“Rustic Yet Refined” X Dining Room Table

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When the movers broke her dining room table, Jen from House of Wood’s first thought was to build a new one. She saw a gorgeous X-based table from ZGallerie and hit up her friend Ana White to draw up the plans. Then with a little more help from Ana and the friendly folks at Minwax, Jen gave her freshly built table a “rustic yet refined” Restoration Hardware-inspired finish. Are you drooling yet? Oh, and I think I forgot to mention the lumber was only $85. Just in case you weren’t already sold {Wink}.

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Kids’ Work Area with Schoolhouse Desks

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Busy settling into her new home, Jaime from That’s My Letter knew she needed to create a work area for her kiddos pronto. She teamed up with Ana White to transform an empty space into a functional and beautiful workspace that features three schoolhouse desks. Jaime repurposed the stained wood tops from an old IKEA cabinet she had taken apart, and, like she says, the paint and stain combination is simply “yummy!”

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Best of PB #10: Cubby Storage Organizer (and Christmas Advent)

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Michelle from Chalkboard Blue built this cubby system inspired by a hotel front desk organizer that is perfect for storage and display. The original inspiration came from a cubby organizer from Pottery Barn, but Michelle put her own spin on the design. This is so cute for the holidays. I love how Michelle used the cubbies as an advent this past Christmas!

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Best of PB #6: Counter Height Craft Room Table

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When working on the sewing/craft room in her house, Brook from BeingBrook really wanted a counter height table. For her birthday, her husband built her a large craft table using Ana White plan, and then Brook painted it a soft aqua to coordinate with the rest of the space. Brook says, “It’s just what my craft room needed, and I spend lots of time working on my projects and helping my kids create things too!”

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Best of PB #3: Platform Storage Bed for a College Dorm Room

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Becky from Reinventing the Ordinary loved the look and functionality of a Pottery Barn storage bed for her daughter’s college room but needed a cheaper alternative. Surprisingly, college tuition doesn’t really leave an extra $1000 sitting in the bank for a bed! Becky created a fabulous $100 version with some beadboard, molding, and plywood that fit their needs (and budget) to perfection!

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Build Your Own Farmhouse Dining Table

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Shawna from Dakota Creek Chic came into the blogging world with a bang, sharing the gorgeous farmhouse table she built following plans from Ana White. Here’s what she has to say about her very first furniture build:

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Trunk Coffee Table

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It’s impossible not to be inspired by talented ladies like Ashley and Whitney from Shanty 2 Chic, who are skilled with power tools and have stocked their homes with gorgeous furniture pieces that they built. Just look at this trunk-style coffee table that Whitney recently built following plans from Ana White! It’s pretty, budget friendly, and, best of all, easy to make! Whitney even says it’s a great beginner building project for those who have been on the fence. Time to get building!

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Kids Train Table

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Like couches in living rooms, activity tables are staple furnishings for playrooms. However, they can be quite pricey, especially considering the fact that kids aren’t exactly gentle on furniture. Janette from Style with Cents shares how to make a table that is TWICE as big and HALF the cost of one of Pottery Barn Kid’s most popular activity tables using MDF and fence posts. I can’t say it any better than Janette – “That’s what you call WINNING, my friends.”

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