Rayan is the founding editor of The Design Confidential — a DIY + Design shelter blog — and a maker at heart. She is a contributing editor for HGTV, a stylist, a trendspotter and occasional tv personality, an interior designer, and a bit of a lazy furniture builder by trade. Admittedly a hoarder of project supplies and lumber, she can’t manage to part with anything that has even a smidgeon of decor potential so naturally, her ongoing project list never dips below the double digits. A mommy of two crazed little boys by day, and a DIY daredevil by night, Rayan is constantly pushing the DIY boundaries to find the limits of what can actually be done ‘yourself’ and what is perhaps better left to someone else (with a little bit more know-how). She has yet to find that limit, but has certainly come close (many, many times). Either way, it’s sure to be a roaring good time to watch her journey. Though you might do well to keep your distance, or she just might rope you into one of her latest schemes... or make you hold something for her while she tracks down her tool of choice.

A good mix of new, vintage, and handmade is Rayan's preferred mix of decor and when she isn't knee deep into a project, you can likely find her at the flea market or surfing craigslist... or both. She usually drags her poor sweet adorable babies (occasional demon seed children) along with her everywhere so she can put them to work making good use of those extra hands (and the amazing stroller basket). She has even been known to wear the baby so she has a bit more room in the stroller for her goodies. That's pretty normal though, right?

Here on TDC, you will find the chronicles of her DIY projects, her latest obsessions, and tidbits from her personal adventures making over her world in a house full of boys. Rayan will share her personal style picks and design and decor items you can incorporate into your own homes easily along with and tutorials for handmaking items that might otherwise set you back a pretty penny

Rayan Turner Founder of The Design Confidential


I am a designer, a 'self proclaimed' carpenter, furniture maker, and lover of all things glitter. I'm a baby mama to one crazy monster mash of a kindergartner and a daredevil toddler no longer a bambino of a boy, a wife, and all an all around bookish nerd. I'm utterly obsessed with all things vintage and antique and I have a bit of a 'thing' for art. I adore Sci-Fi and Bravo reality tv... I am a trained draftsman (draftswoman? whatever, you get my point and I'm not picky) and the process of design - build is what I live for! 

I like run on sentences, and use them frequently (even though I technically hate bad grammar) and I love... ellipses. Also, I say yahoo quite a bit. It's like a ritual for me, or a virtual happy dance. I make moodboards like they are going out of style and I surf the internet like a track star champ. Yahoo... Hi fives...


Some amazing folks have been kind enough to feature some of my work or have me as a guest for a television segment! A few of those cool people are below...


HGTV                                                        COUNTRY LIVING

DOMINO MAG / BEST DIY                          HUFFINGTON POST

THE HOMIES 2013                                      APARTMENT THERAPY / BEST DIY PLANS

TREND HUNTER                                         NEWS 10

MASHABLE                                                FOX 40

COOL MATERIAL                                        KCRA

BABBLE                                                     KQCA


BOB VILLA                                                 SAC+CO

THE APRON by HOME DEPOT                      SACBEE

SPOONFUL                                                 ECO SALON


I modified the benches to make stools. They work great. The plans were very easy to follow and it looks awesome in the backyard...just in time for the winter, haha.

To Read More About This Build, Visit This Blog Post 
Estimated Cost 

About $60 for the stools and $50-60 for the table.

Length of Time 

Approx 3 days...took me longer because I couldnt do it all at one time. :)

Lumber Used 

White Pine

Finishing Technique 

Thompsons Waterseal


By special reader request, this media console is so very handsome and wants to live in your home... So go forth and build this beautiful baby and make your home that much more stylish! 

The Deets

Showcase: Built From These PlansI am so honored each and every time one of you fine friends builds from these very plans! If you have built this piece, please take a moment and showcase your build! We are dying to see your fabulous hard work!

Estimated Cost
  • 1 – 2x4 at 8’
  • 7 – 1x2 at 8’
  • 3 – 3/4” plywood at – 4’x8’
Cut List
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 18”x19-1/4” – Cabinet Sides
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 19-1/4”x56” – Cabinet Top and Bottom
  • 4 – 2x4 at 6” – Legs
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 16-1/2”x56” – Cabinet Back
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 16-1/2”x18” – Center Divider
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 18”x37-1/4” – Left Shelf
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 18”x18” – Right Shelf
  • 6 – 1x2 at 16” – Door Tops and Bottoms
  • 6 – 1x2 at 18” – Door Sides
  • 27 – 1x2 at 15” – Door Slats

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

Step 1

Cut the pieces for the Sides, Top, and Bottom. Apply edge banding to front edges of all pieces, if desired. Set the Kreg Jig for 3/4” material and drill pocket holes in the ends of the Top and Bottom pieces. Make sure the pocket holes will face the inside of the Console. Assemble pieces as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Step 2

Cut the pieces for the Legs. You will need 4 of these exactly the same. This diagram shows you how to mark out the shape you need for the Console Legs. Use your circular saw to cut this out. If you simply connect the dots between the dimensions outlined below and use a circular saw to make these cuts, you won't have to worry about the actual angle for each corner.

Attach Legs to the bottom of the Console as shown with glue and 1-3/4” wood screws. The Legs should be placed 3/4” from the Sides of the Console and flush with the front edge of the Console. Insert the wood screws down through the Console Bottom into the Legs so that the screws are hidden. Also, make sure that the screws are countersunk so that they do not interfere with items placed inside the Console.

Step 3

Cut the piece for the Back. Drill pocket holes in each edge of the Back. Attach the Back as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Make sure that the pocket holes face the inside of the Console.

Step 4

Cut the piece for the Center Divider. Drill pocket holes in the top andbottom of the Divider. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocketscrews.

Step 5

Cut the pieces for the Shelves. Drill pocket holes in the ends of theshelves and assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.There will be an approximate 1/2” space in the back between the shelvesand the Console Back.

Step 6

Cut the pieces for the Door Tops, Bottoms, and Slats. Drill pocket holesin the ends of the Tops, Bottoms, and Slats. Attach as shown with glueand 1-1/4” pocket screws. There will be a 1/4” gap between each Slat.Repeat this for all three Doors. Remember to keep checking for “square”on each door – each door should measure the same diagonally in bothdirections.

Step 7

Attach hinges as shown at the top and bottom of the Doors and attach tothe Console. There will be a 1/4” space between each installed Door.Add Door hardware such as a pull or knob if desired. 

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Finishing Instructions

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School


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