DIY Asian-Style Cabinet

Create your own Asian-style furniture for a fraction of the cost of the real thing! Use this super easy tutorial to help you make your own custom furniture pieces.

I have an eclectic personality, so of course, my taste in furniture is the same. I live in a one bedroom, open loft space so I have to be creative with storage options. I needed a stylish entertainment/random stuff storage cabinet. I saw an Asian-style cabinet similar to this one on

I fell in love and knew that I had to have it in my space. There was one big problem though — it was way too expensive. So I went on a wild goose chase looking for something in my price range of $300 or less. Unfortunately, all I could find were these beautiful pieces ranging from $3000-10,000:

So what’s a DIYer to do when she can’t find what she needs for purchase — she makes it herself of course!


Here’s what I used to make my own Asian-style credenza:


  • An old credenza or sideboard. I found this one on Craigslist for $50.
  • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the color Emperor’s Silk
  • Annie Sloan Clear and Dark Chalk Paint Wax
  • Various natural bristle paint brushes
  • Paint and wax stirring tools, I used an old butter knife
  • Sandpaper
  • Drill
  • Hammer
  • Asian Cabinet Hardware
  • Needle Nose pliers
  • Disposable shop towels


Tutorial: DIY Asian-Style Credenza

Step 1

Remove old hardware and sand down rough spots

Step 2

Clean away dust, dirt and grease

Step 3

Paint one coat of paint, allow time to dry. Paint a second coat of paint and allow to fully dry for 24 hours or more.


Step 4

Apply clear wax in sections and immediately wipe down after each section. The clear wax seals the paint.

Step 5

Apply dark wax in sections and immediately wipe down after each section. The dark wax gives the bright, red color an antiqued look.

Step 6

Apply final coat of clear wax in sections and wipe down each section afterwards like previously. The final coat of clear wax seals in the dark wax.

Step 7

Install hardware per manufacturer’s instructions and you’re done!


Step 8

Enjoy the finished project!

The entire project cost me under $150! That’s only a fraction of what I would have paid if I bought it from some bourgie furniture store.

How do you think I did? Tell me about it in the comments section. Thanks for reading!

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