Remodelaholic http://www.remodelaholic.com Let us help you remodel your house from builder grade to BEAUTIFUL! DIY projects that reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose, and remodel on a budget! Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:36:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 House Frame Twin Bed Building Plan http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/10/house-frame-twin-bed-building-plan/ http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/10/house-frame-twin-bed-building-plan/#respond Sun, 19 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.remodelaholic.com/?p=62141 Hi it’s Amy from Hertoolbelt back again with another build project.  If you’ve been following along with our build series, you’ve probably noticed a few ‘house’ shaped projects.  We have made the cute Playhouse frame for a fun reading nook.  A little more recently, the house headboard.  The house project that takes the cake is the amazing […]

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Hi it’s Amy from Hertoolbelt back again with another build project.  If you’ve been following along with our build series, you’ve probably noticed a few ‘house’ shaped projects.  We have made the cute Playhouse frame for a fun reading nook.  A little more recently, the house headboard.  The house project that takes the cake is the amazing Bunk Bed Playhouse.  When an Australian magazine, Home Life showed off this fun House Frame bed, we had to add it to the collection of ‘house’ shaped tutorials, right!

Free plans to build a kid's bed inspired by this unique house frame twin bed.  #remodelaholic #kidsbedroom

How to Build a House Frame Twin Bed

This bed is designed to fit a twin mattress and box spring 39″ x 75″, with a no box spring option.  Here are the overall dimensions of the bed.

Free plans to build a kid's bed inspired by this unique house frame twin bed.  #remodelaholic #kidsbedroom

Materials Needed

  • 9 – 2″ x 4″ x 8′ boards (actual 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″)
  • 3 – 2″ x 2″ x 8′ boards (actual 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″)
  • *5 – 1″ x 4″ x 8′ boards (actual 3/4″ x 3 1/2″)
  • *1 1/2″ screws
  • 2 1/2″ pocket screws (self tapping)
  • 2″ brad nails
  • Pendant Light
  • wood glue
  • wood filler
  • sand paper
  • Paint and primer or wood stain

* No box spring option

Cut List

Quantity Board Type Length
4 2×4 61 5/16″
4 2×4 34″ see diagram
2 2×4 35 1/2″
4 2×4 77″
3 2×2 77″
1 2×2 11″ see diagram
1 2×2 7″ see diagram
1 2×2 5 1/2″ see diagram
5 1×4 39 1/2″ *no box spring option

Cut diagram

Free plans to build a kid's bed inspired by this unique house frame twin bed.  #remodelaholic #kidsbedroom(Make sure to save your extra wood pieces for crafts like holiday block crafts.)

Step 1

Cut the boards according to the cut list and cut diagram.  First we will assemble the front and back house shapes.  On the vertical boards, measure and mark 6 1/2″ from the bottom.

Free plans to build a kid's bed inspired by this unique house frame twin bed.  #remodelaholic #kidsbedroom

To join the boards, we will use pocket holes set for 1 1/2″ material.  Apply wood glue to the joints and secure with 2 1/2″ pocket screws as indicated.

Free plans to build a kid's bed inspired by this unique house frame twin bed.  #remodelaholic #kidsbedroomStep 2

Drill pocket holes in each end of the 5 – 77″ boards.  The 2 lower 77″ boards are mounted 6 1/2″ up from the bottom.  Secure with 2 1/2″ pocket screws as indicated.  (Don’t use wood glue if you want to disassemble the bed later.)Free plans to build a kid's bed inspired by this unique house frame twin bed.  #remodelaholic #kidsbedroom

Drill pilot holes in the 2 – 77″ 2×2 boards in about 4 or 5 places, spaced along the length of the board.  Attach the 77″ 2×2’s flush with the bottom of the 77″ 2×4’s.  Secure with 2 1/2″ screws.  The box spring will sit on this ledge.  For added support, use the extra pieces of the 2×2’s and install them on the inside of the front and back 35 1/2″ boards.

