One Bliss – fully Flowered Chalk Painted Stencilled Filing Cabinet

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Today I can’t wait to share a beautiful little furniture transformation: a Chalk Painted Stencilled Filing Cabinet.

But before I start, I have something to admit. Ya, um….the truth is we kind of started a whole new project around here.

If you are a regular reader you may be thinking “but you still haven’t finished your boy’s bedroom!  I thought your word of the year was FOCUS… as in, finish one project before starting the next!!”

Ya, you would be right.  Clearly I’m doing really well with that FOCUS thing.

Anyhoo… moving on.  So, we have started a new project! Yay!!  In an effort to get organized we are turning a little closet right off the kitchen into a command central zone.   A mini home office of sorts!

And of course it needs to be pretty first and functional second.  So when I picked up a new filing cabinet recently (after searching for weeks for a used one I finally gave in a bought new… ouch), I knew it needed a little painted transformation.  And here is what I came up with…

A Chalk Painted Stencilled Filing Cabinet at The Happy Housie

To turn this bad boy from boring black to blissfully beautiful I used:

- a metal filing cabinet (I purchased mine at my local Staples after a long and unproductive hunt for a used one)
- a good quality Primer
- foam roller, tray, paint brushes
- Country Chic Chalk Paint in Bliss and Simplicity (white)
-a stencil (made by Martha Stewart Crafts) and a foam roller
- a clear acrylic sealer (I used varathane brand as I had it on hand but Country Chic makes a Tough Coat product that would work well too)

Here is how she started out….

Chalk Painted Stenciled Filing Cabinet Before by The Happy Housie

Since she was so shiny spankin’ new I gave her two coats of an awesome primer (I did two coats to give a good amount of coverage over the black before I moved onto my precious Bliss chalk paint).

Chalk Painted Stenciled Filing Cabinet Primer by The Happy Housie

Chalk Painted Stenciled Filing Cabinet primed by The Happy Housie

After my two primer coats I did two coats of Country Chic Chalk Paint in Bliss… here is how she looked after the first coat only.

Chalk Painted Stenciled Filing Cabinet one coat of bliss by The Happy Housie

Once the second coat had dried I used a stencil from Martha Stewart Crafts (I think you can get them at Michaels though I borrowed mine from a lovely friend)… and I went to town adding some serious flowery interest to her….

Chalk Painted Stenciled Filing Cabinet stenciling by The Happy Housie

I used the end of a foam roller that I had dipped into my Simplicity Chalk Paint and then wiped most of it off against the edge of my container before gently pressing down directly onto the stencil.

Normally,  I held the stencil down with one hand while the other hand ‘dobbed’ the paint on… but I couldn’t show you that part and take the picture at the same time. (Sometimes it might be easier to have a third arm).

I went with a sweeping pattern of flowers, starting with the larger flowers, then going back once they were dry and filling in the gaps with the smaller flower stencil.  That way I wasn’t rubbing my stencil against any wet flowers and smearing the paint every which way.  I LOVE how quickly my Country Chic paint dried- it made it so that I didn’t have to wait at all to get my stencilling down.

Chalk Painted Stenciled Filing Cabinet stenciled side by The Happy Housie

I also finished her off with a coat of a clear acrylic sealer rather then wax… just because she is metal and I really want the paint to stand up to my officey tasks.

Chalk Painted Stenciled Filing Cabinet varathane by The Happy Housie

You might notice that I skipped the standard handles to as well – instead I used a little bit of twine that I had on hand to make my own handle.  I just cut it to length, fed it in through one hole and tied a knot at the end.  Then I tied a second knot outside of that hole… measured the length I wanted and tied off a third knot, then inserted the last end of the twine in the second hole, and tied it off tightly to hold it all in place.

 

Chalk Painted Stenciled Filing Cabinet with twine handles by The Happy Housie

What do you think?  Isn’t she pretty?!?

