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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Refinishing a rusty file cabinet


Remember when we turned our front closet into an office?

...I hope you do, because I posted about it literally yesterday.

Well, this is the post about our file cabinet that I promised!  I'm sure you've been waiting with bated breath...so here it is!

We bought this rusty file cabinet for $35 from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.


I obviously didn't want to put this ugly thing in my beautiful office, so we made it so pretty!

First, we sanded down the cabinet using 3M emery cloth.  We used the coarse cloth first, and then the fine one.  After the rust was sanded down and everything was roughed up, I wiped it down with a damp cloth to get rid of all the nasty dust.  YUCK.

Next, I primed the cabinet with Rust-Oleum Universal Bonding Primer.  Unfortunately, I held the can too far from the cabinet, and the primer went on all gritty and dusty.  Oops.  The actual spray paint covered that up, luckily.

After the primer dried, we started in on the paint!  We used Rust-Oleum Gloss Protective Enamel in white.

It took three-ish coats of spray paint to get everything pretty.  This time, I held the can closer to the file cabinet like I was supposed to, and it turned out really nicely!

For the drawer fronts, I sanded, primed, and did one coat of spray paint.  Then I put contact paper on them to make them so pretty!  Putting contact paper on file cabinet drawers is approximately five gajillion times easier than putting it on a refrigerator.  It was almost enjoyable!  I'm thinking about starting a business where I just put contact paper on file cabinet drawers all day.  People would pay for that, right?


We were going to buy new drawer pulls, but then we decided to just spray paint the old ones to save some money.  We already had oil rubbed bronze spray paint from our kitchen knobs, so we had to spend ZERO DOLLARS on drawer pulls!  Woo hoo!

And that's it!  It was a pretty easy project...I was worried that it would take a long time or be really hard, but I WAS WRONG.  Thank goodness.

Now go make your file cabinet beautiful!  DO IT NOW!


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