I got this large wood file cabinet at an auction. It was not in great shape and the wood finish was just looking a big aged and worn out. I knew I wanted to strip the top and stain it and paint the rest of the piece with chalk paint. Here it is when I first brought it home.
I applied Citristrip on the top, hoping to keep it all on the top but of course that didn’t work out.
The Citristrip did it’s job though and the varnish came off the top. I sanded it a applied a mahogany stain. All was looking good. We brought it upstairs into my office for the next part. I painted the body of the cabinet in Annie Sloan old white. Within an hour, the orange started seeping through! I had done the stripping in a very confined space and didn’t manage to get it all off! Disaster!
After I had it looking like this (beautiful, right?), I repainted and this time the orange did not come through. After painting, I sealed it with Annie Sloan clear wax. I spray-painted the handles black and re-attached them.
This is a very utilitarian piece in my office but I think it looks cuter now and it holds so much!!