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Laundry Basket Dresser with picture top

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This is my take on the Laundry basket dresser. I started with the idea based on many photos I found on this site, but made some updates/improvements (well they are improvements in my mind anyway). Please view the last picture that has text for explanations of the "features" of my design.

I did some quick drawings in Sketchup, and then did some work in the workshop. I don't have exacting plans on the exact measurements, but you'd probably need to tweak for the size basket you plan to use.

Oak for perrimeter, oak plywood on top, aruca plywood base, beadboard plywood, Poplar (frames around beadboard)
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Oak is finished with polyurethane. Everything else is painted with the color "guacamole" which is a sage-like color.

Children's Ladder Bookshelf

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Pine, mdf baseboard, benderboard

Loved doing this project! We had been have a book-tastrophy for over a year. Too many books and not enough shelf space, and the shelf space we had wasn't being used efficiently. I love the different sizes for different books. We made some adjustments to the plans including using baseboard and wider shelves.

We did a blog post going into more detail here:

http://thisinsanehouse.blogspot.com/2013/11/brag-post-diy-small-footprin...

Thanks for viewing!

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Painted it white first, then attached blue painter's tape and painted blue over that. Once that was almost completely dry, we peeled it away for clean lined chevrons. The chevrons weren't made to be perfect since they'll be covered 99% of the time.
Estimated Cost: 
$20

Fire truck bed

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Had a great time building this bed for my 2 year old son. The toughest part was building a slanted ladder that he could climb up. The project turned out way better than I expected and my son loves it.

Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)

DIY Benchwright Table and Bench

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Hard Maple

My husband says I have impeccable timing with all of my projects – I say there’s never a bad time to start a project! Case in point – my farmhouse table.

I was five months pregnant visiting my parents in Idaho (I live in Arizona) and I decided that it was a good time to finally build the table I had talked of for two years. There’s no time like the present, right? My dad questioned my ability to get the table back to AZ safely, but I threw caution to the wind and would figure it out later!

I built the table and matching bench out of hard maple and followed plans based on the Pottery Barn Benchwright series. I had never worked with hardwood before and there was definitely a learning curve. Luckily my dad had some experience with hardwood and he was able to lead me in the right direction.

I pieced together the table top and bench top, and then assembled the legs, but kept them unattached from the table top. I built a wooden frame to transport the table to Arizona and attached it to the top of my car.

In the heat of an Arizona summer, I proceeded to finish the table by staining it with an espresso stain from Minwax and then attaching the legs.

Finishing projects like this always take more time than I anticipate and this table was no exception. After days and days of staining and days and days of drying, I sealed it with a wipe on poly. I lost count of how many coats I applied, but I know it was more than 15. Yes, 15. Wiping it on doesn’t apply a thick layer, so I did a lot of layers. I had to protect it from my 4 kids! I finished just a few weeks before I had the baby. Timing is everything. :)

To see more details on the project check out my blog at lifewithfingerprints.com

Required Skill Level: 
Advanced
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Minwax espresso stain with satin wipe-on poly
Estimated Cost: 
$600

Fancy X Desk

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Pine

I needed a desk for in the finished basement. It's not the nicest of spaces but I am trying to class it up a bit while saving money. This desk was pretty easy to build and is one SOLID piece of furniture. This is something that will last a lifetime (or two, or three). Couldn't be happier with how this turned out. I followed the plans to the letter. The shopping list on the plans was one 2x4 short but other than that it was spot on. Love your site Ana! Thanks for all you share!

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Brushed on Minwax Bombay Mahogany Satin Stain & Finish. Also did 4 additional coats of poly on the top.
Estimated Cost: 
70.00

Lounge Chair and Table

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Pine

2nd project. Made this for me! Love it. I bought 5 towels at Walmart for $2.86 each, extra firm pillows for $3.50 each and made the cushions. It is like sinking into Heaven. Glass of wine and a good book. Set for the day. I added another support half way through since people used it as a seat during parties and I was afraid it would sag in the middle.

The table was an after thought. I had leftover wood and and just gestimated measurements.

FYI, I'm a slow project person, so most could probably finish faster than I did.

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used: 
I followed the directions on Ana's site, which were very easy to follow. Great beginner's project. It's all straight cuts.

Ice Chest Cover. My first Ana White project. I modified it to fit my ice chest. I made 2. Thank you for offering free DIYs!

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Pine

I needed something to hide the exterior of my 7 yr old, hard used ice chests. I saw this and modified it to fit my ice chests. Love them!

I'm a newbie to wood work and am so glad I found this site! I made these in July and am working at getting better at it.

Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
I used Oak stain that I had on hand. Worked great.

My Fifty-Cent Crate

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Scrap Piine

This is the first in a series of crates I’m building for my Expedit. It’s made from wood from the scrap pile behind our garage, so it cost nothing for the wood. It set me back fifty cents for the handle, which I sprayed with chalkboard paint. I plan to make six, but ideally I would fill all sixteen cubes up. I was totally inspired by Vicki from Made at This Place, with her Chalkboard Produce Crates for her Expedit. Thanks Vicki!

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
An Hour or Two (0-2 Hours)
Finish Used: 
I used two coats of Early American 230 stain from Minwax, , followed by two coats of Varathane's clear diamond coat in semi-gloss. Each layer was applied with a rag.
Estimated Cost: 
Fifty cents for the handle. That's it!

Over the toilet medicine cabinet / storage

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Pine Boards

I recently discovered your blog and got really inspired. After building a couple of beginner projects following your plans, i started to think about making something that can be used as medicine cabinet and does not take much space. Came up with the idea for this over the toilet storage rack.

My goal was to recycle/reuse some of the stuff that was sitting in my garage.
Started with building a frame using 1x6s (24 inch for shelves and 72 inch height). Used plastic table mats were used as sliding windows. Found a PVC trim (8 ft) for $2 at lowes that has been used as the rails/track for the windows. The back is piece of cardbord that was scrap from an old broken ikea bookshelf.

I am pretty happy that i recycled some stuff and made this in less than $15.

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Minwax Bombay Mahogany Satin
Estimated Cost: 
$15

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