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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

Mid-Century Dresser

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Maple/Birch 3/4" plywood, Douglas Fir 1x2, reclaimed wood top, pine drawers, poplar drawer fronts

Inspired by Dwell Studio's Mid Century Dresser, I built a smaller version for my daughter's small room. Working on showing photos of the building process on my little blog this weekend. =D

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Watco Danish Oil - Dark Walnut stain Olympic Semi-Gloss White (No VOC) Rustoleum Gold Spray paint (for legs and x-feature)
Estimated Cost: 
$47

Modular Desk My Husband Built Me!

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3/4" oak plywood project board

I was looking all over for the perfect desk to hold my large computer and give me some crafting space. Not finding what I was looking for, I stumbled upon Ana-White.com and I was so excited when my husband agreed to build me this desk! It's perfect and beautiful and I absolutely love it! The plans were easy for him to follow and we had fun making it together.

Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
I applied one coat of Zinsser primer followed by three coats of Behr Windwood Springs. I finished the desk by applying three coats of Minwax polycrylic, lightly sanding in between coats with 220 grit sandpaper.
Estimated Cost: 
$100

A Slightly Modified Farmhouse Table

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When I first saw this project I thought it might make a great looking table for our dining room - however after seemingly endless frustration with the 2x10s (and also 2x4s I tried after giving up on the 2x10s) badly warping I eventually gave up and bought a couple of pre-glued pine board panels to use as the table top. I had my heart set on a nice flat dining table and the construction boards just weren't working for that. The base was still made from basic pine 2x4s as per the original plan however.
I shortened the table by about 2 feet so it would actually fit in our dining room, removed the inner angled boards because getting the angles right after shortening the table was being a pain, and added a couple of support boards that run lengthwise under the table top since it's thinner than originally planned.
This project seriously took me about 2 years to make, between all of the re-starts and so on.
Tools used include circular saw, belt sander, orbital sander, router, power drill with pocket hole jig.
Not counting wasted materials, this project probably cost me about $120 between the lumber, the hardware,the stain, the finish, etc.
After all that work and hair-pulling though, in the end my wife says she loves it, so I guess that's all that matters :)

Pine
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Red oak gel stain & polyurethane
Estimated Cost: 
$120.00

First Project

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My 11 year old is a girlie girl and has been asking my wife and I for the American Girl Star Armoire cabinet for 2 years. I found a similar plan here on Ana-White's Plan page. I decide to use a little nice quality wood (Aspen) instead of just a clear pine wood. It turned out nicer than even I could have expected.

My daughter got this for her 11 Bday this past Sunday and has already filled the cabinet with all her special AG Dresses. I added my own twist by putting a 1/4" Chalkboard back on it so she can use it to play school with her AG Dolls.

I have a couple people interested in making one for them for Christmas. :)

My next project will be one of the bunk-beds featured on Ana's website.

Aspen
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
My friend has a "cup gun" sprayer and the cabinet has 3 coats of white paint.
Estimated Cost: 
$72.00 (Material & Hardware ONLY)

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