DIY File Cabinet Desk

I keep losing things.  I make the piles and then I move the piles and then I put them in a basket and then I put the basket on a shelf and then I forget I put the stuff in the basket in the first place….and then I start all over again…AND NONE OF IT IS organized!

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On top of my usual topsy turvy creative disorganization we recently had wood flooring and carpet installed upstairs and had to empty EVERYTHING out of all the rooms.  I don’t even want to talk about my daughter’s closet.  It seems any perceived neatness wound up in the alternate universe of her closet.  Boy was I duped!


Ya think this is how Cybil drove Deniro mad in Taxi Driver?

Back to the desk and my lack of organization….So I got to thinkin about some band aid color file cabinets I had down the basement and did a quick Pinterest search to consider my options.  I don’t know what we did pre-Pinterest, P.P. but I do know it took longer.

mypassionfordecorLovin’ this Pottery Barn inspired desk from My Passion for Decor

aninvitinghomeand this rustic makeover from An Inviting Home

overthebigmoonI knew I just had to copy the gold bling on this great workstation from Over the Big Moon

Rustic and Bling – the perfect marriage

rustic Bling Desk 2During my travels at good ole Lowes I found some gold toned lag screws that worked perfectly with the metal bar I spray painted gold.   Ta Da, Yes!

hollow core doorI used an inexpensive hollow core door ripped to the depth of the file cabinets, and stained it walnut.  The top is sealed with General Finishes High Performance topcoat which is AWESOME.  I used it for the first time on this project and can say it’s my new favorite topcoat.  The directions say to use a paint pad but I didn’t have one and used a foam roller used as brush by dragging it across in rows.  No lines, no bumps, no bubbles.

general_finishes_high_performance_satinGreat Stuff!

Rustic Bling Desk 1Things are certainly lookin’ up.  If only I could find the missing little screws for the last file cabinet handle.  How does that happen?   I swear those screws must be hanging out with one of my missing socks.  The file cabinets are parinted with DIY chalk paint in Navajo White.  I’ve still got to repaint the room and trim, and also deal with the wires everywhere.  The current color is Shaker Beige and it’s pretty beat up.

file-cabinet-desk-rustic2Last time I was at Ikea I grabbed a few packages of their Lenda Curtains for messy closet girl’s room.ikea-lendaNot sure if I’ll use these in here.

file-cabinet-desk-rustic4I’ve already got turquoise floral drapery in this room.  My daughter says we have a somewhat girly house so I’m going to attempt to cater a little to the men around here….not sure that’s gonna happen though.

file-cabinet-desk-rustic3Decisions, decisions…Hobby Lobby has this greek key trim for close to nothing per yard.  If I do keep the floral drapes I could add this colorful desk chair from Hayneedle for a punch of color.


Manchester Tan, the color du jour around here, turns out to be the perfect griege for this house.  I only had  to try a gazillion colors to figure out what works with the gold and orange tones I already have in the floors and cabinets.

(watch for my upcoming post on best paint colors for ORANGE cabinets)

Manchester-Tan-Benjamin-MooreIf you’re wanting to go griege Manchester does not read pink, green, blue or purple with changing light conditions throughout the day.  It really is the perfect neutral.

albert quote

I can’t wait to start putting it all back together.

Mission Organization has begun!

Gray Line Linen NYC

It’s been a crazy couple of months full of home remodeling, furniture refinishing, a family wedding and two graduations coming up way too soon!  When oh when do we get time to smell the proverbial roses?  Though it’s been super crazy busy I somehow  managed to squeak in a peek at Gray Line Linen in New York during one of our wedding fitting trips.

grey-line-linen-1I really love this stripe, it has such a homespun feel to it.  I’d love a squishy soft pillow or even a bed skirt in this one.

grey-line-linen-2Fun, fun, fun!  Loving the bold colors in these oversize prints.  But you know I’m a natural, organic kind of girl so the more subdued prints on the right really appeal too.  See all those whites on the bottom – you really have your pick if it’s white you’re after.

