Last week I drove up to Thousand Oaks to check out the newest Arhaus location on opening day and I shopped ’til I dropped! Well almost dropped, luckily there was a Chipotle right next door to keep me going. The new space is two full floors filled with, what I’ve come to learn are, pretty special pieces. Being opening day, there was quite a buzz in the air and all the employees were eager to help and tell the stories behind various pieces I was interested in. For example, I learned all about the Mexican artisan behind the hammered copper tables and how each one is hand hammered over 2,500 times!
The thing I like about Arhaus (you may remember I got one of their sofa’s for the A-frame) is that they don’t represent just one aesthetic. It is mix of many different styles, so my Arhaus sofa could be styled completely different and look just as at-home in someone else’s space. Here are a few things I came away from the shop loving.
While furniture hunting and shopping for the studio, I couldn’t quite find the right credenza to fit the space that didn’t come with an insane price tag so I looked to ikea, per usual, and started doodling in my notebook to design a piece using their “besta” cabinets as building blocks. I wanted there to be storage, be a certain length and height (tall enough to be a workbench height) and not look like straight out of the box ikea.
As you might be able to tell, if you can decipher my chicken scratch, I came up with a couple different ideas, one with shelves on the sides but the open sides ended up being the winner. I then took my sketches to the computer and drew it out to scale to make sure I was happy with the proportions etc. Once I got it exactly how I wanted it, I took my plans to the lumber store, selected 2 pieces of high quality birch plywood (4′ x 8′) and had the on-site milling cut it down to the sizes I specified below.
Once I got everything back at the house, I assembled the Ikea cabinets and measured out where I needed to use the router to create channels for stability, I did this at every joint where the vertical boards intersect with the horizontal boards (As shown in the image below, highlighted in blue). Also, you will see that I assembled and built it upside down and then flipped it over once it was finished.
I used a scrap piece of plywood and clamped it down to the board to use as a jig while using the router and lied the top and bottom board down next to each other so I could easily make sure the lines would match up exactly.
I used a 3/4″ bit and sunk it down about 1/4″.
Once I created all the grooves it was time for assembly.
I used wood glue in every joint and then secured everything with screws. A LOT of screws. I used long cabinet screws where the horizontal boards capped off the vertical board so it would sink deep into the vertical (while still remaining hidden). OH and make sure to use a drill bit to pilot the hole before screwing in to make sure the boards didn’t split. I used shorter screws when attaching it to the base of the besta cabinets so they wouldn’t show through on the inside.
For the legs I notched a 3″ groove (using the router again) into the side of each of the legs and glued and screwed in the 3″ x 60″ support piece. This piece is crucial for stability but also is nice and hidden giving the illusion once it is standing that the credenza is balancing on just the thin boards as legs.
And finally, I flipped it over, finished it with a clear coat and called it done! I am super happy with how it turned out. Hello beautiful modern credenza/workbench.
Taking on projects like these can look intimidating but coming up with the idea is 90% of it and the other 10% is just knowing how to use the tools (o.k. and there’s a lot of math in there too). There is a new app called DIYZ that recently came out which is full of information and guidance to help you tackle DIY home improvement projects with more confidence and I found some great tutorials on tools. Pictured on my i-Phone above, you can see an entire dedicated story with step-by-step instructions on how to use a drill. Which if you don’t happen to have a wood working dad that taught you a big bag of tricks, you could probably benefit from. The app also has full projects outlined with how-to videos and it also includes a handy tool & material list where you can choose exactly what you need, with links to order it online and have it delivered right to you (the amazon prime fanatic in me LOVED that). You can download the app on iTunes here or on Google+. Happy DIY-ing.
Supplies and Materials list:
2 4’x8′ sheets of 3/4″ high quality birch plywood Wood Glue
Table Saw (or have the main cuts done where you buy the plywood like I did) 3 Besta Cabinets (in high gloss white)
This post was done in collaboration with DIYZ. All thoughts and ideas are my own.
I’ve been buying up all kinds of woven bag, for myself and for gifts, like crazy! It’s one trend I am fully on board with and so happy there are so many good ones out there right now, so I’ve rounded up a few of my faves for your shopping pleasure. x
If you read yesterday’s post, you saw that we’ve set up a bed to temporarily convert my studio back to a guest house. You see, we have family coming to visit for the holidays and without any spare bedrooms in the house, I wanted to make sure they had a comfortable place to welcome them.
Sapira recently reached out to have me try out their mattress and I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to create the dedicated guest space for the holidays, and it also gave me the excuse to execute the DIY headboard I had rattling around my brain (see the DIY post here). READ MORE
Well, I’ve switched some things up a bit… there’s a bedroom in our studio! We have family coming in for the holidays so I’ve temporarily converted the studio to a guesthouse. When Archie arrived we transformed our only guest room to his nursery, which left us with no space for family to stay, other than crashing in the living room. Once we built-out the new studio space my parents were able to stay there when they visited but we didn’t have that great of a set up. My mom would sleep on the sofa and my dad on an air mattress.
This year I wanted to welcome them with a much more comfortable space, so I set out to create a beautiful bedroom on a budget that would also be easy to convert back and forth from my studio to a guest room when we do and don’t have house guests. I had most things on hand but the design started to come together when I saw this rug and a DIY headboard idea was born.
I wanted a headboard to frame out the bed and make it feel like a proper bedroom and all I did was purchase 6 of these table mats and 2 of these rugs and secure them to the wall with tiny finish nails. Five minutes later… instant headboard!
Another great thing about this DIY is that I can repurpose the placemats for a table setting while they aren’t in use as a headboard.
On a side note… I love seeing how my wallpaper works in a bedroom setting, which has me really excited for when I can start selling it (I’ll keep you posted but it should be available early 1017!).
I bought this simple bed frame which has legs that screw off easily so we can store it without taking up too much space when we don’t have guests and I topped it all off with my favorite Parachute bedding. Next I added some ottomans as night stands, and a grounded it all with a Frances Loom vintage rug, from my ever growing rug obsession collection.
I am not sure how having a bed in the studio over the next month or so will affect my productivity. It is pretty naptime tempting after all, but I am sure my visiting family will appreciate it.