How to design and build the lumberjack bedroom bunk beds + FREE PLANS

February 3rd, 2015

Hi everyone! Mr. Project here. I don’t usually post here, in fact, I usually just work in the background or on the sidelines. You could say I’m something of the 6th man or mascot of the project girl. She’s the REAL awesome here. You can check out the other post I wrote about how to get started building kitchen cabinets.

Jen Allyson got invited to remake a room for the circuit design space star contest and she came up with the idea to re-do the boys room at our home (you can find a tour of the room here) And you can VOTE for the room (it only takes 2 seconds) here.

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Jen knew that she wanted unique bunk beds in the room, she put together a basic sketch of her idea and then created a line drawing in adobe illustrator. I used that to create a 3D rendering of the design in Google Sketchup, so that I could make sure all my dimensions were correct and figure out the construction of the beds.

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You can download the free bunkbed plan in Sketchup HERE  – you’ll need a free copy of Google Sketchup to open them

There were a few things we wanted to accomplish with the bunk beds including -

1. Create something unique and interesting looking

2. Create a reading space for the boys

3. Make everything “knock down” so we can take the beds with us if we ever decided to move, while at the same time . . .

4. Make it look build in, and custom.

Step 1 – Create your plans.

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Lumberjack Kids room Tour – Projects using the Cricut Explore *photo heavy

January 28th, 2015

Welcome to my blog, The Project Girl! This room design is part of a competition! If you love my son’s lumberjack room, I am hoping that you will take a second to go and vote for me on the Cricut Facebook Page (you don’t need a Facebook account). Thanks so much for your help, every vote is greatly appreciated!

The big day is here!!! 6 Weeks ago I was given my Cricut Design Star Challenge FINAL round assignment. The 5 finalists were to re-decorate a room with the help of the cricut explore, $1000 budget, and $500 in Cricut supplies.  Off to the races through Christmas, and New Years, and CHA, and ALT! It’s been a really busy 6 weeks for me, but all the late-nights have paid off and I’m soooo excited to reveal my room makeover to you! I have 2 boys and I was just loving this plaid/lumberjack craze so much, that I created a lumberjack themed kids room! With bunk beds!

PIN this room to save it for later! 

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Cricut also asked me to create a video to go with the room reveal. Check it out here (disable pop-up blocker to see):


(this is totally my first video and I edited it and everything. scary!):

Lets back up to the before… wah wah. Cute bedding! but pretty much an empty room. The byproduct of moving 6 months ago. theprojectgirl-lumberjack-room-before

It’s still airy and bright, but so much more pazazz and I love how all the white and black make all the plaid and buffalo check just pop. I also want to take this moment to point out that I designed the duvet covers and used black iron-on to create the patterns on them. They totally MAKE the room, but so many people I’ve show them to think that I bought them!
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The desk area is so great. I actually had purchased the desk a few weeks prior to this assignment, and was so incredibly happy that I picked the right color! The brackets I had ordered 6 months ago from West Elm clearance. This room was totally meant to be!theprojectgirl-lumberjack-room-desk

One of the biggest reasons I wanted to do a bunk bed was for the loft space beneath. The perfect place for a little cozy reading of all our favorite baby lit books. My boys love it so much already.

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Craft Room Organized & paper wreath project

January 15th, 2015

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I posted this picture of my craft room on my instagram feed a few weeks ago. I had just cleaned up my craft room in preparation for some upcoming projects. It’s still kind of a wreck in there though because I really needed to get to the organization of the space. And basically after a few hours of working on projects, the room looks more or less like this:

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Stuff piling out of the closet, drawers overflowing, floors completely covered.

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Really it’s just in need of some good old fashioned purging and organizing.

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Michaels asked all of the Michaels Makers to organize our craft spaces using organization products from their store. I had a business trip this month, so instead of taking the time to run to my  local store, I ordered all my supplies on Michaels.com. I ordered several large handled boxes, a few scrapbook cases (my favorite, I already have a ton), two rolling scrapbook chests, and two metal storage racks that hangs over the door.

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Because I design scrapbooking supplies, I become quickly overrun by papers and stickers. I use the Scrapbook cases to divide up scrapbooking lines that I’ve designed, or my card stock stash. I have lots of piles like this of newer scrapbooking lines, that I just hadn’t gotten around to organizing.

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I was able to just scoop them up, organizing by name, and start filling up all the cases in my scrapbook chests.

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The chests are so nice because you can wheel them around for easy access, and the boxes don’t tip like they might do if you stack them too high. I filled up all these chests with papers I had lying around, and have enough stuff to fill about 4 more. theprojectgirl-craftroom-closet-drawers-after

I was super thrilled to find that the chests fit two across in my closet, and well below the lowest shelf. You can also see additional scrapbook cases all filled up, and above those the size of the large modular bins.

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When I saw the over the door organizers, I was beyond thrilled. I have two big doors leading to my closet, and knew they would be perfect for this item. It’ comes in a really small box, and is easy to assemble. I ended up swapping some of the accessories from one door to the next to customize my configuration just how I wanted it.

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I love all the components that come with the system including these chains and hooks for any flat embellishments. I used mine for ribbon so this became my ribbon door.

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The other side is housing all my Cricut supplies. I LOVE the hooks that come with the system, the were the perfect depth to slide 3 vinyl rolls on.

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And I tidied up all the shelves and swept for days, but finally the room is looking really nice!
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My favorite thing is still the door organizers. Such a great use of wasted space, and so well designed too.

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And to break in the new space, I created this paper wreath with Recollections card stock and my Cricut Explore. I created about 2/3rd of the die line files, the rest were from the Cricut Design Space.

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It made a mess, but everything was much easier to clean up when stuff is organized.

  • Haven’t decided what project you’re going to kick off 2015 with? Stop by Michaels’ blog  The Glue String  for inspiration from all 30 of the Michaels Makers.
  • If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to clean out your closet, your office or even your bedroom, but you’re sick of the typical containers and boxes – here are some cool and creative DIY storage ideas that might help!
  • For those of us that just need a place to store our craft materials and organize our scrapbook paper, paint, markers and yarn, you must check out these nifty craft storage systems.
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