Friday, October 24, 2014

DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Valencia Armoire Part I (Dresser Portion)

I recently built a new bed, nightstand, and dog bed. I needed a new armoire to match. I looked at a few different plans, but I couldn't find a plan that I really liked. I don't have a closet in my bedroom, so I needed a pretty large one. I really liked Pottery Barn's Valencia Armoire, but I did not like the $1,599 price tag. I decided to make one on my own.

I decided to make it in two parts. I first made the bottom dresser and then the top shelving unit. Either could be used individually or bracketed together to make one unit. Here are the steps I took to make the bottom dresser. The cost of the materials, including the hardware, for the dresser portion was around $125.

Pottery Barn's armoire is 27" deep. I have very limited room in my bedroom, so I decreased the depth. I made mine to have a depth of 19 3/4". If you want the same size as Pottery Barn, you will have to increase the depth.

Needed materials:
1 - 4'x8' 1/4" plywood
1 - 4'x8' 3/4" plywood
2 - 1"x2"
4 - 2"x2"
3 - 1"x10"
1 - 1"x12"
1 1/4" PH screws
2 1/2" PH screws
1 1/4" finishing nails
3/4" finishing nails
1 1/4" wood screws
2 - 16" Bottom Mount Euro drawer slides
4 drawer pulls

Step 1: Make your cuts. 

2 - 3/4" plywood at 15 3/4" x 26 3/4" (sides)
4 - 1"x2" at 15 3/4" (drawer slide holders)
4 - 2"x2" at 38 1/2" (top and bottom of frames)
4 - 2"x2" at 26 3/4" (sides of frames)
2 - 1"x2" at 38 1/2" (drawer divider and back middle frame)
1 - 1/4" plywood at 26 3/4" x 41 1/2"(back)
1 - 3/4" plywood at 20" x 42 1/2" (top)
4 - 1"x10" at 36" (drawer fronts and backs)
4 - 1"x10" at 16" (drawer sides)
2 - 1"x12" at 38 1/4" (drawer faces)
2 - 1/4" plywood at 16" x 37 1/2" (drawer bottoms)
2 - 4"x4" at 3" (back feet)
2 - 4"x4" at 3" then cut at a 15 degree bevel (front feet)

I used my circular saw for the plywood cuts and my miter saw for the rest of the cuts. 

Step 2: Attach the drawer slide holders to the inside of each side using glue and 1 1/4" finishing nails. Place one 1 1/2" from the bottom. Place the other one 11 1/2" from the top. There will be a 10 3/4" space between the two. Be sure these are level because this is what the drawer slides are going to be attached to.

Step 3: Pre-drill the pocket holes set at the 3/4" setting. Place your pocket holes along the top of the sides to later attach the top. Also, place pocket holes along the sides to attach the frame. You may also choose to place pocket holes at the bottom for later attaching the feet. I was originally not going to put feet on this, but I later changed my mind, so I did not do this at this point.

Step 4: Using 2 1/2" PH screws and setting your Kreg Jig at the 1 1/2" setting, build the front and back frames. Make sure the frames are square. If they are not perfectly square, the drawers will not work properly.

Step 5: Using 1 1/4" PH screws, attach the front and back frames.

Step 6: Using glue and 1 1/4" PH screws, attach the drawer divider in the front. I also added one to the back. I did this just to help keep everything square, but you don't need to add this if you don't want to.

Step 7: Using 3/4" finishing nails, attach the back. This is optional, but since this is the first time that I have attempted drawers, I figured I would add it just to help keep things square. I highly suggest using a back if you are going to make the top portion of the armoire. It will help with the weight.

Step 8: Using 1 1/4" PH screws, attach the top with an overhang of 1/2" on all sides. I also added some finishing nails to hold the top to the 2"x2" frame.

Step 9: Attach the drawer slides to the drawer slide holders following the manufacturer's directions. Be sure to make note of the necessary clearance for the drawer slides. These directions are based off of a clearance of 1/2" on each side. If the drawer slides that you use are different, be sure to adjust the dimensions of your drawer.

Step 10: Using 1 1/4" PH screws, build your drawers.

Step 11: Using 3/4" finishing nails, attach the bottom of the drawers.

