January 15, 2013

Reader Re-Do!

Well, I introduced you all to my friend Kari-Ann last week and she is back with another great office project! You can see her other projects here. This time she painted her filing cabinet, wait until you see the transformation.

Here is what she started with - it was an eye sore to say the least. She got it for free work, but it was covered in stickers and had writing on it but she saw the potential! She scrubbed the whole thing down and used goof off to get the stickers off.

The Freckled Redhead - Alexis Scott Organized Interiors and Decor
In the picture above you can see it is sitting on box - well her future f.i.l built that for her so that it would make the filling cabinet level with her desk because she wants to get a piece of glass for the top so this way it’ll cover both - what a great idea!

She used gloss paint she had on hand but ran out after 1 coat. Her fiancé had to run to Lowe’s to pick up some more. He took a picture with his phone so he knew exactly what kind to get. That is a great tip when you have to send someone else out to get something for your project.

The Freckled Redhead - Alexis Scott Organized Interiors and Decor
She did a second coat on the filing cabinet and then let that dry before she did a third and final coat. After that she was ready to start stenciling - she laid the cabinet on it’s back and then propped the doors open with some clothes pin she had close by. She laid the stencil down as close to center as she could get it and then painted away! She used a pot of Valspar sample paint she already had on hand.

The Freckled Redhead - Alexis Scott Organized Interiors and Decor
Using a sponge brush to apply the paint - it took her about three coats to get the coverage that she wanted. She let it dry and then moved the stencil and did another 3 coats.

Kari is very OCD and realized that it wasn't as crisp as she would've liked because the paint had leaked under the stencil in a lot of spots. So she let it dry completely and then took a trip to Hobby Lobby to find some white paint pens.

The Freckled Redhead - Alexis Scott Organized Interiors and Decor
Three hours later and her lines were much more crisp and to her liking! God bless her - I don’t know if I’d have the patients. If your like Kari and every time you looked at it, it would bother you then the 3 hours was time well spent.

The Freckled Redhead - Alexis Scott Organized Interiors and Decor
She reattached the hardware and made cute tags to label the drawers with. It was her first time stenciling and she is all set - she loves how it turned out, but it was far to time consuming for her - I told you she doesn't have patients!

The Freckled Redhead - Alexis Scott Organized Interiors and Decor
What a great space to work in!

Here is her project breakdown:
Filing Cabinet: FREE
Paint: 2 Cans Spray Paint had 1, Purchased 1 for $3.50ish
Stencil: $16.00 at Hobby Lobby with 40% off coupon= $9.60
Paint for stencil: $2.98 at Lowe's
Paint Pens: $3.47 each (bought 2)
Labels: Free - Had paper etc.
Total: $24ish

So for right around $24 she was able to totally revamp a gross old filing cabinet she got for free. She completed all her office projects in one weekend for around $75!

The next time you see an old chair or filing cabinet on the side of the road or at a thrift store you will think twice! Look past the stickers and ugly fabric and see the beauty that in the lines or functionality of the piece like Kari did!

Don’t forget you can follow Alexis-Scott Organized Interiors and Décor - Kari Ann’s business here on Facebook and check out her Etsy store here.
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