Apr
24
2015
The Design Confidential A Photography Studio Design Project // The Creative Process

This fun design project is well underway and we are knee deep in DIY's and furniture boxes. I am happy to report that the walls are now as white as can be and absolutely gorgeous against the black trim and exposed brick. It only took several coats of primer and paint to rid the space of it's colorful past, but with help from her boys, Amber is now the proud resident of a bonafide and beautiful photography studio. We still have a bit to do before we can officially put a fork in it and call it done, but with white walls and the conveniently chic brick wall that was already there, she can essentially begin work in here immediately. It is always a good thing when there is little to no downtime during renovation or decoration, it rarely happens, but when it does it's sublime.

The Design Confidential A Photography Studio Design Project // The Creative Process

THE CREATIVE PROCESS // Letting the Space Speak

Once I have a chance to see and feel and really absorb all that a space is, I can fairly quickly see what I would love to see the space become... in an ideal world where everything goes my way and becomes my vision - me, me, me. Right? But that is not a realistic outcome much of the time, especially when you are working with a client and not on a space for yourself. Duh. Sometimes you actually have to stop and consider their needs and wants (shocking I know!) and consequently this can, on occasion, impede the view or the vision, if you will.

That is not the case with this project, which is so very exciting and makes all of my crazy hair brained 'artsy' ideas that much more fun to attempt and hopefully make a reality. I can't tell you how fabulous it is to work on a project of this nature! The other great thing is that the particular use for this space is something I just happen to know a thing or two about. As someone who shoots in a studio space of my own and has to shoot projects of all varieties all the time, I guess I have picked up a thing or two about what a photographer might need for a space that really works for them. As a crazy dreamer type, I also happen to have just a bit of an understanding of all of those things a photographer might donate a kidney to have at their disposal, you know, if this were a perfect dreamy world where they had a perfect dreamy studio... needless to say I have big plans for this space, that is already ready to go, but is definitely ready for all of the fun and fantastic to be added to the mix.

The Design Confidential A Photography Studio Design Project // The Creative Process

THE CREATIVE PROCESS // A Color Board

To make sure Amber and I were speaking the same crazy gal language that I speak when I begin to form my vision for a space (I know you creatives out there know what I mean by this), I created a color board that defined some of the ideas and textures I was feeling like this space was telling me it needed and wanted. It was all the studio's idea really, and I was just the messenger of this gorgeousness. With the exposed brick and the white walls with black trim I was feeling deep blues and minty sea greens and grays with a touch of the lighter colors from the brick. Raw wood tones and natural materials in here are a perfect fit for the existing make up of the space as it is, so giving that a bit of color and contrast seemed like a great direction to take this. It doesn't hurt that blues and greens are universally liked colors for the most part and create a sense of calm which I can imagine would be helpful if you are trying to photograph kids and gals in their unmentionables... (that I just mentioned so not unmentionable after all?) I couldn't be happier that Amber was feeling my vibe here and thought this would be a fab style for her space.

This also helps me maintain my vision and stay on track as I begin to source items for the space. You know, because I need a short leash basically.

Once I get the green light on this portion of the project, I move right along to the hours upon end of scouring the interwebs. Naturally my goal beyond the color board is to put together something more tangible with real life pieces and projects that will ultimately be more than just inspiration and ideation, and will make this space come to life. You can see a bit of that in the first image in this article and I can't wait to show you the rest! Yahoo.

Apr
22
2015
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed

Happy Earth Day friends! I'm pretty excited because today's plan is basically to. die. for. So good. And there isn't much that celebrates our gorgeous green(-ish) earth more than building your own furniture in an environmentally responsible way. No hidden chemicals or blood diamonds are used during the making of your own furniture and of course there is absolutely no animal testing whatsoever. If you can use reclaimed wood or lumber and give your materials a second chance at life while sparing the young growth, well then you have indeed done a good thing. Yahoo.

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!

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
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed
Tools
Lumber
  • 2 – 1x2 at 8’
  • 10 – 1x3 at 8’  
  • 7 – 2x4 at 8’  
Materials
Cut List
  • 4 – 2x4 at 11-3/4” – Legs                                                 
  • 2 – 2x4 at 15” – Headboard Sides                                   
  • 2 – 2x4 at 85” – Sides                                                       
  • 2 – 1x2 at 78” – Cleats                                                      
  • 1 – 2x4 at 82” – Center Support                                     
  • 2 – 2x4 at 9-1/4” – Center Support Legs                       
  • 2 – 2x4 at 78” – Headboard and Footboard Frames    
  • 2 – 2x4 at 78” – Headboard Supports                            
  • 10 – 1x3 at 78” – Slats
Instructions

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 paste wax, 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
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed

Cut the pieces for the Legs. You can draw out the shape of the Leg through using the measurements or the degree of cut. If using the degree of cut, remember to start at the corners that meet up with the corner of the lumber that will not be cut off (for this example, the top left corner and the bottom right corner). With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in the top ends of each Leg.
 

