Today, I am sharing my tutorial for my Creating with the Stars Knockoff of the Worlds Away Anna Bar Cabinet. Are you ready for this MONSTER tutorial!?! I kid you not, this is a Tolstoy novel, but I didn’t want to leave out any details. This was a lot to squeeze into such a short time frame, and for real– I pulled 2 all-nighters to get it all done!! A lot of planning went into creating this. Originally, I wanted to find a premade cabinet and just build the base, but it was actually more cost-effective to build it from scratch and I could not find a suitable cabinet on such short notice in my area.
I just want to preface this by saying I am not a carpenter and I tried to keep it as simple as I could. I also kept in mind that a lot of DIYers may not have access to certain wood-working tools. You will have to have some basic knowledge of how to use a drill, a nail gun, a miter saw, and a jig saw. I would not consider this a beginner’s project. I pushed myself for Creating with the Stars and I’m glad I did it.
I also built this in two pieces–the cabinet and the base. This way it is easier to move, since it is quite heavy and a larger furniture item.
Make your cabinet cuts…actually… let the home improvement store do it.
The first thing I did was build the cabinet. I went to my local home improvement store and selected 2 pieces of 3/4″ 4×8 Birch Hardwood Plywood. This has a really smooth finish which is great for painting. This design is based on the 3/4″width of this plywood, so all measurements had to take that into account.
I designed some templates to get the best cuts from each piece of plywood so I would not have to buy extra or waste too much. I had the home improvement store use their large saw and make all my cuts for me. I LOVE THAT SAW!! The first two cuts are free and then they charge 29 cents per cut after that. This is a great alternative if you don’t have access to the proper saw at home.
The first piece of wood will make the cuts for your top, back, and 2 side pieces of the cabinet. You will want to save the extra wood because you will be using it later.
Your second piece of wood will be the cuts for your 2 doors, bottom, and transition piece between the cabinet and the base. Again, you are going to want to save your leftover pieces for later.
Keep in mind, that your 2 doors are cut to have a tiny space between them when hung so they do not touch.
Build your cabinet.
To build your cabinet you will need the following:
cabinet cuts from your plywood, wood for the frame: (2) 1″x1″x8′ (actually 1-3/8″x 1-5/8″) lumber, a nail gun and 1-3/4 in. x 15 gauge nails, a level, a drill and 1-1/2 in. wood screws, wood fill, a sander or sandpaper
**an extra set of hands to help position and hold pieces in place
You will cut your lumber into 8 pieces to use as the inner frame that you will attach your cabinet plywood pieces to. It is really great to have a buddy near by to help hold things in place as you use your nail gun. I kept a level handy too to make sure everything was aligned properly.
To start, I drew lines a 3/4 inch inside from the outer edges of the bottom piece. This was my guide as I attached my frame. Since the plywood cuts are 3/4 inch wide, this makes everything line up perfectly.
It is really important to make sure that top piece hangs over the front of the cabinet by 3/4″. You want your doors to be flush with the top.
I placed a nail using my nail gun about every 4 inches. I used my drill and 6 wood screws on the top, sides, and back to ensure solid construction.
Once constructed, I filled in nail holes with wood fill, sanded them down, and cleaned the surface.
Build the base. You will need:
(4) 1″ x 1″ x 8′ lumber (remember it is actually 1-3/8″ x 1-5/8″ x 8′)
1/2″ oak pressed board cut to 36″x 20-3/4″
3/4″ birch hardwood plywood cut to 15″x 21″ (from leftover wood from cabinet)
(12) 2″ 2-hole 90 degree corner brace
(8) 2″ 2-hole L-strap
(8) 3″ mending plates
(8) brass furniture glides
drill and wood screws
After you make your cuts for the base pieces, take your top piece and lay it on the ground. Basically, build it upside down. I found that working from the top down was best. I used corner braces on all interior corners. I hid the L-brackets on the back sides of joints that can not be seen from the front of the cabinet. I did this to keep things plumb and extra secure. I just used the wood screws that came with the packages and my cordless drill. The mending plates I placed under the joints on the bottom of the base for extra stability.
