With the weather warming up, yard sales have been popping up. I bought this metal file cabinet for $10.00.
Well I thought I could make something great out of this junk.
1. REMOVE HARDWARE
2. WASH with soap & water (I also power washed it to begin with)
3. SAND THE EXTERIOR: I just had a little handheld sander. I read it's important to sand the metal to rough up the surface for the paint to stick
4. PAINT WITH PRIMER You can read on the back to make sure your primer works for metal surfaces. I used paint and applied with rollers. I just wasn't in the mood to spray paint all that area
5. SPRAY PAINT INTERIOR: The cabinet was an ugly green/gray color--I guess your typical metal file cabinet from the 60s. So I used cheap $1/ can white spray paint to get a cleaner look. You can see I didn't do multiple coats. I just did a basic coat since most of the time these drawers should be shut and you'd rarely see it anyway...so why paint the insides at all? It was only $2.00 worth of paint.
HARDWARE: I cleaned and used sandpaper on the hardware. Then I just spray painted it white. I did take time to spray multiple coats so the hardware is nice and smooth and totally white.
CABINET: I used paint again with a roller to apply the paint to the cabinet. I chose Glidden Spanish Olive for the color. I've always wanted an olive green piece of furniture, and a file cabinet seemed small enough I could give it a try and if I didn't like the color afterall, it's only the file cabinet.
I painted 2 coats.
The thumb trigger hardware to unlatch each drawer didn't come off easily, so I just hand painted them at the end.
Here's the finished project!
My editing is pretty crappy around the edges, so here's the actual shot in the garage.
I think this looks like it was worth $10 + a little paint.