Free Printable Large-Scale Farmhouse Quote Art!

You can now also order your very own CUSTOM quote art sign here!

Did you guys think I’d forgotten about these?

Dictionary Quote Art Free Printables

‘Course not!

On the contrary, I’ve actually been working away (granted, in my “sloth/snail fusion” kinda manner) on this new round of free printable quote art since I published my original post.

And now I’m super excited to finally share them!

I stepped a little sideways with these dictionary inspired signs which give a nod to the canister labels I designed back in 2012!

Farmhouse Free Printable Over-Size Dictionary Definition Quote Art

I ummed and ahhed for ages over whether I could pull these off. They are a little more quirky and unusual than the book page style quotes. They were also much more difficult to come up with! Do you know how hard it is to try to capture the essence of a quote using a single word?

I first researched the context and implied meaning of each quote (where possible) then tried to choose the “prettiest” synonym of the most appropriate word. Of course, quote meanings can be very personal, subjective and even ambiguous so I did need to take some liberty with my interpretations. I’m sure some of you might have chosen very different words though I hope what I came up with resonates for the most part.

In this bundle I’m offering 18 free printables in total. Yes, people…18!

There are three different quotes available in three different colourways (chalkboard, sepia and off-white) AND in both landscape and portrait orientations!

Amazing Over-Size Free Printable Farmhouse Quote Art!

FREE Printable Farmhouse Signs

Amazing Over-Size FREE Printable Farmhouse Quote Art!

As per my book page quotes, these are all excellent quality, high resolution, large-scale images designed to fit standard large (60cm x 90cm/24″ x 36″) poster frames. For your convenience, I’m also offering them in both PDF and JPG formats.

Free Farmhouse Quote Printables Download

Some of these quotes were selected from those shared in the comments section of my original post – thanks so much to everyone who took the time to divulge their favourite quote! I’ll keep referring back as I create fresh quote art so if your suggestion wasn’t featured this time around it may still be used in future designs.

If you have a quote you’d like to see featured, please share it in the comments below.

Farmhouse Free Printable Over-Size Dictionary Definition Quote Art

I hope they bring your walls joy!


For further information about printing or framing these images please refer to my original post. And, as always, if you have trouble or are unsure of anything, feel free to ask.

If you’d like to save this project for later, please feel free to pin the below image.

18 Large-Scale FREE Printable Quote Signs!

Free for personal, non-commercial use only.
Reproduction, republication or redistribution in any form is forbidden.

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Another Option for the Cottage Kitchen?

Further to my last post about the cottage kitchen renovation at our friend’s beach house, I had another idea about a possible layout option…

Cottage Kitchen with Cabinets

Cottage Kitchen Cabinetry 3D Rendering

Virtual Kitchen Plan

Virtual Cottage Kitchen

If the symmetry of the ‘U’ was skewed slightly by reducing the length of the peninsula then a bank of narrow cabinets could span the whole right wall!

Yes, this is a slightly more “full-on” look though something about it is quite grand. And the storage it provides is amazing!

The compromise would be losing a tiny bit of counter space and possibly one seat at the breakfast bar though I think it’s worth it. Naturally, it would also be a more expensive option though that’s something for our friends to consider.

I included a rolling ladder just for fun (this might not actually be practical) and gave the central cabinets glass fronted doors for displaying pretties though of course these features aren’t necessities.

Another thing I did, which I should have done in the other plans too, was remove the door from the doorway beside the fridge. I couldn’t think of any good reason the door would actually be used and having a simple doorway with no door would help open-up the wall space beyond, making the entrance feel less narrow.

Virtual Kitchen Rendering Before and After

So, what do you think. Does extra cabinetry help a small kitchen appear more expansive? Or does it constrict the space further? And regardless, does the added storage take priority?

Here are the three plans for comparison’s sake…

Cottage Kitchen Options



PS I’ve just finished designing my next round of free printable quote art and will have it up on the blog next week!

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A Virtual Cottage Kitchen Redesign…which plan do you prefer?