Free plans to build a kid's bed inspired by this unique house frame twin bed.  #remodelaholic #kidsbedroom

 

For the *No box spring option:

Cut 10 1″ x 4″ x 39 1/2″ boards for bed slats, you may have to trim the length a little to fit.  Drill 2 pilot holes in each end of the bed slats.  Space the bed slats approximately every 3 7/8″, starting with a space at the top and bottom.  Secure the bed slats on the 2″ x 2″ supports with 1 1/2″ screws.

House Frame Bed bedslats

 Step 3

Assemble the chimney pieces.  Use 2 1/2″ screws and screw from the top down into the vertical pieces.  Use brad nails and wood glue, and attach the chimney to the front roof about 13″ down from the peak.

Free plans to build a kid's bed inspired by this unique house frame twin bed.  #remodelaholic #kidsbedroom

 Step 4

Remove any excess glue, apply wood filler to nail holes, cracks and blemishes and allow to dry.  Sand the wood filler and house frame until smooth, finishing with 120-150 grit sand paper.  Stain or paint and prime as you like.  It looks like the bed in the inspiration picture was whitewashed.  For tutorials on whitewashing see Whitewash Planked Ceiling and White Wash vs Dry Brush.

The little details are what make any project.  I love the little pendant light hanging from the roof.  IKEA carries light cords for $5 that plug into an outlet.  They also carry cords with fun colors for $8.  Add a pendant cover/shade that fits your decor and you have the cutest House Frame Bed on the block!

Free plans to build a kid's bed inspired by this unique house frame twin bed.  #remodelaholic #kidsbedroom

———————————-More fun kids’ bed ideas:Camping Tent Bed Canopyhow to build a kids camping tent bed canopy, The Ragged Wren on RemodelaholicHanging Loft Bedkids hanging loft bed, featured on RemodelaholicDIY Daybed Cornice and Canopydiy-canopy-cornice-remodelaholicBunk Bed Cottage PlayhouseBunk-bed-playhouse-remodelaholic

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Sliding Barn Door Pantry Makeover with Wood Slat Shelves http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/10/sliding-barn-door-pantry-makeover-wood-slat-shelves/ http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/10/sliding-barn-door-pantry-makeover-wood-slat-shelves/#respond Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:15:00 +0000 http://www.remodelaholic.com/?p=51646 We love good-looking and functional pantries! I see soo many amazing kitchen pantries to drool over at the home shows I gawk at. But many homes, especially older homes, don’t come equipped with dream-worthy pantries, so inventive DIYers have to make their own solutions! Our guest today took a boring and awkward pantry and added some […]

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We love good-looking and functional pantries! I see soo many amazing kitchen pantries to drool over at the home shows I gawk at. But many homes, especially older homes, don’t come equipped with dream-worthy pantries, so inventive DIYers have to make their own solutions! Our guest today took a boring and awkward pantry and added some awesome wood slat shelving and a vintage door to create a fabulous barn door pantry!

DIY Pantry Makeover with Vintage Sliding Barn Door and Custom Wood Slat Shelving | Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic #beforeandafter #pantry #barndoor #diy

Inside a pantry, you can decorate with fun patterns:

and reorganize (always reorganizing, right?).

But then you can always hide the potential pantry chaos behind a pretty door like this DIY screen door:

and these lovely pantry doors:

Pretty Pantry Door Ideas featured on remodelaholic

And here’s Lindsey to show off her awesome pantry makeover — you are going to LOVE what she used to make that barn door hardware!

Sliding Barn Door Pantry Makeover + Wood Slat Shelving
by Lindsey of Girl Meets Carpenter

barn door pantry makeover, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

Hello:)  I’m Lindsey from Girl Meets Carpenter.  At first glance, my blog suggests that I’m your ordinary housewife with a talented carpenter husband, Jordan, and therefore I am lucky enough to be able to dream up designs and the hubby makes them happen.  But I hope that my blog is so much more than that!