Step 12: Following the manufacturer's instructions for the drawer slides, attach the slides to the drawers.

Step 13: Put your drawers in place and then test out the drawer face to make sure it fits. I used 1/8" shims on each side to act as spacers. I then used glue and a few finishing nails to attach the face to the drawer. When I was happy with the placement, I put 1 1/4" screws on the inside of the drawer.

Step 14: Attach the feet. I was not going to put feet on this, so the way I did it was probably not the best way. They should have been attached from the inside to hide the pocket holes. I had to place the pocket holes on the outside. Use 2 1/2" PH screws and glue.

Step 15: Fill any holes with putty and sand it.

Step 16: Paint or finish it. I used Rustoleum Painter's Touch in Kona Brown.

Step 17: Attach the drawer hardware according to the manufacturer's directions. I used Hickory Hardware's Studio Collection Double Bore Cup Pull in the Oil-Rubbed Bronze Highlighted color. They were about $7 each from Menards.

Step 18: Enjoy your new dresser!

This could be used as a stand-alone dresser or as a base to the armoire. I will be adding the tutorial for the top portion of the armoire soon.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Baby-sized Pumpkin Hat Free Crochet Pattern

My nephew is now 5 months old and every baby needs to have a pumpkin hat for this time of the year! I crocheted this cute hat in just a few hours and it took very little yarn. Here is the pattern, so you can make a hat for the little pumpkin in your life!

This pattern is modified from the following pattern: Newborn Pumpkin BeanieThat pattern is only for the newborn size. My nephew is 5 months old and he has a bigger than average head, so I had to modify it to make it larger. This pattern will probably fit an average 12-18 month old sized hat, but all babies have different sized heads, so just alter the pattern accordingly. The size can be easily altered by increasing or decreasing the number of HDC and rows. You also could just use a smaller hook and smaller weight yarn.

Needed Materials:
2 oz Orange Worsted Weight Yarn
1 oz Green Worsted Weight Yarn
Size J (6.0 mm) Crochet Hook

Using the orange yarn, Chain (CH) 29.
Row 1: Half Double Crochet (HDC) in the Back Loop (BL) of the 3rd CH from the hook and in each Stitch (ST) across. CH 2. Turn. (27 HDC)

Rows 2 – 29: HDC in the BL of each ST across. CH 2. Turn.

Row 30: HDC in the BL of each ST across. CH 1. Turn.

Joining the two side ends, Slip Stictch (SL ST) down the length of hat through both ends. Fasten off and weave in the ends.

Using the green yarn, join with a Single Crochet (SC) at the top of hat.

SC evenly around the hat (I made about 30). The number of SC is up to you. A greater number of SC means that the Stem area is going to be larger. A smaller number of SC means that the Stem area is going to be smaller. When you get around back to the first ST, do not join. Single Crochet 2 Together (SC2TOG) around. Continue to SC2TOG until you have 5 ST remaining.

SC in each ST around for 6 rounds.

Fasten off and weave in the ends.

Using the green yarn and leaving a 6” tail, CH 24 (If you want a longer or shorter vine, just increase or decrease the number of CH).

2 SC in the 2nd CH from the hook and in each ST to the end.

Fasten off, leaving a 6” tail.

Using the starting and ending tails, tie the vine between any 2 ST on the stem. Weave in the ends.

You can get a printable pdf of this pattern here. You can also see more details on my Ravelry page.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

DIY Cat Halloween Bat Wand Toy

My cats love to play with anything that involves a string. They needed a new Halloween toy, so I made them a bat wand toy. I already had all the needed supplies, so it was completely free and they love it. You can make one, too!

Needed materials:
Sturdy dowel 3-4 feet long
Small amount of felt
Small amount of string or yarn

Step 1: Draw up a template. I drew a simple bat. You could make whatever shape you want. If you want to use my template, you can find it here.

Step 2: Pin the bat to the felt.

Step 3: Cut the bats out. I cut out six bats.

Step 4: Thread the string through the bats. 

Step 5: Tie a knot below each bat to keep them spaced out.

 Step 6: Drill a hole through the dowel.

Step 7: Thread the string through the hole in the dowel.

Step 8: Tie the string to the dowel.

Step 9: Play with your cat!