Build a Storage Ottoman on Casters

Free Plans to Build a Storage Ottoman on Casters

This is the perfect project for that urge to build something… The free plans to build a storage ottoman on casters are quick, cheap, and the ottoman is definitely useful! Who couldn’t use extra storage and a place to prop your feet? Plus it is a great way to use up a few scraps laying around!

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Materials:

Lumber:

  • Scrap pieces of plywood or MDF OR
  • One – 2′ x 4′ sheet of plywood
  • One – 2′ x 2′ sheet of plywood

Cut List:

  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood circles – 18″ in diameter – Top & Bottom
  • 2 – 3/4″ plywood at 11″ x 17-3/4″ – Dividers

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Click on the drawings for a larger view!

Step One

Draw out the circles on the plywood. There are many ways to do this but I prefer the “string, thumbtack & pencil” method. Cut out using a jigsaw or saw of your choice. I cut mine on the bandsaw since I just learned how to use it! You could also build a jig for the bandsaw and cut the circles that way.

Cut the pieces for the dividers. Cut the notches as shown using the saw of your choice. Sand all of the pieces thoroughly.

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Step Two

Assemble the dividers, then position the top and bottom. Attach to the dividers using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

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Step Three

Attach the circles (the top and bottom) to the dividers using glue and 1-1/4″ brad nails.

Free Plans to Build a Storage Ottoman on Casters_Top & BottomFinish as desired, then attach the casters to the bottom using 3/4″ screws. Prop up your feet and relax!!

I used 3/4″ MDF to make an ottoman like this and love it! the top can also be upholstered to make it more comfortable for your feet. This ottoman is also a great piece of extra seating! Have any questions about the free plans to build a storage ottoman on casters? Leave a comment below or contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com.

 




How to Make a Wine Rack with PVC

With my son’s graduation party a week away, I wanted to create a neat way to organize the bottles of wine (or juice, water, whatever) we will have that will not be stored in the cooler.  This organizer is constructed out of 4″ PVC. It can be painted any color using spray paint and costs just a few dollars to make! Today, I’ll show you how to whip this baby out in no time flat!

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I honestly cannot believe I did not take any step-by-step photos but this project is so easy, I’m sure you won’t need them!

Materials:

  • 4 ” PVC pipe 
  • Saw- hacksaw or miter saw
  • Liquid Nails or Stik ‘n Seal adhesive
  • Spray paint
  • Tape measure & pencil

Start by cutting the PVC in 7″ lengths. I like to use my miter saw because The hacksaw and I don’t work well together…

Use a vinegar and water mixture to thoroughly clean the PVC, and also help the paint stick. Spray paint the inside first, then spray paint the outside. I use Rust-Oleum 2x Ultra Cover because I find it sticks to plastic really well.

Arrange the PVC according to your personal taste – I used the regular ol’ pyramid style – and secure the PVC together with the adhesive. 

Voila! Easy wine storage!! Now, where’s the party?? (Ha ha!)

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Got a project you’ve completed using my plans? Share photos with me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com or designsbystudioc {at} gmail {dot} com. I would love to feature your work on DbSC!

Until next time,

Happy Creating!




A Great Use for an Old Screen Door

How to Make a Cork Board Using an Old Screen Door

When my son graduated from high school, he wanted a large cork board with tons of photos displayed at the party. I saw this in a magazine (it was framing a mirror) but there were no detailed how-to instructions. I’ve created my own and will share with you how to make a cork board using an old screen door! I love it and it can be configured so many ways!

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Materials:

  • Old screen door
  • Spray primer & paint of your choice
  • 1/2″ plywood
  • Cork, sheet metal, dry erase board, chalkboard panel, and/or perforated (peg) board
  • Turn buttons or mirror clips to secure plywood to door

 

Step One

Start by removing any glass and screen from the screen door. Wear gloves and safety glasses and use the proper precautions when handling the glass. I did not take any photos of this process but I think you’ll get the idea! Also remove any hardware or handles and clean the door, if necessary.

