Friday, September 2, 2011

Metal cabinet repaint

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I work in a cubicle. A gray cubicle. I do have a window, which is great, but my view is of the wall of the other building. Oh well. So, in my gray cubicle is a metal cabinet that I thought could use some sprucing up! So, I hauled it home and went to work on it.


First, I used my sander to scuff up the surface then I washed it really well and dried it. I took the doors off and the hardware and used painter's tape to cover the brand name label (Steelcage) on the bottom. I used Krylon Fusion paint in Hot Pepper. It took about 1 1/2 cans. I did not paint the inside, so I used some newspaper to cover up the door track and block overspray from getting inside.

After I let it dry (had to go grab it out in the yard in the middle of the night when the thunder storms were threatening-ha ha, me in my PJ's dragging it back into the garage) for a couple days I got to getting the vinyl ready. I had a hard time deciding what to do on the doors. I thought about quatrefoil, or intersecting circles or maybe some typography or even scientific formulas (since I am a science nerd for work)--but things are always a bit crazy around my office with huge projects, tight deadlines and low funding, so this one seemed most appropriate. I measured the space on the door (decided that I'd just do one door, 2 seemed like overkill) and left space at the top, bottom and sides for the tracks. I planned it out in my Silhouette software and let it cut while I waited for the cable man to show up (yup, 15 minutes before his 2 hour window was up, he came. Typical). I used a yardstick and chalk to mark my lines.


So it adds a nice pop of color to my office (I should probably work on getting the piles of papers taken care of, but oh well). I love the transformative power of spray paint!



4 comments:

NYCLQ said...

Great idea! Just pinned it to my "That's Clever!" pinboard! enJOY your weekend!

xo Lynda

Stephanie said...

Thanks for your comment and link Linda! You have lots of fun things on your pinterest!

Meredith Resnick said...

Wow... how nice. Well done! I am inspired for sure.
~ Meredith From A Mother Seeking



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Stephanie said...

Thanks Meredith! I've been a bit slow on the blog lately (life, you know)--I sure do enjoy the cabinet at work! The pretty design makes me smile and has inspired me to keep perspective on annoying days :)

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