Dining Room/ Home Office

Submitted by kristen on Sat, 02/21/2015 - 11:33

I didn't really follow any specific plan from Ana to build this project (I've become better at creating my own plans after putting together several of Ana's project plans--I owe Ana big time for getting me started in building!), but I did study her kitchen cabinet plans in order to put this together.  Up until now I've done mostly stand-alone projects and this was more like a small kitchen plan than anything I've done before.  This took a LOT of time to complete, but it has been a fantastic addition to our home for organization and aesthetic appeal. 

It is constructed of plywood and pine faceframes.  I used a Kreg Jig to construct most of it, including the drawer and door fronts.  The desktop has a 3/4" plywood base with a pine edge-glued panel on top of that with a pine edging. 

The estimated time investment was way more than 20 hours!  It took every minute of free time for 2.5 months to complete this.  But I was working alone, so you can cut that down significantly with help ;)

The link to my blog about this project contains links to all the posts I wrote up during this build. 

Estimated Cost
Approximately $900
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used
White paint with a satin polycrylic topcoat. Sand well before the first coat and then with 220 grit sandpaper between each coat of paint (1 coat primer, 2 coats white paint). Sand with 320 grit between each coat of topcoat for 3 coats. I did use a HVLP sprayer (Woodcraft's $35 version with a large air compressor) but I have finished other projects using a foam roller and foam brush that gets really close to the spray finish--it just takes longer.
Recommended Skill Level


Michael K

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 03:52

The time and effort you put in to this project was well worth it! I'm inspired.