When we were dating, I didn’t know the difference between a flat head screwdriver and a Phillips.  Ten years later, when my husband asks me to pass the jigsaw, I don’t bat an eye.  I have done things around my home that I never thought I’d have done (board and batten, tile cutting, trimming, dry-walling, demolition, etc.)  My hope is that my blog empowers men and women alike to step out of their comfort zones, out of the ordinary, and to try something new.

You CAN use a nail gun, you CAN draw on your closets, you CAN spill paint on your floors… and I have come to realize that I don’t need my master carpenter for every single job!  And I hope our blog teaches you how to do it yourself and on a budget!  Don’t get me wrong, there are many, many jobs that only he can do!  But why not try to add your own personal style into your home however possible?!  We just have an ordinary ’50s ranch but over time, we have made it special and unique.  It’s work but it’s achievable and it’s rewarding and you can do it too!  This pantry makeover is one example of how a minor change can make a big difference with just a little time and money.

When we bought our house, this is what this pantry looked like.

pantry before barn door and new shelving, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

It’s a terrible before picture, I know.  And here’s another one.  (Disregard the play-dough-muncher!)

pantry with bifold door changed to barn door, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

We used to have this bi-fold door and we replaced the top portion with chalkboard panels.  Which was really useful.  But we had been wanting to incorporate a sliding barn door somewhere.  We decided that this would be a great place.  We sought out a door from our neighborhood antique flea market and we also found some gliding wheels there.

The door was too short (most old doors are!) so Jordan bought a sheet of metal and wrapped it around the bottom to add some height.  He then distressed it with muriatic acid which made it look authentic.  We had a local steel supplier cut off a 1/4 x 3 flat stock aluminum, it was inexpensive enough at $30.  We purchased a certain magnet lighting system so that when the door slides open, a light comes on.  At the same flea market, we found wheels that were used in meat processing… we cut the meat holding hooks off and just used the wheels from them.  And this is something that can be purchased online for way cheaper than your normal barn door hardware.

use meat pulley for sliding barn door hardware, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

vintage pantry barn door with screen and automatic light, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

vintage door turned barn door for pantry, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

pantry barn door from vintage door and meat hooks, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

sliding barn door for pantry using old meat hooks, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

use pipe fittings to space a sliding barn door rail off the wall, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

We used galvanized pipe fittings to space the flat rail off the wall.  One inch cuplers.

make an antique door taller with sheet metal, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

vintage pantry barn door, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

Jordan also made some new shelving prior to the barn door project.  Previously, there was just this crazy space that was hard to make functional.  We had added some slanted shelves so that we could still reach towards the back.  Our house has some crazy nooks and crannies that are completely useless!  But we finally have a perfectly functioning pantry.  The shelving is pine, 1×4.  We ripped them to 2.5 inches wide and they’re 2 foot deep.  After the shelves were in place, I rubbed them down with poly-urethane and they continue to wipe down nicely.  Now, there was a time where I naturally stored our food in here, but it always looked like this.

new wood slat pantry shelving, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

pantry storage on wood slat shelves with sliding barn door, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

 Yuck!  Disorganized and not much to look at.  So I switched it up: plates/glasses/bowls into the pantry, food into the cupboards out of sight.  A simple solution that I wish I had thought of from the get-go!  And there is absolutely nothing special about my dishes.  Just think if you’ve got some great pieces to display.  It’s smart and good-looking!

use pantry wood slat shelves to store dishes instead of food, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

diy wood slat pantry shelves with dishes, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

store dishes in pantry with built-in wood slat shelving, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

wood slat shelving in pantry, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

use a hook for plastic bags, barn door pantry, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

underneath view of wood slat pantry shelving, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

detail of diy wood slat pantry shelving, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

wood slat pantry shelving diy, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

And remember those awkward shelves way back in the corner:

pantry before barn door and new shelving, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

Those shelves are still there.  It’s still kind of a silly space that doesn’t make sense.  But at least it’s not wasted space either:

use for awkward pantry shelves, Girl Meets Carpenter on @Remodelaholic

… or is it wasted? ;)

Overall, the cost for the shelving was less than $70 and it took an afternoon to complete it.  The total cost for our one-of-a-kind barndoor was $100  ($30 door, $20 hardware, $30 aluminum rod, maybe $20 more for miscellaneous screws and fittings) and it was done in a day.

