Want a bracing dose of Vitamin DIY? Visit the website of Ana White. In her own words, Ana is "obsessed with furniture." What she doesn't love is the price tag that comes with quality pieces. So this resourceful self-taught handywoman reverse-engineers the designs of contemporary classics and builds her own versions. And then she makes the plans available online for free, along with fun posts describing her process.
Of Ana's many plans (all of which are intended for personal, not commercial, use), our favorite is her version
of Restoration Hardware's Farmhouse Table, pictured at the top of this post. RH's version usually retails for $2750. Ana made hers of scrap lumber for about ten dollars.
She's also built a couple of variations on Pottery Barn's Farmhouse Bed, as well as versions of PB's upholstered Montgomery Headboard, modular Brady Entryway Storage System, and Stratton Daybed. There's also a killer Williams-Sonoma-esque kitchen island (the original is pictured above) that has us wishing we had more real estate in our own kitchen.
Ana has several fabulous projects for kids, too, which are blogged over at Ohdeedoh.
There are dozens and dozens more plans available. Check them all out at Ana's website, Knock-Off Wood.
[The keen-eyed among you may have noticed that this post made a brief accidental appearance earlier this week. Mea culpa! -Tammy]