My wife and went through a phase, in which we saved as much money as we could to buy quality furniture. "No more cheap stuff from the department store!" we said. Well several thousand dollars later, we had a gorgeous espresso colored bed, a beautiful rustic dresser, and empty pockets. About a year ago I decided to take up woodworking, and since then we have discovered what you can build on your won, from the plans at ana-white.com look just as good (if not better) than the thousand dollar pieces we own!
When I saw this plan, I knew that we would soon have the bedside tables my bride had been wanting for more than 6 years. With a few modifications, I was able to build the set for about $40.
I modified the plan as needed, buying the cheap $1.50 2x2s and 1x2s from Lowe's, which I planed at home, and a single 12ft pine 1"x12" at the lumber yard for just $14. I also used 2x6's (planed down to 1" for the drawer) rather than 1x6's (8') which I bought from Home Depot for about $5. I used my Kreg Jig for all the pocket holes, and took. my. time. About 8 hours of building, I stained the top with Minwax Espresso Satin Stain, laying on 1 thin, quick-drying coat, followed by a second thick coat (let dry 6 hours) after which I hand-sanded with 220 grit paper, then applied a final thin coat, which dried in about an hour. The frame was painted an off white we chose to match our baseboards.
Super happy with this build. I think it's the nicest project I have had so far. Thanks so much for the plan!