Thursday, July 24, 2014

Look for Less X-Leg Ottoman

Thanks to everyone's kind words about our new ottoman and linking up to the Look for Less Design Challenge yesterday! If you haven't linked up to the challenge yet, head on over to yesterday's post. By linking up your Look for Less knockoff, you're entering yourself to win a $60 Target Giftcard. Awesome, right?

Today we're back to share the all the details around building our DIY X-leg Ottoman for only $113 (as compared to this $650 designer inspiration).

Look for Less X-Leg Ottoman


So let's talk through how we Justin built this gorgeous thing.

The first step, was making boards at the thickness that we were looking for. To our knowledge, retailers do not sell boards at the thickness we wanted. Because of that, Justin made them himself by gluing three 1x3"s of maple together so we could achieve the thickness we wanted with the ottoman's legs.

Gluing and cutting boards for ottoman legs

After gluing, Justin let the pieces dry for 24 hours before cutting down to size. He first using the miter saw to get the rough-length that's we were going for. Then he used his table saw to get one side of the board straight, so he could plane the board down to the width we wanted, through his power planer.

Ripping and planing boards for ottoman

Now that we have our boards built, it's time to really get started.

First step was to determine the angles of our X-legs (ours was 26 degrees), and the length of each x-leg (ours was 13-7/16") to achieve the height that we wanted the entire ottoman to be (15").

Cutting legs at an angle

Next, Justin took the two legs and measured out where he needed to cut the dado in each, so they fit together flush and tight. Make sure that you have something straight to push both legs up against to ensure that your measurements are accurate & at the desired angles. Your measurements need to be exact to have the X fit tightly.

Figuring out placement for dado

Using his table saw with a dado blade, he cut the dado in all four legs.

Dadoing X-legs

Then tested to make sure that they fit together properly. Nice and snug.

Fitting the X Legs

He sanded down each leg using his orbital sander and 100 grit sandpaper.

Sanding the X Legs

And made sure that the width of the X Legs exactly matched the width of the base piece of wood that they would sit on. To thin the base piece of wood, he sent it through his power planer until reaching the correct width.

Photo 11

With the two X Legs (four pieces of wood) and the two base pieces of wood, Justin pre-drilled holes using a countersink bit on his drill, and dry fit everything (putting screws in place) to make sure everything worked, before wood gluing the X-legs together, gluing the X legs to the base, and then screwing together using 2-1/2" screws.

Attaching leg system

Next, Justin mortised in the base piece (under the X legs) with his router.  Then he glued and nailed it in place, using 1-1/4" brad nails and his nail gun.

Attaching the base to the x-legs

Then using 3/4" maple, Justin attached a top support piece for the X legs. Not only will this piece be support for any weight that's put it, it will also be where we attach the cushion to.

Attaching the top of the legs

Then it was my turn! A few months ago, all of you helped me make a decision around the fabric I wanted for this ottoman. You all chose this beautiful Waverly Strands Sterling fabric, and I couldn't have agreed more.

The best part is when I received the fabric, I saw that it was double sided, and I actually like this cream side way more, so made a last minute decision to switch sides.

Ottoman Fabric

I purchased a pre-cut piece of Airtex High Density Foam to use as the padding. I originally was going to use batten, but my mom was in town and recommended I use foam instead so it can withstand the wear & tear without thinning out.

Justin cut a piece of 3/4" plywood for me to upholster with the foam & fabric. He cut this 12" x 19", and then cut the foam to the exact same size. This foam was extremely hard to cut with a scissors or Exacto knife, so Justin actually used his table saw & chop saw to cut it. (Redic, I know...) 

Upholstering the Ottoman Top

Since we needed to keep the foam in place, and pull the fabric as tight as possible to get the rounded edge look, we needed all four of our hands busy working to upholster this fabric. Luckily my mama was around, so she took a few snaps of our progress. We stapled the fabric using a soffit stapler with 1/2" staples.

Upholstered Top of Ottoman


And to give the top a more finished look, I purchased decorative nailhead trim from JoAnn Fabrics (50% off!) and put a nice trim around the bottom edge of the cushion.

Adding Nail Detail to Ottoman


Then the last step was to attach the upholstered cushion to the X-leg base.

Securing the Upholstered Top


I'm absolutely obsessed with how this turned out. It's a.ma.zing.

I have still yet to stain & poly the piece, but I wanted to spend some time to really think about the color that I wanted this to be. I try not to rush into design decisions, so over time I'll figure out what color to stain this and I'll be sure to share a final picture!

