How to Paint a Filing Cabinet - DIY

I have always loved DIY, with my dad being an electrician I think it was something that was ingrained into me from a young girl. You can build things, change things and paint things any way you want. You just need the imagination to see what it could be and then you just need to give it a darn hard try!

Usingt Rust-olum priner and candy pink paint, this filing cabinet was easily changed over the weekend.

I recently picked up a small filing cabinet / filling draws and wanted to give it a bit of vavavoom with a DIY job, so I painted it pink!
The original draws were rather grubby with a lot of sticky residue on the front and rust on the top.

Usingt Rust-olum priner and candy pink paint, this filing cabinet was easily changed over the weekend.

Usingt Rust-olum priner and candy pink paint, this filing cabinet was easily changed over the weekend.


Here's a list of the items I used when updating my cabinet and how I went about it

1. Rust-Oleum Matt White Primer
2. Rust-Oleum Candy Pink Spray
3. Gloves
3. Iron Wool
4. Sand Paper
5. Masking Tape
6. Antibacterial wipes and a towel
7. Eye protection and face mask
8. Black bin bags

I started by giving the cabinet and draws a good dust off to get rid of any unwanted cob webs that had accumulated on it (it had been living in my garage for a bit). I then popped on my gloves and gave the rusty bits a good sanding followed by wire woolling the cabinet.


Once wiping it all down with antibacterial wipes to get rid of any grease I taped off the silver handles with some masking tape. Although I was only spraying the draw fronts I pulled them out of the  cabinet body so I could spray them separately.

I got my protective gloves, face mask and eyewear on and after reading the instructions on the primer can, I was ready to spray spray spray!  Be warned, this stuff smells strong so you need to spray in a well ventilated area, I suggest somewhere outside!

Overall I did a couple of primer coats making sure it was dry inbetween until everything I wanted to spray was white. I then did two or three coats of the pink over the next week or so, making sure it was dry in between each coat. You need to be really careful not to spray too close otherwise you get a lot of drips going on. I won't lie, mine's definietly not perfect but I was pretty chuffed with my first go!

Once it all was dry I peeled off the masking tape to reveal the shiny draw handles! I then popped the draws back into the body of the cabinet and voila!

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