Dec
30
2011
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Who doesn’t need a cube or trunk for storage? 2 of these at the end of a bed, or as unique storage coffee tables...This is such an easy project! It can be stained or painted, or even covered with your favorite fabric, wallpaper, or scrapbooking paper! Maybe even add hardware so it has the appearance of steamer trunks from a bygone era! Try using Asian reproduction hardware for something really fabulous! It can also be easily adjusted to a different size by increasing the length of the front, back, top, and bottom!

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

Dimensions
Dimensions for This Project
Tools
  • Tape Measure
  • Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
  • Table Saw
  • Drill
  • Square
  • Sander
  • Hammer or Brad nailer
Lumber
  • 1 sheet of ¾” plywood or MDF
Materials
  • Small nails or 1-1/4” brads
  • Iron on edge banding, if desired on exposed edges of plywood
  • Hinges
  • Handle or latch for front
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing Supplies

 

Cut List
  • 2 – 20” x 20” pieces – Front & Back
  • 2 – 18-1/2” x 20” pieces - Sides
  • 2 – 18-1/2” x 18-1/2” – Top & Bottom
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

**If using edge banding, it will need to be applied to all exposed edges of the plywood before assembly ** Cut the pieces for the top and bottom.

Step 1
Step 2

Attach the pieces for the sides to the top and bottom (making sure the edges are flush) with brad nails and glue. Do not use brad nails in the area where the top will be cut away! Check for square.

Step 2
Step 3

Attach the front and back pieces with brad nails and glue, making sure all edges are flush. Again, do not use brad nails in the area where the top will be cut away!

Step 3
Step 4

Please adhere to all safety guidelines when using a table saw. I find that a “spotter” (another person with me) is always helpful! Draw a line horizontally across the front 4” from the top. Draw Xs on this line – this way the front of the top can be easily matched to the front of the box when attaching the hinges. To create the top: set the rip fence on the table saw 4” away from the blade. The blade should be set high enough to cut through ¾” material. Run the box through the table saw with the top against the rip fence. Flip the box over with the cut facing you and run it through the table saw again. Now you will have two sides of the top cut away from the box. Repeat the cuts two more times. The fourth cut will separate the top from the box itself. Line up the Xs drawn before cutting and attach the hinges. Remove the hinges and finish the box as desired.

Step 4
Finishing Instructions

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

Note

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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.

Dec
30
2011
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I don't happen to be having a shindig, but I have plenty of belated Holiday Cards to send... and these are just perfect for the occasion! 

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Your place cards and food will sing out with glee from having these adorable tags along for the ride! DOWNLOAD HERE

Dec
29
2011
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A little glitz and glam for your New Year's Eve! Everyone needs a bit of sparkle now and then, these 4 inspirational ideas are sure to help!

Celebrate 
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Dec
29
2011
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Another piece for the Kenwood Collection… This would be a great addition to a family room or playroom, also!

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

Dimensions
Dimensions for This Project
Tools
  • Tape Measure
  • Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
  • Drill
  • Square
  • Sander
  • Kreg Jig
  • Hammer or Brad nailer
Lumber
  • 12 – 1x4 at 6’
  • 3 – 1x3 at 6’**
  • 4 – 1x2 at 6’
  • 1 - 1x2 at 6’
  • 1 sheet of ¾” plywood

** A sheet of beadboard could be substituted if you didn’t want to assemble all of those 1x3s for the planked look! The beadboard is approx. ½” thick so adjust the depth of the top accordingly.

Materials
  • 1¼” pocket hole screws
  • ¾ ” screws
  • Small nails or 1” brads
  • 1” angle brackets (6)
  • Wood filler
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List
  • 4 – 1x2 at 11”- Side Frame
  • 4 – 1x2 at 49¼”- Side Frame
  • 2 – ¾” plywood at 11” x 43¼”- Sides
  • 12 – 1x4 at 46¼”- Back**
  • 3 – ¾” plywood at 13 ”x 42”, Shelves & Bottom
  • 1 – 1x2 at 38½” – Upper Front Frame
  • 1 – 1x3 at 38½” – Lower Front Frame
  • 1 – 1x3 at 49¼” – Front Frame Sides
  • 1 – ¾” plywood at 15¼”x44” - Top

** If using beadboard for back, cut to 43½” x 46¼”

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

Cut the pieces for the Side Frame and Sides. With the Kreg jig set for ¾” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the upper and lower frame pieces, as well as the side pieces, as indicated. Assemble with glue and screws.

