Dec
21
2014
The Design Confidential Free DIY Toy Plans How to Build a Children's Retro Washer + Dryer

If your kiddos love to play house then they will adore having their very own stacking retro washer and dryer to pretend play with! My littlest adores clean up, it is one of my favorite things about him! He just hates a messy space, lol! Let's see how long that lasts, eh? As with most of our free plans for toys and play, this fun thing is part of our Handmade Holiday series that will be ongoing till the end of time!

The Deets
The Design Confidential Free DIY Toy Plans How to Build a Children's Retro Washer + Dryer

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
$50-$75
Dimensions
Dimensions for The Design Confidential Free DIY Toy Plans How to Build a Children's Retro Washer + Dryer
Tools
Lumber
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 4’x8’
  • 1 – 1x3 at 8’ 
Materials
Cut List
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 14”x30-1/4” – Sides
  • 3 – 3/4” plywood at 12-1/2”x16-3/4” – Top, Shelf, and Bottom
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 16-3/4”x27-1/4”– Back
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at 16-3/4”x27-1/4”– Front
  • 1 – 3/4” plywood at – 3”x16-3/4” – Front Bottom Apron
  • 2 – 3/4” plywood at 10”x11-1/2”– Washer and Dryer Doors
  • 2 – Plexiglas at 8” diameter circles – Washer and Dryer Windows
  • 2 – 1x3 at 3-1/2”– Filter and Soap Drawer Stops
  • 2 – 1x3 at 2-1/2”– Filter and Soap Drawer Fronts
  • 4 – 1x3 at 2-1/2”– Filter and Soap Drawer Sides
  • 2 – 1x3 at 2-1/2”– Filter and Soap Drawer Backs
  • 2 – 1x3 at 1-1/2”– Filter and Soap Drawer Bottoms
  • 2 – 1x3 at 2” diameter circles – Washer and Dryer Dials
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, Top, Shelf, and Bottom. Set your Kreg jig for 3/4” material and drill pocket holes in each side of the Top, Bottom, and Shelf. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Make sure that all pocket screws face the inside of the Washer/Dryer or toward the ground so that they are less visible when the entire piece is assembled.

Top Shelf Bottom Sides for The Design Confidential Free DIY Toy Plans How to Build a Children's Retro Washer + Dryer
Step 2

Cut the Back piece. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes, facing the inside of the Washer/Dryer, in each side of the Back. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Back for The Design Confidential Free DIY Toy Plans How to Build a Children's Retro Washer + Dryer
Step 3

Cut the piece for the Front with the Door Openings and Drawer Openings.  Remember to drill pilot holes slightly larger than your jigsaw blade for these inside cuts. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes, facing the inside of the Washer/Dryer, in each side of the Front. Assemble with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Front for The Design Confidential Free DIY Toy Plans How to Build a Children's Retro Washer + Dryer
Step 4

Cut the piece for the Front Bottom Apron. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes, facing the inside of the Washer/Dryer, in each side of the Front Bottom Apron. Assemble with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

Front Bottom Apron for The Design Confidential Free DIY Toy Plans How to Build a Children's Retro Washer + Dryer
Step 5

Cut the rough pieces for the Washer and Dryer Door. Mark the shape of each door, and cut them out with your jigsaw. Remember to drill pilot holes slightly larger than your jigsaw blade for the inside cuts.

Doors forThe Design Confidential Free DIY Toy Plans How to Build a Children's Retro Washer + Dryer
Step 6

Attach the 3” piano hinge on the straight side of the Door and position the Washer and Dryer Doors as shown. If desired, attach a knob for easy opening of each Door. Also, positioning a small magnet on the back of each Door and the Front can help keep the Doors closed.

Doors for The Design Confidential Free DIY Toy Plans How to Build a Children's Retro Washer + Dryer
Step 7

Next, cut your Plexiglas Door Window pieces. These pieces will cover the Washer and Dryer Door openings on the back, and overlap the Door openings by 1/2”. Use your Mirror Screws to secure the Windows into place. Be aware that you are screwing into 3/4” material and that you may have to use a shorter screw size in order to not entirely screw through the wood.

Window Glass for The Design Confidential Free DIY Toy Plans How to Build a Children's Retro Washer + Dryer
Step 8

Cut the pieces for the Drawer Stops. Assemble with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails or 1-1/4” wood screws (through the underside of the Shelf or Bottom and through the Side).

Drawer Stops for The Design Confidential Free DIY Toy Plans How to Build a Children's Retro Washer + Dryer
Step 9

Cut the pieces for the Filter and Soap Drawers. Cut a 1/2” diameter circle in the top center of the Drawer Fronts as shown. Since these pieces are so small, you will need to assemble with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. Place Drawers into Drawer Openings.

Drawers for The Design Confidential Free DIY Toy Plans How to Build a Children's Retro Washer + Dryer
Step 10

For the Washer and Dryer Dials you could easily glue on retro styled kitchen timers. Another option would be to cut out a 2” circle from your 1/2” thick wood. Place the 2” circle as shown on the Front, and drill a hole in the center of this circle. Loosely secure the circle to the Front with a 2” long bolt and appropriately sized nut. This way, those little hands can still turn the dial.

Label the Dryer, Washer, Filter Drawer, and Soap Drawer. Next, paint pieces of the Washer and Dryer with accent colors and put those kids to work doing some laundry!

