I’m not a big stencil person. Just gonna throw that out there. But when I was lost in Etsy world one day, this stencil spoke to me. Seriously. It was like “Hey, you, I know you want to buy me. Go ahead, add me to your cart, you won’t regret it.” And it was right.
YELLOW AZTEC PRINTED CABINET
After the stencil came this old filing cabinet I got when I was in Pittsburgh from Construction Junction. If you live there, you have to go. It’s a heavenly place. I picked up this piece specifically for this post, but the color was the only thing I had planned.
Unfortunately the drawers were on these weird tracks and I couldn’t figure out how to get them off. So I painted while they were still attached 🙂
I wanted to stain the top so I gave it a light sanding and applied some stain but it just wasn’t taking the way I hoped. It wasn’t getting dark enough, and I just didn’t like it. Meh.
So I decided to do some whitewashing. I used some left over Chalk Paint® in Old White mixed with water. I brushed it on with a foam brush and then wiped it off with a paper towel.
A little friend even came to visit 🙂 I named her Fran.
Now onto the paint! I used Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan in the color Arles, which was a first for me, and I definitely wasn’t disappointed! This color is gorg and I just can’t get enough of this paint and how smoothly it goes on. It’s my fav.
I applied 3 coats and then once it was dry, got out my lovely stencil that I got here. These little stencil brushes are so cute, they remind me of mini plungers and they make me happy.
I used Old White again and just can’t get enough of this pattern, I want to use it on everything!
Once the paint was dry I sealed the piece using Clear Soft Wax. I feel more and more comfortable with this stuff each time I use it. For large flat surfaces like this, I find it’s easier to use a cloth rather than a brush.
I like to use the brush when I have a detailed piece with lots of nooks and crannies. I even discovered a new trick using cheese cloth that I’m going to share with you later this month 🙂
Now for the hardware. I kinda got stuck here at first. I bought these cute little arrowheads from Hobby Lobby, but they just didn’t look right and were too small for the piece. They only had one of the bigger arrows that I wanted, of course I bought that one for later use.
I made another trip back to Hobs and fell in love with these cute little elephants. Behind the arrows, they were the next closest thing that kinda related to the aztec theme 🙂
Now some beauty shots!
I’m so excited I got to partner with Annie Sloan Unfolded for this project. If you haven’t used this paint before, you HAVE to try it. It’s life changing. Promise 😉
To find your local Chalk Paint® stockist you can go here.
Have a fabulous day everyone!
I love this! And your pictures are so sweet! Thanks for sharing!
I love it! Absolutely beautiful. You did a great job!
Thank you so much, Annie!!
I hope you don’t mind but I am totally copying this for my son’s dresser. I stalked this stencil on Etsy and am so excited to get started!
Don’t mind at all! I’d love to see how it turns out 🙂
Soo happy that I came across this brilliant dresser! Great job:)
Thank you so much, Hilary!!
LOVE THIS! The color and pattern are seriously amazing! Thanks for sharing over at Motivational Monday!
Thank you!! Love partying with you guys!
Anam (Delicious and DIY)
Oh WOW. This looks amazing. I love anything and everything Aztec and this makeover is absolutely beautiful.
Thank you so much Anam!! I’m in love with all things Aztec too 🙂
Kelsey @ Vintage Storehouse
Hi Bre, Love the project as always! This project was featured over at our ReLoved Fridays! Thanks for linking up! I hope to see you again at this weeks party!
Kelsey @ The Vintage Storehouse & Co.
Kyla @ House Of Hipsters
Hi Bre! Thank you so much for linking up at Found & Foraged! PINNED! Hope to see you again this Saturday night at 8PM at http://houseofhipsters.com
BTdubs, I read on your about page that you are a graphic designer…so am I! You have good taste girl!
Thank you Kyla! Happy to link up with you 🙂 And how awesome! Nice to meet another Graphic Designer! xo
First off I love the color, the design pattern & to top it off your vignette. Decor / Re-purpose heaven!
Thank you so much, Theresa!
Michelle from Weekend Craft
Bre this is absolutely stunning! I just had to feature it on Creative Spark Link Party. I am obsessed with the aztec print! Hope your stop by today to link up bit.ly/CSLP29
Aw thank you so much, Michelle!!
