DIY: Wood Grain Filing Cabinet

DIY wood grain filing cabinet

DIY wood grain filing cabinet

It’s the age old story… I needed something to store my files and I didn’t want to spend any money.

SUPPLIES:

1 metal filing cabinet

Sand paper (big enough grit to scratch the paint, but not so big it causes grooves)

Painters’ or masking tape

Paint (I’m sure spray paint enamel is the best, but I just had wall paint on hand)

A paint pen

Spray acrylic sealer (especially if you are using wall paint)

NOTE:  The beauty of this project is to use what’s on hand, so that’s why nothing is specific.  Of course if you plan to invest on your supplies, get the best stuff for the job.

 

DIRECTIONS:

Now that you’ve gathered my oh-so-specific-and-scientific supply list, let’s get started.

DIY woodgrain filing cabinet

DIY woodgrain filing cabinet

Remove the drawers.  Sand your filing cabinet surfaces, paying special attention to any rusty spots.  You want to mar the finish a bit so the new paint will stick.

DIY woodgrain filing cabinet

DIY woodgrain filing cabinet

Remove or tape over any hardware you don’t want painted.

DIY woodgrain filing cabinet

DIY woodgrain filing cabinet

Paint your cabinet.  Only paint the parts you’ll see when the cabinet is closed, especially if you are using wall paint.  The paint is likely to scratch off if surfaces rub together.  Besides, I only want it to look nifty on the outside.  It’s my studio, and a rusty cabinet, so I don’t mind that the inside is still icky almond.  Cute file folders will distract me!

I needed two coats of paint to get the coverage I wanted, which is total coverage.  If you want it to look more shabby chic, use a dry brush technique to add to the faux bois appearance.

DIY woodgrain filing cabinet

DIY woodgrain filing cabinet

If you can stand the suspense, I recommend waiting a day for the paint to fully cure, but of course, I’m not that patient when an exciting new project is in front of me.  Use a paint pen to draw your wood grain.  I just did it free hand, I promise you it’s really easy.  If you’re nervous about your drawing abilities, don’t be.  Drawing a straight line is not required for this project, and the internet has lots of inspiration.  If you’re still terrified, check out this “how to draw wood grain” tutorial I found.  If you follow the tutorial, use half as many lines on your cabinet, less is more for the mod look.  Since you’re waiting for paint to dry and watching it is no fun, practice your wood grain with a Sharpie and some scratch paper while you wait.  It will make the pen to cabinet part much easier, and will let you experiment how close you want your lines, how many, etc.

DIY wood grain filing cabinet

DIY wood grain filing cabinet

Ta Da!!!!  When all your wood grain lines are done, seal the whole cabinet with clear acrylic spray sealer.  Now you do have to wait overnight before putting the drawers back in and moving it into the house (or maybe move first, add drawers later, that would be easier).

DIY wood grain filing cabinet

DIY wood grain filing cabinet

My printer loves its new pedestal.  I did notice that wall paint does scratch pretty easily.  As I mentioned at the beginning, spray paint is best.  I didn’t use it, because I didn’t have it, and I really wanted this coral color.  Enjoy your “new” cabinet!  Send pictures!  Tell me how well the spray paint method works, and how many cans (I’m thinking at least two).

 

 

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Real Wedding: Quinton and Audrey

Photo by Izzy Hudgins Photography

Photo by Izzy Hudgins Photography

So, I realize it’s almost our one year anniversary, (YAY!), but I have to show you pictures from our wedding!

Images from Martha Stewart Weddings and Style Me Pretty

Images from Martha Stewart Weddings and Style Me Pretty

The color palette and inspiration for the wedding started with a fabulous article in Martha Stewart Weddings on sherbet hues.  I loved them all, and it went along with my love of color.

Styling and Invitation by French Knot Studios // Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography

Styling and Invitation by French Knot Studios // Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography

I love letterpress, especially on really thick paper.  I designed our invitations and printed them on 220 lb. Crane Lettera paper.  They are like beautiful paper clouds.  The RSVP card has a Mad Lib style response.  We got back some really sweet answers and some really funny ones.

Dress by Alfred Angelo // Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography

Dress by Alfred Angelo // Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography

The dress was perfect, comfortable, simple, and it had POCKETS!!!

Photo by Izzy Hudgins Photography // Dress by Alfred Angelo // Trim from MJ Trims

Photo by Izzy Hudgins Photography // Dress by Alfred Angelo // Trim from MJ Trims

Of course it needed a little more glitz, so some gorgeous rhinestone trim from MJ Trims solved that.

Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography

Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography

Something old – heirloom hankie.  Something new – vintage earrings I found on Etsy (well, new to me!).  Something borrowed – diamond horseshoe pendant from my grandmother.  Something blue – shoe clips.

Styling by French Knot Studios // Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography

Styling by French Knot Studios // Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography

Styling and Making by French Knot Studios // Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography

Styling and Making by French Knot Studios // Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography

For the ceremony arch, I made fabric pinwheels and mixed them with paper fans and garland.  Glass Glitter L-O-V-E finished it off.

