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Designer furniture for a fraction of the retail cost? Yes, you can build that.

The creator of, one of the country’s most popular furniture design and home improvement blogs, offers homemakers 34 simple, stylish, and budget-friendly woodworking projects

Designer furniture for a fraction of the retail cost? Yes, you can build that.

The Handbuilt Home

Ana White
  • Imprint: Potter Craft
  • On sale: October 23, 2012
  • Price: $22.99
  • Pages: 192
  • ISBN: 9780307587329
Contact: Kim Small

Forget IKEA. Toss those Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel catalogs. Young homemaker and popular blogger Ana White, an Alaskan mom on a tight budget, shows how anyone can make their own stylish, custom furniture, for about one-tenth of the cost of buying it from high-end stores.

In her first book, THE HANDBUILT HOME: 34 Simple, Stylish & Budget-Friendly Woodworking Projects for Every Room (Potter Craft; on sale October 23, 2012; $22.99), Ana goes room by room and shows readers how to easily—and inexpensively—make high-style furniture from scratch using only basic tools and off-the-shelf lumber that can be purchased at the local hardware store. From small things like organizers, mirrors, or photo ledges—to larger pieces—like beds, benches, a child’s play set, or even a kitchen island—this book has projects to furnish your entire home with looks you love. And you won’t break the bank doing it.

Don’t worry if you’ve never even held a drill or used a table saw. You don’t need to be tough and burly to work with power tools, and it’s okay if you don’t know that a 2×4 doesn’t actually measure 2″ x 4″. This book is for non-woodworkers and readers at every skill level. Easy-to-follow instructions, costs, time estimates, and plenty of helpful tips guide even the most amateur of carpenters through every project. For Ana, building furniture is about building a real home, and with her at your side all you need is some determination to make a better home for yourself or your family.

Ana was like most women when she started building—she didn’t have any woodworking experience. Pregnant and on a tight budget, she was living with her husband in their garage in rural Alaska, saving to build a home. But with a baby on the way, there was no time to wait. So they drew up a house plan, and together, board by board, paycheck by paycheck, built their first home by hand. And the process wasn’t over when they moved in. For a year, Ana and her husband slept on a mattress on the floor because they refused to buy low-quality particleboard furniture but couldn’t afford the kind of high-quality contemporary pieces they wanted.

Enter the power tools and Ana’s signature passion. With some leftover boards from the house and just $80 in new supplies, Ana built her first piece of furniture—the Farmhouse Bed (check out page 136)—chic, sturdy, and custom-built for her taste. Ana’s love of furniture building was born.

Just a few years later, Ana has inspired millions of homemakers with her stylish furniture plans and DIY spirit. Her blog,, gets 1 million unique visitors a month and more than 3 million page views a month, and DIYers from around the world count on her easy-to-follow instructions and you-can-do-it attitude, making Ana the most-trusted resource for women hand-making furniture. As Ana likes to say, “If I can build it, so can you!” And now, with THE HANDBUILT HOME, it’s easier than ever.

About the Author:

ANA WHITE, a mother and homemaker from Alaska, is the blogger behind the popular website, which receives more than 1 million unique visitors a month, gets 3 million page views a month, and has over 66,000 Facebook fans. An avid do-it-yourselfer, Ana is a self-taught furnituremaker who learned her skills while building her own home and the furniture inside it. She has designed thousands of furniture projects, inspiring people to create attractive, budget-friendly pieces. The Handbuilt Home is her first book.

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