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Friday, June 18, 2010

.:Feature Friday - The Frugal Designer:.


Hello Sweet Stuff Readers...Rayan the Frugal Designer here! Excited to be with you all today and share this fun little project.

I have quite a collection of DIY furniture going on my site with easy to follow Build It! Plans, Land: Scape planting guides, Budget Friendly Mood Boards for any and all occasions, an entire Project: Library FULL of DIY Tutorials for anything and everything Design and Craft related (feel free to link your own tutorials up, I am converting each page to a Linky)...and I love to help you solve your Design Dilemmas, I tackle at least 1 new dilemma a week! Head on over and see what I have been up to...I love to meet new people and everyone is welcome!

Here is what we will be building today...

Final multi
I know, super cute, right? I think I would like one in every color lining the wall in my little boys room! Boys can like pink too, right?

Build it plans

This is really easy to build and you should have no problem with it. The most difficult portion of this is using a Jig Saw to create the curved cut out near the top. You can do this quite easily by drawing out the arc on one side panel, cut it out, then use that as a template for cutting the other 2. Easy Peasy...

Kiddo kollection

I am including this in my Kiddo Kollection since this particular project is Kid sized, however, it is actually part of my Ann Marie Collection and matches a few other pieces I have already created plans for. Click on any of the tabs to see the other pieces in the collections.

Ann marie

This collection is sure to please with it's sophisticated lines and elegant appearance.


2" Coarse Thread Screws (or drywall screws)

2" Finish Nails

Wood Glue

Wood Filler



Finishing Supplies

Wood (MDF):

1 - Sheet of 3/4" MDF @ 4' x 8'

3 - 1x2 @ 10'




Sander - or a Sanding Block.

Saw - to cut your pieces to size.

Jig Saw - to create the arc (you can also cut out a rectangular shape if you prefer and avoid the Jig Saw)


Pneumatic Nailer (Nail Gun) or Finish Nail Set and

Cut list

2 - 3/4" MDF @ 36 x 12 3/4" (Sides Panels)

1 - 3/4" MDF @ 12 x 12" (Upper Separator)

3 - 3/4" MDF @ 22 1/2 x 12" (Shelves)

2 - 3/4" MDF @ 12 x 10 1/2" (Bottom Separators)

1 - 3/4" MDF @ 22 1/2 x 36" (Back)

1 - 3/4" MDF @ 22 1/2 x 6" (Front Piece)

1 - 3/4" MDF @ 24 x 6 3/4" (Top)

4 - 1x2 @ 22 1/2" (Front Trim)

1 - 1x2 @ 25 1/2" (Front Trim)

4 - 1x2 @ 30" (Front and Side Trim)

2 - 1x2 @ 36 3/4" (Side Trim)

2 - 1x2 @ 9 3/4" (Side Trim)

2 - 1x2 @ 5 1/4" (Side Trim)


** Adhere to all safety standards and check for square often. You
have a more difficult time with this project if you are not squared up.
Make sure your MDF is cut straight and square or you will have
difficulty joining sides and having them meet properly.

** Always Pre-Drill or Countersink your screws.

1 Begin by cutting your Side Panels and Top Separator to size and then form your arc. I have given you dimensions you need to work within, but beyond that you can make the shape however you like.

Just make sure it cuts away enough to allow for open storage on the top shelf of this unit and keep in mind that the upper 1 1/2" will need to be relatively flat to allow for the trim to be flush and flat later. Otherwise, make the arc as shallow or sloping as you like or make it rectangular if you don't have a Jig Saw (or don't care to use one), that would work just as well.

You will need 2 side panels and 1 separator. To ensure they all have the same arc, line up the left side of the separator panel to the left edge of 1 side panel and trace the arc.

Step 2
2 Build the Bottom Inserts, you will need 2 with these dimensions: Use 2" Screws and Glue.

Step 3s

3 Attach the Back: Use 2" Screws and Wood Glue

Step 4s
4 Fasten the Inserts to the Side Panels and the Back. You won't be able to fasten the shelf bottoms to the interior panels very easily, but this doesn't matter much given their attachment to the back and sides.

Step 4bs 5 Build the Top Insert: Begin by shortening the Separator by 3/4" as shown below. Attach it to the shelf using 2" Screws and Glue.

Step 3b

Step 3c
6 Attach to Insert to the Unit and fasten the Front Piece in place: Use 2" Screws and Glue to fasten from underneath and on the sides. Use 2" Finish Nails to fasten to the Separator.

Step 7

7 Attach the Top: Use 2" Finish Nails and Glue

Step 8

8 Trim out the Sides: Use 2" Finish Nails and Glue.

Step 9
9 Trim out the Front: Use 2" Finish Nails and Glue

Step 10 10 Touch up and fill any Nail holes. Use your finger to run a thing layer of Spackle along any cut edges, allow to dry and sand flush. Prime with at least 2 coats of primer and paint. Seal with a polyurethane (3-4 coats) to protect your finish and give added durability to your paint.

For finishing tips and tutorials see my

Finishing school

Finishing school


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I have really enjoyed being with you here today, I hope you enjoyed this project and that you give it a try! I can't wait to see what colors you choose...

Hope you visit me at my site and that you like what you see! See you soon... Xx Rayan


  1. Oh my goodness Rayan those are adorable!!!!

    Hi Summer! I'm off to check out your blog! ;)

  2. Thanks! I am going to build at least 1 this weekend, maybe 2 for blakey's room! now to decide on the color...eek!


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