Monday, September 15, 2014

Hate You-Love You Grey's Anatomy Free Printable

One of my favorite shows in college used to be Grey's Anatomy. My friends and I would get together in each others dorm rooms and have Grey's Anatomy viewing parties. While I stopped watching it a few seasons ago, a quote from the beginning of the series always stuck in my mind. It was spoken by Meredith to Derek.
"I love you in a really, really big - pretend to like your taste in music, let you eat the last piece of cheesecake, hold a radio over my head outside your window - unfortunate way that makes me hate you-love you."
It was just such a great, cheesy love quote that I had to make it into a free printable. Here it is:

You can download the free printable here.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Refinished Corner Cabinets

Over Labor Day weekend, my parents and I finally finished a pair of corner cabinets. I am so excited to share them! They were waiting to be refinished since before Memorial Day but between vacations, summer activities, and the heat, it was a few months before we could get to them.

We've had these corner cabinets for a long while. Many years ago, my dad scored them for free at a job site. He stripped the cabinets and painted them white. The cabinets sat in our shop for a long time and then they spent a few years at my parents' creek house in the northern neck of Virginia. My parents sold the house this spring and my mom asked me if I wanted anything. I knew exactly that I wanted! The corner cabinets. Here they are in all their before glory:

My dad had also stripped the doors many years ago but never got around to painting them white.

Before we started, my dad patched and sanded everything. We think that there was originally only one corner cabinet and someone came a few years later and made another one to match. The doors of one cabinet are much thinner and smaller. Luckily, you can only tell when they're side by side.

Here is a window door and a sample of the shelves, which were never fully stripped. I am trying to imagine the pair of the corner cabinets being entirely blue and I just can't.

Over the years of sitting in the shop, the shelves actually expanded and warped so they didn't fit into the cabinets anymore. My dad cut them down so they fit just right. Please ignore the rotting insulation.

We covered everything in an oil-based primer. Then we painted the cabinets, doors, and shelves in Rustoleum Satin White oil-based paint. I painted the inside of the cabinets in Spirited Green by Sherwin Williams (the same color as my desk).

Although the corner cabinets are massive (seven feet tall exactly - and my ceilings in the corner are seven feet and one inch), they are surprisingly light weight. We loaded them into our short bed pick up and my dad and I carried them to my apartment. One went in the dining room corner and one went in the living room corner of my large living-dining area.

Although my dad was amazingly able to locate the original hardware, it was either brass (the handles) or caked with paint (the hinges). We decided to bite the bullet and bought all new hardware. For about $25, we picked up 4 crystal knobs, 8 hinges, and a couple pairs of hardware that would help stop Violet from being able to open the lower cabinet doors. Yes, my cat is skilled like that. It's ridiculous.

I am SO happy with how they came out!

I quickly filled the cabinets with my favorite items that I haven't been able to display since I got Violet. She's very fond of pushing things and breaking them.

I was surprised to see how well the cabinets anchored the space. I really feel like they tie my apartment together and makes it feel more homey.

Here's a glimpse at the bottom.

Here is how the cabinet on the dining side looks in real life with the furniture. I love how the mint in the cabinet adds a pop of color but also ties to the mint in my herringbone canvas art.

As soon as we finished, my dad said he was ready to take them back since they look so great. No way! They are mine now.

They make me very happy.

I could not have done this refinishing project without my parents. They were such a big help with sanding and priming and painting. Thanks Mom and Dad! You're the best!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Ombre Arrow Free Printable

Today's free printable has no quote. I love arrows and I really want some artwork in my apartment that reflects them. Unfortunately, I can't afford any of the ones I love and I haven't figured out a way to create my own using canvas art (yet). So, I decided to make a free printable using them.

You can download this free printable here! Until next week!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Some Things Have To Be Believed To Be Seen Free Printable: Unicorn Version

Last week I shared the monster version of this printable. This week, instead of monsters, we have unicorns! The quote comes from Ralph Hodgson:
"Some things have to be believed to be seen."

You can download this free printable here. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

My International Gallery Wall

For months I have been wanting to create my own gallery wall and I wanted it to have an international flare. I started off with pieces I had collected over the years. Then I added some of my own pieces that I had made that had global and international inspirations. Finally, after finishing my world map art last week, it was complete enough to call it a gallery wall.

This gallery wall is in my bedroom on the wall across from my bed. I love looking at it as I fall asleep.

The best part about this globally inspired gallery wall is it literally is international. It has pieces from all over the world.

1 - Metallic World Map Art
2 - Metal key from a shop in Bowness-on-Windermere, England (2011)
3 - Street art from Paris, France (2008)
4 - Street art from Venice, Italy (2006)
5 - Street art from Paris, France (2006)
6 - Street art from Amsterdam, Netherlands (2006)
7 - Ombre Teal "Change the World" Art
8 - Art from a shop in Venice, Italy (2006)

Here are close ups of the pieces.

Each piece has a story and wonderful memories attached to it which makes it even more special.

All of the pieces from 2006 were procured while I was studying abroad in Cork, Ireland. The 2008 piece was from when I went back to Europe with my family to attend my cousin's wedding. The 2011 piece is from when I went traveling with my mom when she visited me while I was living in Scotland for my master's degree.

This gallery wall is not finished. I can't wait to add more art from around the world! It needs some art from a few other continents!