Sep
01
2016
The Design Confidential x #MichaelsMakers // DIY Faux Natural Horn Decorative Pumpkins

It's officially September, which means it is time to kick fall projects into high gear and pumpkin decorating shall now commence...

It seems like Fall sneaks up on me every single year and before I know it, the holidays are upon us, eek. I'm never really ready to let go of summer but the reward of holiday decorating is a nice consolation prize. I am a firm believer that any and all holiday decor should blend seamlessly into your existing decor, and this pumpkin project is no exception. I have a relatively neutral and somewhat masculine thing happening in my family room which was crying out for beautiful horn accessories to coordinate. Naturally I gave in to this need and gave these faux pumpkins a durable and lasting decorative finish that was precisely that.

The Design Confidential x #MichaelsMakers // DIY Faux Natural Horn Decorative Pumpkins

I wish I could say this project was easy, but in fact it wasn't. It did however, lead me to happen upon a few helpful hints to make this easier for anyone trying to reproduce it. Because the process was so piecemeal, I don't have decent images showing the steps, but I think you will do fine anyhow. 

MATERIALS //

Faux Pumpkins, Paper, Flour, Water, Paintbrush, Mod Podge, Craft Paint in white, black, brown, grey and beige (or a close match to several of the colors in your design).

The Design Confidential x #MichaelsMakers // DIY Faux Natural Horn Decorative Pumpkins

You will need to find a natural horn pattern you like on the interwebs. I found a series of three tumblers on a shopping site that I liked and cropped a screenshot of each one into a square shape to print. I then covered each pumpkin with paper mâché to smooth the surface and level some of the ridges. I used a combination of flour and water to make my paste and kept it fairly thick. I initially tried to simply cut my horn design into strips to glue onto the pumpkins, but along with the circular shape it was also the ridges that made decoupaging so difficult. By removing this obstacle, it was so much easier to get the paper to lay down in alignment, without wrinkling. It also helped tremendously to keep my printed strips fairly skinny, but finding the perfect size was absolutely a Goldie Locks conundrum. As it turns out, the wider your strips, the more realistic your design will look, but the greater width makes lining them up properly an exercise in futility. The size of the pumpkin will also alter the ideal width of your strips so I recommend trying a few sizes before you commit to cutting them up. Don't worry about how the strips line up around the base of the stem because you can cut away any excess paper with an exacto knife and use a bit of brown paint to blend the edges of the paper and the stem. This is also a great way to hide the seams of your paper strips and any areas where there are slight gaps in your design. With the paper mâché underneath, you have an ideal surface for blending things with a few coordinating colors of paint.

Dab and blend with several of your paint colors until all evidence of the paper disappears and your pumpkin looks as if it was carved straight from the horns on the head of something magnificent - in a vegan and cruelty free way, of course.

Psst... If you are looking for more pumpkin projects or inspiration, click here to browse the full arsenal of our Pumpkin Project list.

Note

To kick off fall in your own home, visit Michaels.com and check out the variety of craft pumpkins available – they have every color, shape and size imaginable! Be sure to check out all of the other Michaels Makers pumpkin ideas on the Michaels blog.

Aug
26
2016
The Design Confidential x AVE Home // DIY In The Clear Oil Finish Butler Tray

For my third and final installment with the AVE Raw line from Ave Home, I really wanted to celebrate the beauty of the piece by leaving it in all it's Raw and beautiful glory. But... let's be real - I have two boys, dogs, a husband and a couple of frogs and all of them specialize in making messes and breaking things. Some sort of protective finish was a must, but many layers of wax and buffing or a true oil finish that would alter the color of the wood or give it an unnatural shine were quite the opposite of what I had in mind.

I am over the moon excited to share this project with you fine folks, because it is truly the first and only finish I have ever done that was actually clear and didn't alter the original look of the wood at all. No added sheen or shine, no hours of labor intensive applications of varnish or wax. Just pure and simple - a gorgeous oil based finish in the convenience of a spray.

