Madison Bedside Table

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.

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Madison Dresser

We all have favorites.  Lets not even pretend like we don't.  And this dresser is my favorite piece I've ever made.  Ever.  Even better than Napoleon who was the reigning champion for a really long time.  Did you ever make something and then stare at it for hours on end thinking "Holy crap.  I actually made that!"?  Yeah, that's been me for the past few days over this dresser.  Even the husband is super impressed.  He's told me several times that it's "the best thing I've ever built", and I totally believe him. This dresser was not easy.  Or quick.  It was incredibly challenging, and I'd like to consider myself to be a pretty proficient builder.  It took me a total of 6 1/2 days to make it, start to finish.  So, go into this warned: If you decide to build Madison for yourself, she will consume your soul for a long time.  This is not a weekend build, friends.  This is a please-let-me-out-of-work-early-so-I-can-keep-working-on-my-dresser build. In order to make this a little easier for you guys to build, I've included some "helpful hints" and additional pictures in the project plan to help you ensure accurate placement.  When I build, I can usually hear myself saying things in my head like, "meh, that looks like about a 1/4".  Good enough."  Not with this project.  To make this plan work, numbers have to be exact or else you're going to have some really weird drawers.  But, trust me, it's SO worth it. Lets go into some details, shall we? First off, I have a mild obsession with hardware.  I feel that it's the jewelry of a piece - kind of like back splash in a kitchen.  So, I splurged a little bit for Madison.  (She's such a pretty girl, I couldn't resist.)  I used Anthropology's Gardening Indoors knobs in Aqua, to give it that extra "bling" that it needed. I couldn't find the perfect "slightly" antique white that I wanted, so I actually hand painted this piece.  Let me just say, I never do that.  But this was an an exception.  (Man, I really need to invest in a good paint sprayer.)  Anyway, I finished with two coats of Valspar's Polar White in semi-gloss, purchased at Lowes.  I also primed with Killz Odorless Spray Primer. I tried a new technique with the drawers this time.  Instead of using actual drawer slides, I used 1x2 boards that sit on top of each other and slide.  After using it for a few days, it's been working out just fine!  If you want to use actual drawer slides instead, just build your drawers a bit wider, Making them 27 1/8" wide to accommodate your slides. I figure that I should also explain the artwork sitting on the dresser in the opening shot since all you can see is a dude getting eaten by a shark.  Yikes.  It's a limited edition print by one of my favorite artists, Shag, called "Watson and the Shark".  It was my 1st anniversary gift from my husband.  (First anniversary = paper.  Such a smart boy.) Oh, yeah, and then there's Hooter.  (Anyone get the Captain EO reference?  Even though their Hooter is an elephant...)  I'm going through a pretty serious owl phase right now, and when I spotted him at West Elm on sale a few weeks ago I knew he had to be mine.  I went in for shower curtains, and I came out with Hooter.  Isn't that always how it goes? I'll give you guys a few more detail shots when I get into the moulding in the building plan.  Without further adieu, here are the project plans for the Madison Dresser based on PB Teen's Chelsea Wide Dresser. Continue reading "Madison Dresser"

Madison Bed Cubby

Do you guys ever just feel like there aren't enough hours in the day?  Or, like you need just one more weekend day to get everything done that you wanted to?  That's how I'm feeling right about now.  My husband and I are going out of town next week for our first vacation since our honeymoon, which feels like a really long time even though it was only a year and a half ago.  I feel like I'm trying to push two weeks into one to get everything done.  But, I'm so excited to take a much needed life break next week.  It's hard to relax at home when there's work emails that are coming through every minute and a garage that's constantly calling my name and a voice in the back of my mind telling me I need to get my butt back in the gym and a kitchen that doesn't clean itself and... you guys know what I'm talking about.  Sometimes you just have to leave everything behind and go to Disney World for a week. Anyway, back to business.  I really hope one of you guys builds this bed.  It's just so unexpectedly different and full of storage.  I love it.  Maybe I can talk someone into letting me build it for them... I posted the plans for the platform section of the bed last week, and here is the follow up for the cubby.  Just for fun, here's another view of the back to see the immense amount of storage in this thing. One important thing to note before starting this plan is that you should make sure that your 1x12s are exactly 11 1/2" wide.  This plan is very dependent on standardized board sizes, and if your boards run 11 1/4" wide or smaller, please make note of it and modify accordingly.  Enjoy! Continue reading "Madison Bed Cubby"

Madison Bed Platform

I am now 5 days into building the dresser for the Madison collection.  Not joking.  It took my husband and I 4 days to build and finish our giant pergola in the backyard last summer, and it's going to end up taking me almost a full week of working on the dresser on weekends and every night after work to get it done.  I totally thought I'd be able to post that sucker on Monday.  I even got the hardware for it on Friday thinking it'd be a breeze.  But, alas, there are just so many little details on it that need attention.  Lemme just say, though, that it's turning out super awesome and I've never been more proud of anything I've ever built.  I can't wait to post plans for you guys!  I've been posting work in progress photos on the facebook page if any of you are interested in keeping up. In the meantime, I thought it might be fun to post additional pieces to the Madison collection, just in case you might need a bed to match the gorgeous dresser.  And, this bed is pretty cool.  Based on the Chelsea Platform Bed by PB Teen, there is TONS of storage in this thing. Not only is there the front storage, but if you check out the back view... BAM!  More storage on the back side! I also really like the unique placement of how the mattress sits on the bed.  Unlike typical beds where the headboard is at, well, the head, this one has it on the side.  This bed would be so great for a teenager looking for extra privacy and places to store all of their stuff.  This plan is meant for a queen sized mattress, but the plans are so simple that it would be easy to convert it to a bigger or smaller size. I'm going to separate this bed into 2 sections: the platform and the cubby hutch.  Today I'm posting the platform - check back soon for the hutch! Continue reading "Madison Bed Platform"