 

Step Two

Prime the door using the primer of your choice… I used Rust-Oleum’s Rusty Metal primer. It is my favorite for anything metal, rusty or not! I then painted the door using Valspar spray paint in Tropical Oasis.

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Step Three

Cut the plywood to fit into the openings. My door has two separate openings so I cut the plywood to fit each of them. Since the only cork I could get was 24″ wide (and the openings of the door are 27″ wide), I painted and stenciled a “frame” on the plywood so that it would look decorative. Another option would be to piece the cork to cover the plywood completely.

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Step Four

Once the paint was dry, I secured the cork to the plywood using spray adhesive and upholstery nails.

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Step Five

I primed and painted the handle, using only the front piece and not the back. Then glued it on the front using outdoor adhesive (it is a little stronger!).

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I cut the panels just right so I was able to wedge them in the opening and not have to secure them at all. Mirror clips or turn buttons fastened to the frame will hold the panels in perfectly!

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Other options instead of cork are:

  • Dry erase panels – Also available at HD in 2′ x 4′ sheets.
  • Sheet metal – Either covered with fabric or painted and used as magnet boards!
  • Perforated (peg) board – These are the panels with the little holes in them where hooks are used. How cool would this be to organize spools of thread or ribbon in a craft room?? Or for paint brush and paint can key storage??

Hmmmm… Maybe I need to purchase another old screen door. I have a few more ideas!!

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How to Make a Jewelry & Makeup Holder with Dinnerware

How to Make a Jewelry & Makeup Holder with Dinnerware

A lady always needs a place to keep her jewelry and toiletries neatly organized. Why not create an organizer just for her using dinnerware? The dinnerware can be old or new, mixed or matched! This would be a fabulous gift for someone special!

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As a side note – I ended up adding a “stand” to the bottom of the organizer which is just a piece of wood with a hole drilled through the center. The bottom of the hole is also countersunk to allow for the nut to rest inside. I did not take a photo of this step…

Materials:

  • Plate, bowl, and cup
  • Threaded rod for lamps with nuts
  • 1/2″ (hole) washers
  • 1/2″ diamond drill bit & drill
  • Spray primer & paint
  • Drawer pull
  • 8-32 machine screw for the drawer pull

Start by marking the position of the holes to be drilled into the plate, bowl, and cup. I created a video on How to Drill a Hole in a Plate Using a Diamond Bit. Check it out before drilling the holes, it is really easy but there are a few “need-to-know” tips involved! (Forgive the horrible lighting in the video!)

Using the diamond bit, drill the holes then set the dinnerware aside. I added a vinyl decal I cut with my Silhouette Cameo to the plate.

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Determine the height of the organizer and cut a length of the rod. I used Rust-Oleum’s Rusty Metal Primer to prime the rod, nuts, and washers, then spray painted them silver.

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Thread a nut onto the rod leaving it as close to the bottom as possible. Add a washer, then the plate. Add another washer on top of the plate, then thread another nut on the rod to hold the plate in place.

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Thread a third nut onto the rod and add another washer. This will mark the position for the bowl. Adjust it until you are happy with the placement. Add the bowl, another washer, and a fourth nut to secure the bowl in place.

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Repeat the process for the cup. I kept adjusting the dinnerware on my organizer until everything was where I wanted it to be.

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Insert the machine screw in the bottom of the drawer pull. Make sure the head of the screw will fit through the opening in the rod. For the finishing touch, glue the drawer pull to the top of the rod inside the cup. I used Stik ‘n Seal by Loctite.

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Gorgeous!!

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Got a project you’ve completed using my plans? Share photos with me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com or designsbystudioc {at} gmail {dot} com. I would love to feature your work on DbSC!

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A Recycled Container Makes Great Storage!

