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Queen Size Farmhouse Bed

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Yellow pine

Started off as the rustic farmhouse bed, but I couldn't help adding bits to it - dentil moulding, panels on the headboard and footboard.

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Minwax Special Walnut over minwax stain base. Helps to keep the staining to a minimum with less soaking in and dark spots.

Texas Adirondack Chair

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With a little project oversight, my son built and painted this chair which went on to win 1st place in his division at the local 4-H show!

reclaimed lumber
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Exterior latex paint
Estimated Cost: 
$20.00

Farmhouse table

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Doug-fir all 2X

Farmhouse style table, 4 2x10 with 2X6 border. All Doweled and glued. Seems most plans are with square "breadboard" ends, i thought this style was a bit cleaner with no raw ends. 4X4 legs with 4X4 cross stretchers. Table ended up 4'X8' matching bench to follow.

You really need a dowel-jig, Kreg-jig, and bar clamps to do this project. You can also use a biscuit cutter instead of dowel jig, but I think it lines up better with dowels.

Close up shot shows swirl marks from 80 grit sandpaper used on an orbital sander... Even using 180 grit final sand it left them there, actually a nice distress look.

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Min-wax dark walnut, min wax wood conditioner, 5 coats satin poly.
Estimated Cost: 
150.00

New Bed for my tween: chestwick platform bed full

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After searching for a bed for our tween we found that we couldn't find the bed we wanted for the price we wanted to pay. I'd been eyeing this site for months and finally decided to take the plunge. The Shanty-2-Chic blog really motivated me to get this going.

This was our first (and arguably most expensive) project ever- husband ended up acquiring new tools to make the job easier, haha.

We followed the tutorial from the site with modifications for a full size mattress. (Just substituted 53x75 for the queen measurements and adjusted cuts accordingly.)

Used furring strips (1x3) for mattress support to save money.

Finished with zinsser primer (bought a quart for all our future projects)- this stuff is awesome!

Picked a flat white paint in a color that matched her dresser.

Cost of Daughters New Bed:
Lumber $120,
Kreg jig clamp $29
Air compresser with nail gun $150

Learning how to construct furniture ourselves: Priceless

Pine
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Zinsser primer (2 coats brush on) white paint- flat finish
Estimated Cost: 
$120 or so- I don't recall exactly

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)

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