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September 23, 2012 |

Thank you for all the beautiful letters you have written me over my years of blogging. I truly love building, and DIY furniture is my calling. 

But sometimes, especially times when challenges come along or the work load gets to great for me, I feel down and loose confidence. Your letters have kept me inspired and excited about what I do, and have encouraged me to keep going. I so appreciate every single letter that has been sent to me. 

I am so sad that your letters can get lost in my inbox, and sometimes, when I'm especially busy - just when I need your letters the most - I don't get a chance to read or respond and your letters get lost among thousands of other emails. This is heartbreaking for me. 

So I wanted to create a place where everyone can see the beautiful words you write, and where I can go for encouragement and inspiration when things get tough, or just when I need a smile. Thank you for caring enough to write! 

This is a positive comment thread, so any negative responses will be promptly removed.


Hi Ana,

I just came from shopping at Indigo and while browsing through the home renovation section a sales associate recommended visiting your website. You are doing exactly what I want to do with my life. I just turned 19 and want to pursue carpentry and furniture design. I was wondering how you got to where you are. Did you go to college? How long did it take you to get to where you are now and how did you do it. This advise would really help me!


posted by amberlee | on Wed, 2013-12-18 14:42
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My favorite web site is Ana-White.com!

Hello Ana--

I love Houzz, and about a year ago, I was reading one of the featured ideabooks that highlighted your book and your play kitchen. The second I saw it, I knew it was for me! I ordered it immediately at Amazon and read the entire thing the second I got it. I love the book, the colors, the layout, the matte finish, all of it. For years I have been imagining building things in my head, not sure exactly how to join boards other than nails and screws. And here was your book with so many ideas, and everything clicked into place! And, pocket holes--what?? Guess who got the Kreg Master System for Christmas last year....me! (Thanks to the RAM for mentioning a Lowe's sale on your site, BTW)

I don't know if my head was in the sand or what (maybe it's the 4 kids and the small business?), but I never really knew this whole world of DIY blogs existed until I read yours...and started reading the blogs on your blogroll. All of these people doing all of the things I've been doing and wanting to do, inspiring one another, sharing ideas...amazing! And your's is my favorite! I am on your site almost every day checking out plans, thinking about what I want to build next. Right now I am working on a slightly more modern version of your farmhouse bed with canopy, I am excited to finish it so I can post it. Maybe I need to train one of those kids to be a patch and painter... ;-)

Keep up the amazing work, so excited for you and your expanding family!

Much love,

Jen W
San Antonio, TX

posted by DecorSanity | on Tue, 2013-11-12 15:46
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Plans for the play kitchen

Hey guys
I am planning on making the play kitchen for my son for a Christmas present. I was looking at the plans but couldn't find any for the taller part of the kitchen. Are there plans for making it or is it just one you can buy at the store?

posted by Ciana | on Wed, 2013-11-06 00:22

doll farmhouse bed (bunk bed)

I love your site and seeing all the amazing things you have created. I have been looking for a doll bunk bed for my daughter to give her for Christmas, and I came to your site. I love the farmhouse bed made bunk bed. I am just curious if you would consider making one for me, for a cost?? I ask because I am a nervous wreck when it comes to making things like this. If you wouldn't mind letting me know, that would be great!!!


posted by blair28 | on Tue, 2013-10-29 10:47

Small room

I have a very small room that I need to come up with sleeping arrangements and storage for three teenage girls. the Ceilings aren't quite eight feet the largest wall is 119 inches the other two have 83 inches usable space (accounting for still being able to open the closet and walk in the bedroom itself.) One of the 83 inch walls has a window. I was just wondering if you had any suggestions.

posted by rachelleyann | on Sat, 2013-10-26 00:57
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Ten Dollar Ledges

I love your site! These ledges were so much fun to build. I wanted to display our family photos in preparation for a gathering at our house to celebrate our marriage. The wall was a hit with all the family & friends. I can think of other places in the house these would be useful too. Thanks, Ana!

posted by Dsamarie | on Thu, 2013-10-24 18:14
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Praise and a request; sorry if it's TLDR worthy. LOL!