The brass furniture glides were an extra touch and I placed them under every vertical leg of the base.
Paint cabinet & add in fabric pop out panel to the back
I loved the emerald green of the original Anna Bar Cabinet, so I went with Benjamin Moore Very Green (2040-30) in Semi-Gloss. I purchased 1 quart of Benjamin Moore Fresh Start High-Hiding All Purpose Primer in Deep Base. My friendly Benjamin Moore paint expert also tinted the primer for me with Very Green. I did one coat of primer using a foam roller. Once dry, I applied two coats of Benjamin Moore Very Green. 1 quart is enough to cover everything twice and still have enough leftover for the doors and base piece. I used a foam roller application for the paint and had a paint brush handy for hard to reach areas. This is excellent paint, and my paint expert advised me to use Benjamin Moore Advance Paint for furniture. Hands down the best quality paint I have worked with.
While my paint was drying, I worked on the fabric panel for the inside of the cabinet. This was really simple and I customized it so it could come out easily and be changed. I had my home improvement store use that handy saw of theirs once again to cut a piece of smooth board (it’s brown and located with the baseboard and paneling) the size of the back of my cabinet 33″x 35″. When I got it home, I notched the corners with my jig saw so it would fit tightly against the back of the cabinet.
I found this animal print fabric at Hancock Fabrics. That is also where the awesome white hand came from that you all loved so much! It is an outdoor fabric and easy to clean. Using spray adhesive, I attached the fabric to the board and smoothed it out as I worked with a wallpaper smoothing tool. Worked like a charm! The excess I just taped on the back.
This is not permanent and if I ever wish to change it out it will be an easy fix. The shelving I added in holds it flush against the back, so there is no need to permanently attach it to.
So, cabinet meet your base…
Now onto doors…
The bamboo detail– I spared no expense…LOL. I had some old tiki torches in my garage that we weren’t going to use ever again, so I grabbed my hand saw and got to work cutting them.
First, I marked on my doors in pencil where I wanted the bamboo to be placed. Then, I made my cuts. I cut the corners at 45 degrees. I attached the bamboo with liquid nail. Once it was dry, I primed and painted the fronts of the doors.
Attach doors and finish painting. Attach hardware. Gold leaf the base.
You must have the proper hinge for this type of door. The hinge has to be attached to the inside and not noticeable on the outside. I think they are called hidden collapsible hinges.
Hanging doors…not easy! Let me repeat…hanging doors… NOT EASY! It helps to have another set of hands for this too. The directions that came with the hinges did help a lot though.
Once hung, I painted them and the shelf for the base.
The hardware is handmade, actually…Dave made…I loved the help with that!! I made a template out of grid paper that mimicked the shape and size of the hardware on the Worlds Away version. Dave took leftover birch from the cabinet cuts and used the jig saw and cut those by hand!! I was just going to cut pieces and glue them together, but he wanted to see if he could cut some out for me to save me the extra time…since I was playing beat the clock at this point! Once they were cut out, I spray painted them gold.
The base got the gold leaf treatment. I filled in screw holes with wood fill and sanded them down before hand. It took a couple of hours to gold leaf the entire base. I was really tired of gold leaf at this point. In retrospect, I could have just spray painted the base, but I wanted that gold leaf look.
Shelving is subjective, so I didn’t feel the need to do a tutorial for this. You can customize it to your own needs. I used the left over birch from the cabinet build and made my own.
So, that’s my high-end knockoff. The Worlds Away Anna Bar Cabinet is in a league of its own. It is extremely well made with gorgeous finishes and details. My homemade version, recreates the look of this upscale piece using materials you can get at your nearest home improvement store.
My costs include all the lumber, all the hardware, fabric, and paint.
I still can’t believe I got it done in time. I basically had 4 days to have it finished, styled, photographed and submitted to CWTS. You can see the amount of work and time I poured into every detail. I had to fit in time to source items to style it with since I couldn’t use anything identifiable to my home. I also painted those black and white abstracts quickly to add some art to the wall…oh and I painted the walls white too. It’s an insane amount of work to cram into such a short period of time! I am so glad I pushed myself and got it done. Now I have a lovely cabinet in my office.