Step 1
Step 2

If you are going to assemble 1x4s for the back, cut all pieces to length, drill pocket holes, and assemble. The pocket holes do not have to be perfectly lined up. Attach to the inside of the side frames with screws. If you are using beadboard, cut the piece to the size indicated. Attach to the back of the side frames with glue and small nails or a brad nailer.

Step 2
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the shelves and bottom. Drill pocket holes in each end of the shelves and bottom. Attach the bottom and check cabinet for square before installing the shelves. Attach the shelves with the spacing indicated.

Step 3
Step 4

Cut the pieces for the Face Frame. Drill pocket holes in each end of the upper frame piece and the lower frame piece. Attach to cabinet front using glue and small brads or a brad nailer.

Step 4
Step 5

Install 1” angle brackets to inside of cabinet for the top – One on each side, and two on the front and back. Cut the piece for the top. The top will overlap the front frame and sides by ¼”. Screw through the hole in the brackets into the underside of the top.

Step 5
Finishing Instructions

If painting, I like to sand the entire piece with 100 grit, then 220 grit, prime with any latex primer, sand again with 220 grit, and paint. Sanding the primer gives an extra-smooth finish! Finish with water-based polyurethane for added durability. If staining, sand the entire piece with 60 grit, then 100 grit, then 220 grit. Stain as desired. For the finish, use wipe-on poly or brush-on poly. Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

Note

If you enjoyed this post PLEASE STUMBLE IT! Definitely comment below, Share it or Like it, and subscribe to my feed to stay up to date! You can now also: Follow my blog with blog lovin!

Kiddos 
Knock Offs 
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.

Dec
28
2011
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Dine in Style this year, with these drop dead gorgeous Celebration Menus!

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Wow your guests and Decorate with this adorable bunting printable! 

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Dec
28
2011
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Pantone has revealed the color of the year for 2012:  Tangerine Tango!  PANTONE Color Number 17-1463. I'm curious...what do you think of this color? Love it? Hate it? Could Care Less? Fashion often dictates what we shall see in Home Decor, so here is what we can expect this season! 

I adore that this season's color choices include neutrals like Driftwood and Starfish combined with a healthy dose of bright and neon. You know this here gal LOVES me some neon... and of course my blood runs in a nuetral palette, so I'm pretty much  ecstatic about a few of these color choices! 

 

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Dec
28
2011
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I know you all love the smaller version of this piece and so we bring you the 'shelf' sized version! This collection is so great for organization! It can sit on the floor so little ones can reach it, and can be stacked to double the height and storage capability! It might even mount to a desk or dresser!

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

Dimensions
Dimensions for This Project
Tools
  • Safety Gear
  • Tape Measure
  • Saw – Jig, Circular, or Miter
  • Table Saw
  • Drill
  • Sander
  • Kreg Jig
  • Hammer or Brad nailer
Lumber
  • 1 sheet of ¾” plywood
  • 1 – 1x2 at 6’
  • 1/4 sheet of ¼” lauan or hardboard measuring at least 18” x 34”
Materials
  • 1- 1/4” pocket hole screws
  • Iron On Edge Banding, if desired
  • Wood filler
  • Sanding Supplies
  • Wood Glue
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List
  • 2 – 15” x 17-1/4” of ¾” plywood – Sides
  • 1 – 15” x 35-1/2” of ¾” plywood – Bottom
  • 1 – 12” x 35-1/2” of ¾” plywood – Shelf
  • 1 – 10” x 37” of ¾” plywood – Top
  • 2 – 1x2 at 15-1/4” – Lower Side Trim
  • 1 – 1x2 at 38-1/2” – Lower Trim
  • 1 – 18” x 34” of ¼” lauan or hardboard for back
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

**You will want to apply the edge banding to any exposed plywood edges before assembly ** Cut the pieces as indicated for the sides. Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill holes in the top of the sides for the top. You will have a left and a right.

