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Easy Doorway shelves

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1x6" 1x8" whitewood/pine...cheap since it will be painted.

Why should doorways be boring? I used 1x6 and 1x8 lumber to build a shelving unit around the doorway. Now I have somewhere to display pictures and creations from my kids too. Measure your doorway to see what size lumber works best for you. Prime and paint with Dove White and add white caulk to any imperfect cuts to smooth things over. BTW, cats love the shelves too!

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Please use a primer that is made for covering knot sap as this will eventually bleed through ordinary primer and paint.
Estimated Cost: 
less than $100

Brookstone storage bed

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This is the first project I have done; we used a couple of different plans to make this bed. I had to change dimensions to make this into a full size bed. Overall I am very happy with the way it all came together. We made this for our 8 year old daughter and now I'm working on a vanity! I used the twin headboard plan made taller and wider for a full, I made a footboard to match and the storage bins bellow are from the modified farmhouse queen made a little smaller to fit a full.

Pine
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Minwax Red mahogany first coat, min wax sun bleached second coat and then I used Martha Stewart bronze metallic paint. I watered down the paint to make a wash then I put it on and wiped it off like I did the stain which gave it a little brown color and shimmer!
Estimated Cost: 
$250 with the lights

Command Center

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1/2" and 1/4" plywood

We built this command center to hang in our kitchen so that we can organize incoming papers and jot notes on the chalkboard portion. Also a hook for keys!

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Flat paint and primer in one; chalkboard paint
Estimated Cost: 
Less than $50

Simplest Stool (as a water dispenser stand)

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Furring Strips

I needed a quick project that could easily be modified for my height needs and would make a good temporary base for my new water dispenser. This was perfect!

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Slightly distressed (quick raw umber acrylic undercoat), finished with Benjamin Moore Natura paint (leftover 'perennial' color from a few years back) and gently sanded on edges/corners to allow the deeper color to show through.

Emersen console

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I altered the plans to fit the space where it would be going. I extended the length and added another side of shelves. I also reduced the size of the doors a little and made the base a little shorter to reduce overall height. This project required and extra sheet of plywood to complete. I used the Purebond birch from Home Depot and whitewood for the face frame and doors. I liked the finish in the original plan so I tried to make it look similar. I used different shades of brown and also scorched some boards of the door and some areas of the face frame with a torch. For the light areas on the door and frame I just taped off and sanded down. I worked on it when I had some spare time but this project could be completed in a weekend including the finish.

Birch plywood and whitewood
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
I used Rustoleum American Walnut as a base and used Miniwax Dark Walnut for the darker boards. I also used a hand torch to scorch some boards and other areas. I finished with a few coats of polyurethane.
Estimated Cost: 
$200

4x4 Truss Beam Table and Benches

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Table and benches were made to plan, except I shortened the overall length and added another 2x10 to the top to give it some additional width. The benches were also shortened slightly so the legs of the benches slide between the legs of the table; which allows the benches to be pushed further under the table when not in use. Avoid my rookie furniture making mistake and go to a specialty lumber store that sells wood that is already aged (dry). Most everything you find at the big box stores will still be wet and shrink/warp on you if not completely dry first.

Fir
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
MinWax English Chestnut Stain and 3 coats of MinWax Satin Poly

Classic Bunk Bed with Sweet Pea Stairs

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I wanted a bunk bed for our daughters, it needed to be easily moveable like the "classic bunk beds." I also wanted stairs like the "Sweet Pea Garden" bunk bed because we have toddlers in the house. I modified the classic bunk bed to put the ladder on the end, then built the Sweet Pea stairs to fit to the opening (I think the only difference in dimensions was a 20" top stair. I didn't want the unfinished ends of plywood so I got 4'x16"x3/4" pine boards from lowes which happens to be the width of the stairs in the plan. Instead of using the 1x2's as trim on the ends of the shelves I put two of them together, one all of the way down the front of each stair and one resting on the top of the stair (screwed together) so I wouldn't lose lateral stability. I then spaced 2x2's in between to keep it "simple" looking instead of the heart shaped decorations from the sweet pea bed. I used some 1/4" paintable composite board to provide a backing to the stairs. I bolted the stairs on to the bed with some flat bar stock cut to size and 3/8' in hex bolts cut to length. I used pocket hole joints wherever possible and countersunk all other screws and used 3/8" dots from lowes to fill the holes. I painted it with a coat of primer and a coat of Glidden Trim and Door paint in antique white from the Easy Vintage Step Stool project.

Premium Pine
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Glidden Door and Trim, Antique White Kilz Complete Primer
Estimated Cost: 
$400
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Entertainment Center

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This is from the Rebecca Media Center project. With my wife being an avid book collector and my children being avid toy collectors, we were quicking running out of space for both. Being the amazing husband and father that I am, I made this project and solved both issues. I had a wall that was 13 feet wide and thought this would be a great place for some bookcases. The plans provided were almost perfect. I only had to change the sizes by a few inches to make it fit the wall and raise to the ceiling. I also added a string of led lights across the top. These were cheap, hid well, use little power and came with a dimmer to adjust the brightness. I really like them. I think they came from hit lights for around $30.

3/4" Birch Plywood
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Valspar Signature
Estimated Cost: 
$500-$600

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