I should be concentrating on finishing my little girl’s bedroom…or sharing my next batch of free farmhouse style quote art (I know many of you guys are hanging out for these – don’t worry, they’re coming really soon!)…though last week I accidentally got lost designing a kitchen instead!

Over the Easter break we were lucky to be invited to stay with friend’s at their little beach house. It’s a traditional 60’s fibro in near original condition and sorely in need of a new kitchen. Our friends mentioned they were keen to renovate, though weren’t quite sure how exactly. Basically, as is usually the case, they were having trouble visualising things. So, me being me (that is, a slightly obsessed decoraholic with zero willpower or desire to ignore a design dilemma!), I offered to play around with some ideas in my 3D rendering program.

Here’s how the space currently looks…

Kitchen Before

Kitchen Before

Kitchen Before

As you can see, the kitchen is part of an open plan room incorporating the dining area and living space. It’s clean, homey and useable though dated, worn and cramped. There’s no pantry or dishwasher, no housing for the rubbish bins or microwave, no ventilation for the stove, the ceiling lights are unattractive fluoros, and the pokey cabinets and tiered counter fail to make the most of the available space. Sadly, there’s little scope for a mere cosmetic refresh here. This is a total gut job!

Along with retaining the current ‘U’ shaped configuration I also played around with the idea of an ‘L’ with a separate island.



Kitchen 1

Kitchen 3D Rendering

Cottage Kitchen Virtual Plan

Kitchen 3D Plan


Cottage Kitchen Design

Cottage Kitchen 3D Rendering

L Shaped Kitchen

L Shaped Kitchen Rendering

Which one do you prefer?

I like them both. The open and contemporary feel of the ‘L’ appeals to me though I think the ‘U’ perhaps sits more comfortably in the space. Does that make sense? It just seems a little more natural.

Also, it’s easy to miss though the ‘U’ accommodates more seating at the counter than the ‘L’ does at the island. I couldn’t make the island any longer or there would be no space to open the fridge or place the dining table. Plus, the ‘U’ allows for a longer dining table as the kitchen cabinets don’t protrude into the dining zone as they do in the ‘L’.


L v U Shaped Kitchen

As I never fully discussed all of the specifications for the space with our friends, I’ve taken total creative license with these designs! Of course, everything is merely suggestive and open to customisation as desired. Let’s face it, when it comes to decorating taste is subjective and the possibilities are endless!

I used a neutral base of white accented with bluey-charcoal and red. I’m not usually a red person though for some reason I love pops of it in a cosy cottage space, especially when paired with bluey-charcoal. The over-all vibe is classic cottage meets modern industrial – or something like that.

One thing our friends did mention was that they were considering a dark counter so I created another plan with black soapstone in place of the white marble…

Kitchen with Dark Counter

Do you prefer the contrast the dark counter offers? Or do you like the harmony of an all white kitchen?


Dark v Light Counters

Again, I like both and there’s really no right or wrong here. It’s just a preference thing. I think I would choose the light counter.

Anyhoo, here are some before and afters just for comparison’s sake…


B and A


Kitchen Before and After

I had so much fun playing around with this kitchen and it’s lovely to be able to offer our friends a visual guide before they dive into renovating. Hope you like it!


If you’d like some design help for a room in your home, don’t hesitate to contact me.

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Super Affordable DIY Wall Decals…using clear sticker paper

How to Make Your Own Cheap Custom Wall Decals

If you follow me socially, you might have read that over the next week or two I’ve decided to focus on finally finishing my little girl’s bedroom!

It’s been 90% done for the past two years though for some reason I’ve been struggling to get it “complete-complete”.

If I’m honest, I’ve probably been putting-off sharing it here because; 1) it’s a tiny little space with some weird angles which makes it almost impossible to photograph, 2) I used a bold-ish pattern on the curtains (bold-ish patterns are not my strong suit) and ever since have been struggling to reconcile the best bedding combo, and 3) I have this problem with part-time perfectionism.

I know. I know. Those are crazy excuses, right? Which is exactly why I’ve decided to finally get it done already! Starting with the dull solid core door.

For a while now I’ve been wanting to jazz-up the rear of the door. Originally, I was simply going to paint it, or add some basic off-the-shelf decals (which would have been fine), though then I saw some gorgeous wallpaper which got me thinking.

