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 charish.com:
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
- Asian Cabinet Hardware
- Needle Nose pliers
- Disposable shop towels
Tutorial: DIY Asian-Style Credenza
Remove old hardware and sand down rough spots
Clean away dust, dirt and grease
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.
Apply clear wax in sections and immediately wipe down after each section. The clear wax seals the paint.
Apply dark wax in sections and immediately wipe down after each section. The dark wax gives the bright, red color an antiqued look.
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.
Install hardware per manufacturer’s instructions and you’re done!
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!