Step 2
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed

Cut the piece for the Headboard Sides. You can draw out the shape of the Headboard Side through using the measurements or the degree of cut. If using the degree of cut, remember to start at the corners that meet up with the corner  of the lumber that will not be cut off (for this example, the top right corner and the bottom left corner). With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in the bottom ends of each Headboard Side. 

Step 3
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed

Cut the pieces for the Sides and Cleats. Attach the Cleat to the Side using glue and 1-1/4” countersunk screws leaving 3-1/2” at each end for the bed hardware and Headboard Frame and Footboard Frame. Attach the bed hardware according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Next, Assemble the Headboard Sides and Legs to the Side as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. Repeat this step again, mirrored - one assembly for each side of the bed.

Step 4
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed

Cut the piece for the Center Support and the Center Support Legs. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Center Support and in the top ends of each Center Support Leg. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. 

Step 5
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed

Cut the pieces for the Headboard and Footboard Frames. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Headboard and Footboard Frames. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. 

Step 6
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed

Assemble the Center Support with Center Support Legs as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. 

Step 7
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed

Cut the pieces for the Headboard Supports. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Supports. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. Included are close-ups of the front and back of the Headboard Supports attached to the Headboard Sides.

Step 8
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed

Cut the pieces for the Slats. The Slats will be spaced approximately 6” apart (this graphic shows 1-1/2” spacing near the Headboard Frame and Footboard Frame and 6” spacing elsewhere). Attach to the supports using 1-1/4” countersunk screws. 

Step 9
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build a King Sized Mellow Bed

And now for the bonus round! This bed will function great as-is, but if you want to kick it up a notch, add paracord, wire, or bungee to the Headboard (think of all the color possibilities)! This graphic shows several eye hook screws spaced 4” apart on the top and bottom (staggered) on the Headboard Supports. Simply install the eye hook screws and weave your cord through the eye hook screws in a zigzag manner as shown and secure with a solid knot. 

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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Apr
21
2015

As a DIY blogger, you can probably imagine that people expect handmade awesomeness from me all. the. time. And why shouldn't they? After all, re-imagining everyday items and creating something from nothing is supposed to be where I excel. Sometimes that's true - other times... not so much. Since this nagging infection and an impressive allergy season have essentially nipped any big plans of mine directly in the bud, I am not likely to be tackling any huge projects for the next month or so... Naturally, I am using this as a great excuse to do some of the smaller projects I have been wanting to try but don't always get to, in the wake of those larger all-consuming kind of projects. I have heard through the grapevine that Mother's Day is right around the corner (I rarely know what day of the week it is, much less when a holiday is approaching) and with my favorite entertaining season now well underway, I thought it would be fun to focus on some fabulous handmade and semi-handmade gifts and decor that are equal parts easy and easy on the wallet.

I'm a sucker for gifts with purpose. Since I am constantly styling and decorating with plants I am always on the hunt for interesting new plant types and new and clever ways to house said plants and this easy project is solves for both. Your total cost for this will be around $1 more than the cost of your plant and that is hard to beat where budget plays a critical role.

Materials //

  • Plant - shown here is a Ficus Mistletoe or Mistletoe Fig
  • Water Resistant Bag - mine is from IKEA
  • / Hole Punch or Scissors

Use your hole punch or scissors to create small drainage holes in the bottom of your bag. If you are using scissors, just pinch together small sections of the bottom and create a tiny slice or X shape to act as a hole. You will want somewhere in the neighborhood of 5 or 6 holes and they should be somewhat evenly space around the bottom of your bag. Note // These should not be huge holes, otherwise quite a bit of your dirt will come through and believe me this is a huge mess to deal with each and every time you water that sucker.

My bag folds down to create a sturdy lip around the top edge and this gives the planter added support, though it already stands tall and steady, at least as far as a bag is concerned. This folded down edge would be a great spot to create a hanging apparatus should you want to. Just use that hole punch or your scissors and some paracord and you are good to go! I would punch through both the folded over portion and the bag itself so your hole is doubly solid and won't risk tearing.

Once you have drainage, plant that baby and water it in to make sure it is draining as expected. These bags come in many sizes so just be sure to choose a size that is slightly larger than the pot your plant comes in. This will give it a bit of room to grow and spread. This cute planter just may be making an appearance in a design project I am working on... and I have a few of these around the house now. I love that it offers something different from a standard ceramic pot and costs less than a dollar which is obviously far cheaper than even a fabulous vintage pot or planter would be.

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