Toddler Animal Stools - Feature from Killer B Designs

DIY toddler animal stools

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Remember last week Brooke's amazing rustic storage beds?

Did you notice those cute little animal toddler stools in the corner?

Yep, those are DIY too!!!

Brooke shares the pattern and building steps here.

And different painting ideas here.

Pop over and check out the tutorial here.

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Modern Concrete and Broomstick Coat Tree

modern diy coat tree from broomsticks and concrete - tutorial from

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This is, without debate, more stylish than your treadmill.  

I'm of course talking about a coat rack.

Toliy made this for his sister's wedding.

It's just 5 broomsticks and a bag of redi-mix concrete.

For this base, 30 pounds (or half of a 60 pound bag) was used.

Mix the concrete with water.  

Place the broomsticks in the wet concrete and secure in place as desired.  Cardboard can also be used to hold the broomsticks in place while the concrete cures.

Now wait for the concrete to cure.  

Remove the bucket (ours had to be cut off so use a bucket you may have to part ways with), and enjoy your coat tree.

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Rustic Storage Bed with Doors

DIY rustic storage bed from

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My deepest apologies for website issues this morning (or afternoon if you don't live in Alaska).  We've grown, both traffic-wise and content wise (almost 1000 plans!!!) and we've reached that point where our site just badly needs a technical upgrade.  Know that we are working diligently to improve issues with the site and expect an improved user experience within the month.  Thank you so much for your patience with the site.  It is much appreciated.


Happy Friday folks!!!

Am I the only one out there that cleaned my room as a kid by stuffing everything under the bed???


Between me and you, somedays I still wish I could just stuff it all under the bed.  Or look the other way when Grace does.

So when my dear friend Brooke from Killer B. Designs wanted to collaborate with me on a storage bed, styled like this one from Restoration Hardware Baby and Child, but with access to the entire under bed area (partioned off of course so it's not a black hole of toys under there), the inner stuffer and pile-er in me had to say YES!!!

Never mind that Brooke is mommy-extraordinare to two beautiful little ladies, Brooke whipped out not just one beautiful and rustic storage bed,

But two!!!

Want to see more of this awesomeness?  Brooke has posted lots more photos, finishing details, and that hardware on her blog - go check it out!

And of course, the plans follow!

Have a great weekend!

XO Ana + Family

PS - Want to build but just don't have the tools?  

We are giving away this tool package!

Shopping List: 

7 - 2x2x8
1 - 2x4x10
4 - 1x3x8
1 - 1x12x8
1 - 1x12x4
1 - 1x8x8
7 - 1x3x8 furring strips for slats

1 1/4 inch finish nails
1 1/4 inch pocket hole screws
2 1/2 inch pocket hole screws
measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
compound miter saw
General Instructions: 

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Twin - dimensions shown above
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8 - 2x2 @ 42"
10 - 2x4 @ 9 3/4"
30 - 1x3 @ 9 3/4"
4 - 2x2 @ 74 1/2"
2 - 1x12 @ 19 1/8"
1 - 1x12 @ 74 1/2"
16 - 1x2 @ 15" cut on a 45 degree angle, long point to long point
16 - 1x2 @ 9 1/2" cut on a 45 degree angle, long point to long point
8 - 1x8 cut down to 12" x 6 1/2"
14 - 1x3 slats @ 39"

Step 1: 

Build two of the ends as shown in diagram.

Step 2 Instructions: 

Attach slats to back side. Start on outside and work inward - if you end up with a gap, the center board will cover it :)

Step 3 Instructions: 

Next, frame out the two sides.

Step 4 Instructions: 

Attach the two side frames to the end panels.

Step 5 Instructions: 

Doors can be made overlay or inset - your call. Build to fit your openings. For inset, measure opening and build doors about 1/4" less in height and width than the opening. For overlay, it will depend on the hinges you use and how you mount the doors.

Step 6 Instructions: 

Section off the inside of the bed with 1x12s (or you could use 2x12s for additional support. If you don't have a pocket hole jig, get one, but for now, you can offset the center joint so you can attach from the outside easily.

Step 7 Instructions: 

Attach slats on top of partitions. Attach to sides of bed as well with 3/4" pocket hole and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws (only need one per slat). You could also screw from outside or attach a small cleat underneath slats and rest slats on top (2x2 recommended).

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Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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