Jackalope Wallpaper

The Legend of the Jackalope from Walls Need Love

My daughter adores animals, particularly bunnies, and surely there was a way to replicate the feel of this wallpaper without spending $140 (AUD) on the actual product. After all, I’m talking about decorating the rear of a door here. The least cashola I can spend, the better, right?

Anyhoo, here’s what I decided to do…

Although I’ve used a door for my particular project, of course you could also use a larger area (such as a wall or ceiling) or a smaller area (such as an artist’s canvas or piece of furniture). You could even attach these DIY decals to decorator items, such as glassware or ceramics. Additionally, I decided to DIY my decals because I wanted to create something super affordable that was also completely custom – plus, I just like experimenting with, and sharing, new ideas. A few different options I considered which you could possible employ instead were; using a rubber stamp, using actual decal paper, using paper decoupage, using a professional service to print and die-cut my stickers for me, using a stencil, using an image transfer method. All that said, I like my method and would certainly do it again :)


DIY Wall Decal Supplies


This stuff comes in inkjet or laser (to suit your particular printer) and sometimes might be labelled gloss or matte. It also comes in super affordable or crazily expensive so shop around to make sure you get a good deal. I found mine here on eBay for around 60 cents per sheet. I’ve seen others for as much as $2.50 per sheet.


Obviously, this can be anything you want. I found several different downloadable bunny illustrations on Etsy then my daughter chose her favourite. Of course she picked the most intricate one! I’m not gonna lie, trimming around the antlers was kinda painful, and if I was going to do this project again I’d choose something simpler. That said, it was completely do-able for the small-ish area I covered. If you plan to cover a large area I would definitely suggest using an image which is easy to trim around – it will just make the project feel like less of a chore.

You can find the jackalope I used here on Etsy for just $3.








Making DIY Wall Decals

STEP 1 Print your image onto your sticker paper.

First, decide what size you’d like your decals to be then re-scale, duplicate (if needed) and arrange your image to fit nicely on a standard A4/Letter sized sheet of paper. I used Photoshop for this though you could just as easily do it in Word. Next, print onto your clear sticker paper as per the supplied directions. As I wanted my bunnies to face both left and right on the door, I mirrored the printing as required.

How to Make DIY Wall Decals

STEP 2 Trim as closely as possible around your printed image.

Using a nice sharp pair of scissors, trim around your image. The idea is to have no discernible border. Yes, I realise the clear sticker paper is transparent and pretty much invisible, however for best results you still want as little border as possible. Like I mentioned earlier, cutting around the antlers was somewhat tedious so when you’re selecting your image, bear in mind how easy it is to trim around, especially if you need to cut out a heap. All up, it probably took me almost two hours (on-and-off) to cut all of my jackalopes out.

DIY Wall Decal Tutorial

STEP 3 Measure and mark your surface.

You can be as thorough or casual as you like when it comes to working out your decal placement. I went with casual. Staring from the top of the door I simply measured down as required, drew a horizontal guideline (to ensure my row would be nice and straight), then went from there. For each subsequent row I drew a new horizontal guideline though aside from that I just eyed the placement of the decals.

If you’d like to be more thorough, consider where the pattern will start and end (to help with symmetry and avoid cut-offs), and take into account any possible obstacles you might like to avoid – you may notice that I had to trim one of my decals to fit around the door handle though this was easy and I think it actually helps make the pattern look more integrated. For complete accuracy you can draw a grid or create a template to help with consistent spacing.

In other news, I really need to get a less filthy ruler to use for my tutorial pics!

How to Make Your Own Custom Wall Decals

STEP 4 Attach your decals to your surface.

Using your markings as a guide, begin attaching your decals as desired. Simply peel off the backing paper, hold your decal in place, press it down with your fingers then smooth it on firmly using a clean cloth (try to avoid rubbing with your hands as any oil or moisture from your skin may smudge the fresh ink). This was super easy. The sticker paper I used was repositionable and didn’t stick to itself. Try to attach the decals a few millimeters away from any pencil lines – this will just make it easier to erase them in the next step.

