The Project House – Mr. Project’s Built-in Window Seat with bookshelves

January 21st, 2014

Okay… I haven’t updated on the house in a few weeks. So much has happened… so much is happening right now. It’s really kind of overwhelming to keep up with it all, and take pictures, and blog and whatnot. And so pictures were kind of piling up and I knew I needed to get to an update, but then I went out of town on business for several days, and pictures really started piling up, and the whole idea of updating on the build seemed really overwhelming.

So finally I decided that I couldn’t wait any longer, and started flagging images. Well there were more than 60 images that I want to share… and really, I couldn’t do that in one mega post,  so I decided to catch up a bit by showing projects/categories for a few quick posts. This way I can get a bunch of little posts done and get all my updates posted, without feeling overwhelmed.

Onto the first project… The built-in window seat in the Guest Room. This is one of those projects that I just didn’t think we’d get to until after we moved in. Mr. Project was feeling motivated, and asked what I was planning and said that maybe he could get it done… well if you know my husband, you know that when he says that, he is about 5 minutes away from diving in head first and getting said project started and finished in record time.

Here is the window wall of the room. I really wanted double or triple windows in all the rooms instead of one big slider window. I just think it looks so quaint and designed.

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I planned for this room to have a window seat with shelving on the sides, so I had the framers keep the ceiling lower over this one part of the room, and then raise it up higher for the rest of the room. I basically wanted it to feel like a more enclosed space.

When Mr. Project asked what I wanted the space to look like, I drew this (awesome) picture on the wall:

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Apparently I need to brush up on my perspective drawing… I drew a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf on each side of the windows, and then a bench area between. Then detailed the paneling on the inside of the seating area, and the front of the bench. We made a few measurement decisions – how deep, how wide etc. and then Mr. Project got to work!

First he made bases for everything to sit on. He said that this was the most important part of the job because if the bases were off, then everything else would be off. So he spent a long time putting these in and making them completely level and plumb.

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Once he had the bases in, he built each bookshelf in two pieces (because they are so tall). I don’t have any during pictures of this process because I had to go home and be a mom/get work done. But Mr. Project stayed late that first night assembling the shelving and router-ing the v-groove paneling for the shelve backing. The next day when I came by again, it looked like this:

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That’s a lot of progress for less than 24 hours. That Mr. Project, he’s pretty amazing. The second night he stayed late again and paneled out the window and created the face frame (from poplar wood) for the shelving, and the paneling on the inside.

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So the next morning when I came to the house… this Is what I saw!

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So amazingly gorgeous, and absolutely perfect. Less than 48 hours from Mr. Project just asking what I wanted it to look like – to – being all done except the baseboard, front trim, and liftable-seat. He really is amazing!

Here’s the simple v-groove detail in the back:built-in-window-seat-vgroove

And the inside paneling:

built-in-window-seat-detail2  The crown and face frame detail.

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If you want to know more about HOW he created this, I can see if Mr. Project will write a how-to with some additional images and notes. Just let me know in the comments/ instagram/facebook, and if I get enough interest, I can convince him to write a post all about building a built-in window seat with bookshelves.

Stay tuned to my blog for a lot more house projects and mini-update posts the next few weeks. We’re less than a month out (cross my fingers), so things are really picking up!

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CHA 2014 – My Mind’s Eye booth- photo heavy

January 11th, 2014

CHA is the Craft Hobby Association trade show held annually in Anaheim, CA. The company that I design scrapbooking products – My Mind’s Eye – has a booth there, and I usually attend with them and help plan/decorate the trade show booth. At the trade show various craft companies release new products and write orders with various vendors and retailers.

With that intro… I flew into LAX on Thursday with a few designer friends, and we headed straight for a fun day in Santa Monica.

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Which, awesomely, included the ferris wheel on the Santa Monica Pier.  Looking at this gorgeous beach and ocean view.

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I even took a selfie from way up high.

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We also ate a ridiculous amount of italian food. Calories don’t count on work trips, right?

The next morning I was up and at the MME booth. I put together the product boards, and hand-painted a lot of illustrated gold frames.

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Here’s a closeup of me painting away! My back was killing me after I finished.

CHA2014_frames5_theprojectgirlBut my layout wall turned out awesome! I love this idea and I’m totally going to do this somewhere in our new house to put layouts up and also kids artwork.

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This is the whole wall (missing 2 layouts). Love it!

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Okay so a few quick shots of the new product that I designed:

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The Project House – Construction Week 17

December 27th, 2013

Even with this week being Christmas, a lot still got done on the house (mostly due to Mr. Project working at the house every day except Christmas).

Doors were mostly installed we have 3 different styles in the house. Here is a narrow 3-panel door looking all fly. This is the “media closet” in the family room. I just love long narrow doors. 
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All the 6’8″ doors in the house are this 1-panel style. Super simple and a nod back to the early 19th century. They are going to look beautiful all painted up and with pretty door knobs.
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I wanted light to flow through the hallway. So I had a skinny french door made for the reading room. Right now it has a film on it to protect the glass. but after everything’s painted, the panes will be clear and really let the sun shine. We have 3 sets of these in the house and I love how much character they have.

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Mr. Project has been HARD at work on lots of finish carpentry projects around the house. Each of these could warrant a blog post, but things are moving so quickly, I think it would be impossible to keep up. So we’ll get a quicky update post now, and maybe after we’re moved into the house,  I can break down some of these projects into individual posts.

After the drywall was done, the first thing he tackled was the fireplace wall in the Family Room. This was one project that I didn’t expect to do until after we were moved in. But because of how it’s all put together, it was best to get it done now before paint and flooring.

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This truly was a massive undertaking. I wanted him to plank the entire wall. But I didn’t want the perfection of MDF, I wanted the character of wood. The knots, the grain lines, to make it feel like a very organic space. So he bought rough lumber, planed it all, and cut it down to size – this part alone took nearly an entire day. AND it’s kind of silly, because I’m going to paint the whole thing. Which is sad… it’s so beautiful all natural wood. But we are planning a similar style for the upstairs fireplace that will be natural wood, so I didn’t want repetition there.

theprojectgirl_mantel_detail_shelvingWith all this work, Mr. Project was lucky to have some help from my Brother-in-law and one of our new neighbors for parts of this project. Even with all the help, it took him a good 3 days to finish.

 

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