File Cabinet Re-Design

File Cabinet Re-do with Annie Sloan paint

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.

pACE3-5361964enh-z7The 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!

Ok, maybe not a true disaster, but more work. I had to sand the paint off and then wash the piece off some more to try to get rid of the stripper.


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!!

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