Kids Art Center

DIY Kid's art center plans from ana-white.com

Author Notes: 

Hi everyone!  Happy Friday!!

And happy Handmade Holidays!!!

Christmas is just 8 weeks out!  But Jaime from That's My Letter and I are already thinking of awesome things that you we can help you make for your kids this year, without breaking the bank.  Not to mention giving a gift that is unique, locally made, and made with love.

You can check out all of our previous Handmade Holiday posts right here. 

Whether your kids love legos or coloring or crafts, Jaime and I wanted to add a play table that included storage for easy access to toys and craft supplies, and also easy clean-up for Mom's sanity.  Not that sorting legos with a baby trying to eat them would drive you crazy, would it?

 

Every home and every family is different, but Jaime and I both loved the idea of having a bookshelf next to the play table for easy storage.  So we created a tabletop that is integrated into the bookshelf.

 

We designed the project around a single quarter panel (24x48 inches) as the tabletop (available at most hardware stores off the shelf) to make cutting easier.  This fits three kiddos nicely.

We'll also be sharing plans for those cut DIY chairs later this week, so check back for those!!!

 

Well, you better get building, my elf friends!  So here's what to do:

 - Go visit Jaime from That's My Letter here for lot more photos including construction photos and tips/tricks

- Check out the plans below and cut list/shopping list

- Build and enjoy and please share when you are done!

 

XO Ana + Family

 

Shopping List: 

12 feet of 1x12 boards

4 feet of 1x3 boards

2 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long

1 - 2x2 @ 4 feet long

1 - 3/4" plywood or project panel 48" x 24" (available off the shelf)

 

 

 

1 1/4 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
1 1/4 inch pocket hole screws
wood glue
wood filler
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
compound miter saw
nailer
sander
General Instructions: 

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Dimensions: 
Suitable for 3 children, table height is 21"
Cut List: 

BOOKSHELF

2 - 1x12 @ 32" (Sides)

2 - 1x3 @ 24" (Top)

2 - 1x2 @ 24" (Bottoms)

3 - 1x12 @ 24" (Shelves)

2 - 1x2 @ 11-1/4" (Cleats)

 

TABLE

2 - 2x2 @ 20-1/4" (Legs)

2 - 1x2 @ 46-1/2" (Side Aprons)

1 - 1x2 @ 21" (Front Apron)

1 - 3/4" plywood or other tabletop @ 24" x 48" (tabletop)

Cutting Instructions: 
Step 1: 

Attach bottom and top boards to the two side 1x12s.  3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws and glue are preferred but you could also attach with 2" countersunk screws from outsides of 1x12s with glue.

Step 2 Instructions: 

Attach shelves next, with the top and bottom shelves on top/bottom of boards from step 1.  Recommend attaching first with pocket holes, than glue and nailing into the 1x2s/1x3s.

Step 3 Instructions: 

Attach cleats to inside of bookshelf with 1-1/4" screws or nails and glue.

 

This completes the bookshelf.

Step 4 Instructions: 

Now, the table.  Drill 3/4" pocket holes on ends of end apron, and one end of side aprons. Attach to legs, flush to inside, with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws and glue.

 

TIP: Also drill 3/4" pocket holes facing upward in aprons for attaching tabletop in next step.

Step 5 Instructions: 

Attach tabletop - you can do this with glue and nails from top or through pocket holes drilled in previous step. 

Make sure aprons are inset 3/4" all the way down.

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Table then can just rest on the cleats.  You can also secure table aprons to cleats with screws.

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Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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Subway Tile Bookcase

Free plans to make a subway tile bookshelf from Ana-White.com #plans #diy #furniture #modern

Author Notes: 

Hey there!!!  Happy Throwback Thursday!

Almost five years ago, I shared with you plans for this bookshelf - 

I still love the design, but the instructions definitely needed updating.  Especially the part where you need a telescope to see the diagrams.

So this Throwback Thursday, I thought we'd revisit this plan and update it.  Make sure you check out all the awesome brag posts from this plan (built by people that are not only super talented, but must have impressive vision) as well!!!

Have an awesome one!

