Saturday, September 28, 2013

Build it right with Ana White

My husband hasn't always been a handy-man. 
In fact, when it came to changing light bulbs and unclogging sinks, it was more my job than his. 
Things have definitely turned around though. 
Since moving out of our cramped apartment in Hoboken, NJ, Chris has had more space to learn how to become more handy and has even made some furniture like this bar:

It was modeled after this Pottery Barn one and we used it this summer for his 30th birthday party

So, how did he know how to build it? 
Let me introduce you to Ana White and her ah-mazing website:

The site allows you to search for furniture you want to build (end tables, beds, dressers, benches, etc.) and even organizes it all by skill level. 
So if you are a beginner builder like Chris, you can find something that you can actually do.

When you find what you want to build, the site provides you with a shopping list and a cut list of exactly what you need. 
All you have to do is bring the list to Home Depot and they will even inexpensively cut the wood for you.

And if while building your furniture, you find out that you don't know how to drill a pocket hole or use a circular saw for example, there are video tutorials that explain it all:

Another cool thing about the site is that it has what are called "brags", which are basically pictures that people have uploaded of furniture they have built following Ana White's plans:

So now that you know about Ana White, what are you going to build this weekend?
- Caitlin


  1. Oh this is so cool! I'll be sending my Chris to this site when we have a house. He is not currently handy!

    1. You should! It's a pretty amazing website and has plans for anything you can think of building.


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