DIY Wall Decals at Home

STEP 5 Erase pencil marks.

With all of the decals in place, use an eraser to remove any pencil marks.

DIY Block Printed Style Door Decals

STEP 6 Voila!

I’m so thrilled with the way this turned out! I was conscious they might look like just a bunch of stickers though they actually look like legit decals!

DIY Wall Decals

I think the success lies in the attention when trimming so do try and take your time.

Yes, it’s a pretty full-on design though that’s why I used the rear of the door. It’s a fun, bold pop that’s discreetly enough positioned so as not to overwhelm the little room.

How to Make Your Own Wall Decals

I considered sealing the stickers, to protect the ink and integrate them into the door, though decided against it as the ink seems well and truly set and they are perfectly adhered. I guess if I do happen to notice any problems I can always seal them at a later stage.

Note: If you do intend to seal your decals, I would recommend spraying with a clear acrylic sealer first. This will protect the ink (especially if you used an inkjet printer), providing a barrier of sorts to prevent ink “pick-up” (and subsequent running or smearing) when you brush over the decals with your clear acrylic sealer.

DIY Decals using Sticker Paper

I also considered adding a few half decals to make the pattern look a bit more continuous, like wallpaper, though in the end I didn’t think it was needed – and, if I’m honest, I couldn’t face the thought of having to cut around any more antlers!

DIY Custom Wall Decals Using Sticker Paper

I’m not certain if these decals will damage the paint when it comes time to remove them in the future. I did do a test and the decal I removed came off cleanly though that was after it’d only been attached for a few days. Based on the type of adhesive they appear to have I would assume they should be fine though regardless I don’t think it’s anything to worry about. Let’s face it, when it’s finally time to remove them the surface will surely be due for a fresh coat of paint anyways!

All up this project cost me around $16. That includes the sticker paper, printer ink and the graphic I purchased. This means each decal totalled less than 50 cents! Not bad for a serious punch of pattern that my daughter absolutely adores!

Hope you like it and can use this idea somewhere in your own home :)


Catch-up on all of the design ideas and previous projects from Charlotte’s room here.

How to Make Your Own Cheap Wall Decals



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Easy DIY Faux Multi-Drawer Cabinet Hack…using peel and stick flooring!

DIY Faux Multi Drawer Cabinet...using peel and stick planks!

Don’t you love it when an idea simply pops into your head?

That’s just what happened with this sideboard makeover.

I was about to cut down a sheet of thin plywood to create some faux drawer fronts when I suddenly stopped.

“Hey, peel and stick floorboards are about the same thickness as this plywood”, I thought. “Why don’t I try using them instead? They can be trimmed with a utility knife so I can share a cool ‘power tool free’ method anyone can have a go at!”.




Faux Drawer Sideboard Supplies

You can affix faux drawer fronts to lots of different furniture items. From a dresser to an armoire to a nightstand, the options are almost endless. However, there are some attributes which will make things easier and produce better, more authentic-looking results. See my list of “What to Look For” towards the end of this post for some hints and tips.

I used a laminate office sideboard I found on eBay for just $35. Yes, that orange beast in the above pic is the actual piece of furniture I started with.

Now, I could pretend I bought this sideboard just last month. And that I refurbished it within a reasonable time-frame. ‘Cause, you know, that’s just how I roll.

Truth be told, it was sitting in my parent’s garage for almost three years before I even looked at it. ‘Cause, you know, that’s actually how I roll.

I bought it just after I finished this faux drawer DIY because I had a hankering for another similar project. Turns out my hankering wasn’t particularly pressing!

Of course you can use whatever style you like. I went with Senso Self Adhesive Vinyl Planks in Rustic Walnut which I found at Bunnings. These have an amazing texture and look incredibly legit. Although the packet isn’t super cheap at around $60 I only used half so technically my faux drawers cost just $30, plus I still have plenty of boards left-over for another project! In the past I’ve used thicker products (generally 6mm/0.2″ plywood) to create faux drawer fronts however I needed something thin in this case to allow the doors to continue to swing freely (so as not to catch when opened) and to sit within the recess of the side panels (so as not to protrude and expose the ends).