But here's this beauty for now:

DIY X-Leg Ottoman

How to build an X-Leg Ottoman

And at a $113 tab for this is always better than $649 inspiration, right?

Wood: $68
Fabric: $25
Foam & Nails: $20*
*50% off with my JoAnn coupons! 

Look for Less DIY X Leg Ottoman


Don't forget to link up your L4L project on yesterday's post for a chance to win a $60 Target Giftcard!

Look for Less Giftcard Giveaway


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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

DIY X-Leg Ottoman & the Look for Less Challenge!

Welcome! I'm so glad that you're here today because we have a big day. Today is the fourth round of The Look for Less Design Challenge with five other great bloggers. And this time, we want YOU to participate too! 


Look for Less Design Challengers FINAL


At the bottom of this post, we're asking for everyone to link up your Look for Less projects for a chance to win a $60 Target Giftcard! The link party is live from today through 7/30. The six hosts will choose their favorite Look for Less project and will appoint the winner next Friday.

Are you excited? Because we know that we are!!

So let's talk about this amazing ottoman we build, can we?

For this fourth round of the challenge, I knew I wanted a x-leg ottoman for my book nook in our new master bedroom. I chose to photograph the project downstairs where the light is better, but you get the idea.

Based off of this $650 designer inspiration, Justin and I brought this gorgeous thing to life in one weekend's worth of work and only $113.

DIY X-Leg Ottoman

To avoid a ridiculously long post, I'm going to share the awesome tutorial of how we Justin built this beauty tomorrow. So don't forget to come and and check out all of the details. He did awesome, and you're definitely going to want to see the details so you can build one yourself! 

How to build an X-Leg Ottoman

Cost breakdown: 
Wood: $68
Fabric: $25
Foam & Nail Trim: $20*
     *Using my 50% coupons at JoAnn! 


Look for Less DIY X Leg Ottoman


Want more Look for Less inspiration? Check out these amazing projects from the other five hosts of the Look for Less Design Challenge. And don't forget to link up your L4L project below for a chance to win a $60 Target Giftcard!

Look for Less Giftcard Giveaway
Pottery Barn Inspired Mirror | Absolutely Arkansas
Kylie from Absolutely Arkansas DIY'ed this Pottery Barn Inspired Mirror for only $16. Saywhat?!?!
Henna Monogram Letter | Like a Saturday
Rachel from Like a Saturday DIY'ed this beautiful Henna Monogramed Letter. Just beautiful. 
DIY Rope Tray | Kitchen Table Art
Gracie from Kitchen Table Art is making me jealous with this beautiful Pottery Barn Inspired Round Tray
DIY Ribbon Trimmed Roman Shade | Life.Love.Larson
Andrea from Life.Love.Larson DIY'ed these beautiful Ribbon Trimmed Roman Shades. So elegant! 
DIY Outdoor Couch | Life on Virginia Street
And Sarah from Life on Virginia Street is reading my mind with this awesome DIY Outdoor Couch

AMAZING projects, right? I swear, these girls are so freaking talented, it humbles me. 

But now we want to see what y'all got! Show us your best Look for Less project in the link party between now and 7/30. The six hosts and I will vote for our favorite L4L project that was linked up to win a $60 Target Giftcard! The big winner will be announced next Friday. 

The Rules? They're simple!

  1. Follow each challenge host somehow; any way is fine!
  2. Link your Look for Less project below.
  3. Make sure your post has an image or link of your designer inspiration.
  4. By entering a link, you're giving us permission to feature an image on our blogs
  5. By entering a link, you're entering yourself in the Target Gift Card Giveaway!




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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The DIY'ers #10

Happy Tuesday everyone, and thanks for coming back to The DIY'ers link party!

The DIY'ers Link Party Graphic

These three lovely ladies and I are here itching to see what DIY projects you've been working on lately!

Jennifer @ Brave New Home

This week, I got the honor of choosing the Top Three projects, and here are my favorites!

The DIYers - Kayla's Top 3 Picks


Triangle Topped Table Upcycle
Bre from Brepurposed shared this beautiful Triangle Table Upcycle. 


Industrial Raised Dog Feeder
The Charming Farmer is after my pup's heart with this Industrial Dog Feeder. 


DIY fring photo garland
And lastly is Amy from Homey Oh My! who never ceses to amaze me with her projects - like this fringe photo garland. 


All featured projects will be pinned to The DIY'ers Pinterest board - so don't forget to follow. Or, follow along with all of my Pinterest boards here!

