Today we have a special treat for everyone. We decided to start a new series called “Triple Tuesday!” Simply put, we each do the same project but come up with three different ways of doing it.

This was really fun for us! It was kind of coincidental. One day, Misty sent a picture of a filing cabinet she just bought and wanted to refinish. Ironically, Michelle had just bought one the week before…with the hopes of refinishing it as well. Then the next day, while talking to Marie about the fact that we each had cabinet we were going to redo, she said she had one TOO and wanting to do the same thing. No Way! Really? We were thinking the same thing practically at the same time? We really are sisters!

We hope you enjoy this new series as much as we enjoy doing them!

MARIE’S – STENCIL

I’ve wanted to stencil something for forever and this seemed like a good starter project. I used Rust-oleum’s Granite Spray paint, Waverly chalk paint maize, spouncers value pack, and this fantastic stencil The Crafter’s Workshop 12×12 Template: Cosmic Swirl.  

I thought it would be a lot harder to do but the spouncers actually made it really simple. There wasn’t any bleeding or running with the chalk paint.  The hardest part was lining up the stencil after I had lifted it.

It’s not perfect but so much better then the all black and I LOVE it in my new office.

supplies

file cabinet 1

MICHELLE’S – CONTACT PAPER

I actually bought some Con-Tact Creative Covering Shelf Liner in Blue Batik from Target a few weeks ago with a completely different project in mind. However, once I started thinking of how I wanted to refinish my  filing cabinet I decided the Con-Tact paper would be perfect for the front of the drawers. I love the color and the design so I knew I couldn’t go wrong.

Cabinet Supplies

For my spray paint, I picked up two cans of Krylon CoverMaxx in Brilliant White (I used up both cans so make sure to get enough if your file cabinet is bigger).

Then I measured the front of drawers for the Con-Tact paper and added a 1/2 inch so that the paper would wrap around the back edge of the cabinets. I noticed that if I made it exactly the same size it would start peeling away from the cabinet so cut the paper slightly bigger to give you some wiggle room.

My cabinet also had holes on the top, so to hide them and finish it off, I bought a 3/4 x 16 x 36 pine board from Lowes, cut it to size and placed it on top. It didn’t take long to take my file cabinet from drab to fab. I love how it turned out!!

File Cabinet Before2

MISTY’S – PHOTOS & MOD PODGE

If any of you know our family you know we LOVE everything John Deere (after all my husband does own 4 JD tractors)! When it came time to think of ideas for refinishing my filing cabinet I had the perfect thing in mind. I’d purchased this calendar years ago on clearance just so I could have the pictures. I used a few of them to decorate my son’s room years ago and still had quite a few left so this was the perfect way to use up a few more of the pictures!

Filing Cabinet

To start I removed the handles on the front of the drawers and gave everything a few good coats of spray paint. Then I cut my pictures down and centered them on the front of the drawers.

I then applied a layer of Mod Podge to the drawers and carefully laid the picture on top. This is where things started to get tricky. My paper started to bubble and wrinkle – insert CRINGE face. I did a lot of research online and found that letting the Mod Podge COMPLETELY dry in between coats is the key. So I waited patiently for it to dry before adding a top coat.

I also found online that using an Acrylic Sealer also works wonders too. So before doing the next drawer I applied a few layers of this to both sides of the picture. It worked great! Still, let each layer of Mod Podge dry completely before adding additional coats, and don’t get too discouraged, once things were dry most of the bubbles and wrinkles had worked themselves out. It was magical really! Haha!

Before and during

Once the pictures were dry I applied a clear coat to everything and gave it plenty of time to dry. Reattached the handles and VOILA! It’s done and my tractor obsessed family LOVES it. Success!!!

So now you’re wondering how they turned out, right? Here they are…

all file cabinet

While each are unique and different we love how they turned out and match our personalities!

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