Marcia is messing with my plans

I’d been hunting down a cheap filing cabinet for ages, and although I originally wanted a metal set, found this $15 MDF set at my local Salvation Army store. It fits under the desk nicely, and is sturdy enough to cope with out bank statements and tax receipts.

Is this not the sexiest piece of office furniture you've ever seen?! Just wait until I've finished with it...
Is this not the sexiest piece of office furniture you’ve ever seen?! Just wait until I’ve finished with it…

It is a long way from perfect though – the finish is not only hideous, it’s crappy. Honestly, I’m pretty sure that instead of using veneer, they’ve used cardboard. Needless to say, when I pulled off the price tag, this happened…

Oh, the destructive properties of sticky tape.
Oh, the destructive properties of sticky tape.

SO the plan is to lightly key sand the current finish, then paint. There’s no way a piece of furniture of this quality is ever going to have a perfect finish, so I think that pretty much rules out a gloss finish, which is what I would normally do with this type of ‘high function, minimal aesthetic’ furniture. I was thinking that using spray paint instead of a roller might be an easy solution, but given the weather that’s coming our way, I think rolling in the garage will be my only option 😦

Rack off Marcia, I want to paint.
Rack off Marcia, I want to paint.

I have a sample pot of a grey mistint, and because it’s a flat, will hide a multitude of sins (my dodgy paint skills included). I’m keen to include some interest too, so was thinking a pattern might be in order. Nothing complex, maybe something like this:

Simple enough for me?
Simple enough for me?

Or, I might do something entirely different – who knows!

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