The Design Confidential x AVE Home // DIY In The Clear Oil Finish Butler Tray

Let's talk about the piece for a minute, shall we? This fine piece of work is the Audrey Butler Tray + Brass Stand and it could be the poster child for all the beautiful things. It is much larger than I imagined it would be, which opens it up for more amazing uses that I hadn't even thought to use it for. I have been slowly attempting to add lighter tones of wood throughout my family room and kitchen area so this piece is now replacing a darker vintage piece I formerly had in this spot. It is a far better height and width and the brass stand is mighty handsome too, giving it just a bit of that something extra. It is perfect and it arrived in a perfect state with absolutely no need to sand or condition it prior to finishing. 

Wholesale online orders will be open through the end of the month, and beginning September 1st, you will be able to order the pieces in the Raw line through your local dealer. Of course if you don't have a dealer near you, you can contact the lovely folks at Ave Home for a special order!

The Design Confidential x AVE Home // DIY In The Clear Oil Finish Butler Tray

An oil finish is timeless and durable. Most of the time an oil finish demands much more of you than this particular product did and all that beauty often comes at a price if altering the color is not your goal. An oil will soak down into the pores of the wood and will provide a marvelous water resistance and protective durability. This good looking oil I used here, could not be easier if it tried. I used a spray water proofing product that is clear and gave this piece two light coats and done. There really wasn't much else to it.

The Design Confidential x AVE Home // DIY In The Clear Oil Finish Butler Tray

The most difficult part of the application is that you actually need to spray a light coat. I hope that you can see above just how lightly this can be sprayed. If you are like me, this is the hardest thing ever because my perfectionist nature wants to have each and every coat have perfect coverage. Luckily it won't be the end of the world if you accidentally spray more on than you should have. It will pool and it may even drip or run, but it matters not, just use a brush or a smooth cloth rag and wipe away excess. Let it cure and dry for at least 24 hours before you bring your furniture inside and be sure to wear a respirator and eye protection. This is a product that should be applied outside, just be sure to protect your plants.

MATERIALS //

The Design Confidential x AVE Home // DIY In The Clear Oil Finish Butler Tray

Once you have addressed any excess and allowed for the finish to dry, you won't be able to tell you applied anything at all except that your wood will be happy and water will bead if it is spilled on the surface.

The Design Confidential x AVE Home // DIY In The Clear Oil Finish Butler Tray

The finish and this piece are truly dreamy and a clear oil based finish was perfect way to show off the natural beauty of this butler tray and the craftsmanship that went into it. It lives on a little wall that is a straight shot down a long hallway and can be seen almost instantly when you enter my home. It was an honor to put my mark on it and I love seeing this little vignette every time I walk in the front door.

Note

This project was created in partnership with Ave Home. All crazy talk and opinions are 100% my own. 

Aug
11
2016
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Outdoor Slatted Coffee Table

Introducing the Outdoor Slat Coffee Table - the third piece in our new outdoor collection. Not only is it beautiful, but it has tons of storage and the table top features nifty removeable panels. The perfect place to set your drink and store all of the messy kid toys out of sight, so you can actually enjoy said drink a little more fully. Win, win!

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 on the site or on social media with the hashtag #builtTDCtuff and we will share our faves! Be sure to tag @thedesignconfidential on Instagram / FB and @thedesconf on Twitter / Pinterest. Don't forget... for all of our newer plans, clicking on the images will let them expand to enormous sizes with much greater clarity. The older plans may need updating so please let us know if you need one fixed!

