Ana White

Ana White is author of, 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.

Ana's Latest Post

Choosing the Best Types of Wood For a Painted Project

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… Read more »

July 16th, 2013

How to Paint Furniture like a Pro

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… Read more »

Categories: How to Paint, Painting Tips

March 20th, 2013

10 Must-Have Paint Tools for Furniture

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

January 2nd, 2013

The Right Neutral for My Dining Room

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

November 20th, 2012

Why I Love Neutral Dining Room Walls

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

October 30th, 2012

Balancing Neutrals With Creativity

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 »

Categories: Color

September 25th, 2012

Think Big

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

September 11th, 2012

How To Paint a Distressed Finish

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

August 1st, 2012

A Less-Pink, Bigger Girl’s Room

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

June 28th, 2012

My Bathroom Blues

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