Friday, August 26, 2016

Filing Cabinet DIY Makeover Redo

Where has the summer gone? Schools right around the corner for me. Classes start up at the end of August. Hopefully, the next few weeks go by semi-slowly. It's been quite a while since I have even glanced at my blog, let alone post anything. Time seemed to fly by. 

I have been keeping very busy. In July, I took a vacation to Maine to visit family. It was absolutely amazing. It was my first time flying. It was absolutely beautiful up there. I might just move up there. Maybe. I'll share more about my trip to Maine later. Recently, I have been on redoing furniture kick. It started a year ago with this dresser I had that was badly in need of sand down and paint job. My sister and I sanded it down to it's bare bones, and then we painted it. I kept the handles that were on it, but just spray painted them to go with my newly painted dresser. Ever since, I have sought out pieces of furniture that I think have potential. 
I recently purchased a dowdy oldish filing cabinet that was in need of some TLC. I found it on one of those local swap and shops on Facebook. If you don't belong to any of those, you should! I have found lots of great deals on there. I got a Kitchen Aid that was lightly used and only a year or two old, for $100. Not everything that you see on there is amazing, but sometimes you stumble on some amazing deals.
Back to the filing cabinet, I had seen on Pinterest some posts about filing cabinet redos. They gave me ideas, but none of them really did what I wanted to do with my filing cabinet. Basically, I spray painted my filing cabinet. Then with the drawers, I covered them with some peel-and-stick adhesive laminate (the stuff you stick on cabinet shelves ). The finish product was amazing! It turned out better than I had expected. 
The only problem is that I took before pictures. However, they some how got deleted or corrupted between the time I took them and put them on my computer. 


This isn't my exact filing cabinet. I don't have before picture. However, this is what it did look like. However, imagine it with a bit more grime and wear. 

DIY filing cabinet makeover redo quick and easy


After some a little elbow grease and paint, it is brand new. A lot easier to look at than before. 

DIY filing cabinet makeover redo quick and easy

Here is what you'll need:

1 can spray paint primer
1-2 cans spray paint, in color of choice
1 roll of peel-and-stick adhesive laminate (I found some at Walmart for like $5)

Note: I used Rust-Oleum clean metal primer and Rust-Oleum  gloss spray paint in 

Maui Blue.

Here's what I did:

First, I cleaned the filing cabinet and the drawer. I used Goof Off to get it all the grime and stickers off. This next next step is optional. I used a sanding block to just rough up the previous paint job and so that the paint will have something to adhere to. I did just a bit of it. 
Basically, just enough to get the shine off. You can skip this step if priming.
I then took the drawers out, and took off the hardware. Next, I primed the whole cabinet including the drawers. I found that precious cabinet color bled through the laminate, so I thought it best to prime it white so you won't have to worry about the previous color to bleed through.
After letting the prime dry thoroughly, I spray painted just cabinet in the color I chose. While that first coat was drying, I very carefully I very carefully peel and stuck on the laminate on the drawers. I cut the laminate larger than the size of the drawers, and then folded extra that ran over the edges. I tapered them over the edges and cut off the extra. I kept the handles silver as that was the color I liked the best, but I spray painted the other piece on the front the same color as the rest of the cabinet. 
After the cabinet dried, I sprayed another coat on. I let that dry. Mine needed only 2 coats, but you may have to do 3 coats. I then put the hardware back and slide the drawers back in. And that's it. All done!  

This project was relatively easy and quick to complete. I am still very happy with my finished product. I have gotten several compliments on my filing cabinet. Someone asked me where I got it. So, don't be afraid to roll up your sleeves and DIY. :)



Friday, January 29, 2016

One Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta with Broccoli

I hope everyone had a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Classes have started back up for me. I am busier than I ever was, After November began, time flew. It was a very difficult end of 2015 for my family and I, but we made it through. That was one of the main reasons I have posted anything on my blog for such a long time. It went to the back burner after the beginning of November. 

The New Year has flown by, I can't believe it is already the beginning of February. Because I am so busy, sometimes I want something that's loaded with CARBS and quick to make. This One Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta kicks butt. It is so yummy, and easy to make. Throw everything in pan, put a lid on it and stir it every so often? Sign me up! Because it's pasta, I don't have it often, but sometimes I just need a cheat on my healthy diet, and this usually does this trick. Plus, I add brocolli-- so that means the whole dish is healthy...?

