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Anthropologie Pendants

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Anthropologie never fails me! I may not always LOVE the boho chic clothing or housewares with busy patterns, but it is guaranteed that I will love something, or many things. They never let me down, season after season...

All lighting from Anthropologie

Aug
31
2011
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This Elephant is animal number 2 of 6 animal creatures we will do, and each is incredibly easy with the print to scale templates I am including.  Just right click, save to computer or send straight to print.  You will print this at full scale, Letter Sized Paper, set for landscape as the direction.  Easy Peasy... Plans for the Turtle we covered already are here.

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

Under $25

Tools
  • Tape Measure
  • Sander
  • Drill
  • Jig Saw
Lumber

1 - 1x12 at 6' - for animal and wheels if you choose to make your own

1 - 1/2" at 1' Dowel rod - or approximately equal to the hole to be found on your wooden wheels. You can choose dowel pegs used for dowel joinery if they suit your wheel hole diameter and are the appropriate length you need.

Materials
  • Drill bit 3/8" or 1/8" larger in diameter than the dowel or pegs you plan to use for your wheels. If you choose some like shown in the link below, with a 1/4" hole, a 3/8" drill bit is perfectly sized.
  • Purchase 1/4" dowels.
  • 2 Wooden Wheels (can be made by hand) or one package with a pair, I recommend some like these and sized approximately 2" in diameter.
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood Filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Finishing Supplies - This should be non toxic paint, Low VOC or Water Based Dyes only...
Cut List
  • 1 - 1x12 at 8 1/2"
  • 2 - Dowel rods at 2 1/4"
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

Right Click on this template and either Save to Computer or Send to print. You will want to print this on letter sized paper at full scale, with landscape orientation. The image is appropriately sized, so you should be able to simply send to print and choose the proper paper size and direction, and away you go. You will want to cut the shape of this little cutey elephant and cut out the inner handle area out as well. Set on top of your 1x12 piece and trace the shape using a pencil.

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Using your Jig Saw, simply carve around the shape. To create the handle area you should begin by drilling several pilot holes using a larger drill bit size, at least large enough to fit your jig saw blade into, then carve out that shape as well.

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Sand your elephant well inside each and every curve and crevice, you want this as soft and smooth as possible. Once you have done that, use your drill bit to create the dowel peg holes in the feet of your turtle. The hole should be slightly larger than the dowel pegs themselves to allow for movement (rolling). Insert the dowel peg into the hole and add a touch of glue to the very ends (tips) of the dowel pegs. Push the wooden wheels onto the ends on either side and make sure the fit is snug. Quickly wipe away excess glue that leaks out and continue to watch for that. Allow the glue to set up and fill with wood filler and give the area a good sanding. Note: The glue is only used to fasten the dowel pegs to the wheels, and no glue should be on the interior near where the pegs go through the elephant feet, this will keep it from moving and rolling properly.

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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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**Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you provide an adequate link back to the appropriate post! Plans from this page are not to be used for commercial purposes or republished without the express written consent of Rayan Turner, The Design Confidential I hope to provide accurate plans, however, I cannot guarantee each plan for accuracy. Not every plan that I post has been built and tested, so you are building at your own risk. It is recommended that you have a clear understanding of how the project works before beginning any project. Please contact me if you find an error or inaccuracy so that I might fix it.

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Retail Therapy with Penny Farthing Design House

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I stumbled across the Penny Farthing Design House shop a few weeks ago, and couldn't get a few of their wares out of my mind! A really interesting take on a few beloved items like the subway sign art, typography, acrylic furniture pieces, not to mention maps... Oh I heart maps! I Always have... I think it must inspire my wanderlust!

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Make Functional Fabulous

Let's get inspired and see what creative sparks might fly!

Cover a plain (and inexpensive) magnetic board with paper or fabric and turn your organizer into an art piece. Not to mention that you will save yourself considerable time by not having to create a fabric covered bulletin board with ribbon in diamond shapes (not that it isn't fabulous as well, just takes a very long time and believe me when I say making straight and parallel crisscrossings is not as easy as you might think). Think about wrapping paper for a large and inexpensive option with a lot of style potential, and secure with Mod Podge or something of that sort.