 


And don't forget to come back tomorrow for our Look for Less Design Challenge & Link Party and your chance to win a Target Giftcard! Just link up your Look for Less knock off project and enter to win. On 7/31, the six hosts of the Design Challenge will pick their winner!

Look for Less Design Challenge Logo

Look for Less Giftcard Giveaway


Now onto the party!

Grab My Button!
The DIY'ers Button


The Rules? They're simple!
  1. Follow each host somehow; any way is fine! 
  2. Take a picture of your DIY and link it up below. 
  3. Text link back to one of our hosts or pick up The DIY'ers button from the left sidebar and include it in your post so others can get involved in The DIY party. 
  4. Please do not promote giveaways, other link parties, or items for sale
  5. By entering a link, you're giving us permission to feature and image on our blogs 




Monday, July 21, 2014

DIY Wooden Planter Stand Guest Post

Hi friends - Happy Monday! Today we're super excited to becoming official guest contributors over at Remodelaholic. It's such an honor to be guest contributors with all of these other brilliant bloggers.

Today we're over there showing how we built these DIY Wooden Planter Stands as the first project in our patio transformation (that will likely take about a year to finish). But the first step is always the hardest, right?

How to Build a Wooden Planter Stand


So swing on by Remodelaholic and have a looksie.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday DIY Features

TGIF. It's been a looong week and I'm pretty excited for the weekend to finally get here. Let's kick this weekend of right with three awesome projects to feature on Friday DIY Features.

Thank you thank you thank you to everyone that's submitted projects to be featured. I'm loving seeing what everyone is working on, getting some great inspiration and sharing some blog love.

Keep the submissions coming!! I have a couple of openings for next week. Details for submissions is at the bottom of the post.

Here are three awesome projects out in the blogosphere this week. Everyone give them some love!

7.18 Friday Features


Corey from Tiny Sidekick showed us how she transformed an ugly, old chandelier into a beautiful Outdoor Candle Chandelier for her patio. I'm in love.

how-to-make-an-outdoor-chandelier


Next up is Amy from Homey Oh My! who never ceases to impress me with her skills. For this project, she took a ice cube tray and made these Ombre Cement Candle Holders. What?! Amazing.

DIY-Ombre-cement-candle-holders


And Amy from Delineate Your Dwelling made this DIY Prisma Wall Decor out of straws (!), inspired by decor from Urban Outfitters.

DIY prisma wall decor


Want to be featured? Submit your latest project to be featured on Friday Favorites via email with Friday Favorites in the subject line (klacowsky@gmail.com) or over Instagram by tagging me @klacowsky.

And don't forget, I'll be pinning all Friday Favorites to one of two Pinterest group boards I pin to, so be sure to follow along and help spread the love!

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

10 Dog Beds that match with your Home Decor

We just made a rediculously small update in our house that made a pretty big impact, that we just had to share with you. Seriously you guys, all we did was go shopping (which is one of our favorite pastimes...). 

While out browsing Home Goods for a couple of outdoor planters last weekend, Justin stumbled across a dog bed that matches perfectly with our living room. Now, Justin is the type of dog daddy that wants to buy anything and everything for his pups. To the point that I'm usually the type of dog mom has to tell him to put down the handful of dog toys he's picked up, because our dogs will rip them to all to shreds in 2 minutes flat. But this time, I had to agree with his enthusiasm, and we brought home our fifth dog bed. (Mind you, we only have two dogs...).

We made the quick switch from the dirty old dog bed in the corner of our living room, to the pretty new yellow one. At first, Roxy was not enthused.

New Dog Bed

But after some spinning.

Spinning

And some more spinning.

And spinning

She decided that it was Roxy approved (and yes, Kai loves it too).

Puppy Approved

I was pretty impressed with Justin for picking out something that matches so well with our living room. He's not usually one for decor choices, but I guess he's coming around!

This change made me start looking for dog beds that would match with our newly designed master bedroom, because their current beds are both an ugly brown color that stick out like sore thumbs in our bedroom. And boy oh boy is there a plethora of cute dog beds out there!

So, here are my Top 10 Dog Beds that Match with Your Decor


10 Stylish Dog Beds that Match your Decor



1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10

They're great, right? I'm thinking pretty hard about buying two number ten's, just like at McDonald's. I'm kidding. We obviously order two number three's when we're at McDonald's. 

How many of you have dogs? Do you use stylish dog beds like these?

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