Jul
31
2015
The Design Confidential DIY Easy Floating 14 Karat Gold Art + Free Printables

I had the pleasure of giving an Anna Griffin Heat Transfer Machine a bit of a test run recently and I have to admit I find myself thinking of things to add foil to all of the sudden... It is essentially a personal gilding machine and was super easy to use. While I initially made a project that was multi-step and a bit more labor intensive - for a simple art print the process would be no more than print and then foil... or glitter... this machine can do both. So easy and fast, which is always my fave even though I rarely find myself doing simple projects, eek.

No worry of sticking your shiny contact paper on straight or the mess from traditional adhesive and gold foil so yahoo for that - you got this! Speaking of how 'you got this', I made you a couple of free printables (download link below)which are perfect on their own or to use with the Minc Foil and Glitter Machine. The images are sized at standard 8x10 so the actual text portion is sized appropriately for the machine and can be printed on 8.5x11" paper with a laser printer if you don't have 8x10 paper.

PRINTABLES // You Got This / WANDER

The Design Confidential DIY Easy Floating 14 Karat Gold Art + Free Printables

Ok so now let's get down to business with this project. You might remember that I recently finished a bit of an office update and if you look closely at those images, you will see a gorgeous brassy logo perched high above the live edge shelves... It is nearly impossible to capture the actual beauty of this with it's reflective quality, but take my word for it - it's good!

So if you want to make your own floating text or any fabulous art print you desire, the steps below will show you how simple it is. For an art print, you can skip the last several steps...

The Design Confidential DIY Easy Floating 14 Karat Gold Art + Free Printables

I set up something of a gilding assembly line to create this project since I was planning on foiling quite a few letters - 10 to be exact.

You will want to turn your machine on and set it for the type of paper you will be foiling. It will take a minute to heat up so while it's doing it's thing you can pull out your foil sheets and get them ready for size and cut. I chose the gold because, duh... gold... but the bundle comes with 5 different colors of foil including copper and silver so you can choose whichever works best for you.

The Design Confidential DIY Easy Floating 14 Karat Gold Art + Free Printables

For the minc machine to work, you will need something to foil that has either been printed on a laser printer using toner or is made from the special toner sheets included in the Heat Transfer Kit. I don't happen to have a laser printer, so I started by using my Cricut to cut the letters for my logo from the toner sheets. I don't know why but I kind of love to watch this cute machine do it's cutting. It's weirdly satisfying. Now I feel the same way about this gilding machine...

You can also cut the toner sheets with any die cut machine or even scissors so not to worry if you don't have a specialty cutting machine, it is easier but certainly not a requirement.

Ps... If you don't have a Cricut and you wish you did - Get free shipping at Cricut with code AUGSHIP

The Design Confidential DIY Easy Floating 14 Karat Gold Art + Free Printables

Once you have your art, you will cut your foil sheets down to a size that is about 1/4" larger than your art - all the way around.

The Design Confidential DIY Easy Floating 14 Karat Gold Art + Free Printables

You will have 3 different sizes of transfer folders included in the bundle and they differ by length so you want to use the size that is closest to the size of your artwork (apparently I didn't snap a photo of this, but you can see the folder two images below).

The Design Confidential DIY Easy Floating 14 Karat Gold Art + Free Printables

The instructions suggest running foil projects that use toner sheets through the machine twice, so that is precisely what I did.

The Design Confidential DIY Easy Floating 14 Karat Gold Art + Free Printables

Isn't it so pretty? I am not sure you can tell actually, but seriously it is!

The Design Confidential DIY Easy Floating 14 Karat Gold Art + Free Printables

Just peel away the excess and it peels off leaving your gilded art looking fabulous. If you are foiling a print, then you would be done and you wouldn't have had to worry about cutting in the first step so the entire process would literally be about 5 minutes or less - start to finish. But... if you are wanting to create a floating something or other, then you will pull out that handy Cricut machine again and cut your art all over again on either foam board or heavy chipboard. I happened to have heavy chipboard on hand so I went with that, but foam would be easier and lighter.

The Design Confidential DIY Easy Floating 14 Karat Gold Art + Free Printables

Because of the nature of chipboard (and also foam, perhaps) it will need to cut several times to get all the way through, but again... weirdly satisfying, so there is that...

The Design Confidential DIY Easy Floating 14 Karat Gold Art + Free Printables

Then you simply need to marry the two matching pieces together using a spray adhesive or some double sided tape. To hang the letters, I simply used a straight edge and Command Strips. Removal will be a snap and they will stay the course without falling down until I want them to!