I hope that this inspires you to do something creative with a forgotten space in your home.  ESPECIALLY if it’s a focal point of some sort or can be turned into a focal point!

Thanks for featuring the Girl Meets Carpenter blog, Remodelaholic!

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Thank you so much for sharing with us, Lindsey! Love your outside-of-the-box barn door hardware and those shelves are awesome!

Remodelaholics, check out Girl Meets Carpenter for more of Lindsey and Jordan’s projects, like her super cool craft room

Girl Meets Carpenter craft room

and their amazing half bathroom redo — LOVE that sink!

Girl Meets Carpenter bathroom makeover with wooden floating sink pedestal

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Favorites from the Fall Pottery Barn Paint Collection http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/10/favorites-fall-pottery-barn-paint-collection/ http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/10/favorites-fall-pottery-barn-paint-collection/#respond Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:15:00 +0000 http://www.remodelaholic.com/?p=61847 Hi Remodelaholics, it’s Cyndy from The Creativity Exchange back with this month’s paint color palette.   Last month, I shared my a few of my tips for choosing paint colors for children’s spaces.  This month, I wanted to share a few of my favorites from the fall Pottery Barn paint collection from Sherwin Williams. I […]

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Favorites from the fall 2014 Pottery Barn paint color collection.  Remodelaholic.com

Hi Remodelaholics, it’s Cyndy from The Creativity Exchange back with this month’s paint color palette.   Last month, I shared my a few of my tips for choosing paint colors for children’s spaces.  This month, I wanted to share a few of my favorites from the fall Pottery Barn paint collection from Sherwin Williams.

I love it when a home decor store like Pottery Barn does a paint color collection because it helps so much to know paint colors used in rooms in their catalogs. Envision colors in a space is so hard and seeing a color on a wall in a decorated room makes all the difference. By the way, some of the most popular paint colors over the last few years have came from colors in past Pottery Barn paint collections.

Pottery Barn and Sherwin Williams recently came out with their fall 2014 collection and as usual, I pretty much loved every color. Just look at this color goodness:

Pottery Barn 2014 fall paint color collection.  Remodelaholic

source: Pottery Barn

Not only are these colors beautiful, they are also very reliable and most of them work very well in a variety of lighting situations.

So today, I have gone through and picked a few of my favorites from the fall collection for this month’s color palette.  Here are my fav’s and this month’s color palette:

Favorites from the fall 2014 Pottery Barn paint color collection.  Remodelaholic.com

 

I am really loving Heron Plume right now and it’s only recently that I started seeing it being used.  It’s really quickly becoming a favorite with designers and home builders:

Heron Plume from Sherwin Williams

Heron Plume Sherwin Williams

 

I also love Requisite Gray because it’s another fresh transitional warm gray that has a nice mix of warm and cool undertones that will work well in almost any home:

Requisite Gray from Sherwin Williams

Requisite Gray by Sherwin Williams

 

Naval is a gorgeous navy and it’s one of the most popular dark blues being used today:

Naval from Sherwin Williams

Naval from Sherwin Williams

 

I was excited to see Extra White by Sherwin Williams used in the collection because it’s probably one of the best true white paint colors on the market today. Extra White has a very neutral undertone and it picks up the hues in the space:

Extra White from Sherwin Williams

Extra White by Sherwin Williams

 

Svelte Sage is a new color to me but I really love it because it’s a transitional light green that has a warmer gray undertone that helps to neutralize the green:

Svelte Sage from Sherwin Williams

Svelte Sage by Sherwin Williams

 

There are so many great colors in this collection and you can also look through the Pottery Barn website for examples of these colors used in their spaces and catalog here.
If you’re looking for more color inspiration, you can find tons of color palettes and room examples on my blog here. Also, be sure and check out my “Pick a Paint Color” board here on Pinterest for almost 500 paint colors and more examples of rooms painted in these colors.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Cheers!
Cyndy

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Don’t miss out on Cyndy’s other paint recommendations:

Choosing Paint Colors for Kids

Tips for choosing paint colors for kid spaces. Remodelaholic.