grey-line-linen-3Oh and the metallic weaves were AWESOME.  I’m seeing a roman shade in my future.

grey-line-linen-4More prints in neutrals.  Some more modern like the smidge you see at the bottom of the picture and some more ethnic and traditional.  I’d love any of these in my bedroom.

grey-line-linen-5These pintucks are amazingly cool!!!!   I’d love one of the above prints as panels with a pintuck roman in between.  According to the site these are open-weave pleats.  Very affordable at $22 per yard.

grey-line-linen-6If you haven’t been to the garment district around 39th Street you must plan a day.

I came home with a few yards of their “Mary” linen at only $10 a yard.  It’ll be perfect to sew up a few cross back aprons.

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Pillow Party


I’m on a pillow streak and having a ton of fun coming up with fun pillows.  There are so many possibilities to play with though I think I’ll have to keep the Bob Dylan pillow for myself due to that little thing called copyright.

pillows-fencingMy sewing machine was zipping along all day yesterday as the snow gently fell outside.  I haven’t been doing much sewing since closing my drapery workroom and guess I was really just burnt out.  It’s a  different thing when you’re in full production mode sewing large complicated treatments.


They all have envelope backs for inserting an 18″ pillow form which run about $9 for a basic poly form.


HA! I love this one.  Not sure a real high-brow intellectual would like it but it’s the perfect gift for your average suburban recreational armchair intellectual.


I’m also digging horses lately and love this group of girls.


These dudes on pinstripe suiting are also quite charming.   These pillows are silly and all about fun.  Nothing serious here.


I’m also going to sew up a few linen pinafore jumpers to bring along to Yellow Finch today.

jumper b

Stangl Factory Second Sundays Antique Show

I had the pleasure of manning the Yellow Finch Booth at the Stangl Factory Second Sunday Antiques and Collectibles show in Flemington, NJ on February 8th.  I’m pretty new to the antiques business and only recently started selling as one of the vendors at Yellow Finch.  In fact I had completely forgotten that we were doing the show, Yikes!

Nevertheless, we did somehow manage to pull together a fun booth complete with hanging lights.  Despite all the work loading and unloading it really was a ton of fun and a good kind of satisfied tired.

The little caned bench went home with a nice young family to use in their mud room.  Can you imagine they squeezed that thing into a Prius.

We didn’t have time to go over the top with small items and focused on a few bits and bobs like old tools, mason jars, rugs, and artwork.

We also grabbed some of the great artisan soy candles handmade for Yellow Finch.  I just recently tried one with a wooden wick and love they way it burns in such an even dependable way.

We also brought along some vintage boxes.

Great artwork  rebus puzzles (thank goodness for Google!)

I have officially dubbed us the “Yellow Finch Gang” and think we should all get little tiny finch tattoos.

Love this industrial desk.  The reclaimed barn wood is so yummy and I can’t help myself from running my hands across the top every time I’m in the store.

If you’re in the Flemington, NJ area be sure to stop in at Yellow Finch Antiques at 78 Main Street.  As always Jim will be spinning some great tunes for your browsing and listening enjoyment.  We’ve got lot’s of outrageously cool stuff!

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While you’re at it browse our family of vintage, antique, and consignment stores in town!

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Snowed in – Why Phil Why?

I think it’s safe to say we’re all tired of the snow.  The birds outside are eating me out of house and home and now every other forest creature has discovered their source – Moi!

rustic pillows

I guess I should be thankful that the snowy days have given me a little time for some fun home arts.

I’m enjoying making these rustic pillows on linen and denim.

pillow 1

I just love the frayed edges.  Head on over to the blog “Confessions of a Plate Addict” for the great typewriter graphic and a step by step pillow tutorial.

C’est Magnifique!

chair top

I’m also working on the great carved chairs with super soft wool plaid.


Still gotta make the double welt and tweak my staples.  There are two of these beauties with wonderful, stand up straight lines!

Phil the groundhog

Why Phil Why???