Enlarge Clip art and decoupage onto furniture or storage items to give old and boring a bit of personality. This is a fabulous way to get an expensive custom look without spending hardly anything and without requiring any special skill.

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I don't believe I am alone in my obsession with anything that is utilitarian and provides fabulous Storage & Organization...sometimes those items aren't cheap if they are also chic. Style most typically has a price and that price can occasionally be steep. Whether it's aching and blistered feet from those amazing pair of heels you love so much, or the 'cutting in' from a brand new leather tool belt that could perhaps use an additional notch or two in the waste-line, we all experience some sort of sacrifice in the name of style or function in our day-to-day lives.

Out of space for storage? Have you collected a few too many pretty things to keep them all tucked nicely away? Perhaps the solution is to store them right out in the open as seen in this image below with dinnerware being used as display under cloches. The glass elements give a bit of luxury to what would otherwise appear to be a haphazard pile of excess dishes. Something that appeals to the A-type portion of my personality is the fact that the dinnerware is covered and therefore kept from collecting dust and debris...and germs...

Cover basic chipboard or cardboard storage containers in Book Cloth. Give your space not only texture and warmth, by keeping those must have storage units right out in the open where they are easy to access (you know you do anyhow, so might as well reap some added benefit from it), but also pull together your color scheme here just as you would with typical accessories or fabric choices only for a fraction of the cost. Martha has a pdf template for cutting the book cloth to size for those of us who need express and specific directions for every single thing in life like me...though I always find Martha's instructions to be a bit lacking in the easy to follow arena, thank goodness for templates)!

So you have a few floating shelves that have seen better days or no longer match your desired design plan...or perhaps you built some yourself, and painting or staining is not quite your forte? Not to worry, just cover them in wallpaper and give them some panache! Perfect for the commitment phobe who is dying for that uber-chic wallpapered room, but can't quite pull the trigger! Don't have wallpaper scraps on hand? Visit a store near you to see if they might, or consider using a thick wrapping paper, butcher paper, or a series of craft papers.

While I don't actually love the exact shape and styling in the image below...I do love the idea of using something simple and non-traditional in an unexpected way. A basic redwood lattice can be purchased for around $13-$14 and is a fabulously inexpensive way to add a graphic storage element to an entryway that needs to accommodate jackets, hats, gloves...even purses and keys will never get misplaced again and will look good while staying put! Use a lattice from your yard or purchase a new one and grab a few hooks to scatter about it. Hang that baby on the wall in any direction you like and voila...cool and stylish functionality. Perhaps even paint it a snappy color or distress it...

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Re-Style: Design your Eco-Friendly Fabric

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Those of you who spend time with me on my Facebook Fanpage are probably aware by now of my frequently mentioned obsession with Throw Pillows and Fabric.  Of course I have several obsessions at any given time, but a few of them remain constant.  Fabric is one of them, and I know I'm not alone here (ahem...).

Aug
29
2011
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Another member of the Big Sur Coastal Collection...this one is pretty exciting!  Maybe I just have a thing for Buffet Tables or Media Cabinets.   If you notice the title of this piece I have created a new furniture type by calling this a Media Buffet, since really it can be either.  Inspired by the images below, this is in no way an exact replica and is not in any way affiliated with the unnamed Specialty Retailer Selling the piece as shown in the pictures.

