The plan for our new office desk includes using file cabinets as the base for a wide butcher block desk top. We already had one metal file cabinet in great shape, so I made it my mission to find a matching one to pair with it. I didn’t want to buy a new one because they go for around $200, so I spent two weeks scouring Craigslist, OfferUp, and thrift shops. Who knew a used metal filing cabinet in good shape was so hard to find?! Finally one came up on Craigslist in perfect shape for $85 and I immediately snagged it up.
I had envisioned our base file cabinets in a dark grey finish, so I removed the hardware and took the drawers out to paint. Using paper bags and painter’s tape, I covered the drawer insides so that paint would just cover the drawer fronts.After I spray painted them, though, I felt like the solid grey was just too plain and boring looking. After seeing a tutorial on My Sweet Savannah for a faux zinc finish, I decided to give it a try.
I pretty much followed her tutorial, but made a few modifications and used materials I already had on hand.
Once the gray paint was dry, I used #1 steel wool to lightly scuff it up.After wiping all of the dust off, I randomly applied some silver acrylic paint (DecoArt Shimmering Silver) using a dry brush technique.I didn’t get a picture of the next step, but I buffed Minwax Paste Finishing Wax on once the silver paint was dry. I’m not sure if this was a necessary step, but I wanted to make sure my paint was protected.
And finally, I dabbed Annie Sloan Dark Wax all over and buffed it out with an old rag. I also spray painted all of the silver hardware with Rustoleum’s Oil Rubbed Bronze.