Who says file cabinets have to be sterile and bland? I knew when I found this one that I could turn it into something special! File cabinets are really a blank slate that you can do anything with! So I started off with a good clean with TSP. I love that I don’t have to rinse Fusion’s TSP. The wood was worn and there was not much finish so I proceeded to paint. I chose Ash, such a dark, dreamy gray.
I was able to quickly give this piece two coats of Ash. I used my flat Staalmeester brush which made painting a dream! I decided to leave the drawers natural wood. Don’t you love the contrast?
There is another reason that I chose Ash for the paint color. I’ve been dying to use one of my new Iron Orchid Designs transfers. When you put one of these white transfers on a dark background, it looks like chalk on a chalkboard. Just love the look! So these transfers are SO EASY to apply! Seriously!! I taped the image in place where I wanted it, removed the paper backing, and began to rub with the plastic applicator that’s included. I’m sure it took less than 5 minutes to apply.
Once the transfer was applied, I took the clear plastic cover off, revealing this awesome image. It needs to be protected, so I applied a thin coat of Beeswax Finish, a natural wax that is a blend of beeswax and hemp oil . It goes on like butter.
Finally, it was time to address the drawers. They were in good shape, but needed to be refreshed. Hemp Oil to the rescue! I used an old t-shirt and wiped a light coat of hemp oil over the drawers. It adds such a warmth to the wood. And that was it! Finished! This makes me want to go file something!