First off. I totally love your site and am amazed at how dedicated you are. You are truly an inspiration and though I am a woman with absolutely ZERO experience in building anything, you have made me decide to give my inexperienced hands a go.

I was reading one of your posts where you discuss the pieces you are building to organize your home and how you prioritized a list. This is a serious issue for me too. The first problem is my pantry, which is only a tiny closet. I have a big family and that closet is so stuffed it's difficult to find anything at all.

I have washer and dryer that are side-by-side on the left of my laundry room and there is absolutely NOTHING on the wall to the right. I would like to line the entire right wall in my laundry room with narrow shelves. This way I can see everything right there and there is no digging through an overstuffed pantry closet.

Your Ten Dollar Ledges are almost exactly what I require, but it needs a little front reinforcement to prevent my clumsy self from bumping the shelves and knocking everything off. Kind of like your Flat Wall Bookshelves, but not as aggressive as that. More like your Door Spice Rack, except it's on a wall.

I did read in Handy Man once (I'm a subscriber even though I've yet to make anything) on removing the drywall from between two studs and inserting shelves, but that's a bit too advanced for me. I began to sweat just thinking about cutting that drywall evenly while it's still intact.

All that said, have you ever considered a project such as this? I would love to see your master work and any ideas you have to fix this problem.

I know how it is to raise a family, so no pressure. If you don't have time I fully understand. My life is hectic too.

No matter the case, I really appreciate the hard work you have put into your site. Speaking for the world, I thank you. :)

posted by magnoliasouth | on Thu, 2013-10-24 17:26

Farm House Table Notch

It said in the plans to look under a "How To" section to find out how to notch the legs on the farmhouse table and I do not see that section. can you guide me to the instructions on how to notch out the legs on this table and bench?

posted by rlord89 | on Mon, 2013-10-21 07:05

need plans for a couple of projects

I absolutely love your site and have found a ton of projects I am going to build. I have a couple of ideas though I have had trouble finding any good plans for. I need a patio table and chairs so I was going to build a farmhouse style table and a couple of simple benches. My mother in law suggested I build the table so it can split in 2 down the length so for big parties we can use it for an outside buffet table. any suggestions? The other project I want to tackle and cannot find any examples of is a bed for my boys. I have a 2 year old and a 5 year old (both small for their ages) and I want to build a bunk bed with twin mattress and a toddler mattress, maybe with a slide coming off the side. I would love to hear any input you or anyone else would have.

Thank you,

posted by bric82577 | on Wed, 2013-09-25 14:15


Dearest Ana, You have an absolutly wonderful site here. I have been drawing and designing furniture for some while, not to much though. I have several things I would like to share with everyone. A complete country/old shipping crate design bedroom set, a rolling kitchen island with 3 inch end cut chopping block top and a come along with it pan rack. Just a couple there. Question, I'd been looking for some software for graphic design even before I found your site. Have kind of zeroed in on Turbo Pro. Plenty on Ebay and Amazon for not to much. Any opinion about that program or any suggestions of anything more direct and compatible with what we do? I have
designed and built a two horse stall and am presently working on a small shop space. but furniture is what I really do. Nothing commercialy just home and for friends, maybe. PS. Bedroom, tall dresser, short long 9 drawer dresser, night stands, head board and (wife doesn't know it yet) a ceder chest. All pine construction, with red ceder closet slats for chest. The sides are made with 7 inch lap boards which give it, to me, a seafarer constructed out of old shipping crate look. Let me know about design program. Look forward to sharing. I also intend to build that pedestal table we can't seem to get the plans for. I'll build mine so I can show pictures to back up my ideas. If nothing has happened with the other plans by than I'l share mine.


posted by Chenrezig12 | on Wed, 2013-09-18 18:48
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X back chairs??