A special thanks to my CWTS Blog Star Kristin from The Hunted Interior & CWTS hosts Monica and Jess from East Coast Creative.
If you would like to see more projects to get inspired, check out my PROJECT GALLERY.
Good Morning! I hope you all had a great weekend!! We were busy working on the house per usual, but enjoyed a day of celebration on Easter.
Today, I am sharing a table makeover I just finished. I found this little table at a resale shop for $7 a couple of years back. The finish had some water damage, but the caning was perfect.
Last year, I spray painted it to add a pop of color. Now, the color wasn’t working for me, and I wanted to change things up again.
I used the same spray paint as before, Valspar Paint + Primer In One Interior/Exterior Spray Paint in Gloss. I really like this spray paint for little projects like this, because it gives a nice even finish and is easy to recoat. The high gloss finish is perfect for a high-end look. I choose black because I always feel like I circle back to black and white pieces. I just love the contrast. You should definitely have some black furniture in your life!
The hardware I just love! These little lion ring pulls from D Lawless Hardware are the perfect size for an accent table like this.
I feel like I breathed some new life into my little table and gave it a little RAWR!!
For more projects like this check out my Project Gallery.
Have a great Monday friends! The boys have today off from school so we are going to have a little fun day!
I don’t even know how to begin this post…
Let me just say that the past couple weeks I’ve been keeping a secret and now I can share it! Those 3 letters are coming to my house!! Yes, BHG!! Better Homes and Gardens will be here in 13 days for a photo shoot!!!
And, yes I am keeping a countdown!! There is sooo much to do.
Insane cleaning…I am going to clean like I’ve never cleaned before!! My pores will ooze cleaning products.
Wardrobe choices…note to self–must go shopping.
Work, work, work…Finishing up those pesky little projects that I am pretending will just finish themselves. Why hasn’t that piece of baseboard painted itself?
Working out… in hopes of looking like a super model…ummm…
To say I am beyond excited is the understatement of the year. I don’t think I can find a proper word to describe what I am feeling.
After a few emails and phone conversations with the editor and stylist, I can safely say this is going to rock my world!! I can’t wait to see them in action! The photographer making magic happen and the stylist working it to make everything perfect!! I am pinching myself that I get to be involved in the process!!
When all is ready and it’s GO TIME I just hope I don’t pull a Chandler Bing:
I just had to spill the news to you guys! You have always been so encouraging and supportive– that has meant the world to me. Thanks for letting me share some personal joy with you!
I will be the crazy-cleaning-shopping-working-and-working-out lady for these remaining days. This is really a dream come true for me. Better Homes and Gardens has been my mag. I read it as a kid, dreaming of living in one of the beautiful homes that graced its pages. When I got married, my first subscription was of course BHG! As a design blogger, it has always given me tons of inspiration. So, you can imagine how stoked I was to receive that first email saying they want to come for a photo shoot!
I will be sharing some behind the scenes action, so be sure you follow me on Instagram to get the latest about the shoot.
Also, if you don’t already, I highly suggest following the BHG Style-Spotters blog. It is a great daily dose of ideas!!
Today, I am sharing my new fave rug ’round these parts. I feel like I should have greeted you with “Howdy, partner!” after saying ’round these parts’…anyways…enough of the random thoughts and onto the deets.
I love a sheepskin. I have 1,2,3,4,5, now 6 (well, 7 if you include Zoey, she kind of looks like a sheepskin) in my house. Can you ever have too much sheepskin?? The answer is always unequivocally NO. N to the O.
It works with so many styles. If you are a modern minimalist, the sheep skin adds a layer of texture and warmth so your spaces don’t play too cold. If you are a glamour girl, it adds a chic layer of comfort to your surroundings. If you are quirky and eclectic, it adds fun and brightness.
My latest sheepskin squeeze hails from Bold Rugs. This online rug store has every style of rug you can imagine! Great selection and they also offer a 14 day in-home trial, so you can’t beat that.
I wanted something plush under my footsies when I am working at my desk. I selected the Safavieh Sheepskin Shag Rug. It comes in 3 sizes, even a 4 x 6 if you want a larger one– gotta love that! It is 100% sheepskin. All real baby!
