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Shim Bed!

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I have been working on this project intermittantly for months now. It is so amazing to have it finally finished and have it fit my style perfectly. Those shims took forever to apply. I stained them first and then attached them with wood glue to both the headboard and footbard. 

I made a few modifications to the aesthic though none of the cut lengths. Instead of using 4X4 posts I used 2x4's and attached them with metal brackets to give it a slight industrial feel. I also painted the framing black and the posts black and stained the top 1X6 and 1X12 siderails the same color as I stained the shims which I thought tied it all together and made it look warm and rustic. 

I did not build out the wood frame but instead used the metal frame I had already to set the bed down inside. I am really happy. Thank you Anna for this plan! I never would have thought I could pull something like this off!

Common Boards, Whitewood Pine, Plywood for headboard
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Black Rustoleum paint and Minwax espresso stain.

Restaurant High Chair with an add-on

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Pine

After my 6-month old daughter outgrew, or just got tired of sitting in her bouncy seat on the table while Mommy and Daddy ate, I decided to build her a high chair. I loved the plans and it looked pretty easy. It took me longer than expected, but I was using scraps and trying to be efficient with my cuts and waste. After making the chair, my wife said it'd be nice if we painted it Minnie Mouse themed, so I cut the ears using the jigsaw and attached them with pocket holes. I could have just made them as part of the chair (the back piece) but the idea didn't come until after the chair was complete. To make the ears, I just used a compass and quite a bit of an eraser. I used grid lines and tried and retried and retried and retried until it looked almost Minnie Mouse-ish. I was going to try a bow, but didn't want to to ruin it. I'd also like to try to inlay a bow, but that would mean not being able to paint it so that was a no go. I haven't added the safety straps yet, but I have them and will be putting them on before she sits in it--so no need to call social services.

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
I taped off the ears and lower stretchers and spray painted the body of the chair. Then I used a brush and brushed on two coats of the black for the ears and bottom stretchers. Lastly, I used a circular sponge brush from a hobby store to make the polka dots. I'm not very good with the sponge brush so I had to fill in with a small detail brush. I don't like the brush lines so I'm going to try and sand with 350 or 400 grit to get rid of the brush strokes. Then, I'll probably sand up to 600 grit to get a smooth finish.
Estimated Cost: 
Around $30-40 including paint

Laundry Sorter

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Select pine and No 2 Whitewood, Wainscot panel for door inserts.

Laundry sorter with 3 tilt out bins and 3 drawers.  Made to fit a recess in laundry so it looks like a built in cabinet.

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Minwax Ebony and Minwax Satin Poly.
Estimated Cost: 
$320

Brothers media wall

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Birch plywood and pine face frame

My brother saw me making a bunch of stuff at my house and begged me To do something with his basement TV room. So after talking with him and seeing what Ana had to offer i settled on the smith media wall collection. I loved he way it turned out and I have happy brother to boot. I modified the plans to fit his bigger TV. 

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Rustoleum stain. Kona
Estimated Cost: 
$550 for the total project.

Christmas Doll Cribs

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Pine

My husband made these for our 5 year old daughter and our 1 year old granddaughter. They turned out adorable! Our first project with a kreg jig, best tool ever! It took a few weekends, but we are also building a house. The longest time was spend waiting for paint to dry!

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used: 
White semi gloss. Acrylic paint for the names.
Estimated Cost: 
100 dollars for both including the kreg jig, glue, paint and of course the wood.

DIY Ceiling tile art

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Pine Select

My friend had a few leftover ceiling tiles from her new kitchen and I put them to good use. For almost a year, they hung, attached to a simple 2x4 frame. 

You can see it in our <a href="http://www.lifewithfingerprints.com/2014/08/back-to-school-dinner-2014.html">Back-to-school dinner</a>.

But the edges were rough and it looked unfinished and not quite what I needed for the space. So the ceiling tiles received a makeover.

I built a large frame using 1x4 and 1x3 boards. Using my Kreg jig I made a large rectangle with the 1x4s and then made it look more substantial and thicker by adding 1x3s.



Of course after making the frame, it sat in the office as I debated stain or paint. Once I settled on paint, it sat for another two weeks while I figured out a color. I ended up going to my paint stash and picking up the color I originally used for the <a href="http://www.lifewithfingerprints.com/2013/04/diy-barn-door.html">barn door</a> (I decided against it because I wanted the door to have a little punch!). The color wasn't great for the door, but it was perfect for the frame. 



Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Painted finish

Closet storage

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Laminated particle board

Great storage idea which makes things easy to see and get to

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Sherwin Williams paint
Estimated Cost: 
$150

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