Feb
27
2015
The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf

Oh adorable little (not that little) director's chair, I have my eye on you for some bonafide fabulous outdoor seating. Perfect for indoor use or the great outdoors if you use an appropriate specie of wood; I love that this plan can be made to suit your own personal decor. 

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
$25-$50
Dimensions
Dimensions for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf
Tools
Lumber
  • 3 – 2x2 at 8’
  • 2 – 1x2 at 8’
Materials
  • 1-1/4” Pocket Screws
  • 1-1/4” Wood Screws
  • Safety Gear
  •  Wood Filler
  • Wood Glue
  • Sanding Supplies
  • Finishing Supplies
  • Canvas or other durable cloth material at 11” x 39” – Fabric Backrest
  • Canvas or other durable cloth material at 19” x 34-1/2” – Fabric Seat
  • Thread, iron-on fabric adhesive, or fabric glue
  • Staples
Cut List
  • 2 – 2x2 at 22-1/2” - Fronts
  • 2 – 2x2 at 34-1/2” –Backs
  • 2 – 2x2 at 18-1/2” –Arm Rests
  • 2 – 2x2 at 17” – Outer Seat
  • 2 – 2x2 at 17” – Bottoms
  • 2 – 1x2 at 17” – Inner Seat
  • 4 – 1x2 at 26-11/16” – Cross Supports
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.

Note: *If you plan to paint or stain the wood pieces, please do so before attaching the fabric.

Step 1
Backrest for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf

Cut the pieces for the Backs. Next, cut the Fabric Backrest.

Step 2
Backrest for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf

Turn under long edges of the Backrest 1/2”, iron, and then turn them under another 1/2” and iron again. There will be no need to do this to the short edges of the Backrest, since they will not be visible.

To secure the edges of the fabric, you can use iron-on adhesive, fabric glue, or sew the edges.

Step 3
Backrest for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf

Place the Backs on the Fabric Backrest as shown and secure into place with staples. “Roll” the fabric onto each Back. To do this, you can roll the Backs toward the center of the fabric so that a total of 9” of fabric is rolled onto each Back. For extra strength, you can staple the fabric-covered Backs, or use decorative upholstery nails.

Step 4
Backrest for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf

You should be left with approximately 21” of fabric between the two Backs after “rolling.” When assembled, the Backs will be 20” from each other, with 1” of “slack” in the Fabric Backrest.

Step 5
Chair Sides for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf

Cut the pieces for the Fronts, Arm Rests, Outer Seat Pieces, and Bottoms. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in the top ends of the Fronts, the back ends of the Arm Rests, and both ends of the Outer Seat Pieces and Bottoms. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” pocket screws. You may want to set up some type of support on the sides of the Chair since it may be floppy until the Cross Supports are assembled.

Step 6
Chair Sides for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf

Next, cut the piece for the Fabric Seat. 

Step 7
Seat for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf

Turn under long edges of the Seat 1/2”, iron, and then turn them under another 1/2” and iron again. There will be no need to do this to the short edges of the Seat, since they will not be visible.

To secure the edges of the fabric, you can use iron-on adhesive, fabric glue, or sew the edges.

Step 8
Seat for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf
Cross Supports for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf

Next, cut the pieces for the Inner Seat Pieces and Cross Supports. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4”, drill pocket holes in both ends of the Cross Supports. Refer to graphics to see which direction your pocket holes should face. Don’t attach anything just yet!

Step 9
Seat for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf

Place the Inner Seat Pieces on the Fabric Seat as shown and secure into place with staples. “Roll” the fabric onto each Inner Seat piece. To do this, you can roll the Inner Seat Pieces toward the center of the fabric so that a total of 6-3/4” of fabric is rolled onto each Inner Seat Piece. For extra strength, you can staple the fabric-covered Inner Seat Pieces, or use decorative upholstery nails.

Step 10
Seat for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf

You should be left with approximately 21” of fabric between the two Inner Seat Pieces, with 1” of “slack” in the Fabric Seat.

Step 11

Attach the Inner Seat Pieces to the Outer Seat Pieces as shown with 1-1/4” wood screws. 

Inner Seat Pieces for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf
Step 12
Cross Supports for The Design Confidential Free DIY Furniture Plans How to Build an Indoor Outdoor Director's Chair via @thedesconf

Next, attach the Cross Supports as shown with 1-1/4” pocket screws. You may have to play a little with the exact position of the Cross Supports (use the graphic as a starting point). Use 1-1/4” wood screws at the point where the Cross Supports cross one another.

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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Feb
25
2015
The Design Confidential Boys Plus Bathrooms Equal Trash Basket Baggu Solution

Boys plus bathrooms equal trash basket Baggu - trust me on this one. You see, I am a mama to two boys, which some of you may already know... and as the only female in the house, it has been an eye opening experience to see first hand what goes on in the mind of a boy. My oldest babe is now 7, and we are well past many of those lovely first stages of life learning every kiddo goes through - like potty training. At least with him, we are. When we were deep in the trenches of ridding our world of diapers, everyone had plenty of advice to spare. Which was welcome, to be sure, especially as a first time mom and as a mom of a boy which of course I have nothing in common with where it concerns bodily functions - if you know what I mean. Stand up, sit down, so many things to consider... eek. Everyone has a different method that worked for them and sorting through it all to find the gems was a bit overwhelming at times. Somehow we managed to survive the experience, picking and choosing the pieces of advice that seemed most likely to work for us (and him). What I found, once I was on the other side of that stage, is that there is a whole host of 'things' that little boys do and that no one seems to have mentioned anything about. Perhaps it is because they simply suffered through these 'things'... or perhaps their children are angelic and never dared to find the sort of adventure and fun in the bathroom that I will dare to speak about today... I couldn't say.