I used some left-over paint I already had. It’s Dulux Aquanamel in a navy colour called ‘Diplomat’. Of course, you can use whatever you like.

Little knobs and label holders can be found in lots of places for super cheap nowadays. Etsy, eBay and AliExpress all have a good range, as do many discount cabinet hardware stores. I got my brass knobs from AliExpress (for just 20 cents a piece) and the label holders from eBay (for around 10 cents each). I also used three cup pulls which I also bought from eBay (for 60 cents each).


I was a bad blogger and didn’t take progress pics of every stage of this project. That said, I’ll do my best to explain things as clearly as possible.


STEP 1 Measure, trim and attach faux drawer fronts.

Decide how many drawers you’d like and their sizes. I went with ten drawers per door in a graduated formation; five small ones at the top, four medium ones in the center then one large one at the base. The large drawer front not only works to add interest, though also covers the toe-kick.

DIY Faux Flat File Cabinet

When you’re working out the dimensions, remember to account for an approximate 2mm/.1″ gap in between each drawer. Also, be sure to consider the width of your peel and stick planks. Obviously, you want as little wastage as possible and can save yourself some trimming.

Because my sideboard had a continuous bank of doors with no dividing verticals, the first thing I did was add two pieces of trim to break-up the drawers. Obviously, if your item of furniture already has dividers, or if you simply don’t mind if your faux drawers join, then you don’t need to worry about this extra step. To make them I simply cut down a length of pine moulding, painted them to co-ordinate with the body of the sideboard then glued them to the edge of both end doors. As with the base drawer, they also extend down over the toe-kick.

DIY Flat File Cabinet

Due to the vertical dividers, the two flanking doors are slightly narrower than the central door though this doesn’t detract from the look of the drawers at all.

Once you’re happy with the drawer dimensions you’ve decided on, cut down the planks with a utility (stanley) knife as needed, using a steel ruler as a guide. Once the score line is deep enough the plank should simply snap apart. It’s pretty quick and easy though you do need to concentrate somewhat to ensure your lines are nice and straight.

Cutting Vinyl Planks for Faux Drawers

Note: You’ll probably notice that the cut edges of your faux drawers have a white-ish grey appearance. If you like, you can colour them at this stage using a permanent marker, or some paint or stain, to co-ordinate with the surface tone of the planks. Otherwise, you could simply leave them or colour them black in Step 4.

I was keen to simply peel and stick these straight to my doors though I found there just wasn’t enough grip for them to adhere properly. They seemed to attach nicely to begin with though after a little while some areas began to wave and bow out. This may be because my piece of furniture was slippery laminate, or simply because the boards are designed to be adhered to a horizontal surface. Regardless, I decided to add a few dobs of liquid nails to each faux drawer to ensure a firm bond (I knew attaching the handles would help hold them in place too though I didn’t want to rely solely on those few screw points).

Tip: For ease, you can remove the doors and lay them flat whilst you’re attaching the faux drawers.

As mentioned earlier, the base faux drawer also works to conceal the toe-kick. To achieve this I simply extended it (and the vertical divider) over the toe-kick, so it’s longer than the actual door. The top half of the faux drawer is attached to the bottom of the actual door, the lower half of the faux drawer simply sits over the toe-kick. To cover the exposed adhesive and give the faux drawer more stability I attached some thick card to the rear of the over-hanging section.

Faux Drawer Toe-Kick Cover

The last thing I did at this stage was add a proper base and some little feet.

DIY Faux Drawer Cabinet

Obviously, this isn’t essential and depends on the design of your particular piece of furniture and the look you personally want. To do this I cut down a plank of pine and attached it to the base of my sideboard along the front. I then cut down two smaller pieces from the same pine plank and attached them to the base along each side. To finish, I cut down a square length of pine to create four simple little feet and screwed them to the new base.


STEP 2 Paint.

Remove the doors (if you haven’t already) and paint your piece of furniture as desired. As mine is laminate I sanded it thoroughly and used a good primer before applying two top coats.

