Thursday, February 14, 2013

DIY Clothesline Frame- My 1st Ana White Plan

You guys are probably all familiar with Ana White, right? You know the beautiful DIY girl from Alaska who so sweetly shared her furniture plans on her blog...and then what seemed like overnight has turned into a world famous sensation and now has a book....and is totally awesome..and is building a momplex (mothers duplex) for her MIL and know her right? Well, I have fallen prey to this girls-can-build-stuff craze. And guess what??? It's fun! I mean I guess that makes sense though....I love all things crafty and why not making stuff from wood. 

Ana's website and plans are beginner friendly. I started by going to the plan catalog on her website and sorting by starter and beginner projects. I looked through them all before deciding on Clothesline Frame. You can download the PDF of the plans from HERE. Ana apparently made and used this plan on her book tour. Her book tour didn't bring her anywhere near me (boo!), so I am glad this plan was also on her site.

And here's my finished product:

LOVE it! There's no need for me to go into detail about how I made it, because you can just snag the PDF plans right off Ana's site. But here's the changes I made:
#1- I did not use furring strips. I used whitewood. The whitewood is about $1 more than furrings strips at  my blue store. I do not know the orange stores prices. I chose white wood over the furring strips because all of blue's furring strips had rounded edges. I wanted crisp edges. Plus the white wood had more interesting character.
#2- My Kreg Jig was set to 1/2" setting and I used 1" pocket hole screws
#3- I didn't use any wood glue. Its a picture frame so the screws I thought were more than plenty hold.
#4- I sanded, stained with Minwax Dark Walnut, and then used Minwax finishing wax. 
#5- I used medium sized jute rather than twine. I liked the look of it better. I found it at Wally World....along with the mini clothespins.

I plan on adding sawtooth hangers to the back to hang it. I also plan on adding "wall bumpers" to keep it from scratching my walls when I change out the pictures. I will take an updated picture once I hang it. 

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  1. also, your travels look amazing. where are all of these from??

  2. Love this frame idea and I pinned it! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. The cape on the corner, we are travelling before we have kids...we have done at least one trip a year since we've been married.
    Here's the pictures starting at the top and reading from left to right:
    The Gamla Stan in Stockholm, Sweden; The Great Pyramids at Pyramid Plateau in Giza, Egypt; Knights Castle in Rhodes, Greece; Tower Bridge in London, England; Downtown City Square in Malta; Roman ruins in Cypress; Eiffel Tower in Paris, France; Windsor Palace in Windsor & Eton, England; Big Ben Clock Tower in London, England; St. Basil's Cathedral at Red Square in Moscow, Russia; Old Church outside the walled city in Rhodes, Greece; Kremlin Entrance at Red Square in Moscow, Russia; Step Pyramids in Sakara/Memphis, Egypt; Finnish Composer Monument in Finland; Great Sphinx at Pyramid Plateau in Giza, Egypt; and viewing the Acropolis in Athens, Greece.

    Thanks for looking!

  4. What a cute idea! I love it! What a fun way to display pictures!