DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Venice Bookshelf

You Can Build This! Easy DIY Furniture Plans from The Design Confidential with Complete Instructions on How to Build a Venice Bookshelf via @thedesconf

Ah, Venice Beach – the sun, the wind, the waves… the simple life! And there is plenty of “Venice” in this super easy Venice Bookshelf build! This build displays 5 shelves that sit lightly on their supports – plenty of space for all that crisp Spring weather to blow through… no matter how close you are to Venice Beach!

As with all of our plans, you are building at your own risk and you should have a firm understanding of building in general before you attempt many of our plans (some are easy as pie and perfect for beginners). With that, go forth, have fun, take lots of pictures and share them in a showcase on the site or on social media with the hashtag #builtTDCtuff and we will share our faves! Be sure to tag @thedesignconfidential on Instagram / FB and @thedesconf on Twitter / Pinterest. If you are a blogger and you post about your build, don’t forget to include a link to your post on your showcase here. Don’t forget… for all of our newer plans, clicking on the images will let them expand to enormous sizes with much greater clarity. The older plans may need updating so please let us know if you need one fixed!

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Venice Bookshelf
  • 7 – 1 x 2 at 8′
  • 3 – 1 x 12 at 8′
  • 4 – 1×2 at 71”– Shelf Legs
  • 10 – 1×2 at 12” – Shelf Supports
  • 5 – 1×12 at 36” – Shelf Bottoms
  • 5 – 1×2 at 36” – Shelf Backs

Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Venice Bookshelf

Cut the pieces for the Shelf Legs.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Venice Bookshelf

Cut the pieces for the Shelf Supports. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Shelf Supports.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Venice Bookshelf

Assemble Shelf Supports and Shelf Legs as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Venice Bookshelf

Cut the pieces for the Shelf Bottoms and Shelf Backs. Attach the Shelf Backs to the Shelf Bottoms with glue and 1-1/4” wood screws. Insert the screws through the Shelf Bottoms into the Shelf Backs.

You Can Build This! The Design Confidential DIY Furniture Plans // How to Build a Venice Bookshelf

Place the Shelf Bottom/Shelf Back assembly onto the Shelf Leg/Shelf Support assembly. Shelves will extend approximately 3″ past the Shelf Supports. For easy installation, the Shelf Bottoms will be approximately 3/4″ less deep than the Shelf Supports they sit on. If you wish to secure in place, screw 1-1/4” wood screws through the Shelf Bottom into the Shelf Support.

Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School

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Spring Decor Details + Master Bedroom Updates


The Design Confidential x Michaels Makers Spring Master Bedroom Update

I pretty much always feel the need to simplify and declutter, but this particular spring has been the wettest we have had out west, in more than twenty years. For those of you who live in cold or wet climates in general, I have a newfound appreciation of what it must be like to dig your way out of the mess each spring. Things start to pile up everywhere, after months of being stuck indoors…

There are a few rooms in our home where this is particularly noticeable, one of them being the master bedroom. I can’t seem to move my gorgeous boys out of my room and into their own room, for anything in the world. It is a good thing my little barnacles are cute because this is a recipe for disaster in every other way. Naturally, there is no point in which toys and pillows and clothing aren’t taking over. Luckily there is nothing that gives me a renewed sense of happiness quite like a refresh and some new attempts at refurnishing my space.

The Design Confidential x Michaels Makers Spring Master Bedroom Update

My favorite thing to do is update accessories and add the little design details to a space that tie it together and make it functional. I think an annual or biannual refreshing of decor is good for the soul. At least it’s good for my soul and helps motivate me to think about how I have been using the existing items – what works, what doesn’t. It is my own personal version of spring cleaning and a chance to purge the stuff that collects and starts to become a permanent fixture – for no reason at all. Is it just me? You guys have this happen too, right? Stacks of magazines and half finished projects that sit, collect dust and then get cleaned around. Ugh.

Luckily there are some gorgeous new pieces on the market and Michael’s has ramped up their home decor merch, making my already inspiring trips there for project supplies – that much better! A dangerous combo when I can shop for accessories and supplies in the same spot. The giant monstera leaf above is wall decor, but I think it makes for a cute catchall tray for items that I want to corral by my bedside. For most people this would be jewelry or a magazine, but as it turns out, for me this is more like 87 devices, notepads and water color cubes. The new leather bracelet blanks they have in the leather crafting section are perfect for making into leather drawer pulls and a meellion other things too. A great addition to their crafty supplies!

The Design Confidential x Michaels Makers Spring Master Bedroom Update

The green faux inlay boxes are adorable and a great place to stash small things you don’t want the littles to get. Of course I can’t pass up a gorgeous wooden bowl. This is where I tend to store my yarn based projects or where they go to die – since I rarely finish them.

If you have been with us here at The Des Conf for any length of time, you might notice some changes in this space that should not go unmentioned… A new bednightstandslighting, bedding and of course the other fun details from Michael’s that make this space livable and dare I say enjoyable. I knew the furniture needed to be updated in this space because of the wild animals that use the room as their personal arena. There were far too many injuries to little knees, heads and shins with a bed made of wood. No amount of kid wrangling and virtual dismemberment seemed to persuade them to domesticate, so an upholstered bed was the next best thing.

