For those of you that know me in real life (or IRL, if you are cool!), I tend to go in obsessive phases. Upholstery, sewing, knitting (that's been awhile), painting (walls, not the art kind)-- there's a long line of these. Something catches my interest, I learn about it, start doing it, go crazy for a few weeks or months and then move on. Sometimes I come back to these phases and re-visit the obsession. Why do I explain this to you? Because I feel a new obsession coming upon me.
FreshNestDesign, written by Erin and Deb, featured this site yesterday. (And if you don't follow Fresh Nest Design, you should. It's an interior design blog for regular people. By regular, I mean people who don't have a 5 digit budget to re-do a room-- more like $200 and a Home Depot gift card!) Anyway, Ana at Knock Off Wood knocks off furniture she sees in Pottery Barn, West Elm, Land of Nod and puts the plans on her site. Her readers are pretty talented at making the stuff and are posting their projects in her Flickr group.
Here is the Farmhouse bed she made:
She spent $120 making this bed. Ikea can't even beat that!
$60 for both of these.
She has dozens of plans on her site based on what she has seen in catalogs and what her readers have suggested. As you might guess, it is all very basic squared furniture- no intricate Victorian styles- but would you really want to make that anyway? And don't worry-- these are no New Yankee Workshop plans that require 8 very expensive power tools. The plans I looked at need a chop saw, a finish nailer and a power screwdriver. Cuts requiring a table saw she has done where she buys the lumber. (Though my husband would be easy to talk into a table saw!)
So, I feel a little of my junior high Wood Shop training coming back to me and I am going to make a piece of furniture this year. Maybe two. Hey, I've alway considered a sewing machine another power tool-- to me sewing and woodworking aren't that far off. Measure, cut, stitch (or nail). Except fabric stretches and wood doesn't. But that is what wood putty and caulk are for!
Though I will have to work this around my modeling career.