Step 1
Step 2

Cut the piece for the bottom and drill pocket holes in each end. Attach to the sides with pocket screws and glue, and with the bottoms being flush.

Step 2
Step 3

Cut the piece for the shelf and drill pocket holes in each end. Attach with the spacing indicated.

Step 3
Step 4

Cut the piece for the top. The front will overlap the sides by 1”. Attach the top to the sides through the pocket holes on the sides.

Step 4
Step 5

Cut the pieces for the trim. Attach the side trim first with glue and a brad nailer, then attach the front trim in the same manner. The bottom of the trim will be flush with the bottom of the shelf.

Step 5
Step 6

Cut the piece for the back from the ¼” material. Attach to the back with glue and brad nails

Step 6
Finishing Instructions

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

Note

If you enjoyed this post PLEASE STUMBLE IT! Definitely comment below, Share it or Like it, and subscribe to my feed to stay up to date! You can now also: Follow my blog with blog lovin!

I would love for you to check out my other site too! Handmade Holiday for all of your Holiday Parties, Decor, Recipes, and Gifts!

Kiddos 
Knock Offs 
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.

This article may also be published at #bobvila and tidal.

Dec
27
2011
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Are you planning on having a fabulous little shindig for the coming New Year? These gorgeous Invitations should help you ring in the new year in style! 

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Dec
27
2011
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A very simple build, with big impact style and design! This piece is awesome for entryway home organization! Everything would have its own place, and of course the numbers on the doors could be replaced with letters or names, even pets names... So fun!

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!

Dimensions
Dimensions for This Project
Tools
  • Tape measure
  • Drill
  • Safety Gear
  • Kreg Jig
  • Table saw and Miter, Jig, or Circular saw
  • Brad nailer
Lumber
  • 1- 1x2 at 8’
  • 1-1/2 x 2 at 4’
  • 2- scraps of 1x2 each at least 14-1/4” long
  • 2- sheets**  ¾” plywood
  • 1- sheet**  ¼” lauan or hardboard
  • ** The doors can be made from beadboard paneling, too, but you will have to buy a sheet of ½” plywood for backing as the beadboard is generally ¼”.
  •  
  • ** Scraps of lauan or hardboard can be used as long as the seams are hidden behind shelves or dividers!
Materials
  • 1-1/4” pocket screws
  • 1-1/4” screws
  • 1-1/4” brad nails
  • Countersink bit
  • 4 – hinges
  • 2 – handles
  • Shelf pins
  • Coat Hooks, if desired
  • Numbers of your choice – Wood, stencils, etc.
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Finishing Supplies
Cut List
  • 2 – 15” x 70-1/4” of  ¾” plywood - Sides
  • 1 – 15” x 30-1/4” of  ¾” plywood – Bottom
  • 1 – 15” x 68” of  ¾” plywood – Divider
  • 1 – 15-1/2” x 32” of  ¾” plywood - Top
  • 2 – 1x2 at 14-1/4” long – Fixed Shelf Supports
  • 2 – 14-1/4” x 15-5/8” – Fixed Shelves
  • 1 – 32” x 70” of ¼” lauan or hardboard – Back
  • 1 – 1x2 at 30-1/4” – Lower Filler
  • 1 – ½ x 2 at 32” – Lower Trim
  • 2 – 1 x2 at 14-3/4” – Upper Trim
  • 2 – 14-3/8” x 66-1/4” of  ¾” plywood - Doors
  • X - 14-1/4” x 15” – Adjustable Shelves – “X” is the quantity you choose!
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

 

Cut the pieces for the sides and the bottom. Measure from the top and mark the holes for the shelf pins (for the adjustable shelves). Do not drill the holes completely through the board! Also, drill holes in the top of the side pieces for attaching the top.