Firenze Dining Table

Surprise!  Weekend post!  Thanks so much Serena for requesting these plans!  Such a great suggestion.  I love the simplicity and substance of Pottery Barn's Toscana Fixed Round Table, but their version is HUGE.  (72" in diameter - who has a dining room that fits that?!)  So, I made my version a slightly more practical size at 48" in diameter.  The other reason I did this is that it is much easier to find a 48" round at blue or orange than a 72" round, and it will save you quite a bit of money.  It also makes it easier to cut-out if you decide to go that route since you need exactly half a sheet of plywood and won't have to have any cut lines down the middle.  This table would also look great with a 48" square top.  (Ah, the wonders of building and getting exactly what you want.) Hope you guys are all having a great weekend! Continue reading "Firenze Dining Table"

Sarai Shoe Storage

  Who doesn't have too many shoes?  I know I do.  Honestly, there are probably so many pairs I should get rid of, but there's always the thought in the back of my mind that "maybe, someday I'll have a chance to wear those super sparkly super uncomfortable 5-inch heels".  (BTW, my daily uniform is a switch between flip flops and UGGs depending on the weather.  I'm probably part of the reason why the people of Los Angeles are the worst dressers in the nation.  No joke, there have been studies.)  Anyway, I really liked Ballard's Sarah Petite Shoe Storage since it doesn't take up a ton of space, but it seems to hold a ton of shoes.  It's also super easy to make - this would be a great first project for a new builder.  Happy building, everyone! Continue reading "Sarai Shoe Storage"

Sunda Bed Plans

First and foremost, I want to say thank you.  Thank you very much to Ana White for all of your support - you are the reason I, and so many others, ever tried to do anything myself.  Thank you so much for all of you who read my little blog.  For all of you who comment on my posts and fan the blog on facebook.  Old Paint Design has only been around a little over a month, and I already feel an outpouring of love from you guys.  You make me want to blog better and build more, so thank you.  I blog for myself, so that I can share what I love, but I also blog for all of you.  So that I can share what I do and hopefully help you guys to get exactly what you want for a fraction of the price.  If I can inspire one person to look at a Pottery Barn catalog or a dream bathroom with determination that they could build it rather than feel the despair of the price tag, I have done my job. That being said, blogging is not my full time job.  I work full time for a Visual Effects company working on feature films.  I love my job, but it's a demanding job, and it demands a lot of my time.  Which means I can't post every day like I would like to.  And, I can't build everything I would like to.  But, I want you guys to still be able to frequently get great, quality plans from me, which is why I'm trying this out. I'm still going to build and DIY every single spare second I have because it's what I love.  But, if I can post awesome plans without necessarily having to build every single one of them, I feel that you guys can only benefit from that.  More plans = more opportunities to build = more great furniture in your houses.  So, I'm trying this concept out today with some great bed plans... let me know what you guys think! Another thing that I plan on doing within the next week or so is adding a "suggestion box" to the side of the page so that you guys can submit things that you'd like to see plans for or ways that OPD can improve.  I want you guys to get what you want, and I'm here to help you. I fell in love with another Pottery Barn piece recently.  (I'm sure you're all shocked, haha.)  Their Sumatra Bed  is just so gorgeous and elegant, but still rustic at the same time.  I knew I had to make plans for it.  This plan is for a queen sized bed, but they are easily adapted to a full or twin.  Check out the plans after the jump! Continue reading "Sunda Bed Plans"

Cheshire Vanity Stool

 Let me start out by saying that I really really wish I was good at upholstery.  I'm working on it, but it's definitely a work in progress.  I've been trying for months to find a class to take on the weekends, but apparently no one in the entire greater Los Angeles area offers them.  I'm still searching... anyone have any suggestions?  In the meantime, I'm reading a bunch of books trying to get a handle on the real way to upholster.  I'd really like to do a wingback chair from scratch... building the frame and upholstering it.  It's on the list.  In the meantime, I'll practice with smaller, more manageable projects like this vanity stool. When we remodeled our master bathroom, I made sure to leave a space in the center of our vanity for a seat so that I could sit while doing my hair and make-up.  Well, a year and a half later, I'm finally getting to build the stool.  Modeled after Pottery Barn's Manchester Bar Stool, I modified the design to be a smaller height ideal for a vanity.  (In order to create the original barstool height, simply make your legs a bit longer.  For the tall barstools, cut your 2x2s to 27 1/4", allowing for 2" of foam.  For the medium sized barstools, your 2x2s should be 23 1/4" long.  I would also compensate for this additional hight by slightly raising up your 1x2 leg supports.) This is an ideal beginner building project.  It only took me about an hour to build the stool and about an afternoon to upholster.  It also uses very simple materials as you only need 3 boards and a plywood scrap to build it.  (If using pine, it equals out to about $5 in lumber.) Continue reading "Cheshire Vanity Stool"

Getting Inspired

I've been trying to talk Brad into a guest bathroom remodel for a long time. (In other words, since the day we moved in.) It's awful. It's ugly with really cheap blue "tile" (a term I use loosely because I'm not sure what's made of) and I really really hate it. A lot. But, the biggest problem with it, is that it's not that bad. So, it's not bad enough to have remodeled it right away in comparison with how the rest of the house was when we first purchased it. (Click here for more "before" pictures of our house and how it came to be.) It's just... ugly. Yet, it functions, and we get by, so the remodel has been a hard sell with the husband. But the blue "tile" mocks me. Every. Single. Day. Daring me to tear it out. Continue reading "Getting Inspired"