The finished project:
The finish on this project is shop made country/shabby chic using chalk paint made from cheap flat ceiling paint tinted with even cheaper poster paints, mixed with not-so-cheap calcium carbonate, and shop made finishing past wax made from a chunk of bees wax and boiled linseed oil.
One coat of Ivory chalk paint, 2 coats of Cyan chalk paint (first coat epic fail due to miscalculation of amount required), and 2 coats of finishing wax after sanding and distressing.
Note: I would have preferred all black hardware but couldn’t source it. I may go back and paint it black but as the hardware is all solid brass (not cheap) I am a little loath to do that.
All in all the objective was achieved, an all solid wood (mainly premium pine) 4 draw filing cabinet (one draw is actually a stationery cabinet). The use of reclaimed pine lining helped keep costs under control. Not a skerrick of plywood in the whole thing, and, most importantly, no fat, greedy, lazy, rip-off merchant plywood supplier was involved or fed during the whole of this project ;-) Oh! and the same can be said of paint suppliers too!.
Only 2 more to go!
-- Make things as simple as possible, but no simpler.