Yellow Aztec Printed Cabinet with Annie Sloan

Date
Nov, 12, 2014

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

Arles and Aztec

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.

Yellow Cabinet Before

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 🙂

Filing Cabinet

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.

Stained Wood Top

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.

Old White Paint

Much better!

Whitewash top of table

A little friend even came to visit 🙂 I named her Fran.

Lady bug

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.

Arles Annie Sloan

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.

Aztec Stencil

I used Old White again and just can’t get enough of this pattern, I want to use it on everything!

Aztec Print

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!

After Arles and Aztec

White wash Top

White Was Cabinet Top

Aztec Yellow Cabinet

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!

Yellow Aztec Cabinet

brepurposed

119 Comments

  1. Reply

    Annie

    July 9, 2015

    I love this! And your pictures are so sweet! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Reply

    Annie

    July 9, 2015

    I love it! Absolutely beautiful. You did a great job!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      July 9, 2015

      Thank you so much, Annie!!

  3. Reply

    Kerry

    April 13, 2015

    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!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      April 13, 2015

      Don’t mind at all! I’d love to see how it turns out 🙂

  4. Reply

    Hilary

    February 17, 2015

    Soo happy that I came across this brilliant dresser! Great job:)

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      February 18, 2015

      Thank you so much, Hilary!!

  5. Reply

    Melanie

    November 23, 2014

    LOVE THIS! The color and pattern are seriously amazing! Thanks for sharing over at Motivational Monday!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 23, 2014

      Thank you!! Love partying with you guys!

  6. Reply

    Anam (Delicious and DIY)

    November 23, 2014

    Oh WOW. This looks amazing. I love anything and everything Aztec and this makeover is absolutely beautiful.

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 23, 2014

      Thank you so much Anam!! I’m in love with all things Aztec too 🙂

  7. Reply

    Kelsey @ Vintage Storehouse

    November 21, 2014

    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.

  8. Reply

    Kyla @ House Of Hipsters

    November 20, 2014

    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!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 20, 2014

      Thank you Kyla! Happy to link up with you 🙂 And how awesome! Nice to meet another Graphic Designer! xo

  9. Reply

    Theresa @DearCreatives

    November 19, 2014

    First off I love the color, the design pattern & to top it off your vignette. Decor / Re-purpose heaven!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 19, 2014

      Thank you so much, Theresa!

  10. Reply

    Michelle from Weekend Craft

    November 19, 2014

    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

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 19, 2014

      Aw thank you so much, Michelle!!

  11. Reply

    Bre @ Average But Inspired

    November 18, 2014

    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!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 19, 2014

      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 🙂

  12. Reply

    Suzanne Mora

    November 18, 2014

    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!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 18, 2014

      Thank you so much, Suzanne! 🙂

  13. Reply

    WEST FURNITURE REVIVAL

    November 17, 2014

    love the makeover, i would love to feature it, if that would be ok please let me know,
    lauren

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 17, 2014

      Thank you! And absolutely, go right ahead 🙂

  14. Reply

    Camille

    November 17, 2014

    Stunning! Great job. Thanks for the detailed explainations. I love the exotic feel of this piece!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 17, 2014

      Thank you so much, Camille!!

  15. Reply

    Grace @ The Big Reveal

    November 16, 2014

    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!

  16. Reply

    Laura Irion // Avery Street Design

    November 16, 2014

    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!

  17. Reply

    Mandee Thomas

    November 15, 2014

    Absolutely lovely! Can’t wait to hear what your upcoming tip is going to be 🙂

  18. Reply

    Ann Marie

    November 14, 2014

    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.

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 15, 2014

      Aw I appreciate that! It’s such a beautiful color I can’t wait to use it some more! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  19. Reply

    Jacquin - Interiors by Jacquin

    November 14, 2014

    Wow! This turned out so great! Very unique!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 15, 2014

      Thank you so much Jacquin!

  20. Reply

    Kyla @ HouseOfHipsters

    November 14, 2014

    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

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 15, 2014

      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 🙂

      • Reply

        Kyla @HouseOfHipsters

        November 15, 2014

        Awesome! I’ll see you tonight =)

  21. Reply

    Tania

    November 14, 2014

    That looks so cool, I love it!

    Tania

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 14, 2014

      Thank you so much, Tania!!

  22. Reply

    darrielle Tennenbuam

    November 14, 2014

    Stunning makeover-I love the yellow!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 14, 2014

      Thank you so much!!

  23. Reply

    Leia

    November 13, 2014

    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!

  24. Reply

    Cat @ the rustic willow

    November 13, 2014

    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.

  25. Reply

    Denise on a whim

    November 13, 2014

    Very beautiful. I love the muted yellow with the stained wood look!

  26. Reply

    Christie

    November 13, 2014

    This is an adorable piece! I love the whitewashing, stencil and hardware. Great transormation…I’m pinning!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 13, 2014

      Thank you so much Christie! And thanks for pinning 🙂

  27. Reply

    Emily, Our house now a home

    November 13, 2014

    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!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 13, 2014

      Thank you so much, Emily!! Have a great day!

