As some of you may know, Josh is colorblind. He can see traffic lights and do normal things, but because of this he has a magnetic attraction to super bright colors.
Our office is going to be our next big project. One of our biggest challenges is managing the massive amount of paperwork and mail that comes in our house…and never leaves. Thus, our search for a filing cabinet.
Josh fell in love with this $159 beauty from CB2…
And we spotted these colorful desktop filing cabinets at the Container Store for $99, but they were way too small.
So while we were running errands in SODO, we passed by the Goodwill Outlet, where items that not even Goodwill will sell in their stores are pawned off “by the pound.” Needless to say, this sucker needed some loving. But for a whopping $4, the price was right.
At one time this was a black filing cabinet, someone thought these were supposed to be grey and so they spray painted it.
This was Josh’s first metal project involving paint, so there was a lot of experimenting between sanding and paint stripper. He started off sanding which took FOREVER, and then discovered the beauty of paint thinner.
If you look REAL hard, you can see the potential in there somewhere.
Removing the hardware made it a lot easier to polish it up.
We decided on bright orange, so Josh coated everything with white primer first so the color would really pop. And pop it did:
We love it! It’s fun and functional but didn’t cost a million dollars, since we already had the materials on hand (sander, paint thinner, spray paint). That was the fun part. Now we have a room full of papers to file…