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I know I have tweeted about this site before, but I hadn’t done a post sharing it with you yet. What if I told you there was a website where a woman shared plans to help you knock-off those thousand dollar pieces of furniture you drool over in stores like Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, West Elm and more?

Well, the site exists, and it’s called Knock-Off Wood. The brilliant author, Ana, shares our love of fabulous furniture, but isn’t a fan of the price tag that comes along with it. So she decided to recreate these pieces herself after some trips to the hardware store. The best part is, she shares the plans for absolutely free! Talk about empowering women to pick up their husband’s power tools! She even shares STEP-BY-STEP instructions with 3-D diagrams to help you get it right! She’s featured beds, dining tables, console tables, coffee tables, kids play sets, shelves, media centers and more! Check out her site to see if there are any plans that interest you- I’m sure you’ll be saying “I Can Do This!” By the end of your visit- I know I did!

E & I want to upgrade our bedroom set eventually but due to money we haven’t been able to get to that yet. But with the help of Ana’s plans, I can build my own version of the Farmhouse bed from Pottery Barn for less than $200! The real thing costs $1200 and only comes in two different colors… but you know how I love my black furniture… I want a black bedroom suite! Ana has also included a few different variations of her plans for the bed so I think i could customize it a bit more to be what I want. One of Ana’s readers posted this on her facebook fan page:

OOh la la! I don’t plan to distress the wood, just keep it solid semi-gloss black. I think it will look fab!! And at 1/6 the price… you can’t beat it! Just think of how accomplished I will feel once I’ve built a real piece of furniture! I think it will be super awesome. :) Imagine how cool it will be to have a family heirloom piece that I built myself!

Ana features projects completed by her readers on the “Brag Board” on her blog. Maybe someday I will appear there as well! What do you think about this site? Would you be brave enough to attempt to build your own furniture?

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Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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  • Lynzi

    Thanks for posting I love this!!

  • Corie

    I've heard about Knock Off Wood before and the website is just awesome! It's so great that the plans are there to build furniture you've been dying to have. The fiance and I are moving soon and I can't wait to look through the website to pick out furniture of my own to make. Thanks for sharing & reminding me of the site!

  • http://thethirtysomethingbride.com 30 Something Bride

    Great post, thanks for sharing!

  • nas

    wow! thanks for sharing – been looking for a site like this..!

  • http://www.thedeliciousdetails.blogspot.com delcious details

    I love this! Every time Mike and I go into a store and we really like something he will always say " I can make it" which he could. He has every tool known to man, but 9 times out of 10 he doesn't. so NOW I can give it a whirl- ( on the little things anyways!