The Design Confidential DIY Easy Floating 14 Karat Gold Art + Free Printables

I love having this bit of custom floating art in this space. Since I essentially run a full time business, but rarely see the world outside these doors, it's nice to have a bit of a professional office feel without leaving my world of style behind. Since completing this part of the office I have been much more inclined to saunter down to this side of the house when I am working on a project and need to focus or keep my crafty mess contained. Now I just need to finish the other 3 walls in the TDC World Headquarters... we shall see how long that takes me to do - I am guessing 8 months or more with the way things have been going lately! Yikes.

So what say you? Are you so excited about a personal gilding machine? The sky is the limit on your gorgeous creations...

Note

This project was created in part with HSN and the Anna Griffin Heat Transfer Machine. All crazy town is 100% my own, as per the usual. Ps... This is the first ever 6" Minc Machine launching at HSN, and they have partnered with Anna Griffin to combine her timeless, elegant designs with this cutting edge technology. Pretty cool, eh?

Jul
29
2015
You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Kid's Double Chaise + Awning via @thedesconf

Is it hot enough out there for you? Treat the kiddos to some stylish shade provided by this Kid's Double Chaise with matching awning! Yahoo, how adorable is this beauty?

As with all of our plans, you are building at your own risk and you should have a firm understanding of building in general before you attempt many of our plans (some are easy as pie and perfect for beginners). With that, go forth, have fun, take lots of pictures and share them in a showcase or on social media with the hashtag #builtTDCtuff and we will share our faves! Be sure to tag @thedesignconfidential on Instagram / FB and @thedesconf on Twitter / Pinterest. Don't forget... for all of our newer plans, clicking on the images will let them expand to enormous sizes with much greater clarity. The older plans may need updating so please let us know if you need one fixed!

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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
$75-$125
Dimensions
You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Kid's Double Chaise + Awning via @thedesconf
Tools
Lumber
  • 3 – 1x2 at 8’ 
  • 18 – 1x4 at 8’                                   
  • ​2 – 2x2 at 8’ 
Materials
Cut List
  • 4 – 1x4 at 12” – Legs
  • 2 – 1x4 at 59-3/4” – Chaise Sides
  • 2 – 1x4 at 45-3/4” – Chaise Ends
  • 1 – 1x4 at 45-3/4” – Frame End
  • 2 – 1x4 at 34” – Frame Centers
  • 16 – 1x4 at 47-1/4” – Slats
  • 6 – 1x2 at 2-1/2” – Back Rest Stops
  • 2 – 1x2 at 19-1/2” – Back Rest Stop
  • 1 – 1x2 at 44-1/4” – Head Support
  • 1 – 1x2 at 43-3/4” – Back Rest Frame End
  • 4 – 1x2 at 20” – Back Rest Frame Centers
  • 6 – 2x2 at 15” – Back Rest Sides
  • 3 – 2x2 at 13” – Back Rest End
  • 1 – 2x2 at 45-1/4” – Long Back Rest End
  • 4 – 1x4 at 48” – Awning Posts
  • 2 – 1x4 at 50-3/4” – Awning Ends
  • 2 – 1x4 at 33-1/2” – Awning Sides
  • 2 – 1x4 at 32” – Awning Sides
  • 3 – 1x4 at 52-1/4” – Awning Slats 
Instructions

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
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Cut the pieces for the Legs, Chaise Ends, Chaise Sides, Frame End, and Frame Centers. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Chaise Ends, Frame End, and Frame Centers. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” Pocket Screws. Attach the Legs to the Chaise Sides with glue and 1-1/4” Wood Screws.

Step 2
You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Kid's Double Chaise + Awning via @thedesconf

Cut the pieces for the lower Slats. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” Wood Screws. 

Step 3
You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Kid's Double Chaise + Awning via @thedesconf
You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Kid's Double Chaise + Awning via @thedesconf

Cut the pieces for the Back Rest Supports. Position the Supports as shown and attach with glue and 1-1/4” Wood Screws or Brad Nails. The Back Rest Support will be 1/2” from the bottom of the Chaise Side.

Step 4
You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Kid's Double Chaise + Awning via @thedesconf

Cut the Head Support. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Head Support. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” Pocket Screws.  The Head Support will be 1/2” from the bottom of the Chaise End.

Step 5
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Cut the pieces for Back Rest Frame End and Back Rest Frame Centers. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in one end of the Back Rest Frame Centers. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” Pocket Screws. 

Step 6
You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Kid's Double Chaise + Awning via @thedesconf

Cut the pieces for the Slats. Position the Slats as shown, 1/4” apart. Attach the Slats to the Back Rest Frame with glue and 1-1/4” Wood Screws. 