Dials and Labels for The Design Confidential Free DIY Toy Plans How to Build a Children's Retro Washer + Dryer
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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Dec
20
2014
The Design Confidential Oh Christmas Tree + DIY Tree Flocking Without The Mess

Once upon a time, way back in July of this year, I decorated for Christmas. It would ultimately be one of many times this year I would put on a Holiday show, but it was memorable because I decided to give something a try that had been kicking around in my head for a while. I had absolutely no idea if this would work, and was fully ready to toss out the giant tree if things went south. Luckily, everything worked out beautifully and instead of ruining my old tree, I was able to breath a bit of new life into it and fall in love with it all over again! For those of you who have an expensive faux tree that you are feeling a tad tired of, this project is for you! 

MATERIALS // 

// One Tired Ass Faux Tree

// 3-4 Cans White Matte or Flat Spray Paint (I love the $.97 - $1.49 cans at Home Depot)

 

The Design Confidential Oh Christmas Tree + DIY Tree Flocking Without The Mess

This tree is seriously large and in charge. I think it might be 9 feet in height and is about 4 1/2 - 5 feet wide at the base. You can get a bit of perspective for the size of this baby, here in the before shot I took in my courtyard. Huge. These trees aren't cheap and this one isn't small but I have lost a bit of love for it over the years because I have Design ADD, and need a constant flow of new and different. I adore flocked trees, love them actually, but they are such a crazy mess and we can't do real trees in this house, so I haven't been able to have one... ever. I don't want to fok out several hundred dollars for a new tree since this one was pricey enough to warrant using it for the rest of my life and so I decided to get crafty about it.

The Design Confidential Oh Christmas Tree + DIY Tree Flocking Without The Mess
The Design Confidential Oh Christmas Tree + DIY Tree Flocking Without The Mess

So here is the deal - it turns out you can create a flocked look with flat spray paint, but you need to be fairly specific about how and where you spray so that it doesn't simply look like a white tree. You want to spray only the top portion of each bough and you want to spray pretty thoroughly, but you probably want to create a story in your mind as to how and where snow might fall and collect if this were happening in real life. Just like any other spray paint or painted finish, you need to have your story straight before you take to the can.

I found through accidental serendipity that getting spray on your lights actually results in the most beautiful frosted glow later on, so I say save yourself the trouble and don't worry about covering them or avoiding them as you go along. I would however avoid spraying the plugs and outlets. No need to create a fire hazard.

To begin, separate out each section of your tree and try to stand each section upright as best you can. Then, starting on the lowest boughs of each section (usually you can fold the upper boughs of each section up to move them out of the way and let them down one row at a time), you will spray only the top sides of them and you will coat them more thoroughly near the ends of the boughs (with less toward the trunk) since that is how the snow would settle in real life.

The Design Confidential Oh Christmas Tree + DIY Tree Flocking Without The Mess
The Design Confidential Oh Christmas Tree + DIY Tree Flocking Without The Mess

You do want to coat each section and bough fairly well, because otherwise you won't really see the results as much as you might want, but this is a fairly foolproof project and really you can't screw it up too badly if you get spray on the under side of a bough or don't spray more near the ends. It really won't ruin anything, BUT it will indeed be better if you do follow some of these directions. It is more of a matter of good versus great. This turned out so much better than I could have hoped and I'm so smitten with the results. Honestly I stopped using this tree a while back and now I feel like I have renewed my marriage vows with this beauty and I have a serious crush on it all over again. So that is a win win in my book.

The Design Confidential Oh Christmas Tree + DIY Tree Flocking Without The Mess

Let each section dry without putting it back together as it is technically supposed to go, because you run the risk of things getting a bit sticky or stuck, as it were... not that I know this from personal experience or anything. 

The Design Confidential Oh Christmas Tree + DIY Tree Flocking Without The Mess
The Design Confidential Oh Christmas Tree + DIY Tree Flocking Without The Mess

A closeup shot of this beauty so you can see the difference in color and overall feel.

The Design Confidential Oh Christmas Tree + DIY Tree Flocking Without The Mess

With it lit and sitting pretty you can see the way the bulbs now glow and appear to be more globe like! Just fabulous and truly hard to describe, but a wonderful benefit the whole frosted bulb thing turned out to be

Dec
19
2014
The Design Confidential Gifted // Handmade Gift Guide for the Kids

If you have a few remaining items to scour the interwebs for or head out on a hunt around town for, let this roundup of some of my favorite handmade gift items inspire you! There is still a bit of time to shop online if you shop local, which you can do at Great.ly, but I hope these items in this gift guide will be an inspiration to remind you that it is the power of imagination and pretend that often delights the young ones most.

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10 // 11 // 12 // 13 // 14 // 15 // 16 // 17

The story stones seen here are the most popular item in my Shoppe to date, and I love a gorgeous modern doll house, especially if it doesn't cost a small fortune and is something those little might be able to put together themselves since it is made of heavy duty paper products.... though if I had little gal in my life, she might have to fight off her mommy for a turn at the building, just sayin'. Anything with a cape is popular in my house, and seeing these handmade costume sets for both girls and boys makes me a happy mama. I know that bedding and art do not replace the fun gifts, but my boys love getting things that make their spaces special. It makes them feel so big and they love anything that does that for them!

What gifts or toys do your kids end up loving most each year? It is always the unexpected ones in my house, though I have gotten a pretty decent handle on it these days. I hope...

Psst... you can browse the gifted for girls guide and the gifted for guys guide and the fun gifted for spreading holiday cheer guide as well an expanded list for all four of these gift guides on pinterest here, here, here and here. I will add to these over the next many months and they should be a fabulous list of goodies to give! Yahoo.

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