Jess’ DIY Bench 2.0 – Her Solution To Her Ugly Electronics (Plus An Ask The Audience)

Les and Jess are at it once more. For individuals who don’t know, Les is my dad and the carpenter hero to 99% of my room designs (the bench right here, the banquette and counter right here, and peg rail right here). We’ve been constructing issues collectively for so long as I can keep in mind, and whereas it’s not at all times clean crusing (you possibly can say the apple doesn’t fall removed from the cussed tree), they’re by far a few of my favourite reminiscences. ANYWAY, after I was beginning to design my present lounge, I knew there needed to be a customized “Bunge Bench TM”. It’s the regulation. Once more in case you are newish right here, that is the wrap-around bench I designed for my final house that was completely constructed by DIY DAD, Lester Bunge.

photograph by sara ligorria-tramp | from: moto reveal: jess’ lounge

Not solely did I find it irresistible with all my coronary heart, however y’all had been additionally fairly into it too which made it much more particular. Sadly, there wasn’t a spot for it in my new place so it now lives at my dad’s which feels proper provided that he constructed it. So apart from the truth that it wouldn’t have match, I additionally wanted a bench that was extra of a cupboard and right here’s why…

AHHHHH. MY EYES. I get extraordinarily bummed out when I’ve to see a lot of electronics and cords. I do know I’m not alone on this so I wished to give you a fairly method to solely see them when crucial. Is a cupboard bench a brand new concept? No. However discovering one which met all of my measurement, fashion, and potential monetary limitations was going to be ummm…not possible? I must also point out that my residing has solely two retailers that means I had solely two spots the place these technological terrors may stay. One being on the wall you see above and the opposite on the wall beneath my non-turret window which you will note in a sec. A cupboard bench simply made essentially the most sense.

photograph by sara ligorria-tramp | from: moto reveal: jess’ house workplace

Now, let’s revisit my “workplace” for a minute. I’m so proud of the way it turned out. I feel it balances daring and comfortable, earthy and luxe, and traditional and fashionable. These had been my fundamental targets and my greatest stresses:) I wish to proceed that via the area, bringing in wealthy colours, patterns, and supplies.

So right here is the place this “cool” electronics storage cupboard bench will stay. I like the concept of some additional seating (I must get a cushion made in order that will likely be new for me), I like that the outlet will likely be lined, and naturally, I like that my electronics will likely be tucked away properly. However what is going to it appear to be???

from: what furnishings/decor we’d need if cash had been no object – and why. let’s fantasize

For those who learn this put up about what we might purchase if cash had been no object then you recognize this $52,000 Gustav BertelsenIf cupboard made in 1946 is on the high of my listing. Y’all, there are solely two recognized to have been made. I’ve by no means actually been a polka dot gal however I do love circles so this speaks to the deepest elements of my design-loving soul. What I made a decision I’m going to do (or attempt to do) is make my very own highly-inspired model since I’m brief about $52,000. And after I say “I make” I imply “me and my dad make”. I known as him up, despatched him a VERY fundamental drawing, the requested measurements, and we had been off.

I want to point out now that that is very a lot a course of put up as that is so far as we’ve gotten. My dad constructed the body, leaving me to chop the doorways, and end sanding the whole lot…about two months in the past. Between being nervous I might mess it up (wooden nonetheless isn’t low-cost) and laziness, I didn’t do what he requested. Fortunately, I conned him into visiting me two weeks in the past the place we lastly did these issues.

This notch is for the facility strip to my pc and lamp. That was my dad’s concept which is why we make an excellent crew. I’m extra kind and he’s extra perform.

However now let’s speak stains and the way I plan to make these excellent circles…

This was the stain I picked that I believed regarded closet to the unique cupboard…Varathane in Colonial-Maple. I feel it’s too orange. Because the unique wooden was mahogany possibly their Golden Mahogany colour will look higher?? Any ideas? I need it to be warm-toned to carry extra heat into the room however this doesn’t really feel proper but. Additionally, I’m planning on including a sheen so that may change the look a bit of as nicely. Then we’ve the circles…

Hahahah. First off, the bottom stain was largely dry however not 100%. Second, I haphazardly used a sponge brush to make these “circles”. The unique plan, that my dad got here up with and bought made, was to make use of a customized vinyl stencil that had circle cutouts. Sadly, the circles had been method too spaced out and the kind of vinyl the corporate selected was waaaay too sticky. I used to be afraid it was going to mess up the wooden. Dad agreed. Then as we had been troubleshooting concepts I had a probably nice one. I may get a customized iron model made! That method the circles could be excellent, darkish, and I may even stain them if want be with a far much less likelihood of any bleeding exterior of the circle, proper? Etsy has a ton of inexpensive iron manufacturers so I don’t assume it’s going to be too costly to get made…I hope.

