Well, guys... it's been a while. And, I'm sorry. Work has been the most out of control that it's been for me in years. Lots of late nights, midnight conference calls, and harsh deadlines have been going on at my office to get the latest movie we've been working on out the door. We have one more big project we're working on right now that's wrapping up, but after that's over I'm really hoping we get a break so that I can do more of what I love... building. Now that it's spring time I have so many outdoor projects I want to do. I just need more time to do them!
I want to thank all of you who've stuck with me. I really do have the most kind and loyal readers that anyone could ask for. I apologize for not answering your comments, responding to emails, doing all of the things that I'm usually so on top of. Your patience is appreciated, and I promise I don't take it for granted.
Since I've been so MIA, I wanted the first thing I came back with to be something that was "reader requested". Special thanks to Jessica for emailing me about expanding the Madison Collection! Based on the Chelsea Bedside Table by PB Teen, this side table goes great with the Madison Dresser and Platform Bed with Cubby.
First off, thank you so much for being patient with me. I know I've been a little bit absent lately, and I'm going to be honest with you: I just needed a break. I'm working on 2 big movies right now in addition to several commercials, and maintaining my day job (visual effects) with my night job (old paint design) just got to be too much. So, to save myself, and my sanity, I took a little break. But, not to worry. Absence definitely makes the heart grow fonder for this girl, and now it's back to business. I miss sleep, but I also miss my garage. The garage will probably win as it usually does.
There are some other fun things that have been happening behind the scenes during my "break"... one of them is the first video to my "getting started" series. Hooray! I hope it's helpful for those of you who are excited to build but don't know how to... well... get started. One thing I learned about myself, though: I am a TERRIBLE actress. There is a reason that I stay behind the camera. (Or, in my case, behind the computer.) It's harder than it looks! I get all mumbly and nervous and then I curse a lot from being mumbly and nervous which doesn't help the situation. Lets just say that there were a lot of takes. I have faith I will get better as the videos continue. I'm also prepping a little "about me" section which should also go up soon. It's so easy to write about building but so daunting to write about myself. In other words, lots of growing pains and new things coming up for the blog in the near future. So, don't think I've forgotten about you guys.
Anyway, we are almost wrapped up on the Bristol collection! While I have been building several of the pieces (posts here and here), there are a few that I don't necessarily need... but you might. So, I wanted to post plans just in case some of you need an outdoor love seat based on Restoration Hardware's Belvedere Sofa. The plan is sized to fit the cushions from Restoration Hardware, but for this plan you could easily modify it to fit whatever size you choose. (Keep in mind that the cushions slide underneath the arms, so make sure you get one that's wide enough if you choose a different size.) Enjoy!
If you're visiting, definitely grab a Butter Beer. It's a must. (And, unlike the previous day, completely non-alcoholic!) It tastes a lot like if you mixed root beer and butterscotch together. Yum.
Anyway, enough vacation pictures. Lets get down to business.
This coffee table is the beginning of a rather large outdoor collection that I'm working on based on Restoration Hardware's Belvedere Collection. I'm building several of the pieces, and I will post plans for even more so that you can have a full set. I love this collection because it's really easy to build and inexpensive. (This coffee table can be built for under $50!)
One thing to mention as you're going into building outdoor furniture: you should really consider using redwood or cedar. If you're painting, cheap-o pine will do the trick, but if you're staining or leaving it natural you're going to want something naturally bug and rot resistant. One way that I've found to save costs when it comes to outdoor wood is to purchase it rough. I own a bench top planer, and that thing has definitely saved me quite a bit of money in lumber costs by being able to plane my wood at home.
I know that it's still snowing where quite a few of you live, and the groundhog did see his shadow this year, but in LA it's almost time for spring. And, you know what that means! Lots of fun outdoor entertaining! I need to get you guys prepared. So, enjoy the coffee table! Lots more to come!