Choosing the Perfect White Paint Color

Quick Tricks for Choosing the Perfect White Paint Color. Remodelaholic

Most Popular and Best Selling Paint Colors. Remodelaholic

Best-Selling Paint Colors

Tips and Tricks for Choosing Bathroom Paint Colors. Remodelaholic

Best Bathroom Paint Colors

Trends in cabinet paint colors. Remodelaholic

Cabinet Paint Color Trends

Tricks for choosing bold paint colors and subtle ways of incorporating them into your home. Remodelaholic

Tips for Choosing Bold and Bright Paint Colors

Easy paint color strategy for the whole home {Remodelaholic}

An Easy Paint Color Strategy for the Whole Home

Palette of paint colors that are great for mixing warm and cool tones. Remodelaholic

Transitional Paint Colors for Balanced Warm/Cool

Trends in Paint Color for 2014 {Remodelaholic}

2014 Paint Color Trends

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DIY Marbled Credenza Makeover http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/10/diy-marbled-credenza-makeover/ http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/10/diy-marbled-credenza-makeover/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:15:58 +0000 http://www.remodelaholic.com/?p=61645 Hello Remodelaholics! It’s Brynne from The Gathered Home, happy to be back with you again sharing another DIY project with you guys! In June, I shared a DIY Copper Pipe Candelabra and in August I posted my DIY Accordion Wall Lamps. Today, I’m excited to unveil my DIY marbled credenza makeover! Project Cost: around $35 Time […]

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Hello Remodelaholics! It’s Brynne from The Gathered Home, happy to be back with you again sharing another DIY project with you guys! In June, I shared a DIY Copper Pipe Candelabra and in August I posted my DIY Accordion Wall Lamps.

Today, I’m excited to unveil my DIY marbled credenza makeover!

DIY Marbled Credenza Makeover by The Gathered Home for Remodelaholic.com #marble #paper #diy

Project Cost: around $35

Time Needed: 1.5 hours

I bought this credenza on Craigslist about a year ago and it has actually already gone through one makeover – from 1970’s faux wood laminate to painted white with gold leafed edges:

DIY Marbled Credenza Makeover by The Gathered Home for Remodelaholic.com

It lived in our living room for a while as our TV stand, but I relocated the credenza to our dining room after another recent Craigslist acquisition (you might be sensing a  pattern of behavior here), and wanted to update it a little for the new space.

I was looking for a quick and easy way to add some color and pattern to the doors of the credenza and decided that patterned paper would be the perfect fit. I hopped on the Paper Source website and spent a good half hour browsing their gorgeous paper selection.

After identifying a few likely candidates, I stopped by the closest store to make my selection – this Pink & Gray Marble print. In person, I found that the paper had a lot of green in it, which ended up being an even better match for my green dining room. It was helpful to buy the paper in person since I was able to lay out each 25″x37″ sheet to choose the ones with the best colors and patterns.

At $8/sheet (I needed one sheet for each door), the paper wasn’t cheap, but I still think around $35 for a dramatic and easy makeover like this isn’t too bad. Not to mention how infinitely customizable this kind of an update can be – choose any color, any pattern of paper to quickly transform a piece of furniture!

DIY Marbled Credenza Makeover by The Gathered Home for Remodelaholic.com

Ready for the tutorial?

Marbled Credenza Makeover How-To

Supplies:

Decorative paper
Spray adhesive
Sharp craft knife (like x-acto)

Step 1: Protect your work surface with a layer of paper (like unprinted newspaper or a roll of craft paper). Lay out your first door.