Hi!! I loooove your site!! I'm so excited to get started on my first project...I went through all the plans and bookmarked which ones I would like to build (there are so many!) However, I was shocked that with all the "X" furniture you have plans for, there aren't any plans for X back chairs. I have a lot of "X" furniture, and would like to continue the theme into my dining room. Couple you please make some plans for this design?? Pretty please? ;)

posted by Brittney.Zarcone | on Wed, 2013-09-11 15:21
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Where it all began

Is there a link to the original post. The first post ever put on this site? I would like to start back at the beginning but I am not having much like finding where to start. I read the Momplex from start to finish but I would like to read everything. Especially considering we are considering Alaska for our FOREVER home after we are done with military all your little trials and tribulations could help with that choice so I would love to read them. So if anyone has a link to the beginning it would be much appreciated. Maybe post it in the "about me section" a link to where this all began. Please and thank you.


posted by Canterellare | on Sat, 2013-08-10 16:51

Plans for a closet

My husband and I are turning one of our bedrooms into a home office and we have a small closet we kinda want to turn into more storage. Not sure if you have any plans to build into a closet to create more of an office storage system. Any ideas would be helpful.

posted by sbeard | on Sat, 2013-08-03 20:47

Thank you

Hello Ana!
I just wanted to say thank you soooo much for such an awesome website. This may sound silly but your plans have really helped my marriage! My husband and i have finally found something we enjoy doing together! We have made a few project and have plans to make many more!

Im sure you get lots of requests for plans and i of course have another. This one may be a challenge. I would love to see plans for a murphy bed that doesnt sit directly on the floor (my parents are older and have trouble getting up off the floor) I would also LOVE if this muprhy bed had a flip down table on the outside that you could pull down without pulling down the bed!
Or even better it would be wonderful to the the plans to this murphy bed desk:

Thanks again for your fantastic plan!

posted by mdcarr33 | on Sat, 2013-08-03 11:39
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Two Lofted Beds

I was wondering how I could combine two twin loft beds into one L shaped bed unit. Should I use lag bolts to hook the two beds together with a support beam under the corner of the unit? Have you seen these before? I saw one at simplybunkbeds and thought it looked easy enough to build, but now I am wondering the details for support. I thought this would be a great way to open up my boys' room to allow for computer/lounging areas underneath.

posted by JenMellen | on Fri, 2013-08-02 22:52

campaign dresser nightstand

Hi Ana!
I am sure you get bombarded with requests for plans, but I have been looking for plans to make a simple small campaign style dresser to be used as a nightstand, and thought you would be the perfect person to come up with them! Basically to mimic this one I found on pinterest: http://pinterest.com/pin/226868899951082356/

posted by lulubelledesign | on Thu, 2013-08-01 09:32

raised wood planters

Ana, I recently came across a beautiful, yet simple and elegant design for raised wood planters that you should tackle. It's called "Vegtrug" and I saw it at Williams Sonoma among other places. Looks like it would be a fun and easy thing to build and would probably be a popular item, although I haven't tried to build it yet.

posted by brady113 | on Wed, 2013-07-31 15:00

Triple Bunk Bed

I'm dying to find plans for a very basic triple bunk bed that a beginner can build. One that looks just like this would be awesome: http://www.babble.com/kid/3-kids-1-bedroom-it-can-be-done-part-three/

I'm sure you get hundreds of requests but maybe you might consider coming up with plans for that bed. Thanks!

posted by summerowens | on Mon, 2013-07-29 16:28

Standing bar

Just completed your standing bar. I widened it to fit a particular space and added a pull out shelf, in addition to the drawer and wine rack. Painting it this week, will send photo when done. Thanks for the plans, they were simple to follow and easy to modify.

posted by bnelsen | on Mon, 2013-07-29 12:54
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I love your site. I continue to share it with others. Others that aren't handy think I'm amazing and I tell them, no, it's this wonderful site that is amazing and these free plans that are broken down and so easy to understand! I wanted to share with you and your readers about a vendor's price deception. Not sure if it's a sponsor of yours or not. Another blogger posted about it: http://www.beaninloveblog.com/2013/07/trouble-underfoot.html?showComment...

posted by spiceylg | on Mon, 2013-07-29 11:26

Pirate bed

Hi Ana,

I am a huge fan and planning a few projects using your plans. I was wondering if there is any way you could provide plans for a Pirate bed? Like I said I'm just getting started and not too good at modifying plans just yet.


