I couldn't see spending a couple-few grand on furniture we'd rarely ever SEE when there are so many many other things I'd rather spend the money on! Like new tile, or new carpet upstairs, or new appliances I'll never buy ;) Heck, even converting the old wood burning fireplace to a sealed gas log would be higher on the list than bedroom furniture! So, when I found Ana White it was like a dream come true, SO no pun intended! The plans! The beauty! The sheer cheapitude! Most are Pottery Barn or other 'high end' knock-offs, which I LOVE but holy crap...800$ for a headboard? I'd rather build the knockoff!
Off to the hardware store for lumber & nails I went! I picked a mix of select pine, and 'whiteboard' which is just angry/sad pine. I wanted knots and a bit of warping and some interest. I didn't want it to be perfection.
75$ later, here's what I had loaded in my husband's car -
I was able to get it done spaced over a couple days, because The Husbeast was off work that week, so child-minding duties were shoved off on him ;)
Things I learned, did differently, or wish I had done -
- It's hella-hard to get a square cut with a jigsaw
- This size calls for a support beam to be added at the end to the middle of the back, vertically. I wish I had added it in the beginning. It would have made clamping and getting the edges tight a lot easier. I ended up with a few gaps which I finally shoved copious amounts of wood filler into, before staining (this will come back to piss me off later, but not in the way you might expect).
- I didn't make the outside of the legs/sides flush with the front. I looked at it both ways, and I liked the detail and depth it gave having it flush to the back
- I would be tempted to re-jig the plans if I ever made another. It would change the height, but I'm ok with that. I found that starting at the top with a 1x4, which is then finally trimmed front & back with a 1x4 just made a giant lame bit. I'd probably start with a 1x6, trimmed front & back with a 1x4, to give it some added interest.
- Be SUPER ANAL with your pre-stain wood conditioner (a total must working with pine if you're staining)
- I hate using a sponge/pad to apply stain, even gel stain. After the first coat I used a brush and was SO much happier. Also, the gloves they sold me were crap. I went through a 10 pack in the space of one staining coat. I ended up with dirty zombie hands. Bought a pack of 30 blue Playtex gloves for 2$ at walmart and I have yet to have my finger poke through, or rip it in half getting it on my hand.
/ETA - holy cow we have a crazy dirty garage! Also, I WILL post a pic when we finally get it upstairs...really, I promise. I just need to somehow sort through and put away the Pile O Cack that is on my side of the room. I swear, there's a bag from last christmas with the contents of our stockings in there. Sorry Santa!