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
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Outdoor Slatted Coffee Table
Tools

SHOP THIS PROJECT //

Lumber
  • 18 – 1x2 at 8’       
  • 5 – 2x2 at 8’
  • 3/4” plywood at 2’ x 4’ 
Materials
Cut List
  • 4 – 2x2 at 15” – Legs
  • 4 – 2x2 at 23-1/4” – End Tops/Bottoms
  • 12 – 1x2 at 23-1/4” – End Slats
  • 4 – 2x2 at 44-1/4” – Front/Back Tops/Bottoms
  • 12 – 1x2 at 44-1/4” – Front/Back Slats
  • 3/4” plywood at 23-1/4” x 44-1/4” – Table Bottom
  • 2 – 2x2 at 2” – Table Bottom Supports
  • 2 – 1x2 at 10-3/4” – Front/Back Slat Supports
  • 1 – 2x2 at 23-1/4” – Long Table Top Support
  • 2 – 2x2 at 21-3/8” – Short Table Top Supports
  • 8 – 1x2 at 13-3/4” – Table Top Short Frames
  • 8 – 1x2 at 21-1/4” – Table Top Long Frames
  • 24 – 1x2 at 21-1/4” – Table Top Slats
  • 8 – 1x2 at 10-5/8” – Table Top Insets
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 Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Outdoor Slatted Coffee Table

Cut the pieces for the Legs and the End Tops/Bottoms. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the End Tops/Bottoms. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. Face the pocket holes to the inside of the table so that they are hidden once the table is assembled. This step should be completed twice.

Step 2
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Outdoor Slatted Coffee Table

Cut the pieces for the End Slats. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the End Slats. Place the End Slats to where they are flush with the outside edge of the Legs and spaced 1/4” from each other. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Step 3
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Outdoor Slatted Coffee Table

Cut the pieces for the Front/Back Tops/Bottoms. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Front/Back Tops/Bottoms. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. Face the pocket holes to the inside of the table so that they are hidden once the table is assembled.

Step 4
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Outdoor Slatted Coffee Table

Cut the pieces for the Front/Back Slats. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Front/Back Slats. Place the Front/Back Slats to where they are flush with the outside edge of the Legs and spaced 1/4” from each other. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Step 5
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Outdoor Slatted Coffee Table

Cut the piece for the Table Bottom. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes along all sides of the Table Bottom. Place the Table Bottom to where it is flush with the top edge of the Front/Back Bottoms and End Bottoms. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Step 6
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Outdoor Slatted Coffee Table

Cut the pieces for the Table Bottom Supports. Position the Table Bottom Supports as shown and secure into place with glue and 2-1/2” wood screws – start the screws from the inside of the Coffee Table, through the Table Bottom, and into the Table Bottom Supports.

Step 7
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Outdoor Slatted Coffee Table

Cut the pieces for the Front/Back Slat Supports. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Front/Back Slat Supports. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Face the pocket holes to the inside of the table. Insert 1-1/4” wood screws into the Front/Back Slats to attach them to the Front/Back Slat Supports.

Step 8
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Outdoor Slatted Coffee Table

Cut the piece for the Long Table Top Support. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Long Table Top Support. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws.

Step 9
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Outdoor Slatted Coffee Table

Cut the pieces for the Short Table Top Supports. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Short Table Top Supports. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws.

Step 10
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Outdoor Slatted Coffee Table

Cut the pieces for the Table Top Short Frames and the Table Top Long Frames. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Table Top Long Frames. Attach to the Table Top Short Frames as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Repeat this step 4 times.

Step 11

Cut the pieces for the Table Top Slats. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Table Top Slats. Place the Table Top Slats to where they are flush with the Frame pieces and spaced 1/4” from each other. Attach to the Frame pieces as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Outdoor Slatted Coffee Table
Step 12
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Outdoor Slatted Coffee Table
You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build an Outdoor Slatted Coffee Table

Cut the pieces for the Table Top Insets. Attach the Table Top Inset pieces to the Table Top “Panels” as shown with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails.  This step should be repeated a total of 4 times. When set in place, the Table Top Panels will each have a 3/4” overhang past the outer edges of the Coffee Table and will have a 1/4” internal gap between each Panel.

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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