Chalk Painted Stenciled Filing Cabinet side view by The Happy Housie

So I am pretty much in absolute stark-raving-mad love with the colour Bliss.  I was giddy while I was painting this piece and it’s not because of paint fumes (there were no fumes).  Call me crazy but just looking at this color makes me joyful.  Kind of reminds me of looking at the beautiful ocean on our trip to Mexico…or the ocean in Greece when my husband and I travelled there years ago.  I guess that is why those smart gals at Country Chic called this colour “bliss”.  They really know what they’re talkin’ about.

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 Turn a boring basic black box filing cabinet and transform it into a beautiful piece that you love - tutorial at The Happy Housie

 

Do you have any experience painting metal?  How did it work out for you?  What about using chalk paint??

Thanks for reading. And remember my housie friends, HOME isn’t built in a day. Enjoy the journey!

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Disclosure: I am a member of the Country Chic Paint Blog Squad for 2014.  But of course all opinions are 100% my own.

 

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  1. Pam says

    That’s the exact same color that I painted mine. I love the stencils that you added. I have mine in the guest bath. It holds a ton of extra toilet paper!

  2. says

    I love that color! I am possibly more in love with the stencil. I went online and to a Joann store and cannot find it. Oh my heart is breaking. Do you have a reference number or name I can hunt it down online? Thanks so much!

    • Krista Aasen says

      Kolleen, I don’t have a reference number because I borrowed it from a friend…but it is Martha Stewart brand and I am pretty sure that she got hers at Staples a couple of years ago. It is great isn’t it? I have used it on a few projects now and was sad to give it back!!

  3. says

    I love that you too are talking about focus! Maybe it’s us creative types? I must have 20 projects in progress and a notebook full of ideas I can’t wait to start. Either way I love this filing cabinet and the stencil you chose:)

    • Krista Aasen says

      Haha, must be the ‘creative’ thing… all the ideas keep coming but the time we have in a day or week or month never increases. I try to remind myself of my own fave saying… “home isn’t built in a day. enjoy the journey…” but it is tough at times!! Thanks for hopping by and your kind words!

  4. says

    My husband and I are about to add on to our house. One of the rooms is going to be a multipurpose room with an office portion. I saw this on Pinterest and told him we’re going to have to spruce up our filing cabinet just like you did!
    I’d be thrilled if you’d link up at this week’s Off the Hook!

    • Krista Aasen says

      Thanks so much for coming by and your sweet comments Lauren!! And thanks so much for the invite!

    • Krista Aasen says

      Hi Christy! The stencilling actually turned out to be a lot easier then I expected… maybe it depends on the quality of the stencil? These Martha ones worked well. I am lovin’ the color- of course!

  5. says

    I love this idea Krista! I’m in the middle of gathering ideas for my office and I’m considering working with what I have to save money and this is the perfect inspiration. Thanks for sharing friend!

  6. says

    Um, I am in love with this. I have two used filing cabinets in my basement, just waiting to be painted. I wasn’t even actively LOOKING for one, but when I happened upon a big one on Kijiji for $10 (and the guy ended up telling me not to worry about it, so it was really free) and then a small one at Value Village the next day for $6, I’ve created a bit of a stock pile of them. I’ve been considering going blue/mint/aqua for it, and this just may have convinced me!! It looks SO amazing!

    Great work!

  7. says

    this is such a wonderful transformation.. from blah to WOWZAH! i especially love the colour you chose! looks AH-mazing!!! a must pin…

  8. says

    Yes, she is pretty and that colour is pure bliss! I just bought “baby aqua” … Seems a few shaves lighter, to do some end tables (but I am known to run back to the paint shop and get them to darken it) ;) so I might end up with “bliss”! Beautiful makeover Krista!!

  9. says

    Krista – It’s awesome! Why is it you can’t find something used when you want it – at any other time you’d see 27 filing cabinets! LOL.

    I love the color and tip to use two coats of primer. I have an office with two black filing cabinets – and I’ve never tackled them – but I’m inspired now… Thank you! Would make my office a lot nicer!

    Julia

  10. says

    Krista, now THIS is a filing cabinet I would love to have in my office and wouldn’t mind actually having to file! :) Just beautiful and you did a fantastic job, as always! Thanks for sharing and pinniing – happy Friday!

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