DIY Marbled Credenza Makeover by The Gathered Home for Remodelaholic.com

Step 2: Shake up your spray adhesive (follow the instructions of the back of the can) and cover the door with a fine but thorough mist of spray adhesive, making sure to pay special attention to the edges. Wait approximately 60 seconds for your adhesive to get tacky.

DIY Marbled Credenza Makeover by The Gathered Home for Remodelaholic.com

Step 3: Start with your roll of paper and lay the slightly unrolled edge onto the adhesive-covered door. Slowly unroll the paper, gently smoothing it out with your hands to get rid of any wrinkles or air bubbles. Pay special attention to rubbing the edges down securely.

Tip: In order to make sure the paper laid completely smooth over the door front, I cut a small X over the recessed finger pulls and used my fingernail to smooth the paper around them.

DIY Marbled Credenza Makeover by The Gathered Home for Remodelaholic.com

Step 4: Flip the door over and trim the edges. The absolute best way I found to cleanly cut the paper along the edge of the door was to butt a metal straight edge up against the door and gently slide my sharp craft knife between the two.

Be careful not to drag against the paper, even if you have to make several gentle swipes to cut through – you don’t want the knife to catch the paper and start tearing it along the edge.

DIY Marbled Credenza Makeover by The Gathered Home for Remodelaholic.com

Step 5: Cut out/around any hardware on the front. My credenza doors have these little recessed finger pulls, so I used my knife to carefully cut around the edges. Easy peasy!

DIY Marbled Credenza Makeover by The Gathered Home for Remodelaholic.com

All finished!

DIY Marbled Credenza Makeover by The Gathered Home for Remodelaholic.com

Repeat for the remaining doors, put them back on your piece, and admire your handiwork!

DIY Marbled Credenza Makeover by The Gathered Home for Remodelaholic.com

DIY Marbled Credenza Makeover by The Gathered Home for Remodelaholic.com

DIY Marbled Credenza Makeover by The Gathered Home for Remodelaholic.com

DIY Marbled Credenza Makeover by The Gathered Home for Remodelaholic.com

If you would like to read more about how I added the gold leaf details to the credenza, you can find that post here. And if you’re interested in my hearing all about my $300 dining room makeover, sources and details are in this post.

I love the way my “new” credenza fits into the dining room design and reflects the colors of my favorite floral curtains, and I love how easy it was to give it a whole new look with something as simple as pretty paper! Do you have any furniture that could use a quick face lift?

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Pretty paper makes for a lovely decorative punch!

Use it on the back of a bookshelf

Living Room update

or a hutch:

wallpaper hutch

or frame it!

wallpaper panel frame

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Make a Modern Wall Hanging Pen Holder http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/10/modern-wall-hanging-pen-holder/ http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/10/modern-wall-hanging-pen-holder/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:15:09 +0000 http://www.remodelaholic.com/?p=59491 Thank you so much Cassity and all the wonderful readers at Remodelaholic for having me here today! I am Ananda from A Piece Of Rainbow, where I share creative projects for the home. If you are like me, who can never have enough room on a desk, then this project is for you! It’s a […]

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Thank you so much Cassity and all the wonderful readers at Remodelaholic for having me here today! I am Ananda from A Piece Of Rainbow, where I share creative projects for the home.

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If you are like me, who can never have enough room on a desk, then this project is for you! It’s a simple and easy diy that not only helps to reduce clutter on your desk, but also adds a unique piece of modern decor on your wall!

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If you are super organized, unlike me, you can use it on your desk or as a book end!

The brilliant idea of making a wall hanging pen holder came from my dear hubby. Then one day I was at a construction site of a project we designed, and saw a chunk of 4″x6″ cedar post being trimmed off, I knew it was my lucky moment!

“Hi! Are you throwing that out?” “Yes. You want it?? Here!”  So, our pen holder is born!

How to Make a Wall-Hanging Pen Holder

Materials and tools:

  • a piece of 4″x6″ (or other size you like) wood about 6″ tall
  • optional: paint, card stock for stencil
  • drill, 5/8″ drill bit (depending on how chubby your pens are)
  • sand paper
  • felt pads and glue
  • saw tooth hanger and nails that come with it

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First we marked 8 center points on the face of the wood that’s going to be drilled.