Baggu Bag / Sailor Stripe

The Design Confidential Boys Plus Bathrooms Equal Trash Basket Baggu Solution

All I know for certain is that when you find yourself wondering why the bathroom smells weird even after you clean, you might think twice about where you place your trash basket... just sayin'. After flipping my lid over this recurring issue in our house, I finally took drastic measures and took the trash basket out of the bathroom altogether. Until of course I realized that it's really me who uses that sucker and that it is utterly inconvenient not to have one in there. That is right about the time my creative tendencies kicked in and I decided to put a trash bag hanging from the inside door handle. Problem Solved! Except then it wasn't pretty when guests would come over. I suppose a little ugly is definitely better than smelly, but I always prefer to have my cake and eat it too, don't you? And then it occurred to me that my Baggu totes are super cute, completely affordable, and very, very washable! Light bulb moment... Any washable tote of this variety will work, I just happened to have these cute guys already.

So for those of you who have boys that are young, this simple little solution is for you, and you're welcome. You will save yourself a lot of hassle and even more frustration if you nip this problem in the bud, before it even begins! Of course if your door is too far away from the toilet, perhaps place a cute hook that hangs well out of ... range?! Not sure how to politely phrase that one, but I hope you know what I mean.

Baggu Bag / Llama Black + White (Dog Pattern is Similar)

Feb
24
2015
The Design Confidential Styling Secrets / Artistic Appeal Wet + Wild Edition Easy Affordable Art for any Budget and Decor Style

Art makes such a statement and for me it is perhaps the single most important piece in a room. It sets the tone for everything else in a space. Most of the time the price tags reflect this and it takes me out of the running entirely. I suppose the truth of the matter is that I feel quite sure that furniture and lighting and basic appliances are a necessity in a home, but art is optional. It's not a requirement for survival or comfort, and plays no role in a person's day to day function. Buying from a gallery is not even a remote possibility for me and while etsy makes the world go round, it is difficult if not nearly impossible to find good looking original art that is larger than a 5x7 and won't cost your weight in gold. But did you know that many artists sell their photography and now prints of their paintings and illustrations to sites like shutterstock? Yahoo for that because it means that those of us who are regular folks with regular incomes can have a few beautiful things too!

I mentioned one of my favorite styling secrets awhile back and since so many of you were excited about the idea, I thought we might expand upon it and turn it into another article and maybe even a regular feature.

Crystal Clear Water / Natali Glado

 

 

Pacific Waves for The Design Confidential Artistic Appeal Wet + Wild Edition

These appealing works of art are pieces I think would make amazing prints and that I would absolutely adore in a space of my own. Since I frequent a few regular haunts that offer images of this nature, I thought I would share a few of my faves. If I'm honest, I think this feature is also a way for me to vent a little bit because while I absolutely adore artistic pursuits of this nature and fall in love on the regular with beautiful pieces like these... more often than not I cry myself to sleep because I can't even afford to even stand in the same room as many of the pretties out there. And if the print is large... well forget about it. It is marked up so high that I can't even breath the same air up there. It's not that I don't believe that many artists are truly talented and deserving of a nice income, in fact the opposite is true. I think so very many artists are talented that there should be enough beautiful art to go around for each of us, at each of our price points. And so I gather here and group of gorgeous images that you can purchase for between $10-$15, that are made by talented artists, and can have printed at your local SamsClub or Kinkos in a large size for a really affordable price around $8-$10.

Pacific Waves / Ethan Daniels

Ocean Waves for The Design Confidential Artistic Appeal Wet + Wild Edition

I love the idea of supporting talent such as this and many of the photographers and artists who sell their images on stock sites are such that you wouldn't otherwise find them and it gives them an outlet to support themselves doing what they love. Meanwhile, It gives people like us an outlet for finding beautiful work that we can enjoy in a way that doesn't require the future donation of a kidney. I can tell you that what I consider affordable and what a typical designer considers affordable often seems to differ by a great many hundreds of dollars. If I could afford to buy every piece I love, well I would be a very rich gal indeed. Luckily I don't have to go without, and neither do you.

Ocean Waves / BPlanet

Tropical Beach from Above for The Design Confidential Artistic Appeal Wet + Wild Edition

There are so many amazing images to share but I have tried to keep myself in check and limit it to these four beautiful beachy scenes. Some may seem familiar to you, and others are yet to be found... I encourage you to take a peak and if there is a gorgeous print you have had your eye on but can't afford, well maybe give the search function a try and see if you can't find something similar that is in your price range.

Tropical Beach / FamVeld

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