Step 7
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You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Kid's Double Chaise + Awning via @thedesconf

Place the Slat/Back Rest assembly on the Chaise as shown. Position so that there is a consistent 1/4” gap between the lower group of Slats and the upper group of Slats. Position the small hinges as shown and install per the manufacturer’s recommendations.  After installation, fold the Back Rest over so that it lays flat on the lower end of the Chaise. 

Step 8
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Cut the Back Rest Sides and Ends. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Back Rest Sides and assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” Pocket Screws. Lastly, position the small hinges as shown and install per the manufacturer’s recommendations.  

Step 9
You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Kid's Double Chaise + Awning via @thedesconf

To position the Back Rest, fold out the Back Rest Side/Ends assembly and place the Long Back Rest End in one of spaces between the Back Rest Supports.

Step 10
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Cut the pieces for the Awning Ends, Awning Sides, and Posts. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Awning Ends. Assemble the Awning Ends to the top Awning Sides with glue and 1-1/4” Pocket Screws. Attach the Posts to the top Awning Sides and to the bottom Awning Sides with glue and 1-1/4” Wood Screws. 

Step 11

Cut the pieces for the Awning Slats. Attach the Awning Slats to the Awning Ends and Awning Sides as shown with glue and 1-1/4” Wood Screws.

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Kid's Double Chaise + Awning via @thedesconf
Step 12
You Can Build This! Easy DIY Plans from The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build A Kid's Double Chaise + Awning via @thedesconf

Cut the piece for the Cloth Awning. Turn under each side of the Cloth Awning 1/2”, iron, turn over another 1/2”, and iron again. To secure the edges of the fabric, you can use iron-on adhesive, fabric glue, or sew the edges. For the Awning Windows, cut out the window as shown and sew a zigzag stitch or apply fabric glue to prevent the fabric from unraveling. Secure the Cloth Awning to the Awning Frame with sticky back Velcro. 

Want to do more with this project? Attach clear vinyl on the window cutouts or attach wheels to the bottom of the Awning Posts!

Finishing Instructions

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

Disclaimer

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Jul
28
2015

How would you #spinthatstyle? Last month the fine folks from Porch + hayneedle.com asked me to put my personal spin on a living room space using the room below as inspiration and products from hayneedle.com. The inspiration space reads as Mid Century meets Neo-Traditional and has gorgeous architectural details, texture and fabulous modern touches throughout. It leans toward a relatively neutral color scheme with warm wood tones, shades of cream and gray, with black and white abstract art pieces, and an occasional pop of pink and gold in a few of the accessories.

By keeping the color scheme relatively neutral with minimal accent colors, the design for this space focuses on the materials and finishes of the pieces themselves and the furnishings remain simple with clean lines and solid colors.

My space lacks architectural detail of this nature, but there is no reason why a similar feel can't be achieved, regardless. Through the use of a color scheme that is slightly more bold and furnishings that provide a level of interest where the space itself would otherwise be lacking, I was able to put my personal spin on the inspiration style in a way that is decidedly more eclectic but entirely fitting to my personality.

To see where we started with this space, check out the living room portion in this article. It has essentially stayed exactly like that since I updated the art back in December of last year.

And now... It is decidedly more bold and absolutely more modern and I managed to keep many of my vintage pieces in this space since they are from a similar era as many of the details in the inspiration room. Yahoo for that, not to mention it's the only room where my boys don't maul everything on a daily basis, so it's a great place to put the pieces that I want to see, but that probably shouldn't be jumped on and crashed into.

All of the items in this space were things I already had, except for the items that I chose from Hayneedle to help bring a bit of the inspiration room into my room.

While my space is much less neutral and a lot more bold, I stayed true to the textural layers and basic colors along with a similar time period for my pieces in comparison to what is found in many of the inspiration room details. Using only a few new items, I transformed this room entirely and basically shopped my own home for the rest! This is certainly a testament to the fact that you don't need to spend like crazy and buy custom pieces to make changes that you love.

Naturally I had to up the ante where pattern is concerned since I wasn't working with that fabulous fireplace and wood paneling. All in all, I adore how this space turned out and I will be leaving it as is until the next time I need to rearrange things - if I'm lucky this won't be till the holidays... then again you just never know!

To see how this space was interpreted by my fabulous gal pals from the DIY Playbook and the Blissful Bee - check out the article One Room 3 Ways over on Porch! I love how different each space is and that each of us had an entirely different take on the inspiration space along with different pieces to work with as a jumping off point. These two things alone result in amazingly different outcomes and that is pretty fabulous!

Note

This project was created in partnership with Porch and hayneedle.com. Thank you for supporting those folks who help bring fresh new content like this to The Design Confidential. I heart you guys!

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