DIY finishing furniture – yellow file cabinet

Yes – yellow!  Who likes yellow furniture? Me, me, me! As a matter of fact, I like yellow most anything. We painted a two story house yellow one time when my sons were teenagers – I think that pretty much soured them on yellow – especially #3 son, who had the ladder go down with him on it. He did a great job riding it to the ground though.

This isn’t a very exciting little table aka wooden file cabinet but I really love it. It makes a great end table and the bottom drawer is large enough I can stash things I want to have close but don’t want them sitting around cluttering.

It is wood (with laminate top) and I found it at an antique store when I was looking for the ‘dog bed table’.  The price was right and thought I might be able to use it for the dog bed if I couldn’t find what I actually wanted.  It was really scratched up, but I planned on yellow, so it didn’t matter.

So, like the round dog bed table (from an earlier post)…. sanded (though laminate doesn’t sand well).  Two coats of primer, cured for 7 days, 3 coats of yellow paint, 3 coats of Minwax polycrylic, cured another 24 hours, new drawer pulls, and ‘walla’…

And like the dog bed this was done several years ago when I didn’t think much about doing these kinds of projects. 😌 Not sure I could scrounge up the energy to do it at this point in my life.

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2 Responses to DIY finishing furniture – yellow file cabinet

  1. jodie filogomo says:

    Wow…that table turned out fabulous. It is a lot of work, isn’t it, Iris? I’ve done some dressers in the past, but they didn’t turn out this great.
    What did you use as the top coat to keep it looking so nice. My pieces are starting to chip.
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com
    PS..Yellow is my favorite color too!! Yet I don’t have much of it in my house. I need to remedy that!

    • Iris says:

      Jodie, It was Minwax polycrylic (3 coats) on top of the yellow paint. I have a number of other pieces that have cracked so I’m pleased with this one. Yes, it was a lot of work but I love the finished product. Not sure I would be up for it now. And WOW, I don’t encounter many people who even like yellow. It’s such a sunny, happy color to me.
      Iris

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