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Jul
22
2014
Real Reader Build from The Design Confidential of the Emmerson King size bed with tufed headboard

First off let me just say how much I love the site. The directions are easy to follow and make building great furniture easy. My first project was the Emmerson King size bed.

We looked everywhere for bed that was fabric covered tufed headboard that was affordable. With no luck my husband told me about this site and I thought I would give it a shot. 

The bed building part of this project was a breeze. For the most part I built it myself and it was the first time I've taken on a project like this. Before this, I've never built anything. I did need some help from my husband moving and assembling it. 

 

In Progress Shot of Real Reader Build from The Design Confidential of the Emmerson King size bed with tufed headboard
Estimated Cost 

Let's see if I can remember. The first trip to the hardware store was about $300 but that included the Jig and that was just under $100 so wood $200 ish. Linen fabric $120 and the other misc items to complete the upholstering was another $200. The foam was the biggest cost in the other misc supplies. In the end it was under $650 but compared to the RH bed we were looking to buy we saved about $2500.

Length of Time 

The bed part didn't take long. I would say about 20 hours working at night and some time during the weekend. Keep in mind I was new to a lot of these tools and took my time learning how to use them. The tufting part took a lot longer but work work on a couple here and there until it was completed. 

Modifications 

I made a couple modifications...

First was the height of the head board. We extended the height by about 10". If you think this would make it unstable it won't. That sucker is super stable and solid. 

Second was the height of the legs. We wanted to be able to store items under the bed. I originally extended them to 15". Not sure what I was thinking -- it was way too high to climb up. The final was about 10" just a couple inches more but really made a difference. We also Routed and stained the legs with a Expresso colored stain. 

The last was covering the side boards, foot board and head board with linen fabric. 

Jul
15
2014
Real Reader Build on The Design Confidential / Provence Beam Dining and Provence Benches

This is our second project from the site and once again extremely happy with the finished project. The table is exactly what we wanted for our back patio and was thrilled when we found it on the site. 

It was an easy build with two of us and only took a couple of weeks to complete. 

 

Progress Shot of Real Reader Build on The Design Confidential / Provence Beam Dining and Provence Benches
In Progress for Real Reader Build on The Design Confidential / Provence Beam Dining and Provence Benches
In Progress Shot of Real Reader Build on The Design Confidential / Provence Beam Dining and Provence Benches
Estimated Cost 

Table was $200 and the benches were $100 for both. Entire project just under $350 including supplies. 

Length of Time 

One weekend to build. Took two of us a full Saturday and about 4 hours on Sunday. 

Took a week of evenings to sand with and electric sander, 2 evenings to stain and another 2 evenings to seal. 

Modifications 

The only modification we made was we reversed the support beams on the benches. They only reason we did this was because we felt it would provide more support on the benches since they were 120" long. 

Lumber Used 

Pine - after building we wished we would of used a better quality of wood. The end result looks great but it would of been easier to get all the boards even. 

Finishing Technique 

We sanded or days. 120 grain sand paper followed by 200 grain sand paper. 

Then we beat the table up! We wanted a rustic look so once the table was sanded. We hammered, hit screw sides in to it, pierced with a screw driver and hit it with what ever else we couple think of.

We used MINWAX Wood Finish Provincial 211 to stain it and then finished with a high-gloss outdoor sealer. 

Additional Project Details 

Knowing what we know now we would of sanded and stained the wood first. We really wanted the table to look rustic and getting the stain into some of the grooves and the bottom of the table and benches was difficult. We did sand most of the bottom beams prior to building but still it was hard getting under the benches and table. 

The finished table is solid and heavy. We built the table on the patio which was perfect since I don't think I could over moved it more than a couple of feet. 

Real Reader Build on The Design Confidential / Provence Beam Dining and Provence Benches
Real Reader Build on The Design Confidential / Provence Beam Dining and Provence Benches
Real Reader Build on The Design Confidential / Provence Beam Dining and Provence Benches
Real Reader Build on The Design Confidential / Provence Beam Dining and Provence Benches
Jul
07
2014
Reader Showcase for Dawson Extra Wide Dresser and Bedside Table Set
Lumber Used 

Pine

Finishing Technique 

Black Satin

Reader Showcase for Dawson Bedside Table Set
Jun
25
2014
Real Reader Build on The Design Confidential from Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build The Reef Sofa Chair and Coffee Table

Spotted on our Instagram Hashtag #builtTDCtuff, this collection of DIY outdoor furniture pieces built by furgason5 is absolutely spectacular. They built two Reef Sofas, a Reef Club Chair and a modified Reef Coffee Table to complete this gorgeous outdoor living space. What a view they have from their new fabulous space! I am more than a little jealous, aren't you? Xx... Rayan

Psst... Don't forget you can showcase your build right on the site by posting a showcase if you are a registered member. If you prefer to share on social media, be sure to tag @thedesignconfidential on Instagram and use the hashtag #builtTDCtuff and you might see your work featured here and on our Instachannel

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Reader Showcase of Reef Sofa Chair and Coffee Table
Jun
23
2014
The Design Confidential Reader Showcase // Upcycled Treasure's West Elm Inspired Truss Dining Table

When I saw this beauty, built by Upcycled Treasures, it knocked my socks off! That finish, those lines.. it's just a stunner! They actually made some mods to this DIY dining table that I kind of like. In fact it makes me look at the original inspiration piece in a bit of a different light, which is of course what our plan is modeled to look like. I'm starting to think that sometimes big retail could take a note from our builders here at TDC and learn a few things... what do you think? She has a full blog post about her process and the modification they made so you will want to read all about it. But for now, take in the beauty and enjoy this eye candy! Xx... Rayan

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Boards and Lumber from The Design Confidential Reader Showcase // Upcycled Treasure's West Elm Inspired Truss Dining Table
Completed Build Before Finish for The Design Confidential Reader Showcase // Upcycled Treasure's West Elm Inspired Truss Dining Table
Gorgeous Build with Finish for The Design Confidential Reader Showcase // Upcycled Treasure's West Elm Inspired Truss Dining Table
Jun
12
2014
Real Reader Build on The Design Confidential from Free DIY Furniture Plans to Build The Kase Chair

A slight twist on the Kase Chair I built it for a charity donation. I kept to the simple construction and leg design. I used hard white maple everywhere and carved a chevron pattern in white laminate on the back. It can be found in the Sketch-up warehouse if you need the model.

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