back to good old pinterest for further inspiration. Here are some fantastic pins I found …
This fun pattern made with wallpaper via Design Sponge:
In my pinterest
browsing stalking, I also found this cabinet with the same pattern. How cute is this workstation?!?!? I will be investigating to figure out the source of this picture, as the pinterest pic had no link.
Also love this re-do done with fabric on the front of the drawers via Beauprezfamily:
Or … there was alway the option of just painting the cabinets a fun color, and adding a countertop to the top of multiple cabinets to gain a cute piece of furniture …
And these awesome vintage yellow cabinets … LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these:
Okay…so back to our cabinets, and the task at hand…
My mom has a pretty ugly standard black file cabinet, and I’ve got an even worse one! While we are trying … hard… to go paperless, we still do require some hard copies of paperwork. We’ve actually condensed all of our household paperwork to the bottom drawer, leaving the top drawer open for all my paper/patterns/label stock/pictures and misc. other crafting stuff. Hooray!
Here’s mine before … lovely right?
We decided to stick with the HGTV re-do (requiring paint and shelf paper). On to the next decision … what colors to use? I have a vision for our (my) office. It currently serves several purposes … playroom for boys, Molly’s bedroom (I should say napping room, however, since she actually sleeps in our bed every night), a changing room (and diaper storage) for Charlie, a gathering place for all our mail, paperwork, etc, and last (and probably least), a sewing/crafting room for me. Our lovely file cabinet resides here. In my vision, this will be an office space with white walls (I love white!!! I wish for my whole house to magically be painted white) and trim, new dark wood flooring, some gray accents, and lots of pops of colors. The black file cabinet does not fit with this vision (or anyone’s decor, I’m pretty sure). So, bright turquoise and light blue it is! Turns out, my mom was also good with this color combo for her cabinets, so we just doubled up on all the supplies. Hooray … love it when things turn out to be a bit more simple.
We scrounged up the following supplies:
- Acrylic primer for metal cabinet (where the paint will be applied)
- Paint for cabinet
- Adhesive shelf paper (we used this from pattern from chicshelfpaper.com)
- X-acto knife
- Yard stick or ruler
- Straight edge (like an old credit card … BONUS: if you order from chicshelfpaper.com, you get a fancy tool with your order!)
- Screwdriver to remove old hardward/reinstall new
- Sandpaper (medium grit)
- Damp rag
- Paint brush
- Mini paint roller
- Drop cloth
Okay, so here’s the process …
Step 1. Remove drawers.
Step 2: Sand cabinet. My least favorite step. By far. Sand all surfaces to be painted (basically all except drawers, and inside of cabinet). Update … you’ll also want to sand, prime and paint the edges of your drawers (see second picture below).
Step 3: Wipe cabinet clean with damp rag to remove any debris/dirt.
Step 4: Set out your drop cloth … set cabinet up on coasters (optional) … and prime cabinet:
Here’s a close up of those coasters:
Here’s the primer we used… Sherwin Williams, Multi-Purpose Primer: Nice clear shot of it below, huh? Note to self; take picture of primer before using it!
Step 5: Paint cabinet! Favorite Step!!
We took the shelf paper into Sherwin Williams, and asked to have the light blue color in the pattern color matched.
Here’s what they came up with:
We ended up painting two coats. The primer actually did a great job of covering! We may have only needed one coat, but as long as everything was all set up we figured … why not just do two. I hate nothing more than staring at paint that didn’t quite cover well enough. Drives me crazy!
Step 6: Cover the front of the cabinets with your shelf paper of choice.
I laid the shelf paper out flat, traced the drawer fronts, and used an X-acto knife to carefully cut the paper.
Two lessons learned here:
#1. Applying the shelf paper to the front … For my mom’s cabinet, we cut the paper slightly bigger than the drawer front intending to wrap it around the edges. This worked, but didn’t look perfect. It bunched up a little at the corners. Since my cabinet was second, we learned from that and cut the paper to fit just inside the front. (I then went back and painted the drawer edges that were obvious when you opened either drawer).
#2. If you don’t need to use the lock functionality on your cabinet, take the whole locking mechanism out, and just apply the shelf paper right over the top. Looks much cleaner this way! If you do need the lock to stay … remove it anyway, trace the hole in the shelf paper when you trace the outside edges, and cut it out. Then re-install the lock, and it should work just fine.
Step 7: Re-Install hardware (if yours was decent to begin with), or install new hardware if it was double ugly (like mine!).
Finished! Much better than the standard (super ugly) black cabinet we started with! Agree?
Now, time to organize the paperwork for the inside (a much less fun project)!