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Rustic Table

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My wife and I wanted a rustic looking table for our cabin and didn't want to pay a fortune for it! This was my first project and I found it pretty easy to make. The finish is Briwax Rustic Pine and I was so happy with how it turned out I had to build some chairs to go with it! The chairs were made from a plan I found for making chairs using 2x4s

Pine
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Briwax Rustic Pine.

HAPPIER HOMEMAKER FARMHOUSE TABLE

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pine

This was our first Ana White project. We knew we wanted to do a table, and decided this was the easiest one for first-timers without a kreg jig (YET!). We made things even SIMPLER by having Lowe's do ALL the cutting for us! I didn't even know they would do that, but they will.... and happily so!

The project went VERY well and we are delighted with our new table. We used Rustoleum "Kona" stain and we used Rustoleum spray gloss poly because Lowes had a bunch of cans of it on clearance. We were happy with the results, though it may not be the best indoor product in the future ;-)

The project took us about 4-6 hours to build, and then we just sanded a little each evening, and the next weekend we stained and poly.

Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Rustoleum Kona Stain Rustoleum gloss spray poly

"reclaimed wood" bed.

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I wanted to make a sturdy bed that was rustic and old looking but still kind of modern... I looked at google images and a photo of Ana's bed popped up. I started with new fir from Home Depot but wanted a good weathered look, so I spent extra time and effort on the distressing. It turned out just like I was hoping!

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used: 
I made stain with vinegar and steel wool, hit it with that then sanded. Light paint strokes with white and maroon, sanding in between, then ebony stain, sand, then a chestnut stain and wiped off. Clear finish.
Estimated Cost: 
$125

Rustic Tall Secretary

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reclaimed pine

I needed some good storage for my laundry/mud room, and loved Ana's tall secretary plan. I was on a pretty tight budget, so I decided to modify things a bit so I could use some old 2x12 boards from my Dad's barn. I subbed out the 1x12's and 1x2 trim by simply using the thicker boards. I decided to leave off doors on the bottom for now, and added a curtain with a suspension rod to hide our cat's litterbox. I also added a shelf for extra storage. Now she loves hiding in there and jumping out at me when I do the laundry! I made the flip down door with some old fence pickets and simply planked them together with a cleat on the back. I didn't have any euro or hidden hinges, so I used small basic hinges and attached them to the 3/4" inside edge of the door and the base of the cabinet so the door can flip down fully for easy access to my laundry soap. I really like the rustic look of the secretary, and it's perfect for sorting all the mail and keeping it off my counters!

Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Estimated Time Investment: 
An Hour or Two (0-2 Hours)
Finish Used: 
None, I may clean it up and wax it to prevent any soap stains
Estimated Cost: 
free

Twin over Full for my Girls!

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I have two girls and my youngest was getting out of a crib. I could build another bed or include both girls and build a bunk bed. I chose the bunk bed route with the approval of my wife and got started. I loved the plans from ana-white.com and decided to pull the trigger.
Total cost for bed not including the new full mattress was around $300. A huge savings from the estimated $1,500 from comparable beds on the market. This took me about 2 weeks total but that was a couple hours here and there. I would describe most of the work as beginner skill level but a couple of the steps had challenges but you could figure it out. My girls were out there helping me build and paint so it was also very memorable. Thank you again for all you do Ana.

Bobby

pine
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Sanded with 120, used a primer and finished with 2 coats of Pixie Dust. It's almost white but has a touch of pink.

Board & Batten Banquette

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pine

My family needed a seating area for our tiny kitchen and a built-in banquette solved our spatial design problem perfectly! I basically built it like a short and wide freestanding wall with a board & batten design and plywood top for seating. More details on my website post...

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
board & batten with latex paint

Castle loft bed

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Melamine

We had to modify the plans by a few inches to fit the space and we changed some other details to make it look more like a castle. But it came out awesome and our daughter loves it!

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Painted a primer on the stairs and slide and then just a regular latex semi gloss. Caulked around all the edges and corners to give it a clean finish.

Media Console

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Took a 3 day weekend to put this together. We used biscuit joiner so that we wouldn't have any gaps in the top. Left the back open so our consoles could breath in their little spots. Modified the plans so it's only 4 foot long and fits perfectly under our TV.

Pine
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Black paint and walnut stain

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