O, a long, long time ago I told you how I wanted to paint this file cabinet in the little bedroom.
Faux, faux, phony wood file cabinet.
We use it daily to house our mail, bills and papers so I had to make this a quick from-beginning-to-end project (unlike the desk I finished). I emptied all the files and papers out of it.
Two file drawers hold lots of important papers.
I got my inspiration from Lindy at Cottage Hill whose similar project I pinned on Pinterest. I brushed on 2 coats of white primer so the final coat would have a chance to stick to the plasticky faux woodgrain finish.
The file looked splotchy after the first coat of primer.
I had some semi-gloss white paint that we use on the inside house trim which I rolled onto the cabinet with a foam roller. (If I would have worked on this project when I first thought about it I would have remembered that the little bedroom ceiling color which is “White Sage” would have been perfect.) It took 3 this coats of white.
The drawers were easily painted with a foam roller.
I printed bird graphics from The Graphics Fairy on card stock and carefully cut them out. Then I decided where the birds would go and lightly marked the spots with pencil.
I printed out free bird graphics keeping the sizes of the birds similar.
I cut out the birds and laid them out on the front of the file. Then I penciled in branches which I intended to paint brown.
I chose 5 birds similarly sized birds to feather the front of the file cabinet.
In my paint supplies I found some brown latex paint which I made translucent with thickening agent left over from this project.
I smeared the brown liquid wood stain and clear thickening agent on a paper plate and used my favorite lining brush. to create branches.
I painted in the branches using a very free brushstroke. The thickened paint naturally made its own highlights and shadows.
The thickened brown stain was easy to work with.
To paint the leaves I mixed some yellow into bright green acrylic paint to make more of a spring green. I painted leaves onto the branches. I penciled a few in to get me started then painted the rest freehand. Again I used the thickening agent in the paint to make it more translucent.
The branches were covered with new leaves.
Finally I glued the birds on with Modge Podge.
Apply Modge Podge with a foam applicator.
I also gave them a couple of top coats of Modge Podge.
After the birds were well stuck I swiped a couple coats of Modge Podge on top.
With a toothbrush I spattered “White Sage” over the entire front.
The spattering is subtle.
I’m glad to be finished this project.
The cabinet is going to be tucked into a little nook created by a desk and a wall.
This was a fun project.
Thanks for the inspiration Lindy at Cottage Hill.
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