Before & After: Rusty Filing Cabinet Makeover

Before & After: Rusty Filing Cabinet Makeover

Dabney Frake
Jun 5, 2016

Have you ever been intimidated by refinishing metal furniture? Joanna shows it's entirely possible, and gets great results with a little time and elbow grease. She found this little cabinet in a parking lot and instantly saw its potential. Want to see the result of her work? Read on...

The cabinet is now totally bright, cheerful and ready for its new life in Joanna's house. Here's how she made it happen:

First, I took the whole thing apart — unscrewed all the handles and removed the drawers. Then I scrubbed it with sugar soap and a stiff brush and hosed it down (lots of wet spiders crawled out at this point). Then I used an electric sander on the larger parts of the main body and then hand-sanded the drawers. Next I gave it another wash and a final wipe down with white spirit. The body needed four coats of paint, and I used a multi-surface paint with a soft gloss finish. Putting it back together was by far the hardest part. I have some screws and washers left over — whoops!
Readers, you can see what else Joanna is up to over at her blog, Cecily Mae. Nice work Joanna!

Re-edited from a post originally published 6.13.13-NT

(Images: Cecily Mae)

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