I almost called this post “what I found at the auction: the sequel.”
I found this filing cabinet at that same auction and bought it for $5.00.
Surprisingly no one else bid on it.
They were too busy focusing on the tractor equipment and power tools to pay attention the beautiful lines of this filing cabinet.
But not me.
I was so excited I almost bid against myself.
It has scratches and dents and the veneer was chipped in a few places.
And it was sitting on a block of unpainted plywood.
But it looked at me across that auction floor and called my name.
Here’s the before.
I loved the simplicity of it and the fact that it was a dresser with super powers.
The bottom drawer pulls out and it’s a filing cabinet drawer.
The better to organize me with.
I started the transformation with vinyl arrows.
Vinyl is perfect for this kind of project. The vinyl adheres so closely to the surface that it provides the perfect outline when peeled away after you paint it.
The lines are so perfect and there’s no paint bleed on the wood.
After I applied the vinyl arrows and scored it with a library card. In the past I’ve used a credit card, but I’ve given them up for lent.
I made sure the arrow was adhered to the surface and then I painted the drawer fronts with Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Yesteryear.
I love the texture of this paint.
It goes on so smoothly and adds a little character to the furniture piece.
I painted a coat. Let it dry and then painted a second coat.
I let the paint dry completely before I peeled off the arrow.
Here’s the result.
Isn’t she so beautiful.
Then I painted the rest of the filing cabinet with Americana Chalky Finish Paint in Everlasting.
It needed two coats because I was going from dark to light.
Here you can see the texture of the paint on the piece.
It has movement and character.
Here she is straight off the auction floor.
Cleaned up and ready for her close-up.
Best $5.00 I ever spent.
PS I’m going to the auction again Friday night. Fingers crossed because I’m bringing a trailer….
Be sure to visit the DecoArt Website for more chalk paint ideas and inspiration.
You can also find Chalky Finish Paint at your local Michael’s Craft Store.
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