Recycle an Ice Cream Container and Make it Pretty

Awhile back, I bought some ice cream that came in a pretty nifty plastic container (it was good, too!). I saved it because I thought I might be able to use it for something. I use sponge brushes all the time and buy them in bulk. I have a ton of them but have no real place to store them. I figured I’d use the ice cream container but “dress it up” a little to match my decor. Today, I’ll share how to recycle a container and make it pretty and useful!

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Materials:

  • Plastic ice cream container
  • Scrapbooking paper
  • Pencil
  • Mod Podge & brush
  • Scissors & craft knife

Throughly wash and dry the container. Mine is oval-shaped with a lid which can be useful for all sorts of things! (The ice cream was good, too!)

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This particular container has a lip around the top edge so I used blue painter’s tape to secure the paper to the container, then used the craft knife to cut around the edge.

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I laid the piece I just cut on the remaining scrapbooking paper in order to cut a second piece. I cut the second piece slightly shorter so that the paper stopped at the sides of the container.

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I covered the container with Mod Podge in Matte and positioned the longer first piece on the container, then I smoothed out any wrinkles or bubbles. I applied Mod Podge on the rest of the container and positioned the second piece of paper.

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I wanted to cover the center of the lid, also. The leftover piece of paper just happened to be wide enough for the lid. In order to cut the oval, I positioned the paper on the lid and used my fingernail to score the arc. I folded the paper in half and cut the other arc.

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I coated the lid with Mod Podge and adhered the paper.  Once everything was dry, I coated the entire container with Mod Podge to seal the paper.

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Voila! Pretty storage for my brushes!

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I have hoarded saved several containers that I plan on updating. Any questions on how to recycle a container and make it pretty? Leave a comment below!

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Building the PB Inspired Rebecca Trunk

Building the PB Inspired Rebecca Trunk

The Rebecca Trunk from Pottery Barn… Gorgeous! The bad news is that it retails for $499.00! Yikes! It really is a beautiful piece!

I drew the plans for this piece for The Design Confidential. It uses only ONE sheet of plywood! By the time I bought the rest of the supplies listed in the plans, I spent about $100.00 including stain, paint, and spar varnish. Not too bad! I’ll share my process of building the PB inspired Rebecca Trunk.

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I decided to use mine outdoors on my porch as a “coffee table” of sorts… Today, I will share with you the steps I used in building the trunk, as well as the hardware I used and how I created the awesome finish!

See the actual project plans for a list of lumber and supplies! The free furniture plans can be found  here.

Cut the plywood pieces for the trunk…

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Assemble as directed in the plans…

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Add the baseboard trim…

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I painted the inside…

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…then got to work on the outside finish.  I used two different stains – Rust-Oleum’s Ultimate Wood Stain in Sunbleached and Minwax Special Walnut. I also used Rust-Oleum’s Spar Varnish in Satin on the exterior. (Now that is a fantastic product!!)

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I used the Walnut stain first, spreading it on with a foam brush.

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Then without letting the Walnut stain dry, I applied the Sunbleached stain and rubbed it in with an old t-shirt.

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I kept alternating the stain colors until I was satisfied.

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I let it dry overnight and applied another coat of Sunbleached stain.

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Once the stain was totally dry, I applied three coats of the Spar Varnish… Sanding in between coats two and three. I also applied the varnish on the inside.

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I applied the hanger tape to the edge of the lid and fastened it in place with upholstery tacks.

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Here is the finished edging – See the Spar Varnish finish? I love this stuff!

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Once I added the hinges and the handles, I moved the piece to its new home on my porch in front of my new sectional I’ve been working on… Do you like my torches?

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Building the PB Inspired Rebecca Trunk is so easy and the finish came out so nice! I’m proud to say that the spar varnish has really done its job protecting the wood from the elements! The trunk gets rained on, snowed on, and walked on by all sorts of furry critters and still looks fabulous. Any questions? Contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com!