Wednesday, December 28, 2016

2016 Top 10 Builds (with free plans)

Every year I scroll back through the build category on this little old blog of mine and pick out the top projects, the ones I loved building and the ones that had the most reader love.

top 10 builds for 2016

In no specific order I present my top 10 builds from 2016:

1. Replica Vintage Shelving

diy replica vintage shelving free plans

Struck by a beautiful vintage piece posted by Miss Mustard Seed Marian on her Instagram feed we collaborated and I made a replica with free plans here.

diy vanity desk free plans

A desk for my girls with lots and lots of drawers and fun hardware pulls.  Get the plans here and I will be posting another version of this desk with larger drawers on the bottom soon.

diy recycling and storage tower

Making use of vertical space with this recycling and storage tower.  A link to the plans and more details are posted here.

diy modular sofa and ottoman free plans

This sofa and ottoman build uses hardware connectors for a strong and secure frame that's also easy to assemble.  Build to fit your cushions and space, free plans are here.

diy sink vanity free plans

Part of my Master Bathroom renovation, I found this wall mounted sink curbside and knew I wanted it in the bathroom however I also wanted and needed counterspace, storage and a way to conceal the pipes.  The free plans are here and easy to adjust to your needs.

diy 16 drawer dresser free plans

Drawers, drawers and more drawers!  I love having a spot to store all the craft papers and little bits.  This would also be great for socks and undies, hair accessories, etc.  Free plans here.

diy entryway bench free plans

A very simple bench that makes a great addition to an entry, dining room or anywhere you need extra seating.  Free plans are posted here along with more photos.

diy small dining room sideboard

A small sideboard for those of us with small spaces to decorate.  Small but mighty purposeful with three drawers for linen storage and plenty of counterspace.  Plans here using standard lumber.

diy outdoor cabana lounge

A big fun build for outdoors, last summer I made this outdoor cabana lounge structure.  I teamed up with Ana White on this beast to make free plans available.

diy cedar fence picket planter free plans

Planters can get pricey especially tall big ones but not when you DIY!  I built this cedar fence picket planter for about $10 and you can too with free plans here.

I hope you've had a productive building year too, it's fun to look back at all the things we've made, produced and accomplished over the year.  Stay with me for 2017, I have high hopes it will only get better!



  1. We're looking forward to a new year of creative projects from you . . . you are the best! So inspiring.
    Connie :)

  2. You are so talented, love seeing your amazing building skills! Love! xoxo

  3. The outdoor cabana is AMAZING! I am all for more lounging areas in the backyard.