It also made an appearance on the tulip chair in the styling for my Creating with the Stars knock off:
Now, as you can see, being the sheepskin connoisseur that I am (owning 7 sheepskins, I mean 6!! Sorry Zo-Zo!), I have seen them all– the faux and the real. I own both and I thought I’d weigh in with my experience with each.
Just by seeing this picture…you can already see some major differences. Both are from the same maker, Safavieh, for comparison’s sake.
With the real sheepskin, you are getting just that– the real deal. So, naturally, it is plusher, warmer, and thicker. It also has a creamier color than the bright white of the faux. It does shed some in the beginning with the first couple vacuums, but that is normal. They also wear better over time. They cost a little more, but I think it is worth the money if you want something that lasts.
I compared this sheepskin to the Ikea sheepskin too, since I have both on hand. The real sheepskin from Ikea has a lower price point and is a pretty good value. The Bold Rugs Safavieh Sheepskin does appear to be made better and is thicker and plusher than the Ikea version. It costs a little more, but I really think you get what you pay for with this sheepskin. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Ikea sheepskin, but I do see where my new Bold Rugs sheepskin is better quality.
I recommend frequent vacuuming and spot cleaning if you spill on it. You can also have it professionally cleaned.
The faux version. This is just okay to me. If you don’t have the bucks for the real deal the faux version is super inexpensive. I’d rather just save for the real myself. Now, with the faux, they have them cut to appearance of the real. I find the “sheepskin” on these to be longer. They are not as plush and I find them really hard to vacuum. A lot of times I am shaking them out and picking out debris by hand. They also have a bright white color.
Care and cleaning is the same as the real sheepskin.
So, my two cents…go real. After living with them for a while, I can tell you that is the better deal in the long run. I just love my new real sheepskin from Bold Rugs! It is by far the nicest and best quality one in the house.
To see the sheepskin I featured in this post, be sure to check out Bold Rugs online. To get the latest on products and sales be sure to follow Bold Rugs on FACEBOOK and TWITTER.
This is a product review for Bold Rugs. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions are 100% mine.
Just wanted to let you all know where in the blogosphere I am today! I am over at Danielle Oakey Interiors and I’d love for you to visit us.
I just adore Danielle’s blog and style. We both love high-end looks on a budget and good design. I know you will love her style too
Are you guys ready for some thrifty finds?!?
I don’t know what my deal has been lately, but by the end of the day I am done! I have felt so tired, but there is so much to do I really can’t afford to be right now. To break up my normal day, I decided to change things up a bit and plan some time for some fun– some penny-pinching fun!
I have a lot of rooms to find decor for right now. Both the boys bedrooms, our bathroom, and my office. Thursday, Sam and I headed out for a day of treasure hunting around some of our favorite local shops…and it did not disappoint.
My hands down favorite find of the day is this brass antelope. I love love love when I find decor like this for just a few dollars! It’s solid brass and it just has a sexy vibe. I totally dig it and it had to come home with me.
I love it in my office, and I think it’s a great spot at the current moment since those antlers could impale a child around here.
I scored another piece of round cut stone for $1.25 at the Salvation Army. It appears to have been part of a little accent table. I found another one of these last year and I love to use them as trays. I also have plans to turn one into a plant stand soon.
I grabbed another fish bowl vase for my desk too. I think they are perfect for arranging roses.
Since we are in “bathroom reno mode” right now, I was happy to find this vintage lucite towel bar. It was only $8 at a flea market. The hardware needs a little cleaning but it is in great shape and even more beautiful in person. It will look so great with the marble tile.
Last but not least, I found something for Sam’s bedroom makeover. A few months back, I sat down with him and did a little “design consultation” and he totally surprised me with what he likes and wants for his room.
He is requesting all white walls and wants black and white decor. We are also mixing in some natural wood tones and copper. He totally has the hippest decor taste of any 5-year-old I know. He wants lots of animals and a guitar too. We have already purchased him a teepee from off his list and there are some other fun details that I am going to save for later.
