Simple 2×4 Potting Bench

Oh man, am I ever excited to share these new plans with you today!!!

This spring, I wanted to create new potting bench plans for you that are still super simple to make, but this time, I wanted to integrate more storage on the hutch and back.  So I teamed up with my friends at Ryobi to create these plans for you!!!

One of the things I love the most about this potting bench is the back is like a pegboard!  You can use any “over-the-cabinet” accessories to customize your hutch for your needs.

You’ll also love how quick and easy it was to build this potting bench!

The free plans are following.

Please share a photo if you build – you can tag me on Instagram @anawhitediy or #anawhite or upload a brag post.  

Thanks much!





Wood Crate Cabinet

Do you love storing things in wood crates?  Well that makes two of us!

Or three – my friend Jen (who is also our amazing video editor) wanted to create a mini coffee bar station with crate storage in her home.  We got our heads together and came up with this!

The crates are all removeable – They rest on inexpensive easy to work with metal angle!

So much cheaper and easier than drawer slides!

You can size the frame to fit your crates – or build your own like we did!  The free plans are following.




Weatherly Pergola

Build your own pergola! 

The first and most important part of this project is to set your footings properly.  There are several different means to do this – if you are setting your pergola on a wood deck or concrete patio or other stable level foundation, you can simply screw the post brackets to the deck as done here by Popular Mechanics.  It’s a good idea to review this link regardless, as there is lots of good information in there.
Now if you don’t have a foundation in place, you are going to have to make one for the pergola.  This can be done to whatever degree you see fit, and depends on what type of soil is on your lot (hopefully gravel  🙂  )
Diagram is from Ramp Foundations.  

Farmhouse Table – No Pocket Holes Plan

Extremely sturdy rustic farmhouse table that is easy to build! Built out of all 2x4s and 2x2s – off the shelf lumber – builders spend between $50 and $100 making their farmhouse tables. You just need a saw and a drill to make this farm table.  

Special thanks to ssshindler for the featured photo.

image from Country Living Magazine/photo by Lucas Allen

This table was also featured in Country Living Magazine!  Built by Michael and Emily Knotts!

The plans for this farmhouse table follow.  Also check out these other plans:

Thank you so much for using our plans.  If you build, please share a photo and let us know how your build went!  


Simple Writing Desk with Drawer

Do you need a simple desk for your home?  We are furnishing my teen daughter’s room and needed a desk.  I wanted a simple desk that would keep the room feeling clean and minimal, but still very functional and good sized.  We loved the Lonny Desk from Pottery Barn, but priced at $300 – we thought we could build something inspired by it for alot less.

So we built this desk – using mostly scrap wood and a drawer slide.

It turned out really great, and is perfect in the space!

We featured this desk in our weekly YouTube video

And for those of you wanting to build it – the free plans follow.

Thanks so much – please share a photo if you build – we REALLY appreciate each and every photo shared.  It’s truly a big deal!