Win a Copy of Ana White’s New Book, The Handbuilt Home

This post is sponsored by Potter Craft.

Recently, I’ve come to the realization that I’m at the point in my blogging career that big things are happening for a lot of my friends.  We all began our blogs at generally the same period – some of us have been on TV, some of us represent major brands, and others are now published authors.  This blogging thing is a really wild ride, and I am so proud at the things my friends are accomplishing.

Not long ago, my friend Ana White reached out and asked if I would be interested in reviewing her new book, The Handbuilt Home.  Ana has become synonymous with the DIY, handmade furniture movement in the home decor world, and I am just thrilled that she was able to reach her dream of publishing a book so that she could bring her vision to a wider, possibly non-blog reading audience.  Obviously, I told her not just yes but, “Heck yeah!”

Before I considered Ana a sweet friend, I obsessed about her blog.  If you aren’t familiar with her website, Ana White, it’s the go-to site for free, easy DIY furniture plans.  These are plansJust 10 years ago, Ana didn’t have the skills or know how to re-create expensive furniture pieces that she saw in stores and catalogs.  There wasn’t much out there for novice DIYers back then, so Ana taught herself how to build through trial and error.

The first piece of furniture Ana built was the bed that she and her husband still sleep on today.  The funny thing is that it is also the bed that Tom and I sleep on – we used Ana’s Farmhouse Bed plan to build the bed in our master bedroom. She writes about that plan in her book.

If her website features hundreds of free plans, then why would you spend the money to buy her book?  Honestly, I had the same question until I received it in the mail.  After reading it cover to cover in one afternoon, I have to say that I have three reasons why.

1. Only a handful of the 34 projects featured in the book are on her website.  You’re getting new content with beautifully illustrated, step-by-step instructions.

2.  Ana details the tools you will need to make your DIY furniture dreams a reality.  She goes through each one and gives thorough information about what to look for when purchasing your own tools.

3.  She has an entire chapter dedicated to technique.  If you are nervous about selecting, cutting, sanding, or drilling Ana has you covered.  I wish I would have had this book as a reference when I first started building DIY projects.

So that you can get a taste for the feel of the The Handbuilt Home, Ana has provided an excerpt of her Farmhouse Bench project.  You can find that free project here.

Here are a few other favorite projects from her book:



Play Kitchen

I have really enjoyed reading Ana’s book, and I know you will, too.  That’s why I’m so excited that she’s giving away a copy to one of you!  Fill out the form below and answer the question prompt to be entered.

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About Lindsay Ballard

Lindsay Ballard is a former college mascot turned political geek turned DIY fanatic who is conspiring to live in a Technicolor dream world. Her designs are bold and graphic, while her spirit is fun and full of color. Lindsay chronicles her projects and design ideas here at Makely, where she shares daily tutorials and inspiration. Lindsay lives outside of Austin, Texas with her husband (Tom), children (Zack and Emma) and dogs (Jack and Duke).


  1. Nicole-Lynn says:

    Great giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity.

  2. Brenda Melahn says:

    I agree — great giveaway (fingers crossed). I truly liked the idea of just answering 1 question — some of these giveaways take 30 minutes and 2 sittings to complete. Thanks for the chance!

  3. Looks like an awesome book.! hoping I get a chance to do some of the projects!

  4. Mary Nickels says:

    Love me some Ana plans!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. I love her plans and have been itching to do one! Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. I strive to advance my knowledge in many areas and this book appears to be an EXCELLENT opportunity to do so. Many thanks. Karen

  7. Gina L-Forrester says:

    Thanks for the opportunity! I love your blog, ideas, and projects.

  8. Thanks for the giveaway! I would LOVE to win! I have been stalking her blog for years and really need to get my act together and build something already. I love her can-do attitude! Great blog update btw! and your name, of course, is my favorite.