However PLEASE! When you’ve got any concepts, expertise, and/or suggestions for any a part of the staining and potential branding course of I’m all ears! That is my first time doing this and I need it to look good. DIYs are too time and money-consuming for them to come back out unhealthy!

The following large resolution that I’m determining is {hardware}.

Except for the form and construction of the cupboard, {hardware} is the place I’ll possible diverge from the unique piece. Initially, I believed I might do a model of the big circle possibly wooden, possibly not, however I actually love the look of those micro knobs that DISC Interiors made for this unbelievable nightstand. I can’t get sufficient of your complete design. Utilizing a knob much like this might lean into that steadiness I used to be speaking about earlier since that sample is so large and daring.

Then there’s this unbelievable piece by Hachi Collections. I like these medium chunk brass knobs! Plus they add a further layer of “customized” with how they’re inset within the wooden. However then…

design by akuko atelier | styled by jennifer kay | photograph by yuki sugiura | by way of domino

…I take a look at these large wooden knobs and assume possibly I ought to simply do one thing like that. I do know it’ll completely work (and are most likely cheaper).

Then there’s the choice to nonetheless do a bigger circle however combine it up. I couple go for a extra fashionable look with one thing just like the black ones on the left OR try to discover a sick two-toned possibility like those on the appropriate.

design by minuit | photograph by bcdf studio

I simply caught this photograph in right here as a result of I like these handles a lot and has me pondering exterior the field. Unsure what is going to come of it but it surely’s enjoyable to consider.

My final {hardware} concept is not any {hardware} in any respect! OOF I like these double finger holes by Atelier Steve. So easy, so particular, and so inexpensive.

In order I take into consideration the {hardware} I want to consider {hardware} placement too. I believed it could be enjoyable to speak via the place I began with the door design, the place I ended up (which you already noticed earlier), and the {hardware} placement choices I’m contemplating.

This was my preliminary plan. Two inset doorways that swing out from the middle with two knobs. I favored the simplicity of it because the circles had been going to be visually very highly effective. However within the last hour, as my dad was chopping the doorways, I made a distinct resolution…

TADA! Three inset doorways. I believed, “let’s take this up a notch!” So I had my dad reduce one of many doorways in half, horizontally. We even added a shelf (that was his concept, I feel) in order that there was an precise purpose for the 2 skinny doorways. I might have been effective both method however once more, some added perform by no means hurts.

However now we’ve extra choices for knob placement. Knob measurement will clearly play an element, however I feel that variations two and three are my favourite however I’m open to all of them.

What’s your vote?? I gained’t be opening and shutting these a ton so don’t fear an excessive amount of in regards to the placement being close to the sting. Within the meantime, let me present you some precise {hardware} choices I’m .

1. Spherical Picket Coat Hook | 2. Mid Century Ball Knob Brass {Hardware} | 3. Black Brass Knob | 4. Stable Brass Cupboard Knob | 5. Tall Mushroom Cupboard Knob | 6. Knurled Knob | 7. Teakhook Knob | 8. Teardrop Door Pull | 9. Gateway Ring Pull | 10. Larkin Finger Pull | 11. Stable Oak Drawer Pull | 12. Dish Knob | 13. Circle Drawer Knob | 14. Stable Brass Cupboard Knob | 15. Spherical Cupboard Knob

I like #2 because it’s actual small and works with the micro look however #8 and #14 are nice for that too. #1 and #15 would have to be stained and I’m not 100% into them. I’ve cherished #6 eternally and love that it is available in a matte bronze. That might give it some immediate age! What do you all assume? Do any of you’ve cool classic {hardware} assets?

In order that’s the place I’m at in my cupboard bench course of and my secret ploy to get all of y’all’s recommendation! Can’t wait to talk within the feedback.

Love you, imply it.

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