Saturday, January 24, 2015

My First Project of the New Year...

 Yes, I know - I haven't been very productive...but I've been enjoying the quite of winter with my family.  It won't be long and things will be in overdrive!  I start seeding in the greenhouse in just a couple of weeks and baseball is just around the corner.  Hope your time spent indoors this winter is restful!

So even though I haven't been very productive with big projects - I have accomplished a few small ones,  one of which being this small filing cabinet.  My craft closet was getting kind of out of control - especially with all the "little" stuff - like stamps and ink, and glue and tags, and scissors and wood burners...well, and...and...and....- you get the picture.

So a while back I had spotted this lil' filing cabinet at our local antique mall.  I just love all those drawers!  I could see the potential but it was just a bit more than I wanted to spend.  I pondered it for several weeks and finally I just treated myself!  After all, it would make for some great organization PLUS - I knew it would be to cute all painted up!

It had a few places where the paint was peeling and it was a tad rusty...

Nothing that a lil' sandpaper couldn't fix...

Be sure to always sand until you get a smooth edge.

Next I cleaned the cabinet well - and let me just say there were some interesting things on this cabinet - dirty is an understatement! I then sprayed the entire cabinet with gray primer for metal surfaces...

Seems like no matter how hard I try to get away from green - I keep going back to it.  I love this color... "Leafy Green" from Rust-oleum - reminds me of spring!

Snowball kept his distance yet he kept an eye on what I was doing.  He wasn't for sure what to think of me when I was shaking those spray paint cans -all the while channeling Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off".  I'm glad no one else was watching! ;-)

This cabinet has 30 drawers - yep... took a while to paint all those little drawers.

This paint has great coverage - two coats and I was ready to take it inside - with Shaun's help of course.  It may be small but it is heavy!

I simply cut some kraft paper to size and used some of my small stamps to label the drawers.  

You can see - all of those drawers are already being put to great use.  I love it - feeling all organized.  Now, only if the rest of my house was like this.

It fit perfectly at the base of our steps - right outside my craft closet.  I'm glad I decided to treat myself  with this cabinet.  It's nothing fancy - but I'm sure it will be a piece that will be serviceable for years to come.

Happy Winter Friends!