Lateral Metal File Cabinet Makeover | The Interior Frugalista: Lateral Metal File Cabinet Makeover
Lateral Metal File Cabinet Makeover | The Interior Frugalista

January 7, 2015

Lateral Metal File Cabinet Makeover

Hello my friends, I hope 2015 has been kind to you so far.  It felt good to get back into the workshop after the holidays.  Recently we scored a lateral metal file cabinet in very good condition for $45.00.  What a steal considering a three drawer model costs around $500.00 new.  As metal file cabinets do, it was too utilitarian looking for this girl's home office so Mr. Frugalista and I gave it a makeover.

Metal File Cabinet Makeover After

We delved into this makeover as soon as it entered the workshop and forgot to take before pictures but the exterior was the same color as the interior in the photo below. This photo was taken after we rolled Zinsser Bullseye Primer over the exterior.

Metal File Cabinet Makeover After Primed

After the primer dried over night we rolled it with two coats of White Latex paint.  We didn't bother painting the back considering it'll be up against a wall.

Metal File Cabinet After Rolled with White Latex Paint

We rolled the top portion of the drawer fronts as well.

Metal File Cabinet Drawer Fronts primed and painted white

I rolled black chalkboard paint over the drawer fronts for a fun way to label each drawer.

Metal File Cabinet Drawers painted with black chalkboard paint

Using stencils and white chalk paint I added some fun typography to each drawer.  Then I lined the back of the concave pulls with pretty black and white paper using Mod Podge.

Metal File Cabinet Drawers with stenciled typography and papered pulls

I added black grain sack stripes to the top using Frog Tape and Black Chalkboard Paint.

Metal File Cabinet with painted grain sack stripes on the top

Here's a close up of the top drawer.

Metal File Cabinet Close up of top drawer after makeover

I love how pretty this cabinet looks in my office, especially considering you can see it from the hallway.  It fits in perfectly with the black and white color scheme of this room.

Metal File Cabinet After Painted Makeover

Metal File Cabinet After Makeover 1

Metal File Cabinet After Makeover 2

Metal File Cabinet After Makeover 3

For Christmas Mr. Frugalista gave me a Nikon D5200 DSLR camera. Photography is not my strong suit and learning the bells and whistles of this camera is overwhelming to say the least. This was my first photo shoot with this baby and while they are far better quality photos than my former point-and-shoot, I have a long way to go before I produce picture perfect photography.

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