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Estimated Cost

$75-$100

Dimensions
Dimensions for This Project
Tools
  • Tape Measure
  • Square
  • Sander
  • Saw - Miter Saw or Table Saw with Bevel Capabilities
  • Drill
Lumber
  • 2 - 4x4 at 6'
  • 3 - 1x3 at 6'
  • 1 - 3/4" Plywood at 4'x8'
  • 2 - 2x10 at 6'
  • 2 - 1x2 at 8'
  • 2 - 1x8 at 10'
  • 1 - 3/4"x1/2" Trim at 6'
Materials
  • 3" Screws
  • 2" Screws
  • 1 1/4" Screws
  • Hinges for Cabinet Doors
  • Wood Glue
  • Wood Filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Finishing Supplies
  • 1 1/2" Hole Saw if you would like to make an opening in the back for wires and cords.
Cut List
  • 4 - 4x4 at 35" (Legs)
  • 8 - 1x3 at 1 3/4" (Spacers)
  • 4 - 1x3 at 17" (Frame)
  • 2 - 1x3 at 56 1/2" (Frame)
  • 1 - 3/4" Plywood at 17 3/4"x 58" (Bottom)
  • 1 - 3/4" Plywood at 16 3/4" x 29" (Center Divider)
  • 2 - 3/4" Plywood at 18 1/4" x 24" (Inner Walls)
  • 1 - 3/4" Plywood at 29" x 58" (Back)
  • 2 - 3/4" Plywood t17 1/4" x 27 7/8" (Shelves)
  • 2 - 3/4" Plywood at 11 1/2" x 30 1/2" (Side Panels)
  • 2 - 2x10 at 65" (Top)
  • 1 - 1x2 at 58" (Front Trim)
  • 2 - 1x2 at 11 1/2" (Side Trim)
  • 8 - 1x2 at 10" ( Door Supports)
  • 8 - 1x8 at 29" (Cabinet Doors)
  • 2 - 3/4" x 1/2" Trim at 27 7/8" (Shelf Trim)
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

Attach Spacers to Legs: Use 3" Screws and Wood Glue.

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Build the 3 Sided Frame (2): Use 2" Screws and Wood Glue, then Attach to the Legs: Use 3" Screws and Wood Glue. Leave a 3/4" space from the front edge of the legs and where the Frame sits. There should be a similar space on the backside as well.

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Attach the Bottom to the Frame: Use 2" Screws and Wood Glue. The bottom should be flush with the back of the back legs, but there will be a 3/4" space remaining between where the bottom stops and the front edge of the front legs. Then Attach the Center Divider: Use 2" Screws and Wood Glue, fasten to the bottom and both frames. Attach the Inner Walls: Use 3" Screws and Wood Glue to attach to the Legs.

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Attach the Back: Use 1 1/4" Screws and Wood Glue. Attach the Shelves with screws for permanent shelving or you can drill dowel holes for shelving pegs. For permanent fastening (somewhat) use 2" Screws and attach to the Back and Inner Walls and for attaching to the Center Divider, use your 1 1/4" Screws at an angle. Attach the side Panels: Use 2" Crews and Wood Glue to attach to the Spacers.

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Cut a 3 1/2" Square in 2 of the corner for each of your Top Boards as shown below. Attach the Top to the Frame, the Back, Spacers, and Side Panels: Use 3" Screws and Wood Glue or Finish Nails to Secure!

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Attach the Top to the Frame, the Back, Spacers, and Side Panels: Use 3" Screws and Wood Glue. The fewer the screw holes the more professional the top will look, but you will want to add just enough to keep it secure. Keep in mind, the carved out corners will keep it in place a bit. Add the Trim to the Front and Sides: Use 1 1/4" Screws and Wood Glue. You can also use 1 1/4" Finish Nails if you prefer, but I am suggested the screws to keep you from having to purchase a whole separate item. This is your choice and a matter of preference.

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Build the Cabinet Doors (4): Use the trim pieces to hold the boards together along with Wood Glue. If you have a Kreg Jig, this would come in handy and help you attach the boards to each other more easily. Miter Cut the inside edges of each set of doors. Cut at a 45 Degree angle. If you have a router, you can also use that to create an edge that is a bit more decorative and allows for a hand hold grip. I use the miter cute as my process here so that you don't have to purchase another specialized tool. See the inspiration image below my diagram to show see what I am referring to. Below the image shows 1 set of doors. Do this step for both sets. Hang the doors using any hinge you like that attaches from the inside and will fasten to the Center Divider and the Legs. See the inspiration image above for an example of this, in the bottom right corner.

