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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Geometric Banner using Cricut Explore

January 31st, 2015

Welcome to my blog, The Project Girl! I recently decorated my son’s room in a lumberjack theme, and this is one of my many projects that I created using my Cricut Explore. This room design is part of a competition, and if you love my 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!

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One of my favorite projects from the Lumberjack Room I designed, was this geometric banner. It’s just a great 3-dimensional piece.

Supplies:

Cricut Explore

Score Stylus

Paper

Ad tech Glue Runner

Bone Folder

To create this banner, I started by cutting AND SCORING the diamond shapes with my cricut explore.

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Then I folded all my scored tabs and lines using a bone folder to get nice crisp lines. A bone folder is one of my favorite craft tools.

theprojectgirl-geometricbanner-2I did this for all the diamond boxes I wanted to create, and then I used my Ad tech glue runner to glue the boxes together. I also ran the string through the boxes  while glueing them so that I wouldn’t have to attempt to string them together afterwards. This way the string goes through the middle of the boxes as well. 
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And here’s the final product, a lovely geometric banner!

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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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