Bre @ Average But Inspired
Bre this piece is so cool! I love that you took a chance with that color (I don’t really think I’ve seen anyone use it before), and found that cool stencil! You crack me up with Fran, the mini plungers, and “the Hobs.” Great work, lady!
It’s not a typical color I am drawn too but I love how it turned out! It was so fun to go bold on this one! thanks Bre 🙂
I’m in love with this Chalk Paint® makeover. The Arles color with that yummy Aztec stencil is such a great combo. Love, love, love! Thanks for sharing Bre!
Thank you so much, Suzanne! 🙂
WEST FURNITURE REVIVAL
love the makeover, i would love to feature it, if that would be ok please let me know,
Thank you! And absolutely, go right ahead 🙂
Stunning! Great job. Thanks for the detailed explainations. I love the exotic feel of this piece!
Thank you so much, Camille!!
Grace @ The Big Reveal
I am so glad Kyla sent you our way and that you shared this at our Found & Foraged Linky party. I love, love, love it! (And, I have that little camera, too, and have been trying to figure out a way to work it in. Love the way you did!)
Hope you will stop by our party next week!
Laura Irion // Avery Street Design
I’m so glad you linked up to the Found & Foraged party!! I have to admit, the “before” would have been completely overlooked if I had seen it in a store…and you saw it and made it amazing. You have a gift!! So happy to have found you!
Absolutely lovely! Can’t wait to hear what your upcoming tip is going to be 🙂
Well, let me add my kudos. I have worked with Arles and think it is a brilliant color, but you have gone above and beyond. The stencil and the elephant hardware take it to a higher level. It is gorgeous.
Aw I appreciate that! It’s such a beautiful color I can’t wait to use it some more! Thanks for stopping by 🙂
Jacquin - Interiors by Jacquin
Wow! This turned out so great! Very unique!
Thank you so much Jacquin!
Kyla @ HouseOfHipsters
Hi Bre! First and foremost, this is GORGEOUS! I love it, but then again, I drool over every piece you transform. Second, since I’ve been here many times before and found you through linky parties, I wanted to tell you about my own that I’m debuting this Saturday (tomorrow) at 8PM called Found and Foraged. A place to show off your creativity and how you’re using found and foraged treasures to beautify the spaces around you. Link up your DIY’s, house projects, vintage finds, shopping scores, upcycled projects, foraged decor, and anything else you’re working on! I think this project is perfect for it and hope to see you tomorrow you at http://www.houseofhipsters.com
Aw you’re too sweet, thank you so much Kyla! And I will definitely come link up to your party! Thank you so much for letting me know 🙂
Awesome! I’ll see you tonight =)
That looks so cool, I love it!
Thank you so much, Tania!!
Stunning makeover-I love the yellow!
Thank you so much!!
Wow, that is beautiful!! I’m so impressed with all of your creations. I even like the chalkboard quote sitting on the cabinet. I’m pinning and sharing! 🙂 Glad to have you party with us at On Display Thursday!
Cat @ the rustic willow
ummmmmmm are you kidding me with this Bre?!?!? I want this dresser in my house right now. Probably my favorite piece of yours yet, and that’s saying a lot.
Denise on a whim
Very beautiful. I love the muted yellow with the stained wood look!
This is an adorable piece! I love the whitewashing, stencil and hardware. Great transormation…I’m pinning!
Thank you so much Christie! And thanks for pinning 🙂
Emily, Our house now a home
This turned out amazing, I would have never guessed the before and after were even the same piece. I love the pattern you used. Thank you for linking up at Pin worthy Wednesday, this has been pinned!
Thank you so much, Emily!! Have a great day!
Tara @ Anything & Everything
Lovely makeover! Love the stenciling and the color, gorgeous!
Thank you Tara!!
Keisha | The Girl Next Door is Black
That is really impressive; nice job!
Thank you Keisha!!