Styling by French Knot Studios // Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography // Bouquet by Madame Chrysanthemum

Styling by French Knot Studios // Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography // Bouquet by Madame Chrysanthemum

We released balloons to honor family and friends who could not be with us.  The over-sized bouquet had glittered free spirit roses and lots of fun details.

Styling by French Knot Studios // Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography // Sip and Repeat by Miss Pickles Press

Styling by French Knot Studios // Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography // Sip and Repeat by Miss Pickles Press

Our signature cocktail was a spritzer of champagne, cucumber and mint.

Necktie and Boutonniere by French Knot Studios // Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography

Necktie and Boutonniere by French Knot Studios // Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography

Vest, Neck tie and Boutonniere by French Knot Studios // Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography

Vest, Neck tie and Boutonniere by French Knot Studios // Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography

Hairpiece by French Knot Studios // Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography

Hairpiece by French Knot Studios // Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography

Wedding cake and ice cream groom's cake // Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography

Wedding cake and ice cream groom’s cake // Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography

The wedding cake was tasty, but the groom’s cake was an ice cream cake!

Styling by French Knot Studios // Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography // Bouquets by Madame Chrysanthemum

Styling by French Knot Studios // Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography // Bouquets by Madame Chrysanthemum

Styling by French Knot Studios // Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography // Flowers by Jess Rizzuti

Styling by French Knot Studios // Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography // Flowers by Jess Rizzuti

Every table was full of flowers, and each one was different.

Styling by French Knot Studios // Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography

Styling by French Knot Studios // Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography

Candy centerpieces and kraft paper for the kids’ tables.  We picked up a bunch of silly games and toys to keep the kids occupied.  The servers brought something different around with each dinner course.  I think some of the adults were jealous they didn’t get games with dinner.

Styling by French Knot Studios // Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography // Flowers by Jess Rizzuti

Styling by French Knot Studios // Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography // Flowers by Jess Rizzuti

Styling by French Knot Studios // Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography // Flowers by Jess Rizzuti

Styling by French Knot Studios // Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography // Flowers by Jess Rizzuti

Styling by French Knot Studios // Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography

Styling by French Knot Studios // Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography

Styling by French Knot Studios // Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography

Styling by French Knot Studios // Photos by Izzy Hudgins Photography

Photo by Izzy Hudgins Photography

Photo by Izzy Hudgins Photography

I love this picture of my parents, and I know in 30 years Q and I will still be this happy!

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Photography by Izzy Hudgins Photography // Styling, details, invitations and accessories by French Knot Studios // Venue – AVIA Hotel – Savannah, Georgia // Bouquets – Madame Chrysanthemum // Centerpieces – Jess Rizzuti // Cake topper – Indigo Twin Weddings // Dress – Alfred Angelo via Bridal Mart of Savannah // Suit – Overstock // Sip and Repeat discs – Miss Pickles Press

 

Hi There!

So glad you found my blog.  Between my wedding, summer weddings, home renovations, delicious recipes, and a laundry list of DIYs, French Knot Studios is in for lots of blogging.  Please subscribe to the blog and join me for all the fun and excitement unfolding November 1.  It’s going to be lovely!

xo,

Audrey

PS>  For all things lovely, be sure to follow me on Pinterest as I pin wonderfulness daily.

And on Instagram @frenchknotstudios for studio shots.  WARNING: active studios are not always tidy studios <sorry, Mom>!  A few home, garden, and all around living life shots sneak in too.

In the big leagues

On April 18th, the Wall Street Journal published a story about etsy and choose my bowtie image as an example of a non-rule-breaking Estyian.  How wonderful is that?!?

Hot air balloon boutonniere –  Andrea Gray Harper

Photo – Jade + Matthew Take Pictures

Tea Time with Emmaline

Big thanks to Emmaline Bride for posting our tea party shoot, yesterday.  Great write up, and beautiful images!

http://emmalinebride.com/themes/tea-themed-wedding/

Thank you!

Big thanks to Emmaline Bride for her post on wedding day suspenders and using our suspenders.  Though it was posted in December, I just discovered it.  Thanks again Emmaline!  Her blog is great for DIY projects and lots of great inspiration.

First Green of Spring Shoot

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Everyone else is posting pink and red today, so here’s a little something different…

More inspiration from the creative collaboration of Lovely Day Studios.  This time we were trying to capture a more wintry vibe with a subtle hint of spring’s first green.  This shoot can also be found in the pages of the latest issue of Savannah Weddings Magazine.

Fabric Toss Bouquet

Feathered Headpiece

Velvet, Vintage Brooch, Tulle, and Sequin Sash

Rhinestone and Pearl Lariat Necklace for your Back

Photos by Jade + Matthew Take Pictures; Styling by Elizabeth Demos; Dress by Faith Thornburg; Accessories and Bouquet by French Knot Weddings

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