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Farmhouse Doll Bed and Nightstand

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Pine from home depot

I had so much fun with this! I followed the plans exactly and made up the nightstand as I went along.

 

 

Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Made my own chalk paint with a sample size of parchment by Behr mixed with calcium carbonate, sealed with water based poly. Stain is Kona.
Estimated Cost: 
$25
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Daughter's Bedroom Bookcase

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I followed the instructions except for the plywood backing, which I left out.  This was a fairly simple build.  I love the finished product and it fits perfectly in my daughter's room, providing tons of storage space for books, dolls, picture frames, etc.  

Select Pine
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
I used Zinser 1-2-3 primer and 2 coats of HD's Para furniture paint in Cloud White.
Estimated Cost: 
$130 not including primer or paint which I had on hand.

Rolling grill cart table

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I made the countertop with 2 plywood boards screwed together and topped the stainless steel with heavy duty adhesive.  I adjusted the plans a little to accommodate my space.  Thanks for the plans!  It was a fun build!

Treated pine
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Glossy black exterior paint
Estimated Cost: 
$100
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Farmhouse table and benches

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Old-growth pine

The kitchen remodel left me with 400sqft of old-growth-pine laying around(60year old subfloor). While still pine, this was too good to throw away. So I decided to build a kitchen table and some benches.

Given these were old tounge and groove 2x6 I spent a lot of time with the planer, so hardly a weekend project. Further more I decided to use biscuit joints. The table probably took me like 5-6 weekends and the benches another 4...

My kids already managed to put some dents in the table, but that just makes it look more rustic.

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
I used Minwax for this project. Started of with a light coat of pre-stain, then stained it twice with 'Red Mahogony #225'. The kitchen table I spray-painted 4-5 coats with Semi-gloss Polyurethane and polished it off with some 'finish wax'. I did regret the semi-gloss on the table so the benches I just painted 3 coats of satin polyurethane...
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Mini Wine bar

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Be aware: some of the measurements and materials needed in the plan are off. For example, you need 1/8" hardboard for the bottom of the drawer but earlier in the plans it shows 1/4". Also, if you have larger wine glasses, you'll want to plane down your stemware holders so the distance between them is 3 1/8" instead of 3". It would have also been a good idea to pre-stain those before adding them in. Regarding stain, it would also look really good with a light stain. Another really nice thing about this project is that people are really impressed with it though it is fairly straightforward. :)

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
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My first furniture project

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Pine

My first project using Ana-white drawings, and also my first project of furniture. I am really happy with the results ! Thanks Ana !

 

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Primer (1 layer) Paint (2 layers) Varnish (2 layers)
Estimated Cost: 
About 30 euros (including recuperation items). Unfortunately lumber seems to be more expensive in Europe !
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Doll Adirondacks

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pine

We built 7 for our 7 granddaughters (one girl already got hers so 6 pictured)! I used different stain colors for the different familys! Have to figure out a project for the 7 grandsons!

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Finish Used: 
Minwax stain (various colors) and Minwax water based oil modified clear satin polyurethane!
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Pallet Christmas Tree

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Pallet

Built this pallet christmas tree for decorating the house during the season, nothing too difficult, just cut/paint/assemble.

Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Estimated Time Investment: 
An Hour or Two (0-2 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Paint
Estimated Cost: 
$0.50 in screws

My first table

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Doug Fir

This was my first table, great directions from Ana White and other postings. Turned out great, the main addition I had was to add some supports for the ends as it felt like it needed it.

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Minwax Pecan Gloss Stain/Poly - Quart. We did two layers of stain, using steel wool in between coats. The finish turned out very nice and feels smooth. The top was sanded very smooth with 220 grit before staining.
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