Rusty Old Filing Cabinet – Aurora Borealis

Rustfilingcabinet-northernlights-A.r.t.t.Throwback Thursday!
Teresa is a good Dawson City friend of mine. She has a publishing company by the name of Rabbit Creek Press.  After a recent renovation and a new office space, Teresa nabbed this sepia, yucky, rusty filing cabinet from a person for $25.

[Now this is the time where I wish I took a ‘before’ photo so you could better believe me] but that’s not how I roll.

My lovely man-friend Reuben told Teresa about a filing cabinet I  ‘fixed up’ for him, and that’s how this one came to be. First, I power sanded the cabinet to get rid of the rust and allow the paint to adhere better.

Teresa and I spent a few days talking about design, content, utility and colour.  Teresa wanted something funky, bright, and had the Aurora Borealis on it. Some true Yukon Spirit!
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We came up with a warm, bright color(Engine Orange) and black chalk board paint on either side of the filing cabinet with the Borealis design. I went for black drawers with chromed handles and used lots of neon green, pink, yellow and white for the borealis.

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Chalk board on both sides

It was my first time experimenting with stencils on furniture, but I think I did a pretty good job in making an organic light mystery out of spray paint.

Me and the finished piece in its new home.

Me and the finished piece in its new home.

 

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