So far it's been easier than expected, and cheaper! If we were to buy the full set from Target, it would have cost $800. I've done the frames of 3 of the 4, and only spent $178. Bam! We have to get the backing, the trim, the stain and the corner shelf pieces... but I think it can be done for under $3-400. Not too bad!
There's something very satisfying about building things like this, and I have to give credit for the inspiration that Ana White provided. She's a carpenter who lives in Alaska and builds her own furniture, putting plans on her site. My shelves haven't come from one of her plans, but the ideas on there helped me get moving.
|Shelves cut, laid out|
|Here we go!|
Doing the corner shelf is going to be a bit more complex, and I want to add some trim to make the whole set look more 'finished'. . . but I'm feeling pretty pumped about getting this far :)
GW has offered to stain the whole set and if the nice weather keeps up, we might even have books on them within a month. I know, it seems like a long time, but everything goes at it's own pace around here.
|Her little spot...|
not too far away from ours
We picked up an outdoor cushion, I cut a board from the basement, and now she has a place to sit in the sun with us :)