The Design Confidential x Michaels Makers Spring Master Bedroom Update

The lighting is handsome and functional, but I need more light at night. There is no built in lighting in this space and so it must all come from things that plug in until we are ready to pull the trigger and hard wire a better solution. I am on the hunt for articulating sconces… The nightstands are fantastic with clean lines and hidden storage – just perfection. With the over sized padded headboard, I have a hard time reaching the carve out on the bottom of the drawer if I am laying down (it might be my T-Rex sized arms), so I fashioned the handles with leather bracelet blanks. So much better and I attached them without putting holes in the drawer face. I am still testing this out, so as soon as I know if it will last the test of time, I will share my solution! So simple… if it holds. The art is my own personal photography, and the throw blanket is one of my watercolor paintings. They accent the other accessories and my space so very well. I will share the full reveal of this space in the next few months. I have quite a few other project for it that I am still working on, but I plan to share the design plan and other details shortly!

This project was created in partnership with Michaels Stores! AlI crazy ideas and opinions are 100% my own. If you are in the market for an update this spring, go check out the new decor lines at Michaels! Looking for more inspiration? Check out the other spring updates from the rest of the Michaels Makers’ here and make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, to see the rest of the Michaels Makers’ Spring Refresh project ideas.

DIY / Entertaining / Home

Make // Coconut Dream Cake Recipe


The Design Confidential Best Coconut Dream Cake Recipe

If you have some ‘splainin’ to do after a bit of a fizzle yesterday, pay attention, this will make up for quite a bit… If you aren’t accustomed to baking, fear not, this is easy peasy. Promise.

If you have any sort of connection to the southern part of the country, you are already very familiar with coconut cake and it is likely a staple in your celebrating regime. For the rest of you, you are in for a fabulous treat… Tasting not a whole lot like coconut at all, this cake is perhaps one of the most wonderful white cakes known to man. The addition of some coco-nutty ingredients acts instead to make a standard white cake much more glorious than it might otherwise be and can in fact taste a bit like the goodness that is Tres Leches Cake. One of my other all time faves, ever… I realize everyone who makes any sort of recipe believes it to be the best one – duh. Having done quite a bit of taste testing and tweaking to all of those ‘best recipes’ out there, I can say with certainty, this is a serious contender for the actual ‘best coconut cake’ ever – maybe even a big winner.

So, let’s not waste any time and get right to it!

INGREDIENTS // you will need 2 round cake pans, a sauce pan, large mixing bowl, mixer (a hand mixer will work just fine), and wire cooling rack.



The Design Confidential Best Coconut Dream Cake Recipe

If you love to cook and make things from scratch, you can make your own cream cheese frosting or powdered sugar frosting. I don’t personally like cream cheese frosting, so I never go that route, but it would be a more typical frosting for this variety of cake. Powdered sugar and butter frosting is amazing, but since I prefer to do less, I buy the canned kind and it’s fantastic – so why reinvent the wheel.

You can also opt to fold in your ingredients the more professional way (mix the powdered ingredients, then make a well and add wet ingredients) – and I am certain there is a reason for this that some will want to make use of – but again, I have made this both ways and found zero difference so the recipe below takes the path of least resistance.


Note: 1 cup of solid butter equals far more than 1 cup of melted butter. I found that somewhere in the ballpark of 1 3/4 sticks of butter, when melted, will get you to 1 cup of melted butter. Use the remaining 1/4 stick to grease your pans.

Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees. Add cake mix, 1 box of pudding mix, eggs, oil, sour cream, almond extract, vanilla extract and melted butter to large mixing bowl and mix until well blended. If your batter is a little bit thick (probably because you forgot about the mixer and it whipped your batter into a thicker stock – not that I know this from experience), you can add a splash of milk to thin it out.

Grease your pans really well. This is not a joke, you won’t be able to stack your rounds if you can’t get those babies out of their containers, so grease and then grease again to be doubly sure. Then divide your batter equally between the two pans.

Because ovens vary, cook times will vary, so you will need to keep a close and watchful eye on your cakes. Bake for 35-45 minutes, starting with 35 minutes and continuing until you can stick and remove a toothpick from the center of your cake, cleanly.

Remove your cakes from the oven and remove your cakes from their pans by carefully turning them over and out, onto a wire rack to cool. Let them cool completely (about an hour) and while they do that, you will make your pudding and ready your freeze dried fruit or nuts. To do this you will simply pour a couple of handfuls into a ziplock bag and pound with a meat tenderizer or hammer until finely ground. The fruit will look like it is powdered, while the nuts don’t need to be quite so fine if you prefer a bit of texture or crunch. Make your pudding according to the directions on the box. This will likely require constant stirring so set your tablet near by and watch something on netflix or amazon while you are detained at the stove.

Instead of pouring your pudding into 4 containers, simply pour it into one and let it cool in the refrigerator for 20 minutes so that it is slightly warm still, but not cold.

Now you will begin the descent into the fun part of this whole recipe.

The Design Confidential Best Coconut Dream Cake Recipe

Place one cake onto a cake plate or tray and cover the top with pudding. Carefully place your second cake on top and frost the outsides and top.

When it looks amazing, you will sprinkle your fruit powder or nuts all over, concentrating mostly on top – et voila… donzo.


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Super Bowl Spirits + Snack Time Small Bites

The Design Confidential Super Bowl Spirits Snack Time Small Bites

For many of us, tomorrow will be filled with a general merrymaking that surrounds a great American pastime. If you could care less about football, chances are you still like a good excuse for cocktails and small bites… especially if those things are easy and quick to make! Here are a few ideas for things you can pull off last minute, you know… if you are the procrastinating type. Not that I have anything in common with you people… except everything, of course.


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