Jun 21, 2013

Project #5: Window Seat with Storage Towers

If you follow my blog, you know about my dilemma choosing a project for the Birthday Build, and what I finally chose.  Here is the finished project and some pictures I took along the way

What a weekend!  It was an exhausting build, but so worth it.

We went from this

to this.

I love how his awkwardly sized Imaginext and Little People toys fit perfectly on the shelves.  That is what happens when you custom build something yourself.  you can measured the toys and built everything to fit them.  I also love how within a day of finishing the window seat, all of the stuffed animals had mysteriously migrated from the floor and bed to the bench.  I've been told they enjoy the view. 

This project has been in my mind since we moved in 8 months ago.  I walked in this room for the first time and thought "Wow!  This is the perfect place for a window seat!"  It was not however, the perfect time to build one.  We had to unpack and settle in first.  Besides, the windows were rotten.  They would pop open on their own in a strong wind, and were not very secure against our inquisitive 4 yr. old.  The shutters covering them were not  screwed in well, and I didn't like how they were configured to open toward each side and the middle of the double window.  It blocked the light, and I need light. 

Time passed, we unpacked had fabulous, new, secure, efficient, vinyl windows put in, and since the shutters no longer fit with the deeper windows, the shutters came off and lived propped against the new window opening.  

When I decided to build the window seat, I knew it was time to address the shutters.  The plan: take them out of their frames and reconfigure them so they open to the sides leaving the middle area free and clear of obstructions.  

To make this work, the trim around the windows was replaced with flat stock to give a nice flat wood edge I could screw into.  

I drafted up plans for the window seat and towers and we got our build on.  If you want to try something similar, but aren't comfortable drafting your own plans visit Ana White's site and check out her plans.  Her  rolling cubby bench minus the wheels would make a simple window seat and 5 cube tower bookshelf would work great for the towers.

Don't forget to check out my other DIY projects before you go.

Jun 14, 2013

The Birthday Build Winner

Drum roll......   and the winner is...

Something More Practical   a.k.a

A window seat and storage for the little guys room so I'll have someplace to put all of his toys.

Pictures coming soon!

Jun 11, 2013

Happy Birthday to me!

I got the best presents ever.  Gift cards to Home Depot, a "Bamboo" drawing tablet which is the coolest, but best of all time.  My marvelous mother in law is going to take the kids for a couple of days so hubby and I can work together on any building project I chose.  Now, what will I make?

Benchright Farmhouse Table

Wooden Ice Chest  like this beauty created by Jenny from Birds and Soap who has posted plans at Ana-White.com

Flip Top Storage Bench New Plans

or something more practical?

Jun 7, 2013

Plans for Bunk/Loft Bed Stair System Shallow Bookshelf

This was built for our boys room at the old house as a way to provide extra stability and strength to the stair rail, while adding an extra space for books.  It is inspired by Ana White's Flat Wall Book Shelf .  Her plans are the best, so go check out her plan first, then continue reading to see my modifications. 

Finished Dimensions:
38" 5/8" H x 20" W x 3 1/8 " D


- 1x3s
- 1/8 or 1/4" hardboard, plywood, etc...

Cut List:
1 - 1x3 @ 20" (top shelf)
2 - 1x3 @ 18 1/2" (middle shelves)
2 - 1x3 @ 37 3/4" (sides)
4 -  strips of wood  cut to 20".  (rails)
I used a scrap I had on hand and ran it through my table saw till I got the height and width I liked for the rails.  I think lath strips could also work. 

backing board (plywood or hardboard):
1 @ 20 x 38 5/8" 
1 @ 20 x (width of your 1x3 + depth of rail)  This piece could also be cut from solid wood.  I used hardboard because I had some on hand, and I didn't want to add any additional depth to the bookshelf.

The bookshelf was built to sit with the front edge flush to the back edge of the hinge on the top step.  The back overhangs about 1/2" inch.  I did this on purpose to make up for the gap created between the back of the stairs and the wall by the base board.   The panels on the back and bottom keep papers and books from falling into the void.  I tried to get the most usable space I could.  Unlike Ana's plan, I added rails on the front. My rails are also not as beefy and won't hold up to climbing.  If you have a climber, you might want to choose a different design. Build at your own risk.

Step 1 Attach the  middle shelves to the sides, then add the top shelf.  Use nails and glue, or pocket holes.

Step 2 Add the back and bottom panels with glue and panel nails.  

Step 3  Add rails on the two bottom shelves, and spaced as pictured below to retain books.

Finish anyway you like.  I caulked the seam between the bottom and back panel before painting.  

**For directions and illustrations on how to install the bookshelf, plus free plans for the Stairs and railing, please visit my post Storage Stair System for Bunk/Loft Beds.

Be sure to check  the original post about our boys room  for more pictures. 

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Jun 6, 2013

Beautiful Fresh Veggies from Isom's

Picked up these beauties from Isom's.  I can't believe I never went there before.  Everything was so fresh.