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  • This is fantastic. I've always wanted a faux fireplace. And the storage is ingenious'.'.'.'.'.
    By Hometowngirl, on October 28, 2014

  • Thank you!!!
    By Ana White, on November 4, 2014

  • Note to readers: When I checked Ana's site I saw that the photograph of the finished project has a crown molding but the sketches do not (or at least, not as far as I could see). It would not be hard to figure out what to do but once I registered on Ryobi I was able to see exactly what she did and got the plans for the build as well. Looks good and I look forward to building a couple of them. B
    By HelpAroundtheHouse, on November 6, 2014

  • Forgot to mention: If you build this project with plywood, I would suggest using either edge-banding or 1/4"x3/4" edging strips (is that the right name for them???) made of hardwood. Of course, if you do the latter, make sure to shorten the plywood by that 1/4". By doing this, it is more work, but the plywood edges do not show (they can be unattractive) plus the plywood will be less susceptible to warping than solid wood. I am no professional woodworker - only a hobbyist - so feel free to disagree :) B
    By HelpAroundtheHouse, on November 6, 2014

  • How could I make this safe to burn candles in? Or not a good idea at all?
    By WoodTinker, on November 9, 2014

  • Thanks for the blueprints. I just finished building one today. Only one nitpick. On the cut list you list the center divider as 1x12 @ 32-1/2" but in the diagram it is 31-1/2". If someone doesn't look at the diagram before they do all their cuts, they are going to have an extra inch. lol
    By joescornhole_52170, on November 14, 2014

  • Hi Ana, great idea. I have been looking for a plan like this but with an electric fireplace in it. Do you think it could be possible to insert one in?? And would you have to add extra supports, to compensate for weight of electric fireplace. I would really like to make this it will be great in my living room. Keep up with the great ideas.
    By MARY, on November 16, 2014

  • This looks great! Do you think any adjustments would be needed if you wanted a stone top for the mantel?
    By Row House Reno, on November 20, 2014

  • It also doesn't look like you mentioned that the middle door needs a piece of wood attached to the main structure to stop it from closing into its own opening. The video shows that you added this piece of wood, but the plans don't include it.
    By Jig, on December 1, 2014

  • .. also, the back paneling measurements in the cut list don't match the diagram. Basically if someone followed the cut list and the diagram, they would have a hard time building this, because there are alot of incinsistencies. It should really be updated if it's expected that a novice could use this.
    By Jig, on December 1, 2014

  • I meant *inconsistencies (Ryobi's awesome forum system doesn't allow post management -_- )
    By Jig, on December 1, 2014

  • Thanks, joescornhole_52170, for the heads up on the measurement discrepancy. The cut list will be updated.
    By RYOBI_ROCKS, on December 11, 2014

  • I would also wanted to build this and have an electric fireplace insert during winter and take out during the warmer seasons.
    By grngrl, on December 28, 2014

  • I LOVE this! I wish someone close by could build this for me!! Any takers in Los Angeles county?? :)
    By bklyn4evr818, on January 7, 2015

  • This is a great idea. I might make me one of these
    By bobrn39, on January 10, 2015

  • Love this. How do I attach it to my wall as I intend to put my TV on top of it.
    By ChrisT13, on February 4, 2015

  • I love this and want one sooooooo bad. Is there anyone who lives near Florence,ky that would know what their doing that can team up and help me do this !!!
    By Debbieshopper38, on February 5, 2015

  • What would I need to do, if anything, so I could add an electric fireplace insert? I love this.
    By Char1960, on January 15, 2018

  • How do you download the blueprints it will not let me click on the link
    By RayeRaye27, on February 8, 2018
    • The blueprints should be working now, @RayeRaye27. Thank you for notifying us!
      By RYOBI NATION, on February 9, 2018

  • Ana this great. I love the faux fireplace. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season. Merry Christmas.
    By Mcfet152, on November 30, 2020

