Friday, October 24, 2014

"A" is for Art Center

Build: diy art center

It's Friday and that means another new gift build for the Handmade Holiday series from Ana White and me!

Today it's an art center.  And this build is awesome.
** Updated 11/10 link to stool plans here. **

This diy art center does double duty - it has a large workspace and tons of storage too!  Three wide open shelves provide plenty of space for art supplies.  And the workspace is big enough for three kiddos easily to sit and craft the day away.

The little stools are perfectly kid size with a 12" seat height.
This entire art center is best suited for young kids ages 2-6.

Ana designed the plans to make this build easy as pie, the workspace tabletop is one 3/4" plywood handy panel measuring 2' x 4'.  You purchase the panel and it's ready to go - no cutting, no measuring.

See all that shelf space?  Plenty of room for supplies.

And a handy bin up top that's easily accessible for kids.

Because Ana and I have a quick turnaround on the Handmade Holiday builds I choose not to finish this art center and I'm actually loving the raw edge of the plywood, especially on the stool seats.

Their version retails for $450 (and currently on backorder) but you can make your own diy art center for $85 using Ana's free plans.

How to build a kids art center with stools:

Step 1: Build the table apron.  Inset the 1x2 aprons 3/4" or flush to the inside back of each leg.

Step 2: Attach apron/legs to table top.

Step 3: Build the shelf.  Attach all pieces to one side first.

Step 4: Then attach other side piece.

Step 5: Add the table cleat at 20 1/4" from the floor and flush to the front.  This will hold the table level and alleviates the need to attach the table to the shelf.  Use glue and finish nails.

Above is the cleat with the table in place.

For the stools cut the pieces as per Ana's plans.

I'm definitely thinking those seat backs need a little handle cutout!

Be sure to sand everything well especially all the corners.  Leave unfinished as I did or seal up as desired.

Check back every Friday for a new Handmade Holiday gift build.

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Sand and Sisal
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Creative Collection @ Lolly Jane
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Inspiration Exchange @ City Farmhouse
SAS @ Funky Junk
That DIY Party @ The DIY Showoff
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Pretty Things Thursday @ Scissors & Spatulas
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
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inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming


Korrie@RedHenHome said...

What a fun idea! Great work.

LZ Cathcart said...

I definitely need one of these! Great tutorial and I can only imagine how much use it will get :)

Erin said...

I'm building this for my girls for Christmas. My eldest daughter is about to be 6 and is on the taller side... Do you think increasing the height of the stools and table a few inches would work well? My youngest daughter is 2 and I'm sure will get a lot of use out of this, but I want to make sure my older daughter is comfy too :)