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To make sure they look nice, we also cut out some 5/8″ diameter paper circles to see they are not too jammed together.

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Next drill each hole about 3″ to 4″ deep. It’s important to keep the drill as vertical as possible. It’s best if one can check while the other does the drilling.

Give it a little sanding, and now the fun part – decorate to your heart’s desire!

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I want to take a little extra step here to show you my first ( and failed ) attempt. I think there is this myth about DIY when we see gorgeous beginning to end photos that show a perfectly clean work space, and OTHER talented people making thing so pretty every time. If you feel that way, and get discouraged when your DIY “fail”, keep reading!

From my own DIY experience, 99% of my projects went through unexpected failures and setbacks before that final piece comes out!! This one is no exception =)

I first envisioned a gold-white-natural wood stripe design, sounds pretty fancy right? I even have a nice process photo for it! When I finished, it did not look as good as I imagined at all! The gold has a similar tone to the cedar wood, and was totally lost, so I was left with these odd white stripes!

apieceofrainbow-r2 (5)Ok, I am used to DIY failures, and get giddy instead of sad when that happens! Sand it and start over!

apieceofrainbow-r2 (7)Inspired by mid-centry modern designs, I took a piece of paper, cut it to the size of the wood face,  folded and colored a triangle pattern. Feeling good about it, I cut out a couple of stencils from chocolate boxes (chocolate also helps when I experience setbacks!) and painted in the triangles along some light pencil guidelines I drew on the wood.

The sanded white and gold shows through a bit, giving it a little chippy charm. See, failures are part of a happy ending too!

I also painted the interiors of the drilled area white, to add some fun design element, and smooth out the wood surface a bit.

apieceofrainbow-r2 (11)apieceofrainbow-r2 (9)The final step is to attache the sawtooth hanger with nails, and add a couple of felt pads to keep it hang flush on the wall. Now you have a one of a kind pen holder!

Do you love reclaimed wood? Perhaps check out these storage crates made with pallet wood, inspired by vintage orchard and farm crates with an easy wax paper image transfer method!

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Another fun idea for a piece of unique wall decor- birch forest shadow box made with 2 pieces of paper.

apieceofrainbow33 (9)How about some super simple wall hanging bud vases to display treasures you find on a walk?

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Or some magical paper lanterns with free template, perfect for holidays and special occasions? apieceofrainbow23-1

 

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Add more spice to your home with modern geometric patterns like these:

Trendy Geometric Home Decor

Trendy Geometric Patterns for the Home

Cube Plant Stand with Fretwork

modern cube plant stand-4 different looks

Triangle Modular Concrete Wall-Hanging Planters

diy modular concrete wall planter

100+ Interior Painting Ideas

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DIY Bar Stools with Metal Bar Accents http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/10/diy-bar-stools-metal-bar/ http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/10/diy-bar-stools-metal-bar/#comments Sun, 12 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.remodelaholic.com/?p=61809 Hi, it’s Amy from Hertoolbelt back with another build project for you.  Since we have the perfect corbel for your kitchen island, we better build some easy bar stools too.  The inspiration for the bar stool design is from Better Homes and Gardens.  I love the bright pop of color in the white kitchen, stunning! […]

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Hi, it’s Amy from Hertoolbelt back with another build project for you.  Since we have the perfect corbel for your kitchen island, we better build some easy bar stools too.  The inspiration for the bar stool design is from Better Homes and Gardens.  I love the bright pop of color in the white kitchen, stunning!

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We are going to simplify the bar stools by removing the flair in the legs, and these stools become a super easy DIY and very inexpensive.  The plans are for a 24″ bar stool, if you need a taller version, just add length to the legs.

