Monday, August 20, 2012

Made It and LOVE It!!

This is my third and last "Monday Made It" post.  Goodbye to lazy summers and hello to school starting! 

Oh, I so love my two newest projects.  Love, love, love them!

First up:  Lovely Curtains
I already showed you my little curtain for my window in the door.  I liked it so much that I decided to make curtains for all of my windows.  I got the inspiration from here.  However, I could not find an adorable plastic tablecloth so I found a paper one I loved and laminated it.  (Thanks to Lakeshore and their 29 cents/foot laminating charge, my total cost for tablecloths and laminating came to under $20.  Not too bad since I have 34 feet of windows!!!)  Yes, my new room is giant-sized and I have windows running the entire length of one long wall!  Love, love, love!

...and now onto my favorite of all favorites ...  My File Cabinet. True confession:  I am in love with my file cabinet!

I got the inspiration from here.

I did not take a before picture so you will have to imagination a perfectly fine, gray file cabinet.  Nothing wrong with it at all.  But nothing to write home about.  Now look at it:

And here is another look:

And a closeup:

Love, love, love, love, love!

First I spray painted the file cabinet.  (My beloved custodian hauled it outside for me and then brought it back in the next day when it was dry.)  Then I used a white paint pen to draw the lines.  I know it looks like a five year old drew those lines, but it was me trying my best!  I actually think those crooked old lines look quite charming!  So this file cabinet is now, officially, my favorite part of my room.

Be sure to check out the inspiring projects over at Tara's Fourth Grade Frolics!

Love to all,


  1. I LOVE the file cabinet. I saw this recently too. It turned out great.

  2. I love the file cabinet. I have 3 horrible huge metal cabinets that I now want to try to spray paint. I'm going to see if I can get my kids to help come bring them outside tomorrow. How many coats did you need to do? Thanks for the idea.
    Mrs. Goff's Pre-K Tales

    1. Lyn, So glad you like it! It is hard to say how many coats because I just kept moving the spray can back and forth several times. However, I did it in one session and did NOT have to go over it again so I guess I would call it one coat. But it may depend on the current color of your file cabinet and the color you want to paint it. My file cabinet was very, very light and I painted it a dark blue. (The cabinet is actually a darker color than it appears in the photos.)

  3. What a great pop of color from an unlikely source! I love how the lines are not perfectly gives it character!

  4. I'd love a file cabinet that looked like that!


  5. Your curtains are adorable! What a great idea! I never would have thought of that. I love your filing cabinet! It looks terrific with the detail lines.

    Teaching Fourth

  6. Your file cabinet turned out cute! And I love the curtains!
    Conversations in Literacy

  7. Love your windows and LOOOOOOOOVE how your cabinet turned out! :) I think the crooked lines look fabulous. Definitely give it character and charm. Awesome revamp! :)

    Reaching for the TOP!

  8. I thought the lines were intentional! They look fabulous! The "doodle" design is so popular right now! Just don't even mention that you tried to make them straight and no one will know...great job!!!