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You can use a 1 1/2" Hole Saw to create an opening in the back for wires and cords

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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Disclaimer

**Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you provide an adequate link back to the appropriate post! Plans from this page are not to be used for commercial purposes or republished without the express written consent of Rayan Turner, The Design Confidential I hope to provide accurate plans, however, I cannot guarantee each plan for accuracy. Not every plan that I post has been built and tested, so you are building at your own risk. It is recommended that you have a clear understanding of how the project works before beginning any project. Please contact me if you find an error or inaccuracy so that I might fix it.

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Creating an Eco-Chic Nursery for Less: Gender Neutral Moodboard

This Mood Board is gender neutral which means that if you are not planning on finding out the sex of your little bird, you can still focus on his or her room and it won't need to be put off or changed if for some reason you may have been under the false impression you were having a child of the opposite sex (it could happen, couldn't it?) or you are actually able to stick to your guns and have the little bird's persuasion be a surprise.

To visit the previous posts in this Eco-Chic Nursery for Less series click on the links below.

Part 1: Fabric as inspiration and how it helps us begin to form a concept.

Part 2: Cribs - they are oh so stylish when they are eco-friendly.

Part 3: Determining the best color options when it comes to paint.

Part 4: Dressing your Nest , the boyish blend palette and Mood Board.

Part 4: Girlish and Pink  Mood Board

To shop this look, click here.

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I am not quite sure which of these eco-chic nursery plans I love the most.  I definitely adore the mix of color in this one.  It's adventurous and playful, whereas as the girly palette was more calming and sophisticated, while the boyish blend was definitely more bold and outgoing.

Aug
27
2011
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I am excited to share this finished table with you guys! Tod and his wife used recycled scaffolding boards from a stucco company to build this, and it turned out fabulously! I've got one foot out the door, on my way to the nearest stucco company in hopes of finding some of my own reclaimed scaffolding wood... This table is just amazing!

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They modified the length in order to accommodate the length of the boards they had, and I think the result is just stunning. I love to see you guys take matters into your own hands and figure out how to work with what you have on hand, or to use slightly different materials than the plans call for that might be more affordable or cost effective to buy, in your region.

Make use of that pile of wood sitting out back from the old shed you tore down, or pass the word along to your friends and family...don't throw this stuff out, it makes for amazing pieces with a ton of character!

Aug
26
2011
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This plan is inspired by the architectural garden spires from Ballard Designs, easy to build and only requires a couple of tools to complete. This project is more of a test of your patience than it is difficult....but the reward is huge! This accessory is shown for use outdoors, and can be used for climbing plants or for decorative purposes, however, I think this would also be a fabulous and dramatic element inside as well.

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

$25-$50

Tools
  • Tape Measure
  • Sander
  • Saw - This can be a circular saw, hand saw or small hand held reciprocating saw for this project, whatever you have and are comfortable with. This project is not picky.
  • Drill or Finish Nail Set and Hammer. This will depend on the structures use.
  • For use as a trellis, use screws for added stability and strength. If for decorative purposes, finish nails will be fine and leave less of a mark to fill later.
Lumber
  • 3/4"x3/4" Trim (Square Dowels)
  • Large Garden Spire:
  • 5 - 10' 2 - 8'
  • 1 - Wood Finial for the top if desired
  • Small Garden Spire:
  • 2 - 10' 3 - 8'
  • 1 - Wood Finial for the top if desired
  • Both Pieces:
  • 7 - 10' 5 - 8' 2 - Wood Finals for the top if desired
Materials
  • 1 1/2" Screws - Use Galvanized or stainless for outdoor use whenever possible.
  • 1 1/4" Screws
  • 1 1/4" Finish Nails
  • Wood Glue - choose an outdoor appropriate option
  • Wood Filler - choose an outdoor appropriate option
  • Sandpaper
  • Finishing Supplies - use a water seal product at the very least to protect from the elements.
Cut List

Larger Garden Spire:

  • 8 - 14" (Cube Base)
  • 4 - 12 1/2" (Cube Base)
  • 4 - 25" (Spire)
  • 8 - 21" (Cube X)
  • 4 - 3" (Horizontal Trim)
  • 8 - 15" (Lower Spire X)
  • 8 - 10" (Middle Spire X)
  • 8 - 6" (Upper Spire X)
  • 1 - 2x2" Rosette or Square Piece to Place on top as is, or for attaching final to.

