Upgrade a new melamine filing cabinet to give it an old look

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Upgrading a melamine filing cabinet

Arranging a new workspace in the center of the ground floor and harmonizing it with the current decor was not an easy task. For several months, I researched here and there for inspiration. Finally, upon seeing a plank of spruce wood on liquidation at Rona, the ideas suddenly sprang up. A few hours later, I came home with the board, a melamine filing cabinet, and some nice handles. Now, I was ready to start my new project. This began with the placement of the spruce board and upgrading the melamine filing cabinet.

filing cabinet

The products used:

Varnish cleaner and remover

Oil-Grip Primer (it is very important to use the oil-based primer for melamine, do not skip this step)

Night: Colorantic chalk based Paint

Natural beeswax, black coal and antique brown wax by Colorantic

• Foam roller

55mm silk brush for Colorantic painting

Round XL brush (for paint and wax) Colorantic

16mm round brush for Colorantic wax (2)

• Colorantic two-grain sanding block

• 100 and 120 grit sandpaper

• Colorantic granular mango hand and brush cleaner

• Blue paper towels for multiple uses (Shop Towels)

• T-shirt type cloths

• A bottle of water spray

filing cabinet

Phase 1 – Preparation of the cabinet

• Remove drawers and handles.

• After that remove the casters from the file cabinet and replace them with small wooden legs. The ones I choose were homemade.

• Then spray the Cleaner and Varnish remover evenly on the furniture and drawers. Make sure to spread it well on all surfaces using a paper towel. Leave it to act for 30 minutes.

• Now rinse and wipe down very well to remove all residue.

• Apply the primer coat using the foam roller and observe the recommended drying time.

• I preferred to keep the legs in natural wood.


Phase 2 – Painting

• You are now ready to apply the Night colour using the 55mm silk paintbrush, respecting the drying time.

• If necessary apply a second coat of paint. You can spray a little water on the brush to facilitate application if desired.

• Wear down using the sanding block, various sanding papers and a damp cloth (t-shirt).


Phase 3 – Protection of the surface

• Let the paint dry for 24 hours before waxing.

• The next day, using a 16mm round brush, apply natural beeswax to the worn parts and wipe them off with a paper towel or rag (t-shirt)

• One part at a time, apply the black coal wax to all surfaces and spread it well with a paper towel or cloth (t-shirt).

• Using a 16mm paintbrush, accentuate worn areas by applying antique brown wax and rub very lightly with a paper towel or rag (t-shirt).

• Rest assured, if you are not completely satisfied with the result, it is still possible to correct the undertones by reapplying natural wax, and you can start over.

• Wax can take up to 30 days to harden.

work space

Performing major renovations may also require giving a new function to an existing room. This is what happened to us when we decided to expand the living room by using the adjoining multifunctional room, in which there was an office space.

It is pure joy to work in this new environment, and Colorantic once again allowed me to customize it to our needs.

Diane Lavoie


Photo de Diane Lavoie une enthousiaste de Colorantic

Diane Lavoie

Diane Lavoie is a great Colorantic paint enthusiast. At first a faithful consumer of our chalk paint from wire to brush, we started collaborating with her. Very talented, with a completely natural sense of style and her projects are always sumptuous! Diane is very creative and she understands how to get a lot with little. His blog posts are always interesting. Here is a selection of articles written by Diane Lavoie. - Recycle a window using Colorantic paint - Transforming old cabinets Diane Lavoie is particularly active in giving you advice in the French-speaking Facebook group '' TRUCS/Déco en tout genre ''. She shows you her latest projects, new products, her inspirations of the moment, her interventions are always relevant! Diane does not only like decorating and painting. She is a woman of heart who loves to celebrate her family, her husband but also her faithful feline friend Cinnamon, who loves to embellish the decorations too. Word from Diana; Our dream is to restore an old house. We acquired a house built in 1906 and in 1992 this adventure began. I like the decor and I like the originality. Seven years ago I discovered a passion for the upgrading of furniture and various recovered objects. Now that the house has been completely restored, I have great pleasure in personalizing it exclusively and at a low price.


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