I built that.

Y’all. I built something. A coffee table to be exact. Using big girl tools and all.

This is completely out of my comfort zone.

A couple of months ago we made a random stop at a sweet (and big!) consignment store in Winston-Salem which then led me down an internet path where I stumbled upon a woman right here in the triad who offers construction classes for ladies: Simply Janelle Designs (And who also gave us the most amazing trip idea but more on that later.) With the new house on the horizon, and a few pieces of furniture added to the “to buy” list, I was excited about the opportunity to try my hand at making a few pieces instead. (I’ve already signed up for the bench and the console table for future classes!
Now, a few things to note because, yes, Chris could have made this for me for only the cost of materials or taught me himself. But:
  • All of his tools are locked up in storage somewhere.
  • A townhome is not the most ideal setting for a construction site.
  • It would have involved an extra trip to Lowes (okay, five extra trips to Lowes).
  • I really just wanted to do it on my own. 

I learned how to use a kreg jig (and, let’s be honest, what a kreg jig is.) This is similar to the one she used and comes with just about everything you need, including the clamp.

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Source: https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kreg-K4-Pocket-Hole-Jig-Master-System/3278831




I loved every second of it and definitely learned new skills that empower me to take on new projects at home. I keep saying “I know I could build that” but never actually do.

If you follow me on instagram, you’ll know I’ve already starting collecting new books to help me learn more. I’m also in love with Shanty-2-Chic, a website created by women with tons of free furniture building plans. Now that I have a few basics, watch out!




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