  28. Reply

    Tara @ Anything & Everything

    November 13, 2014

    Lovely makeover! Love the stenciling and the color, gorgeous!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 13, 2014

      Thank you Tara!!

  29. Reply

    Keisha | The Girl Next Door is Black

    November 13, 2014

    That is really impressive; nice job!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 13, 2014

      Thank you Keisha!!

  30. Reply

    Mei

    November 13, 2014

    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 =)

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 13, 2014

      Thank you so much Mei! Could be the next big thing! 🙂

  31. Reply

    Amanda @ Dwelling in Happiness

    November 12, 2014

    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!!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 13, 2014

      haha I wish you did!! Thanks Amanda 🙂

  32. Reply

    Corey

    November 12, 2014

    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!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 13, 2014

      Thank you Corey! So glad I could help inspire you, I’m sure your daughter would love something like this 🙂

  33. Reply

    Susan @ Oh My! Creative

    November 12, 2014

    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!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 13, 2014

      Thank you so much, Susan! You HAVE to try it, it’s life changing 🙂

  34. Reply

    Nici

    November 12, 2014

    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.
    Blessings,
    Nici

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 13, 2014

      Thank you so much, Nici! I linked up 🙂 Hope you have a fabulous day!

  35. Reply

    Jen @ Girl in the Garage

    November 12, 2014

    I love it, Bre! Fabulous.

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 13, 2014

      Thanks, Jen!! XO

  36. Reply

    DeDe@DesignedDecor

    November 12, 2014

    I love it! I like that you left the wood elements on it! So pretty!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 13, 2014

      Thank you DeDe!!

  37. Reply

    Cher @ Designs by Studio C

    November 12, 2014

    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!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 13, 2014

      I’ll have to try that! Thanks for the tip Cher! 🙂

  38. Reply

    Sonya ~At Home with The Barkers

    November 12, 2014

    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

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 13, 2014

      Thank you Sonya! I definitely want to try it with dark wax too, I bet it looks amazing 🙂 Thanks for pinning too!

  39. Reply

    Anna @Annabode

    November 12, 2014

    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.

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 13, 2014

      haha thank you Anna! Chalkboard sign is from Hobby Lobby 🙂

  40. Reply

    Katie @ Little House of Four

    November 12, 2014

    Love the makeover! That stencil is fabulous and the white wash looks amazing!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 13, 2014

      Thank you Katie! 🙂

  41. Reply

    Jo-Anna

    November 12, 2014

    This is an absolutely gorgeous makeover! I love the colour, the stencil and the drawer pulls – just fab!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 13, 2014

      Thank you Jo-Anna!!

  42. Reply

    Jillian

    November 12, 2014

    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.

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 13, 2014

      Thanks Jillian! Yes there is definitely a lot going on, and I’m glad it worked out 🙂

  43. Reply

    Jessica @ Dear Emmeline

    November 12, 2014

    wonderful redo!! Love the color choices and the stencil!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 13, 2014

      Thank you Jessica! 🙂

  44. Reply

    Amy W

    November 12, 2014

    I can NOT believe the transformation!! Love that shade of yellow, too.

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 13, 2014

      Thanks Amy!! 🙂

  45. Reply

    Amy | Canary Street Crafts

    November 12, 2014

    Gorgeous, Bre! Love the stenciling and those knobs are perfect!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 13, 2014

      Thanks Amy!! Hobby Lobby has the best knobs!

  46. Reply

    Two Thirty~Five Designs

    November 12, 2014

    Oh wow, I absolutely LOVE this. Great job!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 13, 2014

      Thank you!! 🙂

  47. Reply

    Tanya

    November 12, 2014

    Wow Bre this is a crazy good before and after! I cannot believe it’s the same piece of furniture!! Gorgeous 🙂

    xoxo, Tanya

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 13, 2014

      Thank you so much, Tanya!!

  48. Reply

    Leigh Anne

    November 12, 2014

    I am loving this little filing cabinet! You made it look AMAZING!! PINNING!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 13, 2014

      Thanks Leigh Anne! And thanks for pinning 🙂

  49. Reply

    Christine

    November 12, 2014

    Oh my word!! You did such a GREAT job on this dresser!! WOW! Doesn’t even look like the same piece. LOVE IT!!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 13, 2014

      THANK YOU!!

  50. Reply

    Kristi

    November 12, 2014

    Oh Bre! What a GORGEOUS colour and that stencil is SO fab! Love the whitewashed top too – I think it all works together perfectly!!!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 13, 2014

      Thanks Kristi!! I was so excited to find such a fun pattern 🙂 I can’t wait to use it again!

  51. Reply

    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

    November 12, 2014

    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 🙂

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 13, 2014

      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 🙂

  52. Reply

    Lindsay Eidahl

    November 12, 2014

    I love this makeover! Nice job!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      November 13, 2014

      Thanks Lindsay!! 🙂

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