How to Build a Bar Stool

Materials Needed

  • 1 – 2″ x 2″ x 8′ board
  • 1 – 1″ x 2″ x 8′ board
  • 1 – 1″ x 4″ x 8′ board or 15″ x 15″ of 3/4″ plywood
  • 1/2″ metallic tube conduit
  • 1 1/4″ pocket screws
  • wood glue
  • wood filler
  • sand paper
  • primer and paint

Cut List

Quantity Length Width Thickness Material
4 23 1/4″ 1 1/2″ 1 1/2″ 2×2
6 10″ 1 1/2″ 3/4″ 1×2
1 10 3/4″ 1 1/2″ 3/4″ 1/2
2 11″ 1/2″ diam 1/2″ metal conduit
5 15″ 3″ 3/4″ 1×4*

*can be replaced with 15″ x 15″ x 3/4″ plywood or any material.

Step 1

Cut 6 pieces of the 1 x 2 that are 10″ x 1 1/2″ x 3/4″.  Cut 1 piece that is 10 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ x 3/4″.  Use a pocket jig and make pocket holes in each end of the back face of all 7 pieces.  Cut 4 legs 23 1/4″ x 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″.

Use wood glue and 1 1/4″ pocket screws to assemble the back legs.  Attach one of the 10″ pieces flush with the top and a second 10″ piece 7 1/2″ from the bottom, centering on the leg width.

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Attach 2 10″ pieces for the sides flush with the top, again centered on the leg width.  Attach the 10 3/4″ piece in the center of the lower back piece.

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Step 2

Cut 2 pieces of 1/2″ conduit to about 11″.  You can easily cut metal conduit with a hack saw or a grinder with a cut off wheel.  1/2″ conduit has an inside diameter of 1/2″ and the outside is just under 3/4″ diameter.  In both front legs, drill 3/4″ holes about 1/2″ deep – 6 1/4″ from the top and 9 1/2″ from the bottom, centered on the leg width.

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Use wood glue and 1 1/4″ pocket screws to assemble the front legs.  Attach one of the 10″ pieces flush with the top and a second 10″ piece 7 1/2″ from the bottom, centering on the leg width.

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Insert the 2 conduit pieces in the holes and attach the other leg.  If you are planning on painting the conduit, it may be easier to paint it before installing.

Easily build your own DIY bar stools with these free plans on Remodelaholic.com Attach the front legs to the back legs and sides, again with wood glue and 1 1/4″ screws.  Add pocket holes to the upper 10″ pieces to attach the seat later.

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 Step 3

If you are using the 1×4 for the seat, cut the 1×4 into5 – 15″ lengths.  Trim the long edges to make sure they are straight.  Join the boards with wood glue and pocket holes and screws, or your preferred method.  Let the glue dry, then sand smooth.  Cut the board down to 15″ x 15″.  If you want, add a 30 deg chamfer on the bottom of the seat.

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If you would like to add a ‘handle’.  Mark the center line of the seat and drill 2 – 1″ diameter holes about 6″ apart and 4 9/16″ from one side.  Use a jig saw or similar to cut a straight line connecting the tops and bottoms of both circles.

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Center the seat on the leg/base and attach the seat with wood glue and 1 1/4″ pocket screws.

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Note:  the handle and conduit are totally optional and purely for looks.

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Step 4

Remove any excess glue, apply wood filler to nail holes, cracks and blemishes and allow to dry.  Sand the wood filler and bar stool until smooth finishing with 120-150 grit sand paper.  Stain or paint and prime as you like.

Here is my finished bar stool.  I painted the conduit Rustoleum Anodized Bronze and the wood Rustoleum Robins Egg.

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Cost Breakdown – according to my local Home Depot

  • 2″ x 2″ x 8′ board – $1.99
  • 1″ x 2″ x 8′ board – $1.07
  • 1″ x 4″ x 8′ board – $2.18
  • 1/2″ x 10′ electric metal conduit – $2.48 (enough for 5 bar stools)
    • Total – $7.72 + paint or stain

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Itching to build something else? Try our other building plans such as:

Small Open Shelf

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