Painted Metal Cabinet – Themed Furniture Makeover


 

Today is Themed Furniture Makeover Day and this month’s theme is Storage and Organization.  There are some sneak peeks of my friends’ fantastic projects at the end of this post, so I’d love for you to visit them after you’re finished reading my post!  {See all of my previous TFMD projects HERE.}

I got this grungy metal cabinet this past summer and I knew it would be perfect for this theme.  When I was cleaning it, I saw papers through the holes on the bottom.  After removing the last drawer, I found a “secret” storage area filled with someone’s paystubs from the mid-70s through the mid-80s and some other random paperwork.  I’m not gonna lie, I was really hoping for a stash of cash hiding in there.  😉

Painted Metal Cabinet Makeover with Chalk Paint - Girl in the Garage

A couple weeks ago I FINALLY bought Duck Egg Blue from my Chalk Paint® stockist.  I’ve been wanting to try this color forever!  Honestly I thought my first project with it would be some super feminine piece, but this grungy cabinet was screaming for some moody blue loveliness.

Painted Metal Cabinet Makeover with Chalk Paint - Girl in the Garage

Painted Metal Cabinet Makeover with Chalk Paint - Girl in the Garage

I put three coats of paint on (no sanding at all, and the Chalk Paint worked wonderfully on the metal!) and had to be careful around the hardware because it can’t be removed.  I did make a few mistakes but they’ll be easy to fix.

Painted Metal Cabinet Makeover with Chalk Paint - Girl in the Garage

Painted Metal Cabinet Makeover with Chalk Paint - Girl in the Garage

 Next I’m going to seal it with Annie Sloan’s clear wax.

Painted Metal Cabinet Makeover with Chalk Paint - Girl in the Garage

Here’s a handy before/after comparison:

Painted Metal Cabinet Makeover with Chalk Paint - Girl in the Garage

So what do you think of my metal cabinet makeover?

I’m loving it in Duck Egg!!

Jen


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17 Comments on Painted Metal Cabinet – Themed Furniture Makeover

  1. Susan
    November 19, 2015 at 6:27 am (2 years ago)

    I absolutely adore your moody blue cabinet. It combines 3 of my favorite things – organizing, the color blue, and a funky mid-century vibe.

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  2. Lindsay Eidahl
    November 19, 2015 at 6:42 am (2 years ago)

    I love the little drawers on this piece! Great find. Looks so much better with that pretty paint color.

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  3. Wendi @ H2OBungalow
    November 19, 2015 at 6:54 am (2 years ago)

    Love that file cabinet and the color is perfect! That would be such a good place to store stencils!

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  4. Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces
    November 19, 2015 at 7:33 am (2 years ago)

    What a fresh new look for an outdated piece, Jen! And to think it was all done with chalk paint. Maahvelous!

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  5. Amy Rattleff
    November 19, 2015 at 8:42 am (2 years ago)

    Duck egg was a perfect choice for this metal cabinet! I would say marvelous blue over moody blue!

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  6. Marie at the Interior Frugalista
    November 19, 2015 at 9:21 am (2 years ago)

    I think duck egg is the perfect color for this metal file cabinet – so fresh and far from industrial looking now!

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  7. Jolinda
    November 19, 2015 at 2:09 pm (2 years ago)

    what a great storage cabinet. The choice of paint made all the difference and I love the handles with room for description cards.

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  8. Amy | Canary Street Crafts
    November 19, 2015 at 2:22 pm (2 years ago)

    SO much better! I love the fresh new color. It’s so pretty now! And how cool is a secret compartment? Wish there would’ve been something good in there!

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  9. Shanna Gilbert
    November 19, 2015 at 8:27 pm (2 years ago)

    What a difference some paint can make! Love that color!

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  10. Paula@SweetPea
    November 20, 2015 at 8:07 am (2 years ago)

    Paint gives this piece a fresh look. I know I’d like to have this piece in my craft room for storage.

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  11. Breanna
    November 21, 2015 at 9:12 am (2 years ago)

    Such a pretty color! Love it.

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  12. kandice
    November 25, 2015 at 8:09 am (2 years ago)

    this is awesome! love it

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  13. Susan
    January 15, 2017 at 4:51 pm (10 months ago)

    Great color! I painted mine too and it is still in perfect shape a year later with a lot of use.

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    • Jen
      January 20, 2017 at 9:26 pm (10 months ago)

      Thank you Susan! I couldn’t go through with painting the insides of all the drawers, but it sold quickly anyway. 😉

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