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Extended Barn Beam Ledges

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Pine

Built these some time ago, but I forgot to post my brag til now! I took Ana's plans for the Barn Beam Ledges and simply modified them by making them into 5-foot lengths. They were very easily and quickly built. The longest part was waiting for them to dry! There are three keyholes on the back of each, aligned with the studs, so they sit nice and flush against the wall and no worries of them falling down! They hold lots of picture frames, which I love. No individual nail holes all over my wall! lol Very happy with the end result. :)

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
I mixed different walnut stains we had on hand.
Estimated Cost: 
unsure

Rustic "Z" coffee table

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Second Ana White project.  Modified it from the "X" to a "Z" coffee table.  Hand distressed it.  Narrowed the width, bread board ends, and added clavos and trunk corners I purchased on Amazon.  Very happy with this second build.  It went much easier than my first one.   

Pine and Doug Fir
Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Minwax Pre-Stain, 2 coats of Minwax Classic Grey, and 2 coats of Minwax Semi-Gloss Polyurethane
Estimated Cost: 
About $50 total: $26 in lumber, $14 in hardware, and $10 in stains and poly

First Major Furniture Project

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This was my first major furniture project. My daughter wanted a changing table and this looked like it would be a good choice.I made a few modifications; it's a little taller as my daughter and her husband are on the tall side, I also added a small rail to keep the changing pad from sliding off. Overall it was a great learning experience. I have built several outdoor pens and small houses for our chickens, but this was my first attempt at a piece of furniture. I think it turned out well, and my daughter and her husband are happy with it (and that is what matters).Of course I see the mistakes but I learned from them and now know what to do (or not to do) next time.  Plans are great, easy to follow ....thank you ANA!! Can't wait to try another plan.

Used cedar for one drawer that will be blanket storage and birch in the other. The rest is pine and birch plywood.
Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Rustoleum - American Walnut, Weathered Gray, Wheat, Willow with a top of American Walnut, and Carrigton. 3 coats of polycrylic, and the frame is HGTV Home Cream from Sherwin Williams.
Estimated Cost: 
about $150

Our first build! Rustic X Coffee table plans

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Pine

We found these plans and figured we would try it out! Worked great. We bought the Jig and the wood and took our time building it. We really love how it turned out. We made sure to take our time with sanding and filling holes. Our 6 year-old daughter chose the color.

Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
The color is "stormy sky" blue
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Rolling Cart - Home Depot Project - Modified

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Pine

I built this at the Home Depot "Do it Herself" class last month.  I have been trying to figure out something for a large ironing board (for yardage of fabric for quilting) for quite some time now.  I decided this was PERFECT!  I removed the top tray, and added a 2' X 4' craft board on top, covered it with insulbright and canvas and it's a perfect Ironging station!!  I keep the ironing supplies underneath, and I have tons of extra storage space, it's WONDERFUL!

 

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
First, i removed the top tray (it would have been useless with the board on top). Then i screwed in the craft board to the side poles. (2 screws in each post) Then, I glued down the Insulbright (special batting for ironing on) and stapled that to the bottom. then put the canvas down on top and stapled that nice and tight.
Estimated Cost: 
$35 (since I won the project from the free class, no cost on that material) spent $15 for the craft board, $20 on the Insulbright and I had the canvas material for the cover!

Farmhouse Storage Bed

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Pine

It was time for my daughter to get her very own big girl bed! I found the plans and my wife approved and construction began. 3 weeks later this is what we have created. Everyone at work is super jelious and have referred quite a few people to the website. Thank you Ana for having such a great resourse!

Required Skill Level: 
Beginner
Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Glidden premium interior semi gloss paint, white, GLN6400.
Estimated Cost: 
$300

Vanity stool Katarina

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Hardwood

Had plans but no instructions, so involved learning my own techniques which was fun and it came together including size modification.  Lots of cutting!!!

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Clear satin varathane, walnut and oak wood creates color
Estimated Cost: 
100 hardwood
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Doors galore

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poplar and finished ply

Just a couple of pictures from our kitchen remodel. My husband and I have built 59 cabinet doors for our house, kitchen, laundry and two baths. The cost of wood only $604 , we chose to use finished ply for the panels and poplar for the stiles and rails. We could not have done this with out Ana, thank you from the bottom of my heart!

We are still in the process of our remodel, but I wanted to show what a little time, sweat and very little $$ (compared to the $10,000 + quote) can get you with determination and a few basic skills.

Required Skill Level: 
Intermediate
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Primer and paint
Estimated Cost: 
Wood for all 59 doors $604, kreg srews $60, primer and paint $120 and new hardware - jury is still out on that one.

Quick Pallet Board Stands

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Pallet Wood

Last week I picked up a few pallets while I was at Ace and made these cute stands with some of the wood today.  I spray painted a few cans and threw some flowers in them and have a beautiful centerpiece for my Farmhouse table!  I built both of these in about 10 minutes.

Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
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Finish Used: 
Lightly sanded and sprayed with a sealer
Estimated Cost: 
$Free.99

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