Jan
30
2015

From dim witted recessed can lighting to bright shining modern pendant light fixture in two easy steps... true story.... This is by far one of the easiest and fastest updates I have done to date, but what a huge impact it has had. It's funny how you can let something that is completely functional go entirely overlooked (because duh, it's working just fine). When you decide to take things up a notch and give these bland but functional pieces a new look to suit a new space, it rocks your world and gets you thinking about all of the other easy updates you might do to bring your other spaces out of the darkness and into the light.

For me, recessed can lighting falls in the category of 'works just fine' (assuming the bulb hasn't burned out of course, because prior to LED bulb invention this would be a major pain in the you know what for a gal of not so epic proportions) so if it ain't broke... why should I bother thinking about it at all, forever and ever, amen. Am I right?

Now boob lights on the other hand are an entirely different story and it is my goal to eradicate this atrocity from the world, or at least my world... you can keep your boob lights if you want to.

But lighting is such a crucial element in a space, especially if that space were to revolve around helping you figure out how you look, which in this case is definitely how the story goes. So I have been slowly trying to go through each room to replace all of my bulbs with LED bulbs (so I can never ever worry about changing them again... have I mentioned my procrastinating tendencies?) and adjust the color of the light for the particular space and how it is used. Just look at how pleasant the difference is above, it is almost night and day... literally... since the former bulb took 15 minutes to warm up and get going before it would actually light the space - the Cree LED Bulbs do not and are fully lit instantly. Another big (no, huge actually) yahoo on that front. 

This space will be used as a dressing room and will be retrofitted somewhat so I can put on makeup more easily than I can at my bathroom counter. Where makeup is concerned, overhead fluorescent-like (read... weird sickly shade of blue) lighting is your enemy which means that the two bulbs for the recessed can lights in this space would need to be something more in the daylight spectrum and very likely joined by additional lighting at face level anyhow. Once that occurred to me, it seemed to mentally give me the push I needed to make these functional fixtures a bit more beautiful and, well, functional... and so I did. A light bulb moment, if you will. These fabulous finds can be found at the Home Depot and are incredibly affordable. I think they were around $5 each and since they last for somewhere around 20 years, I think even my penny pinching self can manage that.

Replacing the bulb was a snap and since the Cree LED bulbs are well, duh, LED, they run cool which is fabulous especially when you are trying to add a decorative shade to the fixture and must sit in close range of this thing for more than a minute. And ya, I needed to do the second portion of this project with the lights on since otherwise this room is essentially pitch black (ok slight exaggeration there, but it is really really dark). Just changing the bulbs made such a big impact on it's own, but of course this story is all about adding those less than obvious little details to give a boring fixture some style so.... you will need a few additional items for this fast update to transpire.

Now for the easiest thing you ever did see. Buy a drum shade you adore that has the 3 arm lamp ring like you see above, mine is from Ikea and has a copper lining on the inside with a cutaway pattern throughout. This will help with the darkening affect that adding a lamp shade to a light fixture can have. You will also need hooks that swivel so they can be used to hang things from the ceiling. The hooks I used are command hooks from 3M and so they simply stick on and remove easily so no holes to fill if you switch back to basic can lights later.

I prepped my hooks by putting the sticky thing on, but I did not uncover the side that will stick to the ceiling for fear I would stick it to something accidentally in the process of getting up the ladder. If you notice the hook placement in the image below, you will see that they ultimately came to rest about 1 1/2 inches in from the outside edge of the lamp shade ring. This was the ideal spot for the hooks to rest since my lamp shade ring arms sit at a slight angle and slope downward from the edge of the ring toward the middle. If your ring is flat, you can place the hooks wherever you like, but somewhere inside of the edge is best so you can't see them!

I found that everything seems to hold nicely if each hook is holding the arm at the edge of it's reach, rather than with the hook straight up and down. This just makes sure everything is secure and keeps it from sliding in any one direction causing it to be slightly off center. To do this you would secure one hook and then rotate your shade just a tiny bit so your hook swivels and is holding the shade at the edge of that cute little hook's reach. But, not going to be a deal breaker my friends, just a nifty little thing. Now here is the one single solitary tricky part of this (and I am joking clearly because you will see how not tricky it is)... you will want to have 2 out of the 3 hooks face toward each other (or away from each other, either way). This just keeps the hooks from swiveling in tandem if they were all facing the same direction, and letting your shade fall off. So 2 hooks inward toward each other (or away from each other and back to back) and the 3rd hook can do whatever you please. That is it. Donzo...

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Jan
28
2015
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Duet Bunk Bed Trundle and Bookcase

We last left off with the plans for the Duet Bunk Bed portion of this beauty and today we finish her off with the rolling trundle and bookcase portion of the plans. This part is easy, you got this... I can't wait to see how you customize your duet bunk. Maybe skip the panels on the side with the bookcase so it is accessible from the beds? Maybe convert the trundle to rolling storage for all of those toys and items that are too deep for a bookcase (like board games) or set up a train station slash lego building surface that doesn't need to be put away each day and can simply be tucked away out of site until the next go around... Just my two cents, love to know what amazing things you might do!

The Deets

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Estimated Cost
$525-$575 - approximate total bunk bed cost
Dimensions
Tools
Lumber

Lumber list is for the entire bunk bed with trundle and bookcase. If you purchased these items for the first portion (the bunk beds) you will NOT need to purchase again.

  • 6 – 1x2 at 8’
  • 16 – 1x4 at 8’
  • 8 – 2x4 at 8’
  • 6 – 2x6 at 8’
  • 3 – 4x4 at 8’
  • 1 – 1/4” sheet of plywood at 2’x4’
  • 5 – 3/4” sheets of plywood at 4’x8’
Materials

Materials list is for the entire bunk bed with trundle and bookcase. If you purchased these items for the first portion (the bunk beds) you will NOT need to purchase again. 

