Faux Fireplace Mantle with Hidden Storage Cabinets

DIY Faux fireplace mantle with hidden storage!  The front is all doos - behind is all storage! Detailed plans from ana-white.com

Author Notes: 

Hello there!

So I've had this idea for quite a while to build a media console for the Momplex for Mom-who-likes-to-sew.  

My mother-in-law loves Christmas. She loves giving gifts.  She loves the grandchildren coming over to discover their gifts and even orchestrates a special appearance by Santa on Christmas Eve, delivering each child a hand picked gift.

But she has no where to hang stockings.  We did not put fireplaces in the Momplex units.

So I thought about building her a faux fireplace, like this one or this one.  

But I wanted this piece to be able to work year round, and the only place for this faux fireplace to go would be the only place to put the TV.  So I decided to design a new faux fireplace mantle - but this time, conceal behind doors lots of storage for controllers and DVDs, with the TV on top.  (For those of you asking, my mother-in-law isn't a big TV person so the high height of the TV is not an issue for her).

I think it turned out nice!

The best part is it's actually a pretty simple build.  You just build the main frame with 1x12s (or plywood strips or MDF strips if you live in a humid climate) and then the front doors are also 1x12s hinged on.  Then just add moulding to top and bottom and that's it!

I put together a video of all the steps, please check it out -

 

 

I built this project for RyobiNATION.  You can download the plans and all the steps from RyobiNATION here for free.

Please share your project when you are done!

XO Ana + Family

 

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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!

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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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Simple 1x10 Single Step Stool

DIY simple wood step stool.  Free plans by ana-white.com

Author Notes: 

Hi everyone! 

I've been helping my sister turn her bathroom from boring beige into glamours guest worthy ... and it's almost done! I'll be sharing the finished product later this week!

You remember of course the mirrors that we DIYed for about $10 -

Yep, three mirrors for $10! It had such a huge impact on the bathroom!

Today's project for this bathroom isn't as glamourous but it's very economical and essential in this bathroom -

Where at least one of the main users of this bathroom needs the extra height boost.

This stool is an easy build if you are a skilled miter saw user - after you get the cuts done, it's seriously like five minutes to complete this project.

Here's a quick video showing the steps 

Enjoy the plans following!

XO Ana + Fam

 

Shopping List: 

3 feet of 1x10 boards

2 and a half feet of 1x3 boards

knobs or handles (optional)

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measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
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!

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2 - 1x10 @ 7-1/2" long, both ends beveled at 5 degrees off square, long point to short point, ends ARE parallel to each other

2 - 1x3 @ 13" long, both ends cut at 5 degree angles, shortest point measurement, ends NOT parallel

1 - 1x10 @ 16"

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Take your two side pieces and taper the sides down at 5 degree angles, with the bottom being bigger than the top.  Then notch out bottoms with jigsaw.

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Drill 3/4" pocket holes on ends of 1x3 boards.  Also drill 3/4" pocket holes facing upward on aprons and insides of ends for attaching top in next step. 

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 Attach top with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws and glue.

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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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Wood Doll Pram or Stroller

DIY Doll pram or stroller made from wood scraps. 

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Happy Halloween!

No tricks, just treats today!!!

As you know, I've been teaming up with the super star talented Jaime from That's My Letter on a holiday series we call Handmade Holidays, to bring you a new, free gift plan every Friday for the twelve weeks prior to Christmas.

Just to recap - here's a few of the awesome project's we've shared with you (this year and last) -

      

 

Yes, you read that right - this is just a few.  You can check out our growing collection of Holiday plans here.

And today, we are adding another awesome plan that you can make!

You know those wood doll prams that sell for big bucks?

Well, check out what used to be wood scraps -

Yup, practically free!

And just perfect for a baby doll

I've partnered up with Jaime from That's My Letter on this post, so you'll find my plans following, but make sure you first go check out Jaime's building post with lots of construction photos and tips!

See you back here for the plans!

Have a great weekend!

XO Ana

 

Shopping List: 

4 - 5" rounds or store bought wheels and bolts

1 - sheet of 1/2" plywood @ 24" x 24" (available in project panel section of hardware store)

1 - 1x10 @ 36" long

1 - 1x2 @ 36" long

1 - 1" dowel @ 7-3/4" long

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measuring tape
square
pencil
safety glasses
hearing protection
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!

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Recommended for toddlers
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2 - 1/2" plywood @ 19-1/4" x 12" (sides of pram - will be cut out with jigsaw)

1 - 1x10 @ 9-3/4" - long point measurement, one end cut at 20 degrees off square (front of pram)

1 - 1x10 @ 5" - long point measurement, one end cut at 20 degrees off square (back of pram)

1 - 1x10 @ 13-3/8" - long point to long point measurement, both ends cut at 20 degrees off square, ends are NOT parallel (bottom of pram)

5" rounds or store bought wheels

2 - 1x2 @ 16" long

1 - 1" dowel cut at 7-3/4" long

 

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Transfer side pattern on to your 1/2" plywood.  Cut out with jigsaw.  Copy and create a second side.  Sand the two together so edges match.  Drill holes through both sides for the wheels at this step (sized for your hardware).

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Build the pram bottom and ends with 3/4" pocket holes on underside.  

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Attach sides to the bottom and ends with glue and finish nails.  

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Install wheels to sides through predrilled holes.  For more details on Jaime's wheels and how she installed them, please go here.

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Use 1-1/4" screws to attach handle inside the pram, and attach dowel to the 1x2s.

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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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