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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Refinishing a rusty file cabinet

Remember when we turned our front closet into an office?

...I hope you do, because I posted about it literally yesterday.

Well, this is the post about our file cabinet that I promised!  I'm sure you've been waiting with bated breath...so here it is!

We bought this rusty file cabinet for $35 from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

I obviously didn't want to put this ugly thing in my beautiful office, so we made it so pretty!

First, we sanded down the cabinet using 3M emery cloth.  We used the coarse cloth first, and then the fine one.  After the rust was sanded down and everything was roughed up, I wiped it down with a damp cloth to get rid of all the nasty dust.  YUCK.

Next, I primed the cabinet with Rust-Oleum Universal Bonding Primer.  Unfortunately, I held the can too far from the cabinet, and the primer went on all gritty and dusty.  Oops.  The actual spray paint covered that up, luckily.

After the primer dried, we started in on the paint!  We used Rust-Oleum Gloss Protective Enamel in white.

It took three-ish coats of spray paint to get everything pretty.  This time, I held the can closer to the file cabinet like I was supposed to, and it turned out really nicely!

For the drawer fronts, I sanded, primed, and did one coat of spray paint.  Then I put contact paper on them to make them so pretty!  Putting contact paper on file cabinet drawers is approximately five gajillion times easier than putting it on a refrigerator.  It was almost enjoyable!  I'm thinking about starting a business where I just put contact paper on file cabinet drawers all day.  People would pay for that, right?

We were going to buy new drawer pulls, but then we decided to just spray paint the old ones to save some money.  We already had oil rubbed bronze spray paint from our kitchen knobs, so we had to spend ZERO DOLLARS on drawer pulls!  Woo hoo!

And that's it!  It was a pretty easy project...I was worried that it would take a long time or be really hard, but I WAS WRONG.  Thank goodness.

Now go make your file cabinet beautiful!  DO IT NOW!

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Monday, July 27, 2015

DIY Closet Office!

Once upon a time, I love our house.

...the end.

Just kidding.  You only wish I were that short-winded!  Ha!

So anyway, I love our house.  And I was telling my mom about how I love it, but I wish there was a place for our computer/printer/an office that isn't our bedroom.  And she was like, "What if you put a desk in your front closet?"

I mean, really.  WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT?  Because for real, our front closet wasn't being used for anything except a boatload of crap.

See?  A boatload.  It's embarrassing.

We got home from my parents' house and went straight to work on the closet!  We emptied it out, removed the really nice closet system (which we kept in case we ever sell our house), took the doors off (we kept those, too), and started to make a plan!

The next day, we worked without ceasing.  I mean, we also took care of the kids.  But at least one of us was working at all times.

Danny installed a new electrical outlet in the closet, since there wasn't one.  I can't tell you exactly how he did it, but he went through Georgia's bedroom wall to do it, and connected it to the outlet in there.  He's basically the greatest.

While he was installing the outlet, I painted the inside of the closet!  We chose to use the kitchen color, which is Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue.  THE PERFECT PAINT COLOR.  I almost wish our entire house was Palladian Blue.  Even the carpet.  That's how much I love it.

Then it was time to build things!  We were going to get plywood for the desk top, but I had a GENIUS IDEA: to buy a 4-foot hunk of laminate countertop.  It was significantly cheaper (only $20!), looks good, and we don't have to paint/stain/sand it.

Obviously I inherited my mom's genius skillz.

So Danny built the desk!  And it's gorgeous and perfect and I love it.  He also built two long shelves above the desk.  Which are also perfect, and were a pain in the butt to paint.  But I did it anyway!

In 24 hours, we accomplished all of that.  Because we have mad DIY skillz.  And also because if we don't do things quickly, they never ever ever get finished.

We also bought some fun things for storage!  Hobby Lobby has these great photo storage boxes for $4, and I prettied them up with some scrapbook paper.  The magazine holders are from IKEA (I bought them on Amazon), and I added scrapbook paper to them, too!  My green pencil cup is from Amazon, and I LOVE IT.  The tubs on the top shelf (that you can barely see) were $5 at TJ Maxx.

When we built the desk, we left space to the right of it for a four-drawer file cabinet.  The problem is, file cabinets are EXPENSIVE.  And I don't like paying a million (or 170) dollars for file cabinets.  We found some on Craigslist for cheap, but they were all way too deep for our closet.

So when we were out of town this weekend, we went to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and found a great file cabinet for $35!  Yay!  It was an ugly tan color and pretty rusty, but we were planning on refinishing it, so that was fine.

And now it's finished!  We got home from being out of town and started working on the cabinet almost immediately...it ended up being a super fast project.  It's so beautiful!  I'll write a separate blog post about how we did it.  :)

With the file cabinet, the office is pretty much finished!  We still need to hang a paper organizer (to the left of the desk where it won't really be seen), and put files in the file cabinet.  It's been so nice to have a place for the computer that isn't in the way, and to have all of our random office supplies organized!  Gibson's art supplies are in one place, and I always know where my scissors/tape/pens/important papers are!  I feel like such an adult!

So there you go!  I would do a cost breakdown for you, but I just have no clue.  We used a few things that we already had, like paint and some of the wood.  It didn't end up being very expensive at all!  Hooray!  That's my favorite thing!

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Georgie is four months old!

My sweet tiny newborn Georgia will be four months old tomorrow!


Let's start with some lists, why don't we?

Georgia likes:
-Gibson, sometimes
-Fart noises
-Staring at the back of my phone
-Being swaddled
-Playing "Super Georgia," a game in which I make her fly through the air until she vomits down my bra
-Standing up
-Her activity gym

Georgia dislikes:
-Gibson, sometimes
-Being tired
-Being hungry

All in all, Georgie is a pretty happy little lady!  As long as we get her swaddled and ready to sleep before she gets overtired, and feed her as soon as she wakes up, life is pretty good.  Also as long as no one whacks her in the head with a toy (*coughcough* GIBSON).

I can see where a tooth is making its very, very slow entrance into Georgia's mouth...and I wish it would hurry up, because she's an AWFUL TEETHER.  Like, worse than Gibson was, so far.

Someone send help.  And donuts.

Georgie has this scream/squeal that makes her sound like a distressed piglet.  It's awful.  Her scream could probably be used as a form of torture.

But also she's laughing now, which is awesome!  She mostly laughs for Danny, of course, which I expected.  Because Gibson also laughed for him more!  Turd babies.

At her last appointment, Georgia weighed 13 pounds 6 ounces (fully clothed) and was 25 inches long.  She's still wearing 0-3 month clothes for the most part, although she now needs 9 month sleepers because she's too long for the 6 month ones.  She's a tall girl!

And since she is currently doing her pig squeal (help me, Jesus), I'm going to conclude this blog post and go relieve Danny so he doesn't go insane.  Because for real.  It's torturous.

But before I go, here are some pictures of my sweet four month old girl!  You will notice that she's not particularly happy in any of them...that's because she's a turd.  And when I get my camera out, she pretty much just looks concerned.  Oh well.

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