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Simple 2x4 Desk

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I built this desk relatively quickly and it required very few tools. I discovered quickly how difficult it is to cut 2x4's with a handsaw so I would recommend having a circular saw or having them cut the wood at the store but it can be done. I did use a kreg jig for connecting everything and that is what made it so easy. 

I painted the bottom half and then stained the top. I think it turned out beautifully. I also added some metal to the edges not for strength but for style. This desk is VERY sturdy and I really like the massive amounts of space. 

2x4 Whitewood Studs
Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Base- 1 coat rustoleum primer, 1 coat of glidden interior paint with some touch ups Top- 1 coat minwax wood primer, 1 coat minwax american chestnut
Estimated Cost: 
$25-35 for all of the supplies.

Printers Triple Console Cabinet

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pine

Very happy with the results.

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Distressed paint over stain.<!--break--> Stained the finished product with 3 coats of Miniwax Special Walnut<!--break--> One coat of Shirwin Williams "Breezy" blue <!--break--> Sanded with an electric orbital sander.<!--break--> Another coat of Shirwin Williams "Breezy" blue to cover all the little circles the orbital sander left behind.<!--break--> Sanded by hand. Touched any blonde spots up with the Special Walnut.
Estimated Cost: 
Around $300

My First Bunkbeds

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Pine

This was the first piece of furniture that I ever built!  Plans were very helpful and easy to follow.  If I had it to do overagain, I would have painted instead of staining (less sanding required).

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
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Finish Used: 
Stain, polyeurethane
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Mantel Moulding Headboard with Teal Accent

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Used the smaller Dentil crown, and the blue accent that will match the accents on the end table that i will also put up when finished

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Estimated Cost: 
$200?
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Storage Sectional

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I had a horrible time finding an outdoor sectional that fit in my sunroom and didn't cost a fortune, so I adapted the Storage Sofa plan to work for my needs!

It took a couple of weekends, but I didn't work straight through both days - I would do one task at a time; cut all pieces, assemble boxes, stain, put together cushions, install in sunroom.

I used my kreg jig for as much as I could, and adapted from the original plan to leave the backrest open to give it a more outdoor look.  

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Estimated Cost: 
$300-375

My favorite TV console ever!

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Lumber yard

My husband and I were able to build this project one night after putting our kids down. It took us 3 1/2 hours to build. I love how long it is. I wanted a TV console that was pretty long and this one is 8 feet. It's perfect. We didn't change anything about the plans...except we haven't put casters on the bottom and I can't decide if we ever will. Thx for these plans Ana!

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Top- Early American wood stain and sealed with poly acrylic sealant. Paint- Chalk dust mixed with Baer brand (off white) paint and sealed with hemp oil. I sanded the paint before sealing it to give it the distressed look because I wanted to see some of the grains in the wood.
Estimated Cost: 
We went to a lumber yard and were able to get all the wood and lag screws for about $130

Little Adirondack Chair

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Top Choice Appearance Grade Pressure Treated Lumber

Built this for my daughter to enjoy sitting around the fire pit roasting marshmallows on crisp fall evenings.

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
-Valspar Duramax Exterior Matte Tintable Latex-Base Paint and Primer in One -Cabot Satin Spar Varnish Aerosol Spray
Estimated Cost: 
~$30
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Adirondack Chairs

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Wanted to build a couple chairs to place around the fire pit and enjoy roasting marshmallows on crisp fall evenings.

Top Choice Appearance Grade Pressure Treated Lumber
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
-Valspar Duramax Exterior Matte Tintable Latex-Base Paint and Primer in One -Cabot Satin Spar Varnish Aerosol Spray
Estimated Cost: 
~$40 each
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Isabelle's Bed

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AG doll Isabelle is sleeping in style at our house thanks to a special little girl's daddy!

The bed was built completely out of scrap material and finsihes we have on hand.

We used a vinegar & steel-wool stain with a tea stained base and clear coated with an enviromentally (and kid) friendly top coat.

This bed is solid and will last for years, maybe decades!

Pine
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Tea & Vinegar/Steel-wool Stain First apply a good coat of black tea that is strong to aid in the chemical reaction of the aging stain. Once the has dried use your premixed (and aged) vinegar & steel-wool stain. Allow to dry and follow with a clear-coat for protection.

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