XO Ana

 

 

 

Shopping List: 

1/4" plywood (1/4 sheet or scraps)

4 - 1x12 @ 8 feet long

6 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long

2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
2 inch finish nails
wood glue
wood filler
120 grit sandpaper
primer
wood conditioner
paint
paint brush
Tools: 
measuring tape
square
safety glasses
hearing protection
drill
circular saw
nailer
sander
General Instructions: 

Cut all your boards. Always use glue and 2″ or longer nails unless otherwise directed.

Dimensions: 
64" tall x 36" wide x 13-1/4" deep
Cut List: 

2 – 1/4" plywood @ 17 1/2″ x 12 1/2" (Back of the Cubbies)

6 – 1×12 @ 11 1/2″ (Vertical Dividers for all but top shelf)

6 – 1×12 @ 34 1/2″ (Shelves)

1 – 1×12 @ 12 1/4″ (Top Vertical Divider)

2 – 1×12 @ 63 1/2″ (Sides)

4 – 1×2 @ 63 1/2″ (Side Trim)

4 – 1×2 @ 33″ (Top and Bottom Trim)

Step 1: 

Build a basic bookshelf by attaching shelves to the sides.  I recommend pocket holes because the back isn't fully covered (to help prevent racking) but you could build with 2" countersunk screws and glue as well.  

Step 2 Instructions: 

Once the basic shape of the bookshelf is built, it's time to add the dividers.  The top divider is larger than the others.  These can be glued and nailed in place - they are not sturctural.

Step 3 Instructions: 

Face frames on the front and back will help beef up this bookshelf.  If you have a pocket hole jig, build your frames first, and then attach with glue and 1-1/4" nails.  Otherwise, attach the longer frame pieces first, and then add the shorter ones.

Nail and glue the face frames to all shelves and top divider too.

Step 4 Instructions: 

Finally, add the back pieces to the middle cubbies with glue and nails (3/4" nails are ideal here).

Step 5 Instructions: 

I also love how this bookshelf was fully backed in plwyood.  Keeps the stuff from falling out the back.

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Fill nail holes with putty and sand and finish as desired.
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Square Mirrors for a Few Bucks

Make a mirror for about $3!  Free plans from ana-white.com #DIY #PLANS

Author Notes: 

Hi everyone!

I've been helping my sister out with her family/guest bathroom (more details coming soon!) and she had this giant open space above her toilet that needed something after ripping the towel bar down (who uses those things anymore?).

Artwork this size would have costed a fortune.  And because this bathroom has no windows, I felt like a mirror would be the best bet.  Not a big mirror that's actually useful - just one for reflecting light.

So I made these little wood framed mirrors out of a 1x2 and a mirror tile!

Maybe the biggest bang for twenty bucks ever!!!

The plans for these little mirrors are below - check them out.

And here's a quick video tutorial too!

Thanks for watching!

More on this bath makeover coming soon!  Stay tuned!

XO Ana + Family

 

Shopping List: 

For ONE Mirror -

1 - 12" x 12" mirror tile

1 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long

mirror adhesive

wood glue and nails or screws or pocket hole screws

picture hanging kit and hanging hardware

Tools: 
measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
circular saw
nailer
sander
General Instructions: 

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Dimensions: 
Dimensions shown above
Cut List: 

4 - 1x2 @ 12-1/8" (for 12" mirror tiles)

2 - 1x2 @ 13-5/8" (cut to fit)

Step 1: 

Cut 4 - 1x2s 1/8" bigger than your mirror (you don't want too tight or it could crack your mirror.  Also if you live in moist environments where wood can expand, consider using MDF).  Attach together as shown.

Step 2 Instructions: 

Then cut two more 1x2s and attach on outsides with glue and nails or screws or pocket holes to all of the exisiting 1x2 boards.

Step 3 Instructions: 

NOTE: Add picture hanging kit hardware before installing mirror.

Glue the mirror to the frame according to the directions with the mirror.  For added security, you may wish to also apply a small bead of clear silicone around the front of the mirror, further preventing mirror from popping outward.

Hang using a picture hanging kit.

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Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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