 

Set the Kreg jig for ¾” material and drill pocket holes in the bottom piece. Attach the bottom to the sides 1-1/2” up from each end with 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Step 1
Step 2

 

Cut the top and attach to the sides with the back being flush and the front overlapping by ½”. Check for square.

 

Step 2
Step 3

 

Cut the piece for the divider and drill pocket holes in each end. Also, measuring from the top and using the same spacing as the sides, mark the holes for the shelf pins. These holes can be drilled all the way through the board so that the spacing is the same on both sides. Center it in the cabinet as indicated and secure with pocket screws.

Step 3
Step 4

 

Cut the pieces for the shelf supports. Using a drill with a countersink bit, drill holes directly through the face of the supports and attach to the sides at 11” from the bottom with 1-1/4” screws.

Step 4
Step 5

 

Cut the pieces for the fixed shelves as indicated. Using a drill with a countersink bit, drill holes through the top of the shelves into the supports as indicated. Secure with 1-1/4” screws.

Step 5
Step 6

 

Cut the ¼” lauan or hardboard for the back. If you are using scrap pieces, make sure the seams will fall behind the shelves or divider. Secure with glue and brad nails.

Step 6
Step 7

 

Cut the pieces for the lower filler, the lower trim and the upper trim. Attach the lower filler with glue and brad nails to the front underside of the bottom, between the sides. Attach the trim piece to the front of this piece overlapping the sides with glue and brad nails. Attach the upper trim between the sides and the divider.

Step 7
Step 7
Step 8

 

Cut the pieces as indicated for the doors. The doors will have a 1/8” gap around all sides. Attach the hinges to the door and shim in place in the opening. Secure the hinges to the locker. Attach the handles to the doors.

 

Cut any additional shelves, as desired. Add coat hooks, also.

 

The numbers can be stenciled on and distressed for a vintage look. Painted wood or MDF cutouts would work well also. If building more than one locker cabinet, the lockers can be attached together with screws. 

Step 8
Finishing Instructions

 

If painting, I like to sand the entire piece with 100 grit, then 220 grit, prime with any latex primer, sand again with 220 grit, and paint. Sanding the primer gives an extra-smooth finish! Finish with water-based polyurethane for added durability.

If staining, sand the entire piece with 60 grit, then 100 grit, then 220 grit. Stain as desired. For the finish, use wipe-on poly or brush-on poly.

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

Note

If you enjoyed this post PLEASE STUMBLE IT! Definitely comment below, Share it or Like it, and subscribe to my feed to stay up to date! You can now also: Follow my blog with blog lovin!

Knock Offs 
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.

Dec
27
2011
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I wanted to write a quick intro for Eric's Ann Marie Daybed Build and just thank him for this particular build! I am so honored when any one of you build from my plans, but this piece, and the entire Ann Marie Collection hold a very special place in my heart. This collection is my own design, and not a specialty retailer inspired collection and is named in honor of my Aunt Ann Marie who passed away very unexpectedly. Seeing Eric's showcase photos of this beautiful bed, built for his daughter (with similar name... Ryan!) as a holiday surprise, has really hit home for me, and I just needed to say a very very public (love you guys) thank you!

Thank you for helping me fulfill a dream of mine, by allowing me to see my own furnture designs in homes across the country and around the world. I can't begin to tell you how special that is to me. And thank you for (albeit accidentally) allowing that little special legacy in my Aunt's honor live on... I hope your little girl adores this bed, and thank you for sharing with all of us... and now I will stop talking.... ha!

Eric's Showcase:

"I finally have decided on color and what to do with the back so here they are! I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate your website and what it has allowed me to do!

Lumber Used 

I made a few minor tweaks (due to my carpentry skills or lack there of) by putting drawer faces, pulls and a 7/16 sheet of plywood wrapped in material and padding for extra comfort.

Additional Project Details 

I can't wait to see my daughter's face in the morning when she gets to go into her room. I hope I was able to put together what you had envisioned when designing this bed!"

Oh Trust me... you did!

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