Smaller Garden Spire:

  • 8 - 10" (Cube Base)
  • 4 - 8 1/2" (Cube Base)
  • 4 - 17" (Spire)
  • 8 - 15" (Cube X)
  • 4 - 2" (Horizontal Trim)
  • 8 - 11" (Lower Spire X)
  • 8 - 7" (Middle Spire X)
  • 8 - 5" (Upper Spire X)
  • 1 - 2x2 Rosette or Square piece to place on top as is, or for attaching a finial to.
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

Start by Building your Cube: Use 2" Screws and Wood Glue

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Form the Spire: this will be the most difficult portion of the project, and isn't really difficult, just a bit tricky. You are going to cut 4 pieces to approximately 25". The easiest way to find the cut angle is to use a guide in the center of your cube at a 40" height.

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Then you will set a 25" piece on one corner of your cube and lean it in toward the center guide. Mark the angle you should cut the bottom and top of your 25" piece so that it will sit flush on top of your cube while angling toward the center, and flat at the center forming a square with the other pieces. Do this for all 4 pieces and all 4 corners of your cube. Attach them individually to the corners using a Finish Nail (so they will move a bit while you finish this step) then attach to each other in the center using 1 1/4" Screws and Glue. You can then go back and attach each piece using a 1 1/4" Screw and Wood Glue. Fasten down through the piece and into the cube base.

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This is what they will look like when you have them all cut and fastened.

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Trim out the Cube: Lay a piece at an angle between the 2 corners (diagonally) with the top of the piece resting in the upper right corner and the bottom of the piece resting in the lower left corner to get the best fit. Mark and cut, then attach using 2" Finish Nails and Glue. Do this for the cross piece as well but mark off where it will hit in the center and cut there as well. Attach to the Right Diagonal as well as to the Cube.

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Add Horizontal Trim approximately 3 1/2" down from the top: Attach using 2" Finish Nails and Wood Glue.

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Trim out the remaining space in X's at the dimensions shown in the image below. Use 2" Finish Nails and Wood Glue. Mark and Cut, mark and cut, mark and cut..do this to all 4 sides.

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Attach a 2x2 Rosette or Square piece to the top to finish off or for attaching a finial to if desired. Actual measurements of a 2x2 are 1 1/2x1 1/2". Fill any Screw or Nail Holes and Touch up if you pre-finished for outdoor use. To complete the smaller size, the dimensions are shown below. Simply use the cut list above and construct as you did the larger Garden Spire. Use a Center Guide of 26 1/2".

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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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Disclaimer

**Disclaimer: Some rights reserved. Private use only. Feel Free to link to any of my plans so long as you provide an adequate link back to the appropriate post! Plans from this page are not to be used for commercial purposes or republished without the express written consent of Rayan Turner, The Design Confidential I hope to provide accurate plans, however, I cannot guarantee each plan for accuracy. Not every plan that I post has been built and tested, so you are building at your own risk. It is recommended that you have a clear understanding of how the project works before beginning any project. Please contact me if you find an error or inaccuracy so that I might fix it.

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London Calling

From Clever Cupcakes to Chippy Dresser Finishes this pattern is popping up everywhere...

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Union Jack is all the rage... as those crazy kids say! I for one shall embrace it wholeheartedly and enjoy the kicky pattern and bold color combo it offers to an otherwise neutral endeavor!

I found most of these fabulous images via Pinterest and a Facebook Album from Christine Kysely, but we can't forget the most amazing dresser makeovers by Miss Mustard Seed and My Sweet Savanah! So inspiring and fabulous! I love the gray take on it's boldly colored partner in crime!

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