I love what you’ve done to the drawers. First time seeing a drawer in Aztec style. Who knows, you might be starting a new trend here =)
Thank you so much Mei! Could be the next big thing! 🙂
Amanda @ Dwelling in Happiness
Gorg. eous. If I lived closer, I’d pay you cash right now and come get this bad boy!! I LOVE that color, and LOVE that stencil! It was the perfect choice!!
haha I wish you did!! Thanks Amanda 🙂
This is so beautiful! I love it. The before and after is unreal. I think when my daughter is old enough for her own room I want to do something like this, funky and cool, but still not overwhelming. Thanks for the inspiration!
Thank you Corey! So glad I could help inspire you, I’m sure your daughter would love something like this 🙂
Susan @ Oh My! Creative
Wow, I love your style! You did an amazing job! I have heard so many good things about this paint. Can’t wait to try it myself!
Thank you so much, Susan! You HAVE to try it, it’s life changing 🙂
What a great makeover! You really turned that file cabinet into something special! Love that stencil! I hope you’ll share this at my Creative Ways Link Party that just went live. Hope to see you there.
Thank you so much, Nici! I linked up 🙂 Hope you have a fabulous day!
Jen @ Girl in the Garage
I love it, Bre! Fabulous.
Thanks, Jen!! XO
I love it! I like that you left the wood elements on it! So pretty!
Thank you DeDe!!
Cher @ Designs by Studio C
Awesome makeover! For future reference on the drawer slides, if you pull the drawer out as far as it will go, there will be a black plastic lever on each drawer slide. On one side of the drawer the lever will be held up and on the other side the lever will be held down – this will release the drawer from the slides! 🙂 Hope this helps!
I’ll have to try that! Thanks for the tip Cher! 🙂
Sonya ~At Home with The Barkers
This piece is Gorgeous!! I have used Arles many times and I especially love it with dark wax over it. I’ll be pinning. ~Sonya
Thank you Sonya! I definitely want to try it with dark wax too, I bet it looks amazing 🙂 Thanks for pinning too!
This is seriously awesome! I loved it even before I saw the ‘before’ shot, and then my jaw dropped. Great job! Love that chalkboard sign too.
haha thank you Anna! Chalkboard sign is from Hobby Lobby 🙂
Katie @ Little House of Four
Love the makeover! That stencil is fabulous and the white wash looks amazing!
Thank you Katie! 🙂
This is an absolutely gorgeous makeover! I love the colour, the stencil and the drawer pulls – just fab!
Thank you Jo-Anna!!
Great job Bre! The drawer pulls are awesome. The white washing gives a great effect. So many techniques going on in one piece but it all works so well.
Thanks Jillian! Yes there is definitely a lot going on, and I’m glad it worked out 🙂
Jessica @ Dear Emmeline
wonderful redo!! Love the color choices and the stencil!
Thank you Jessica! 🙂
I can NOT believe the transformation!! Love that shade of yellow, too.
Thanks Amy!! 🙂
Amy | Canary Street Crafts
Gorgeous, Bre! Love the stenciling and those knobs are perfect!
Thanks Amy!! Hobby Lobby has the best knobs!
Two Thirty~Five Designs
Oh wow, I absolutely LOVE this. Great job!
Thank you!! 🙂
Wow Bre this is a crazy good before and after! I cannot believe it’s the same piece of furniture!! Gorgeous 🙂
Thank you so much, Tanya!!
I am loving this little filing cabinet! You made it look AMAZING!! PINNING!
Thanks Leigh Anne! And thanks for pinning 🙂
Oh my word!! You did such a GREAT job on this dresser!! WOW! Doesn’t even look like the same piece. LOVE IT!!
Oh Bre! What a GORGEOUS colour and that stencil is SO fab! Love the whitewashed top too – I think it all works together perfectly!!!
Thanks Kristi!! I was so excited to find such a fun pattern 🙂 I can’t wait to use it again!
Marie@The Interior Frugalista
Love that stencil Bre! Love Arles too, it’s not a color I gravitate towards but when I used it for the first time I fell in love, especially with dark wax over it. Your file cabinet is awesome! Now I’m heading over to your Etsy source for stencils – Mama needs to increase her stock 🙂
Thanks Marie! It’s not a color I usually gravitate towards either but I love it! Definitely check out the stencils, she has some awesome ones 🙂
I love this makeover! Nice job!
Thanks Lindsay!! 🙂