One of the most frustrating parts of watching Home Repair or Design shows on television is their ability to empower you to tackle a project yourself or make your own furniture and accessories, but leave you without plans or the actual know-how to get the job done. Your worries are over thanks to Ana over at Knock Off Wood. Ana, of Knock Off Wood
, is trying her hardest to land herself her own show (in which we're in full support!) as her largest complaint about DIY television is it's lack of project based programing. Everything is a makeover with a few quick minutes showing the carpenter hard at work... but they never really get down and dirty with the details.
Ana scours retailers, catalogs and magazines to showcase projects that can be done at home, even if you don't have a garage. She has videos on how to use power tools (so don't be scared to buy, rent or borrow them), plans drawn up for measurements, and breaks down pieces seen in your favorite publications so you can make anything you see!
Her vision is more than just making reproductions of furniture, it's a path to teaching others the sustainable act of doing things for themselves. How many times have you seen a piece of furniture and said, "Oh, I love that, but I wish it (did/didn't) have ____." Maybe it's a table with a little too much distressing, or a bench that could use some rustic painting, Ana's all about teaching you the basics so you can say, "I can make that even better!"
Here's a few of our favorite projects she's done in the past (like a $500 West Elm table for $50 bucks!), but make sure to check out her full site to see all the fabulous projects her readers are sending in as well.
• Rustic Bench: from Pottery Barn and pictured above.
• Puzzle Bookcase: from Crate and Barrel
• Simplest, Cheapest Bookcases: from Pottery Barn Kids (great for storage)
• Saw Horse Desk/Table: from West Elm
• Apex Bookcase: from West Elm
(Images: Pottery Barn)