This little stool is so perfect for the vibe his room is taking. He drags the bathroom stool into his room all the time to sit on. So, this was so great because now he has one for his room. Sam thinks it is a pterodactyl and it totally sold him on wanting it. For $6 we couldn’t pass it up. The tribal vibe, colors, and warm wood tones are perfect.
This warmer weather is totally putting me into treasure-seeking mode!! I don’t know about you, but I am ready to get my hunt on!!!
I am over at my friend Shavonda’s blog A Home Full of Color today sharing my thoughts on our home for her Small Home, Big Style series.
Shavonda is one talented designer and such a sweet friend! I always enjoy a visit to her site and I know you will too! Here’s just at taste of her talent…
Images courtesy of A Home Full of Color
My obsession with agates and geodes runs deep my friends. If you want insight into my former 5-year-old self and why I am fascinated with them– read my post HERE.
Today, I am sharing a quick little DIY I did to add a little extra something to some beautiful agate slices I just received.
My friend, Caitlin from Desert Domicile, just opened an etsy shop selling fabulous agates and geodes. I love it when my blogging friends do awesome stuff like this!! When I received the slices from her shop, she already added the clear rubber bumpers to the bottom which is so great. One less thing to do, right?
I opted to get the brown slices because the gold and brown together are so warming. I also have some browns in my living room so I thought this would work well.
Now, I realize I am not reinventing the wheel here. There are plenty of tutorials on how to gild your agate slices. This blog does chronicle my home and projects, so I felt I should share it anyways just incase you feel inspired to do the same.
Instead of buying all your supplies separate, you can get a gold leaf starter kit with the adhesive, gold leaf, and sealer all-in-one. It runs about $10 a kit, but I also had a coupon and got it for half-off. It’s perfect for little projects like this since you don’t need much gold leaf at all. I found my kit at Michaels.
I also recommend having a pair of gloves on hand. Just tight-fitting, disposable latex gloves work great.
It’s pretty darn simple!
Brush your adhesive on in an even layer and wait a few minutes for it to get tacky.
Attach Gold Leaf.
I only used one sheet of gold leaf for all four agate slices. Wearing your gloves put the gold leaf on the edge. You can use your brush to make sure you get an even application. Just brush the excess off.
Use the sealer in your kit and put on an even layer of the sealer over your gold leaf. You don’t have to use much at all. It goes on white and dries clear.
That’s it!! So easy and such a beautiful result.
They are absolutely gorgeous and I love seeing them on my coffee table.
I have always adored these and it is something I have collected for a while. I love that it is so on trend now.
Are you loving the agate craze too?
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Today I am sharing my favorite picks for chic table lamps. I showed you my spring bedroom refresh a couple of weeks ago, and one of my favorite new additions are the pair of table lamps I added to my nightstands. I chose the Claiborne Table Lamp from Kenroy Home because of its glossy white sleek base.
It measures 28″ high so it is the perfect height for my nightstands.
I love the shape of the base and that it has a drum shade. It has an elegant form and the glossy finish is beautiful. The bright white also pops against my gray backdrop.
I added the trim to the drum shade for a little pop of color. I love these new lamps and they supply the perfect light for reading at night.
Here are my favorite picks from Kenroy Home for chic table lamps:
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Glover Table Lamp, Marrakesh Table Lamp, Bollero Table Lamp, Burl Table Lamp, Pearl Table Lamp, Mercurio Table Lamp, Celestial Table Lamp, Ike Table Lamp
Be sure to check out Kenroy Home for all your lighting needs. They also have some pretty home decor options.
You can also get the latest news and products by following Kenroy Home on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.
I absolutely love our new Claiborne Table Lamps. They totally add style and elegance to our master bedroom. I have been eyeing that Burl Table Lamp…maybe for my office. I’ve been searching for a lamp for my desk and I think that might be the one. Don’t you think it would look great on my desk?
What’s your favorite chic table lamp from Kenroy Home?
I’d like to thank Kenroy Home for supplying the lamps for this product review. As always, I only share things I love and all opinions are 100% mine.
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Today, I am giving you a little peek at my office, now a chic office. I have been working on this when I get a spare moment from everything else and I love the way it is taking shape.
