B&W File Cabinet Upcycle {Blog Hop}

Black and White File Cabinet Tutorial at thebensonstreet.com
Hey friends! It is blog hop time again! Are you still in summer mode? Or are you trying to get excited about Fall and Halloween? I am digging the fall. I love this time of year. I love the decor and all the fun that comes with this time of year.  So instead of going to Halloween too soon we are featuring projects with Black and White. You know we all love that combo. Here are the different ways we’ve used this fun combination.

  1. File Cabinet Upcycle by Me!
  2. Striped Mason Jar by The Crafted Sparrow
  3. Oreo Dessert Pasta by Among the Young
  4. Boo Blocks by Hollyhocks & Honeybees
  5. Fashion Remix by Flats to Flip Flops
  6. Black Bean Soup by Maybe I Will
  7. Serving Tray by She’s Crafty
  8. Trick or Treat Printable by Free Time Frolics

Before you go check out these other gorgeous black and white projects, here is my tutorial for this upcycled black  and white file cabinet.

What you need:

  • Spray Paint (I used a white for the file cabinet and black for the stenciling)
  • Stencils
  • Wrapping paper
  • Scrapbook paper for handles

Here is what my file cabinet looked like before painting. It was a creamy tan color and was rusted in some places. I bought it at a thrift store for cheap. I must be a nerd because I love old file cabinets. They are just so cute but industrial because they are made of metal. I wanted to make this one over for storage in my garage.

Redo a file cabinet at thebensonstreet.com

Here is a more up close picture. You can see some of the rust on the drawers.

How to Redo a File Cabinet

Clean of the old file cabinet as best you can. I just wiped mine out with warm soapy water. Let it dry.

Remove the drawers and spray they outside of the file cabinet. 

Then spray the front of the drawers. I didn’t spray the inside of the drawers, but you could. Just depends on what you will be using if for.

Painting a File Cabinet at thebensonstreet.com

After the base coat dried, I used a stencil to up this awesome distressed diamond checkerboard type look on two of the drawers. Make sure to tape off any where that you want to stay white.

Stenciling a File Cabinet at thebensonstreet.com

Spray the stencil with the other color of paint. Remove Stencil and let the paint dry.

Redoing a file cabinet with stencils at thebensonstreet.com

Love this stencil! It is awesome that it is distressed!

Beautiful Stenciled File Cabinet at thebensonstreet.com

On the other two drawers I used number stencils. Again make sure any area to not be painted is taped off or covered with paper or drop cloths. 

File Cabinet Stendciled with numbers at thebensonstreet.com

Spray the number and then remove the stencil and let dry.

File Cabinet Redo with numbers at thebensonstreet.com

I lined my drawers with wrapping paper. Measure drawers and then fold the edges like wrapping a present and fit into the bottom of the drawers.Lining file cabinet drawers with wrapping paper at thebensonstreet.com

I wanted a small pop of color in the handles of the file cabinet. They way the pull handles were shaped there was a perfect spot to line with scrapbook paper. 

Spice up handles of a file cabinet at thebensonstreet.com

Insert the paper into the handles. Could run through a sticker maker or tap on the back to ensure that the paper lined handles stay in place.

B&W File Cabinet at thebensonstreet.com

I love how it turned out and I can’t wait to use it to keep my garage storage organized. I have tools and gloves and a bunch of stuff just sitting on shelves and I would love to get it organized and put away in this file cabinet upcycle.

Black & White File Cabinet Tutorial at thebensonstreet.com

The spray paint covers well and brings new life to an old vintage file cabinet.

Beautiful Stenciled Upcycled File Cabinet at thebensonstreet.com

What old things do you love? Are you a file cabinet nerd like me or what do you love?

Upcycled File Cabinet Tutorial at thebensonstreet.com

Now be sure to go check out the other amazing black and white projects. There are lots of awesome stuff from these cool ladies.

Linking up with: Time to Sparkle, Linky Party Palooza, Monday Funday, Craft-O-Maniac


Hi there!

I’m Emily, a mom and wife with a passion for crafting, celebrating holidays, and creating memorable moments. From Idaho to the world, The Benson Street is a treasure trove of easy, fun DIY projects, delightful printables, and delicious recipes. With over a decade of experience in blogging and a love for all things seasonal, I’m here to share my tips, ideas, and occasional mishaps. Join me in adding a dash of joy and creativity to every day! Read more…

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  1. This is so cute! I chalk painted my old filing cabinet and it turned out great! Your version makes me think I better not pass by these at yard sales!

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