Ana White is author of Ana-White.com, a blog with hundreds of free, stylish furniture plans anyone can make with basic tools. Ana released her book The Handbuilt Home: 34 Simple Stylish and Budget-Friendly Woodworking Projects for Every Room with Random House/Potter Craft in 2012. She was a contributor for My Colortopia from 2011-2013.

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Choosing the Best Types of Wood For a Painted Project

by Ana White on January 28th, 2014

I love painted wood furniture.  Whether it’s going bold with a bright accent piece, crisp and clean with a fresh white statement maker, or adding…

Categories: Getting Started, How to Paint, Painting Tips, Planning Your Project
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How to Paint Furniture like a Pro

by Ana White on July 16th, 2013

Painting furniture is different from painting walls because furniture gets used. You don’t serve dinner or sleep on your walls. So while a few coats of…

Categories: How to Paint, Painting Tips
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10 Must-Have Paint Tools for Furniture

by Ana White on March 20th, 2013

Painting furniture is quite different from painting walls or ceilings. When you paint walls or ceilings, it’s all about getting even coverage quickly and neatly. But when it comes to…. Read more »

Categories: Getting Started, How to Paint, Painting Tips
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The Right Neutral for My Dining Room

by Ana White on January 2nd, 2013

I have been working hard on our dining room—the ultimate goal being beauty and functionality. A space that you love to be in, and that you love to use.  …. Read more »

Categories: Color, Dining Rooms
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Why I Love Neutral Dining Room Walls

by Ana White on November 20th, 2012

I love colorful walls in a dining room.   I’ve seen dining rooms in colors from Azalea Blue to Zucchini Green and everything in between. And there is no wrong…. Read more »

Categories: Color, Dining Rooms
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Balancing Neutrals With Creativity

by Ana White on October 30th, 2012

When we built our house, we were so tired by the time we got to paint, that I just got a 5 gallon bucket of a random, off-white color, and…. Read more »

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Think Big

by Ana White on September 25th, 2012

So here’s the thing about family rooms.   They are for your family.   Not just you.   It took me a few coats of paint and more than one…. Read more »

Categories: Inspiration, Planning Your Project
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How To Paint a Distressed Finish

by Ana White on September 11th, 2012

We have wood cabinets that I love in our kitchen. But I wanted to add a painted white kitchen table to complement the woodwork, with distressed edges to bring out…. Read more »

Categories: Before & Afters, Color, How to Paint, Inspiration, Painting Tips, Planning Your Project
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A Less-Pink, Bigger Girl’s Room

by Ana White on August 1st, 2012

Why, you ask, would we ever paint Grace’s beautiful pink room?   There were two reasons.   1. The room was so carefully color-matched to the quilt, the color palette…. Read more »

Categories: Bedrooms, Color
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My Bathroom Blues

by Ana White on June 28th, 2012

Years ago when we first moved into our brand new DIY house, I had a newborn baby and seven rooms to furnish and decorate. So when it came to the…. Read more »

Categories: Bathrooms, Before & Afters, Color
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