Cut List

This portion of the cut list is for the bookcase and trundle only!!

  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 12”x70” – Bookcase Sides
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 12”x48-1/2” – Bookcase Top and Bottom
  • 5 – 3/4” plywood at 12”x48-1/2” – Bookcase Middle Shelves
  • 4 – 3/4” plywood at 12”x13” – Bookcase Cubby Walls
  • 8 – 1x2 at 48-1/2” – Back and Front Sliding Door Rails
  • 1 – 1/4” plywood at 16-1/2”x24” – Top Sliding Door
  • 1 – 1/4” plywood at 14”x24” – Bottom Sliding Door
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 40”x75-1/2” – Trundle Bottom
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 7-1/2”x40” – Trundle Sides
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 7-1/2”x77” – Trundle Front and 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

We will pick up where we left off on the plans for the duet bunk beds

Cut the pieces for the Bookcase Sides, Top and Bottom. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the ends of the Top and Bottom. Also, drill pocket holes along the backside of Sides (to later attach to bed). Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Bookcase Frame for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Duet Bunk Bed Trundle and Bookcase
Step 2

Cut the pieces for the Bookcase Middle Shelves. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the each end of the Middle Shelves. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Bookcase Shelves for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Duet Bunk Bed Trundle and Bookcase
Step 3

Cut the pieces for the Bookcase Cubby Walls. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the top and bottom of each Cubby Wall. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Center Bookcase Dividers for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Duet Bunk Bed Trundle and Bookcase
Step 4

Cut the pieces for the Front and Back Rails. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the ends of each Rail. Position the Back Rails as shown. Assemble with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Bookcase Trim for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Duet Bunk Bed Trundle and Bookcase
Step 5

Cut out the Sliding Doors. Drill a 1” diameter hole on each side of the Door as shown.

Sliding Doors for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Duet Bunk Bed Trundle and Bookcase
Step 6

Next, place the Top Sliding Door in front of the Back Rails, then place the Front Rails in front of the Door. Repeat the process for the Bottom Sliding Door. 

Bookcase Sliding Doors for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Duet Bunk Bed Trundle and Bookcase
Step 7

Cut the pieces for the Trundle Bottom and the Trundle Sides. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in the ends of the Trundle Sides and along each side of the Trundle Bottom. Assemble with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Trundle Bottom and Sides for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Duet Bunk Bed Trundle and Bookcase
Step 8

Cut the pieces for the Trundle Front and Back. Assemble with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Trundle Front and Back for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Duet Bunk Bed Trundle and Bookcase
Step 9

Attach the casters to the bottom of the Trundle Bottom as shown. Be careful to use screws that are short enough in length to not poke thrown the other side of the Trundle Bottom.

(bottom view)

Trundle Casters for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Duet Bunk Bed Trundle and Bookcase
Step 10

Attach the Bookcase to the Bed Posts as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. Next, Slide the Trundle under the bottom of the lower bunk. It’s time for a slumber party!

Putting it all together for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Duet Bunk Bed Trundle and Bookcase
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Step 12
Step 13
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

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Jan
27
2015
The Design Confidential It's Friday I'm In Love // Tuesday Edition + January Reset

I have been trying to get this fabulous roundup of things I am currently loving, published since Friday - I'm obviously winning and firing on all cylinders, no? To be fair, it was my baby seester's birthday and we had a game of hot Yahtzee on the books, following cake and presents. I had to prepare, my friends, and work on my poker face. Also I needed to practice doing math in my head, since that is apparently my weakness. Complicated mathematical calculations and fractions are my jam, but 2 plus 17 plus 6 kind of stuff - not so much.

I am in the midst of a major life altering overhaul in every room in my home. Spring cleaning has come early this year and I am all about reducing and ridding myself of excess. Since I can't actually get rid of everything and must keep a few things, I have been crushing on stylish storage and productivity promoting goods. It is so freeing, I can't even tell you. I feel 10 pounds lighter from getting rid of clothing I have been carting around with me for the last 10 or more years.

Roundup of Organization and Storage for The Design Confidential It's Friday I'm In Love // Tuesday Edition + January Reset

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I stick to basics in my everyday life, so I figure my home should reflect that. For those things I use and want to keep, I will be upgrading many of them to higher quality goods or a more grownup version wherever possible. Since this Naturally, I am crushing on stylish storage and productivity promoting goods to help me organize and stay on task. I am a donating and organizing machine right now and this is not even a slight exaggeration (can't wait to show you my big big project - squeal - so good). If it isn't nailed down (and even if it is), it is going in the donate pile, going to live in it's forever home in a storage bin or drawer, or getting relocated and put back up with a new nail in a new spot that works better for me. The first step on the road to recovery is admitting that even though you have a complete system in place, it is obviously not working and is absolutely ok to throw said system in the virtual trash bin and begin again with a new system.

Part of that system, at least for me, is going to be adorable and durable storage solutions that look good while they are letting it all hang out. Control the chaos and consider the children - this is my new mantra. My boys make more messes and smears than I could have ever imagined when they were angelic babes in bunny suits and blankets. But they need to learn to help wrangle toys and put things away, especially if I want to have any hope that another gal will take them in when they are grown and make decent husbands of them. I'm hoping that if I make clean up accessible to them given their ages, I stand a 5% chance they may actually pick up their stuff after I rant and rave for an hour. Fingers Crossed...

You can check out my expanded curated collection of handmade Goods to promote a January Refresh and browse my inspirations to help keep me motivated and on track over on Pinterest

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