Side notes: This pasta is cooked in the same pot from start to finish. This recipe can be doubles very nicely. The addition of the broccoli is optional. I add the broccoli about 10 minutes before the pasta is done cooking.

One Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta with Brocolli
adapted from Damn Delicious


1 tablespoon olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup milk, or more, as needed
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
8 ounces uncooked fettuccine
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 pkg. frozen broccoli (12-14 oz.) (optional) (fresh broccoli can be used)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves


    1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
    2. Stir in chicken broth, milk, butter and fettuccine; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
    3. Bring to a boil; add broccoli. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until pasta is cooked through, about 18-20 minutes. Stir in Parmesan. If the mixture is too thick, add more milk as needed until desired consistency is reached.
    4. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

    Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy your pasta!I know, I will! 

    Peace, love, bake on.


    Wednesday, October 21, 2015

    37 Pumpkin Recipes

    Why is it that it is only acceptable to have pumpkin everything during the fall? I believe it should be socially acceptable to enjoy pumpkin in all it's many forms all year round. Let's raise up and say "We want pumpkin everyday all year round!" Let me hear you. 

    I was looking for some Pumpkin recipes and found a whole bunch. I thought I would share the love. :) Here are 37 delicious, drool-worthy pumpkin recipes from soups to pasta to desserts from some of my favorite blogs and such. I started with desserts because I believe in having dessert first. 


    37 pumpkin recipes pumpkin cheesecake

    37 pumpkin recipes pumpkin brownies

    3. Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler (Do I have to share?)

    37 pumpkin recipes clean eating pumpkin ice cream

    37 pumpkin recipes slow cooker sticky caramel pumpkin cake

    7. Pumpkin Creme Brulee (I love creme brulee!!)

    37 pumpkin recipes pumpkin creme brulee

    37 pumpkin recipes oatmeal pumpkin cream pies

    37 pumpkin recipes pumpkin cheesecake with salted caramel sauce

    37 pumpkin recipes white chocolate pumpkin spice fudge

    11. Pumpkin Cheesecake Truffle (Low Carb!!)

    37 pumpkin recipes pumpkin cheesecake truffle

    12. Pumpkin Better Than... Cake (a poke cake!)

    37 pumpkin recipes pumpkin poke cake

    13. Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting (Good anytime of the year!)

    37 pumpkin recipes pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting

    14.Pumpkin Roll (No list would be complete with out a Pumpkin Roll recipe.)

    37 pumpkin recipes pumpkin roll moist


    15. Pumpkin French Toast (yes, please.)

    37 pumpkin recipes pumpkin french toast

    37 pumpkin recipes pumpkin donut holes

    17. The Best Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls (I'm drooling right now.)
    37 pumpkin recipes the best pumpkin cinnamon rolls

    37 pumpkin recipes pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes

    37 pumpkin recipes starbucks pumpkin scone


    37 pumpkin recipes pumpkin pasta

    37 pumpkin recipes pumpkin pasta

    37 pumpkin recipes pumpkin pasta


    37 pumpkin recipes pumpkin soup

    37 pumpkin recipes pumpkin soup

    37 pumpkin recipes moist pumpkin bread

    37 pumpkin recipes pumpkin cornbread


    29. Crock Pot Pumpkin Spiced Latte (take a sip of that after a long day!!)

    37 pumpkin recipes pumpkin crock pot spiced latte

    30. Pumpkin Pie Frappe (Drink your pie!!)
    37 pumpkin recipes pumpkin pie frappe

    31.  Best Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte  (save you a bit of money :) )

    37 pumpkin recipes best homemade pumpkin spice latte

    37 pumpkin recipes iced pumpkin spice coffe


    37 pumpkin recipes homemade pumpkin pie spice

    35. Homemade Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer (Just another reason to drink coffee)
    37 pumpkin recipes homemade pumpkin spice coffee creamer

    37. Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispies (Kids will love these.)

    37 pumpkin recipes pumpkin rice krispies

    I hope you get your fair share of pumpkin this Fall and everyday of the year. And don't forget to share the love of Pumpkin with those that you love. I hope you have a very happy Fall (and lots of Pumpkin). :)

    Peace, Love, Bake on.