Saturday, 23 February 2013

My New Filing Cabinet

Afternoon folks. I hope you are enjoying the weekend so far. It's chilly again here in Yorkshire and we've had a few snow flurries this morning but it's not amounted to much and is now just grey and dismal. After last weekend's taste of Spring I think we are back to Winter again.

DD has gone off to Grandma's for the weekend so we have spent a quiet day doing just what we want which for me has been playing with paints and stamps of course.

DH has been clearing out the contents of his old office to transport down to his new office and in between it has all been living in our Conservatory. A very old filing cabinet appeared and he asked me if I could use it. You don't have to ask twice!!!!! It had originally been rescued from a mill when it was closing down and must be decades old judging by the original state of it.

Last weekend we rubbed all the old paint down and this is the the back of it so you can see the original colour.

With some love and care, it now looks like this!

I used some of my MIL's left over emulsion paint to give it several coats and then just started playing. I added some coloured acrylic paint, stamped with distress inks and sprayed with glimmer mists to create a background and then used some of the new floral stamps from Sheena. I love the way you can build up any size of design you want with them.

They were stamped with Stazon and then DD painted all the leaves with twinkling H20's. I then added the flowers and painted those with the new polished pigments. The shine you get with them is amazing but they were a bit solid for my liking so I added some detail with white acrylic paint.  

My lovely Hubby has spent the afternoon cleaning up the handles and it looks like new. I'm really pleased with it and can't wait to get it into my craft room and filled with all the A4 paper and card I currently have in boxes all over the place. I've just got to make some space for it. I can feel a tidy up coming on.

Thanks for stopping by and for all the lovely comments you always leave me. They always make me smile.

Happy Crafting.


Diane said...

Absolutely wonderful, Lisa - a real work of art!
Diane x

JoZart said...

That is superb Lisa! It's a good job mine are quite new or I might have been tempted to revamp all SIX of them!
Your beautiful flower paintings transforms them.
Have a good weekend, love Jo x

Artyjen said...

How fabulous.....what a great place to stash your stash of papers. ;)
xoxo Sioux

Jill said...

WOw Lisa, that is looking great! All that space to keep stuff!!!

It's a bit chilly here as well! Had a lovely day today learning all about my new sewing machine on a one day course, planning to put all the new ideas into action tomorrow! Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Jill x

Alison Scott said...

Well done Lisa, what a transformation.
They look wonderful.

Lynne K said...

Wow, Lisa, what an amazing transformation! It looks fantastic! I've had a couple of small Ik*a storage drawer sets for years , still plain wood, never got round to painting them. Having seen yours, I'm beginning to think it's time I did! Great inspiration. Enjoy the rest of the weekend, and good luck with the tidy up!

Hugs, Lynne x

Ellie Knol said...

O gorgeous, if this has ever to be rescued again, I'll come to fetch it! LOL

Lisa-Jane said...

Wow, Lisa this is awesome! It must have taken you hours and hours but its soo worth it.

Di said...

Crumbs Lisa - this is soooo beautiful!! If you need more A4 card and papers to fill it, I can send some to you :))

Hugs, Di xx

Sally H said...

Oh wow, Lisa! How totally gorgeous! I love what you have done with it. There are two very plain grey ones in my craft space if you ever get the urge to do another one! Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and I hope it isn't too cold for you x

Beryl said...

Oh wow Lisa. This is fabulous. It must have taken you ages but is sooo worth it. The only downside I could see if I had something as gorgeous as this in my craft room, is that I wouldn't be able to use the top for more storage. How could I ever cover up something so beautiful.
Beryl xx

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Oh wow, Lisa...what a great job you've made of that! Did I ever tell you that I've got a bit of a weakness for cupboards with lots of drawers?? No?? Well, I do! So if you ever get bored with know where to find me!! *grin*
It's bloomin' perishing down here too with lots of snow flurries but nothing is sticking, the air is too dry. It's weird weather.....
Jan xxx

Samantha Elliott said...

Wow Lisa! That has to be the prettiest filing cabinet I have ever seen! I have some drawers here which need decorating if you fancy popping down. They are already painted but just need prettying up!

craftimamma said...

Wow Lisa what a fabulous job you've done on these drawers. They are beautiful. Sheena ought to be showing pics of them on C&C!

Lesley Xx

Mrs.B said...

Hi Lisa, Love the altered filing cabinet - should be a pleasure to use
Avril xx

Darnell J Knauss said...


Jules said...

Wow Lisa .. .. I missed this making an appearance.

You could do a roaring trade with these on Etsy!!!!

Absolutely wonderful!!!

Love Jules xx