Creating with the Stars gave me the head start on this space with the addition of my green cabinet I made. It is supplying me with some much-needed storage and I will be sharing how I am staying organized with it very soon.
My workspace is now pretty complete with my new desk and chair. I wanted to keep it fresh and clean so I went white.
Above my desk, I wanted to litter the wall with inspiration. I also wanted it to be easily changed over time, so I opted for a giant inspiration board. I just used corkboard tiles and covered the entire board in the same fabric that I used on the inside of my green cabinet. I love the little pops of animal print that show through.
On top of my desk, I couldn’t resist getting some more gold accessories. The stapler, scissors, and paper clips are the new additions.
It feels so good to have a space that completely reflects my personal style to work in. The inspiration board is just filled with things I love and projects I am working on.
I also adore the gold stud push pins. Those were a happy find!
Under foot I wanted something soft, so I placed a sheepskin beneath my desk.
I would still like to find a fun lamp to use here. This side of my office is pretty much finished at the moment. The other side of the space I am still working on. It has to function as a place to dine and a place to work on projects.
OFFICE SOURCE LIST
World Market Josephine Desk
Zyder Hi-Back Office Chair
Safavieh Sheepskin Rug from Bold Rugs
Gold Paper Clips from Staples
Corkboard Self-Adhesive Squares 4-pack from Michael’s
Sunbrella Cheetah Natural Outdoor Fabric from Hancock Fabrics
Dream Big & Anything Could Happen Print by Charm & Gumption
Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien Print by Luciana
Foil Monogram Desk Calendar by Jenny Bevlin
Nate Berkus Gold Swingline Stapler, Nate Berkus Gold Scissors, Nate Berkus Gold Stud Push Pins at Target (in-store only)
First, I would just like to apologize to everyone who tried to leave a comment yesterday and couldn’t. I am working with my website host to get it remedied. Sorry about that!
March was quite the interesting month around here to say the least! We finally had some temps that are closer to spring weather…50 degrees feels like summer when we just made it through the longest winter EVER!! At the end of every month, I like to recap and highlight our projects, decor, plans, and happenings. Thanks for joining me on my DIY and design adventures!
As I said, this month was full of surprises! All the DIY tutorials I had planned to show you from our spring bedroom reveal got put on hold due to all the Creating with the Stars busy time! I am hoping I can squeeze them into April for you!
My oldest’s bedroom is starting to take shape and we got his room painted and scored an awesome midcentury desk for him!
I shared our spring bedroom reveal complete with bright pops of coral. I will be sharing a tutorial (hopefully soon!!) on the pillows, art, and wallpaper panels.
My master plan to add in some pink touches totally happened without any groaning from the boys in my life! Just call me Pink Ninja!!
You can see all the spring touches I added to our living room and maybe get inspired to take the pink plunge yourself!
You can see if you are the winner of the $150 e-gift card to West Elm or Target. I will be sending an email out to the lucky winner later on today too!
I am so glad I got to take part in East Coast Creative’s Creating with the Stars 2014. You can read all about my personal experience. It was one of my favorite things of the year thus far and I have a new piece of furniture in my home that I absolutely adore…
Another exciting thing that happened in March is got my first shout out in a magazine!!!!
You can check me out in USA Today Home magazine on newstands now across the country. I am in two articles on page 39 and page 55. Super cool!
I’d also like to take time out to thank these wonderful blogs and websites that featured my work in the month of March:
Cuckoo 4 Design
Dimples & Tangles
The Hunted Interior
Rugs USA blog
Well, we just started to prep the walls and floor in our bathroom for tile!! I cannot wait!!! We have been living with one of the ugliest bathrooms in America folks and it is going to transform into “bathroom fancy pants”. That’s the big one this month and it will probably take all month to get it done.
Bathroom Fancy Pants Priority #1
More work on the Boys’ Rooms
My CWTS Tutorial
Here’s a peek at what’s in store for our ugly bathroom…
April we should probably just call “marble month”...because it’s going to be everywhere!!! Oh, yea-aaaaah!
Today, be sure to pop on over to 11 Magnolia Lane for their tour of Spring Homes!