Faux Multi-Drawer Cabinet using Vinyl Flooring!

The vertical divider appears to over-hang the side of the door in this pic. I think this is because the edge of it looks darker which has created the illusion of a shadow. It’s actually flush with the door.

Along with painting the entire body, I also painted the edge of the doors to ensure none of the original orange laminate could be seen peeking-out from around the sides.


STEP 3 Attach hardware.

This is when it all starts to come together!

If, like me, you have a million handles and holders to attach this step can get tedious. Don’t feel like you need to do it all in one go.

DIY Faux Fat File Cabinet with Brass Handles

A cardboard template can make things quicker and more accurate. And, as always, I recommend drilling pilot holes for all screws, even the tiny baby ones. It just makes things easier (although the vinyl is pretty easy to screw into). Ensure you use a drill bit one or two sizes smaller than the screw itself for any pilot holes.

Tip: Check for any obstacles which might interfere with your hardware placement, such as hinges or internal shelves.


STEP 4 Finishing touches.

Use a long-tipped black marker or fine paint brush to colour the gaps between the faux drawers black.

Painting the Drawer Gaps

Of course, if your doors were already black or very dark you don’t need to worry about this step. My doors were basically bright orange!

Note: I chose not to paint my doors before applying the planks because I was concerned the laminate wouldn’t hold the paint well enough. If I had painted my doors first, then the planks would essentially have been attached to the surface paint, not the doors themselves, and I figured it was likely that the adhesive on the planks would easily pull the paint straight off. You could paint your doors first if they are made from something which will take the paint well.

As mentioned earlier, you can also colour the edges of the planks at this stage if you like. Any excess ink or paint should wipe off the vinyl with ease so keep a damp cloth on hand.

To complete the project, fill the label holders. You could hand-write your labels though I decided to print some letters and numbers onto aged paper.

DIY Faux Flat File...using peel and stick planks!

STEP 5 Done!

DIY Multi-Drawer Cabinet...using vinyl peel and stick planks!

I couldn’t be happier with the way this all came together!

Faux Drawer Cabinet Before and After

At first I was questioning my choice of paint colour (which was merely a left-over I figured I may as well use), though all styled-up it actually works really well!

I particularly love the way the faux drawers have slightly imperfect edges which mimic the rusticity of their finish.

DIY Faux Fat File Cabinet with Brass Handles

Oh, and just in case you’re worried, opening the doors is a cinch. The little handles are easy to clasp and the doors swing really easily, no matter where you grab them from.

Faux Multi-Drawer Cabinet using Vinyl Flooring!

All up this project cost me around $60 (minus the price of my sideboard) which I think was definitely worth it. Such a difference!

As mentioned above, if you’re interested in having a go at a project like this, there are some furniture attributes which can make things easier and produce better looking results…


:: CONCEALED HINGES Obviously, if you’re trying to pretend a cabinet with doors is actually comprised of drawers, you don’t want visible hinges giving the jig up.

:: SLIGHTLY RECESSED DOORS You need some space for the faux drawers to nestle into so that their ends aren’t visible.

:: DIVIDING VERTICALS This is a matter of personal preference though I think cabinets like this look more authentic if the drawer rows are segregated.

:: FLAT PANEL DOORS For obvious reasons, it works best to attach the faux drawers to a nice flat surface. Doors with raised mouldings or engraved details may not work as well.

This sideboard will be used in my parent’s bedroom retreat to store all of mum’s sewing stuff. If you noticed the stenciled floor, you can read a bit more about that here. I’ve actually been working on refreshing this room for the past five-ish years. Isn’t that ridiculous? It’s a tiny space though mum keeps changing her mind about what it “needs to do”. Yes, let’s just blame her ;) I definitely think this is the year to get it done though. Right?

I love doing these faux multi-drawer cabinets and am already looking forward to my next one. I want to do something massive with heaps of really skinny drawers. Finger crossed it doesn’t take me three years to get around to it this time!

DIY Multi-Drawer Cabinet Makeover using peel and stick planks!



You can find my previous faux drawer makeovers here…

DIY Flat File Drawers Flat Pack Hack


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