Monday, September 29, 2014

Honey Bee Free Printable

Before I get into things, I want to wish a VERY happy birthday to my wonderful Mom!

Last week I shared a free printable for Kacey Musgrave's song "Silver Lining".  As I mentioned, I love the lyrics of the whole song. It was so hard for me to just choose pieces of it. So, I had to make two free printables. As much as I love the parts from last week's printable, this is definitely my favorite section of the song. The lyrics are:
"If you wanna find a honey
You can't be scared of the bees
If you wanna see the forest
You're gonna have to look past the trees"
I decided to make two versions of this printable. The first is a bit more playful:

You can download that here. The second is a bit more serious I suppose:

You can download that one here. I hope you'll give the song a listen. It's a great one!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Silver Lining Free Printable

If I had to pick my favorite album that I discovered this year, it would be Kacey Musgrave's album, Same Trailer Different Park. On that album, one of my favorite songs is called "Silver Lining". You can listen to it here. I took bits and pieces of the song to create this free printable:
"If you're ever gonna find a silver lining
It's gotta be a cloudy day
If you wanna fill your bottle up with lightning
You're gonna have to stand in the rain
If you're ever gonna find a four leaf clover
You gotta get a little dirt on your hands
If you wanna find a head that fits your shoulder
You're gonna have to go to the dance"
You can download the free printable here!

This is one of my favorite songs. In fact, I love it so much that I couldn't even fit all of my favorite parts of this song on the printable so next week I've got the rest of it. Stay tuned!
Update: Here it is!

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!