Archive | December 2012

How To Paint A Metal File Cabinet


This is a project that I have been wanting to do for a while, so the other day, I jumped in and just started painting this ugly beast. Here’s what I did. I had this monster black file cabinet that I inherited when we moved. I’ve been using it to store my homeschool/preschool stuff, but I wanted it to look prettier so I could keep it upstairs in the loft instead of in the garage. This is before (obviously).
IMG_2383 IMG_2384I really didn’t want to take off all that hardware, so I just taped it up.

IMG_2385I decided on a shiny, fire engine red. I’m sorry I forgot to take a picture of the can of spray paint, but I bought two cans of Rustoleum for Metal paint. I wiped the dust off of the surface of the cabinet, but I didn’t sand it down or do any primer. (I am very new at refinishing furniture, so I know I made some “rookie” mistakes 🙂 )

This is after the first coat.IMG_2387IMG_2388

I let it dry for about an hour, then I did another coat. IMG_2389It really needed another coat, but I was out of paint and patience. (Like I said, I’m a rookie) So after it dried for a couple of hours, My Hubs and First-born took the beast upstairs, where I positioned it where I liked it, reassembled it, and Voila! IMG_2525 IMG_2526 IMG_2527Shiny, red, and matches my new, chevron pattern pillows.  What do you think?


A Brilliant Anniversary

In November, Dean and I celebrated our 22nd anniversary. I am often amazed that I have lived with Dean longer than I lived with my parents. This year, we decided to go to Las Vegas. It is just a 4 hour drive from our Southern California home, so we  joined up with some friends and drove to “Sin City”.Las-Vegas-united-states-of-america-697061_770_576las-vegas-sign_1

We pulled out all the stops and just had FUN! We checked into the Trump Hotel. Let me tell you, that Trump guy knows how to deliver luxury.

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Trump International Hotel Las VegasThey were so awesome! When they found out it was our Anniversary, they gave us a little surprise when we got up to our room.

IMG_2368IMG_2367When we went out to eat, we decided to “do it right”, so we went to Mario Batali’s Restaurant called Carnevino.



And afterward, we had dessert at Mesa Grill, Bobby Flay’s restaurant.


What a wonderfully decadent night!  Isn’t it amazing how much good friends add to a fun night out?

The next day, after doing some fun sight seeing, we saw the new James Bond movie. Then, Dean and I went to see “O” Cirque du Soleil.

imagescirque-o-addAMAZING!!! I’m so glad we saw this show. I highly recommend it.

All in all, it was a wonderful weekend. We really enjoyed being together without the kiddos. It’s nice to play the part of a grown-up once in a while. 🙂

A Brilliant Countdown Idea

Every year in December, I buy the kids those chocolate advent calendars as a sweet way to count down the days until Christmas. This year, I wanted to improve on our tradition, and added another countdown idea.

I printed a template of an envelope from this website

I printed a template of an 4″x4″ envelope from this website:

Then I cut the envelope out of scrapbook paper

IMG_2499envelopeAfter that, came the fun part, deciding what ideas to put into the envelopes. I wanted to do something fun every day, but I know that the Holidays get really busy, so I made sure the things I came up with were easy and quick enough to do in a day. Some of my ideas were easy, like make Gingerbread cookies, cut paper snowflakes, and watch a Christmas movie as a family, as well as some that take some planning like, go to a Christmas tree lighting and buy toys for Toys For Tots. I typed the ideas up on slips of paper that fit into the envelopes.



It has been so much fun to open up the envelopes. The kiddos get excited to see the next activity.

Here the little ones are helping me make gingerbread cookiesgingerbread cookiesIMG_2518

What are some Advent traditions in your family?