Filing Cabinet Update with Wooden Top and Trim

Filing Cabinet Update with Wooden Top and Trim

Posted by DecoArt on Feb 18th 2016

Paint and stencil this filing cabinet using Americana Decor® Chalky Finishes.


    • water container
    • paper towels
    • rubbing alcohol
    • ruler
    • pencil
    • painter's tape
    • saw
    • 1" flat brush
    • wood filler
    • trim
    • clean cloth
    • glue adhesive
    • 1/2" stencil brush
    • plywood
    • 4" foam roller
    • brad nailer



    Let dry completely between painting steps.

    1. Wipe down the entire cabinet with a paper towel and rubbing alcohol. Tape off the hardware to protect it from paint. Using the foam roller on flat surfaces and a paintbrush for detail work, apply two coats of Vintage. Paint the four sides and allow each coat to dry in between.
    2. Instruction #1
    3. Tape the Americana Kaleidoscope Border Stencil into place. Load a 1/2" stencil brush sparingly and tap off any excess paint onto a paper towel. Stencil the design in random places along all four sides of the filing cabinet.
    4. Instruction #2
    5. Re-tape any hardware if necessary. Apply two coat of DuraClear Ultra-Matte Varnish to all sides, allowing each coat to dry thoroughly in between.
    6. Instruction #3
    7. Measure the top and bottom of the filing cabinet. Cut a piece of plywood for each end, fitting all the way to the edge. Cut four pieces of trim molding at a 45 degree angle for each side.
    8. Instruction #4
    9. Apply Walnut Gel Stain with a brush or rag onto the wooden top and all of the trim molding. Wipe off with a clean rag and allow to dry.
    10. Instruction #5
    11. Apply a strong adhesive to the top of the metal filing cabinet. Set the wooden top in place. Using a brad nailer, attach the trim molding to each side of the plywood.
    12. Instruction #6
    13. Apply a strong adhesive to the backs of the bottom trim pieces. Position and use a brad nailer to hold into place at corners.
    14. Use wood filler in the nail divots or any spaces as needed. Seal the wooden top and trim with two coats of DuraClear Ultra-Matte Varnish.
    15. Instruction #8