posted by Texasmommy | on Sun, 2013-07-28 14:13


I see a few awesome plans for cabinets, but I cannot find anything for the uppers. I just want to match my uppers with the lowers you have, and want to make sure I do it correctly. Any help?

posted by hrd2d | on Sat, 2013-07-27 20:08

Patrick's Miter Table

I love all the plans and pics on your site. I fell in LOVE with Patrick's Router table and the pic of his Miter Saw Table next to it. I know that it has been asked, and told that the plans for the table would be forth coming...I am just curious if I am unable to locate the plans or if they have not been uploaded as of yet.

posted by Joker | on Fri, 2013-07-26 12:41
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I am coming across a bit

I am coming across a bit later after the New Year’s euphory, but I like your idea about the timing of the cork of the champagne I have to try it myself! Thanks for the regular posts
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posted by mika2000 | on Fri, 2013-07-12 09:30

Outdoor Bar Table and Stools

What is the wood you used in your deck table and stools?

posted by Myrna | on Thu, 2013-07-04 15:55

Teaching Projects

Hi Ana,
I have to tell you how much I love your site. We have several pieces of furniture in our home built from your plans. I have a quick question/request. I know that you are extremely busy with your growing family, but as a teacher I was wondering if you could post plans for some classroom projects for teachers. For example a teaching easel like this one http://www.britevisualproducts.com/images/mfrs/9/500/BE1.main.jpg
can cost up to $300. You can imagine with budget cuts that teachers nor schools have the budgets to outfit classrooms with this much needed tool. I know that you are the right woman for the job to come up with these or similar DIY plans for this easel. Teachers everywhere would thank you and praise your name.

Choleia Smith-Ray

posted by chosmith19 | on Wed, 2013-07-03 18:38

Challenging Baby

My palms started sweating when I read what you went through in Grace's early days. Your words could have been my words--exactly--in describing our firstborn (daughter). She turned into a sunny, smart child by age 3, but it was hell getting to that point. SO! I'm writing to tell you that her brother has been an absolutely by-the-book kid; his disposition is NOTHING like his sister's. They're 26 and 23 now, but those years still seem fresh. -- Best wishes in these exciting, challenging days ahead. Know that you're not alone.

posted by juniornordic | on Mon, 2013-06-24 15:12


Hello Anna
yes....I found out about you and WOW.
Loving all you do.
I work on free base with cliënts who are disabled fysical and or mental and they do make great things. But I am always looking for more possibillities.
My question is....is you book available in the Netherlands????
Or...how much does it cost if I order from you?
Because there is not enough money at the foundation we work with recycle materials (wood) creating things. And you do inspire!!!!
Please can you let me now at y.hoekstra@live.nl
Thanks so much for all inspiration.

posted by Yvonne | on Fri, 2013-06-21 15:32


A friend recommended your website. It's Tuesday, and I can't wait until Friday night when I can stay up late to look around! Unfortunately I've got to hit the hay, but I know where I'll be when I get home from work tomorrow!
Excited to see and learn more!

posted by Ypratt | on Tue, 2013-06-18 23:51

I'm from Australia, found

I'm from Australia, found your page after a Google search and absolutely love your site!! I'm setting up a day-care and will definitely be buying your book from Dymocks this payday!! Thank you for creating such awesome projects!

posted by BanjoMillie | on Sun, 2013-06-16 19:14
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I'm so happy for you and your family. I'm sorry about the morning sickness-that is never fun. But, yay for babies!!!! I also just want to say (again), thank you for this site!! I have made so many wonderful pieces of furniture-I'm working on the brag posts. And I've been able to save so much money on furniture. My husband and I love this as a project together. So, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!! And congrats again!!


posted by shastacoke | on Thu, 2013-06-13 20:54

Support slats for beds...

I had a thought while I was perusing your AWESOME Queen bed plans (trying to decide which one I want to attempt!): I was reminded of a roommate from my single days who had a queen sized bed with a really cool removable slat system. Smaller, thinner boards of wood (reminiscent of plaster slats), placed more closely together (1" apart), are held in position with 3 strips of canvas strapping run down the centers and about 6" from the outer edges and held in place with flat furniture tacks. It kinda looked like a gigantic bamboo sushi roller! But that made it so easy to pack up and move... once you lifted off the mattress, you could just roll up the support portion, remove it and then disassemble the frame.

