Friday, March 26, 2010

Knock Off Wood

If you have not heard of the Blog
Knock Off Wood you need to get with it. In my opinion it is the biggest thing to hit the DIY Blogging world in a long time.

Ana of Knock Off Wood an Alaskan mommy and wife to a carpenter handy-man took things into her own hands one day when her husband wasn't getting around to fixing some porch steps, and just fixed them herself. Ana has been doing woodworking ever since and now her passion for knocking off high end furniture lines (hmm hmm Pottery Barn hmm hmm) has spilled over into the blog world and is inspiring everyone. Ana has full how to plans for beds, dressers, dining-room tables, office systems and more available on her
blog, for get this... FREE!

My list of things to build off her site is a mile long. Starting with all the furniture for my soon to be
craft-room of my dreams. However I did see this cute little kids picnic bench on her site and had to build it for Jayna.

plans for kids picnic bench
It was a great starter project to get my feet wet, and went fairly well. I only needed the Husbands help to cute four pieces, and am sure that what I learned while doing this project will just make me better on the next. It is all about not underestimating yourself or your abilities, and that could be the single reason why Ana's blog is so popular.

I have already ordered my
Milk Paint and Exterior Top-Coat in Buttermilk Yellow for the picnic bench, and with the help of Jayna have already distressed it a little. I didn't know a two year old could do such damage banging an old hinge on wood. Oh-well.

I encourage you to check out her blog, but only if you are ready to triple your to do list.


  1. I love your table! I go to Anna's blog everyday with and I would love to build something...but a little scared. You have motivated me to actually try something, I will let you know if I do. I hopped over from The Two Savvy Sisters Blog and am so happy that I did. Please accept my invitation to drop in at my place one day this week when you get a moment. I have become a follower and I hope you’ll do the same. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  2. You should totally make something from Anna's blog. I thought the picnic bench would be really easy because it was small, but it may be harder than some of her other plans just because of the angles. I only had a circular saw so it made cutting the angles a little more tricky. I still need to put my last coat of paint on it and antique and top coat it. Maybe today I will get around to doing that.