  • Very pretty!
    By Ted1735, on December 15, 2020
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  • I am currently in the middle of this project. Waiting for the first layer of concrete to dry before I put in the fire brick. This project is very labor intensive. I had NO IDEA what I was in for... oh well no turning back now, and I'm sure it will look great. Thanks Ben!
    By JRT500, on August 4, 2015

  • Hi. I am planning on doing this project. Any idea on how many bags of cement are needed?
    By jaialaipro, on September 29, 2015
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  • I absolutely love it and everything you two ladies create :) I can't wait to create this for the holidays.
    By SoCraftySewCreative, on October 16, 2014


  • So going to have to build me one of these!!! ❤️❤️❤️ It!!!! So freaking rusticly cute!
    By Kimbergirl, on October 17, 2014


  • Very Cute!
    By Melhoehn, on October 17, 2014

  • This is my favorite cupcake stand!
    By marly, on October 17, 2014

  • So cute! I'd love it in white, too.
    By mindyleebee, on October 17, 2014


  • Love this stand and it would be perfect for my cakepops I make for shabby chic weddings and events. Love the tools used to make it. Thanks!
    By Kimcb, on October 21, 2014

  • This looks like a great and easy project! Thanks for the instructions!
    By Age6racer41, on October 23, 2014

  • This is the perfect build for our upcoming princess birthday party! Thank you!
    By schubbuck_127461, on October 25, 2014

  • I think it isvery cute and functional. great job
    By angelax64, on November 15, 2014

  • Just found your sight. Love this. I'm Very inexperienced in building things but this looks like I may be able to make this for a friend. Thanks for sharing
    By elijzemom, on August 25, 2015

  • This is so cute! I just started woodworking and I'm quickly becoming addicted. I'm so inspired by all of your projects!
    By Nicole Marie, on May 12, 2016
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  • Great looking bar.
    By averageguy, on September 11, 2014

  • It looks great!!!
    By Bdepriest26, on September 11, 2014


  • The ladies didvamazing job!
    By rana87, on September 11, 2014

  • Great Job!!
    By lugar10, on September 11, 2014

  • Great job, you make is seem so easy!!
    By sherristime, on September 12, 2014


  • Super cute!! This is exactly what I'm looking to build at the new house I just bought!! Thanks for the amazing tutorial!
    By theolasvegas, on September 12, 2014

  • Love the spray grout sealer tip
    By mickieb_60, on September 12, 2014



  • I'd like to have this outside on my deck, but I think for right now I'd rather have one in my kitchen to use as an island, with a few minor adjustments of course. And since I'm wanting to resurface my cabinets using chalk paint, I'd probably finish this in chalk paint. Very nice plan....now, If I just that Ryobi tool kit.
    By mygift2you_126183, on September 12, 2014

  • Would love this in my kitchen!
    By benitaco, on September 12, 2014

  • I want one! But I need the tools! :)
    By khaskins4_38524, on September 12, 2014

  • Love it! Now if I can just finish my board and batten project.
    By hifidigital, on September 13, 2014

  • Love it!
    By Mslynn85, on September 13, 2014



  • So easy!! Love it!
    By songmiracle, on September 17, 2014

  • My husband would love this!!!
    By Whites_2008, on September 18, 2014


  • love it!
    By nfsfvl, on October 24, 2014

  • Beautiful!
    By DrKurt, on December 28, 2015
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  • Do you have the plans that you used for this.
    By Johnwilshire, on March 12, 2016 (edited)

  • Do you have plans that you used for this?
    By Chicob29, on November 8, 2018

  • Found the plans. Went to Jen's site (https://jenwoodhouse.com/diy-bedside-tables/) and she linked to Rogue Engineer (https://rogueengineer.com/diy-bedside-table/) who did the sketch up. 
    By ap_woody, on September 3, 2020
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  • Beautiful. But where can I obtain the materials list, measurements and how to guide Thanks
    By Carlos1948, on September 7, 2015

  • Great stuff but where are the Plans.....Thanks
    By Fadatec, on December 7, 2017
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