This girl is pretty in pink…and gold! It was just a plain old boring oak filing cabinet that definitely needed some bling!


This was a fun and easy makeover. Raised stencils with some gold metallic paint. Those awesome gold legs and the hardware to match. You can see all the materials I used for this makeover in my list below.

It’s a solid oak filing cabinet I picked up at a yard sale at the NJ shore, for $5.00! It was a steal in perfect shape.

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Oak Filing Cabinet

I started with cleaning this piece well before applying the raised stencil. It was a thick compound I use called Mud, in white. Here I tried to show you with my scraper how to apply it, but I was having a tough time with one hand holding my phone camera. That will teach me to not have my tripod on hand. Anyway, I wanted to give it some character with the stencil.

You can visit another project with the raised stencil and crackle here.


The application will be uneven as it dries and cracks, but I like the imperfection.

I applied two coats of Tea Rose chalk paint over the entire piece, as well as the raised stencil.

Once it was all dry, I applied the gold mousse over the raised stencil. At first I used a pouncer to apply the metallic, but it went off the raised area. So I put the stencil back on the raised area and had an easier time applying the metallic. I love how it added a nice rich touch to the filing cabinet. Along with her gold legs, she’s definitely a rock star diva!

Raised Stenciling

File Cabinet Makeover

So here are the materials you would need to do this type of project:

  • You choice of furniture
  • Cleaner, I use White Lightning by Dixie Belle
  • Preferred stencil to design your piece
  • Chalk Paint color of your choice, I used Tea Rose here
  • A thick compound used to fill holes, cracks, imperfections
  • Brush to apply your chalk paint
  • Gold metallic
  • Pouncer tool to apply the metallic
  • Top coat for durability

I usually don’t do a top coat on the piece I’m keeping, to be honest I get bored and I’m always changing colors. A few coats of top coat will  keep any scuffing or damage to a minimum. The gold metallic was just the right amount of glamour to the raised stencils, the legs and the hardware.

She’s a beauty and I decided to sell this gal, so someone could add it to there glam room!

Do it with purpose!

Wendy 🌸

“I want to make things beautiful, even if nobody cares!” -Sal Bass