Just food for thought. I'm thinking I might try making that type of support system for our bed... but {shrug} I dunno... I'm not fully committed. ^_^ thanks for all you do!

posted by SowsEar | on Sun, 2013-06-09 20:39
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Congrats on the upcoming addition to your lovely family.


posted by Mrs H | on Tue, 2013-06-04 17:44

MOMPLEX paint colors

It's hard to really tell what the colors look like online of course. I can't post a comment for Jacob and Grace on Jacob's post (I just registered) but I wanted to make a suggestion. The cold tone of winter light makes the cool blue/violet paint color not my choice. A light color is advisable, to maximize light in the winter, but the color needs to also be warm and cozy - so I voted for the taupe color, guessing it is cozy in real life. I love following the Momplex blog!

Caroline B

posted by carolinelb | on Tue, 2013-05-21 21:07

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posted by roger1122 | on Tue, 2013-05-14 03:54

I am having so much fun

Hi Ana!

Thank you so much for this site and all the wonderful plans.

When I was a little girl we were quite broke as my parents struggled to pay their mortgage. My mom made my sister and I beds. They were nothing as fancy as what you have on your site, but I remember thinking they were the greatest things ever because my mommy made them.

Our television broke recently, and the new one didn't quite fit on the TV stand and I was worried it would get knocked off. I couldn't stand the thought of paying $300 for a plastic and metal television stand that I didn't even like. I said "I can make one cheaper than that!" so I found plans and I did it. I had so much fun I wanted to make more things.

That was only about a month ago. Since then my oldest daughter moved out and was going to pay $150 for a really cheap table and chairs that looked like they wouldn't last more than a week. I said "I can do better" and I did (she will take it home with her tomorrow after she visits for mother's day). And I made my other daughter a new bed this weekend.

I have spent every weekend in the garage, usually for most of the day. I am covered in saw dust all the time. I am having so much fun!

My mom taught me that I can do anything. You gave me plans to make that possible.

Thanks so much!

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Your site is so liberating and amazing. I can finally build things with confidence because of your site with the plans and information laid out so clearly and in real english! I've gotten to use all the power tools that I've always wanted to use and I love it! Miter saw and Kreg Jig are my favorites, and in the last two weeks I've built the twin storage daybed and the dog kennel. I modified the dog kennel by adding peg board to the sides so my Afghan hound could have better air flow with her long hair and rubber truck bed flooring to the bottom so she could do her scratching thing without getting splinters in her feet. She loves being able to go into her "cave" and I like knowing she can't get hurt. Thank you so much for the plans and I'm excited to move on to the next project.

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posted by mrniraj1 | on Thu, 2013-05-02 02:15

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I know this is a little off topic for you, but I am desperately in need of some tree house plans. Easy to follow, basic, plans that a mom who desperately loves her boys can build. I love Ana's plans. I can build what she designs. Can anyone help me? I have been inspired by this site and have projects in the works. But really, my most needed project is for my boys and I am helpless when it comes to this. Any help is greatly appreciated!!

posted by c-e-fogus | on Tue, 2013-04-23 17:01

Interior Design Mentor Request for Senior Thesis

Hi Ana,

I came across your blog while researching my Thesis for my Pre-Design Graduate Project at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh-Online. I know that you're a busy woman but I was hoping that you might consider being my mentor for my Thesis Project and giving me some useful feedback and critiques on my research concerning creating Sustainable design options for urban apartment dwellers and small space occupants. For my senior project I plan on building the Restoration Hardware inspired Printmakers Sideboard from the plan that you created for Jan Woodhouse. You're such an inspiration. I hope that you have the time to look over my work. Looking forward to hearing from you.


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Dallas, Texas
Student, Art Institute of Pittsburgh-Online


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posted by Blake52 | on Fri, 2013-04-12 07:05

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I am in love with the quilt that is in the picture on the right hand side of your page. Where is this quilt sold? My husband and I are going to be building the farmhouse bed and i would love for that quilt to finish off the room. Thank you!

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