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Great headboard

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I took this and modified slightly. My wife wanted it a little lower since our room is smaller. I took the original plan then just drew out a rough sketch with the dimensions I wanted. I modified the cut list accordingly. I prepped all the wood for cutting and had all wood cut and headboard assembled in just over 4 hours. The finishing of puttying and sanding, puttying and sanding, puttying and sanding, then painting and painting and painting took about 2 weeks due to weather and other time constraints. But the patience paid off and we have a nice looking headboard. We had no scraps so the cost for us was about $150. Already have had friends ask how much to make one for them.

plywood, 2x4s, 1x4s, 1x2, window trim, baseboard
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
cream flat paint
Estimated Cost: 
150-170

Play Stand

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I saw this at the perfect time for deciding to make one for my niece for Christmas. It was too cute of an idea to not make!! She turns 3 at the end of January and it's perfect-sized for her. From what I hear, she threw a tantrum when her parents told her she had to stop playing with it because it was naptime! I'm hoping that she will share with her brother when he's older (he's about 7mos now) and they can play with it together.

I apologize for the lack of pictures, I got the buntings done about one day before we had to pack it up to head out for the holidays, so there wasn't much time for pictures!

For the hutch part, I attached each side with bolts and wing nuts so that it could be knocked down for transport (especially since we have smallish cars and had to drive an hour to gift it, and the recipient had to drive 2 hours back to their house!). I added some holes just under the dowel (lining up with the holes in the base when knocked down) so that it could be connected again as a shorter version for transport. This actually worked out pretty well and you can almost use the dowel as a handle when it's like that. The only issue I ran into with that was once I put the lower velcro on for the theater curtains, they would hit when trying to collapse it and we wound up losing one in transport.

Buntings weren't too hard, but I've been sewing much longer than I've been building! I did have some issues getting the theater curtain to lay right.

Pine boards and a leftover piece of purebond plywood
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Minwax stain, I think it was some kind of "oak" color. Also, chalkboard spray paint for the chalkboard piece. The signs are foamboard with sharpie drawn on and electrical tape to cover the raw edges (I wish I had some white electrical tape!!). Most of the fabric I used was from those little "quilting" squares since my supply of scrap fabric is seriously lacking!
Estimated Cost: 
50
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Bathroom Vanities

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4x4s for four posts, 1x3s molding, plywood base and 1/4 ply for sides.

Rather than burning a few thousand on vanities for my bathroom remodel I decided to build them instead. The bottom shelf on the right slides out for a footstool so the kids can reach the sink.

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Estimated Cost: 
Wood was cheap, the granite and sink were not, though I was able to save by getting remnant slab from granite shop.

Learning / Helping Towers!

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pine

My husband and his Dad built the red tower for my daughter, but when my son was old enough to climb all he wanted was to be in the tower, too! Another was built, and people that come over are always asking for the plans, and we direct them to your site. Thank you for this amazing gift! My kids love to stand in their towers and help me cook, they color, have snacks, everything. Can't imagine my life with my kids, without these towers.

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Estimated Cost: 
$30

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Bedroom

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I turned my son's room into the TMNT Secret Sewer Lair. I created artwork using a 1x8 piece of lumber and printed images on laser paper I found online. Cost $6.99
I created the outlets by printing on laser paper and decoupaging them onto the coverings. The cost for decoupage glue at Wal-Mart was $3.00 for 4oz, called Mod Podge. Which was more than enough since I used the same technique on my 20yr old bunk bed and nightstand and had some to spare. However you must use a x-acto knife to cut away white space so that print looks apart of the furniture. The individual Turtle characters I purchased from eBay because it was free shipping they were $17.99 each. The round table I turned into nightstand was $9.00 at Wal-mart and I hand painted it along with decoupaging the logo on to it. Any questions feel free to email! I hope this helps with ideas. I was lost do to lack of ideas online.

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)

Mimi's mantle, revised

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I searched hundreds of faux mantles online for just the right one to build! I ended up coming back to the very first one that inspired me...Mimi's! I revised it to make it deeper by using 1x8's for the depth. I used 1x6's for the inside box depth so that I would have some space behind for extension cords, etc. I also decided to insert wood ledges above the box (on the inside) so that I could put Christmas lights in for a soft glow, which I love. After building the top trim as shown in the plan, I decided that I wanted to "beef up" the mantle portion so I screwed 1x3's along the front and sides of the mantle top. I love how it turned out! I even ended up building a duplicate one for a friend that saw it and loved it! I am pretty new to woodworking and have 4 kids, so it took me much longer than it should have, but it was well worth it!

Pine
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
I beat up the mantle top to give it a well-loved look. Then I did Minwax Dark walnut over the entire piece, then sealed it with one coat of poly. I then used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White over the base. I distressed the edges and corners before sealing with Annie Sloan clear wax. I used 4 coats of poly on the mantle top (after 2 coats of stain), just to be cautious! In retrospect, I should have bought an actual wood sealer, perhaps, before painting over the stain? I had to use 2 1/2 coats of Annie Sloan and I'm told that it usually takes one coat, sometimes two. In the end, I am extremely happy with the outcome, though!
Estimated Cost: 
$60, plus Annie Sloan paint and wax

Farmhouse table

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Pine and Douglas Fir

This plan was spot on but i do suggest when sinking the pocket screws to secure the table tank it slow and do not over sink them they will protrude from the table top. This was fun to build.

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Used minwax Walnut and Minwax wood paste to seal.
Estimated Cost: 
$100

Modern Craft Table

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Pine

Had hubby build this for my craft room over the holiday break. I have been looking for something to cut fabric on and help with some storage needs. I could not bring myself to pay the amount of money for some of these prefab MDF tables and or an arm or leg for one made out of some type of wood. He bought all of the wood and completed all of the cuts in one day. He spent another day putting it together and finished up the trim on the third day. It is currently set up in my sewing room and waiting for a fresh coat of paint. It looks great and will be perfect!

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Plan to use Behr Ultra White primer and paint in one.
Estimated Cost: 
$300
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Faux Christmas Mantle

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With all our changes and renovations, we no longer had a place to put up Christmas stockings. When I saw the idea for a fake mantle I knew this would be a good solution. The wall area I had was only 30 inches wide, but we made it work! The mantle itself was made almost entirely out of wood scraps. We also painted a thin piece of wood with chalkboard paint and used metallic Sharpies to create the grate and logs. That attached to the back of the mantle to serve as the "inside" of the fireplace. The kids added their own version of flames with some colored chalk on Christmas Eve night. Best part is I can store it in the attic until next year!

Scrap wood, mostly pine
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used: 
We painted the mantle with a milk colored latex paint, then roughed it up with some sandpaper and finished off with Minwax Dark paste finishing wax. The inside of the fireplace was a piece of 1/8 inch plywood painted in chalkboard paint, and decorated with metallic Sharpies to create the grate and logs.

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