So I have been a long time fan of Ana-White. I can still remember when she had 200 followers! Oh my how the world has caught on to the wonders of Ana’s wonderful knock-off plans! I have to admit that I have looked at hundreds of her plans but had never tried to actually build something. Sure, she makes it look easy but she was born to build. I am a chicken and was sceeeeeered.
I don’t know why but there is something very intimidating to me about making something from scratch. Do you think so? I am sure if you asked her she would probably say it is simple but the stuff I do (like turning crutches into a lamp or turning a TV into a console table) scares her. I guess we each have our own set of gifts now, don’t we?
I had pinned her laundry basket dresser onto my Pinterest account forever ago and I finally put my fear aside and decided to go for it. After all, it is probably the easiest plan on her site, how could I mess it up? It is just a wood box with a few supports in it, right?
The only problem was that I needed my laundry baskets to slide in lengthwise and not widthwise like her plans were outlined. However, I did use the same exact laundry baskets that Ana used (Sterilite 1245 – 1 ½ Bushel Rectangular Laundry Basket).
Luckily, my husband is way smarter than I am, and was able to figure out the measurements I would need. So, in case you have been drooling over these babies I thought I would offer you the measurements as well for the baskets to slide in lengthwise.
3/4â€³ Plywood 19” x 24” (2 of them)
3/4â€³ Plywood 24” x 34 1/2” (2 of them)
1/4â€³ Plywood for the back 19” x 36”
12 feet of 1” x 2’s
2â€³ wood screws
casters with screws
The beautiful thing is that I just took my measurements to Home Depot and they cut all my boards for me – I didn’t even have to break out my table saw. Booya! So I literally just had to piece it together when I got home. Now it is slightly more difficult than just throwing it together but it was reeeeeallly simple.
I followed Ana’s tutorial exactly except that we added the sides on top of the bottom board and then added the top board on top of those sides.
I also was sceeeered of metal angles so I just cut lengths of 1” x 2’s down to size with my chopsaw and screwed them in.
I also added casters so I can move the dresser easily and get all the dust bunnies with the vacuum when I need to .
A coat of primer and a coat of a light gray paint that I had in my stash and we were in business! I had the perfect spot for it right next to the dryer. I am so excited to use it and help keep my laundry contained.
So I found out building wasn’t so scary after all. I still think I like repurposing, refinishing and revamping better. There just seems something so familiar to me about starting with a structure already in place I suppose. But I am proud of myself and I can finally say…I built one of Ana’s pieces!
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