I swoon over those vintage printers cabinets you can find at high end furniture stores and or the originals at a flea market if you are lucky. But seriously, other than looks - what are you going to put in those skinny little drawers?! We have a kid coming - we need storage! So, I set out to give myself the look of what I wanted but so much more useful.
I was so excited to receive the hardware I needed for this project from D. Lawless Hardware. You can find beautiful cup pulls like these and SO many more items at their website. They are the most affordable hardware source I have found online.
I have already "hacked" an Ikea piece with our Besta Built-In in our dining room and love the look we were able to achieve with just a bit of trim and creativity. For Christmas this year, the hubby-man and I received a miter saw (yay!) and this was the perfect project to break in the new saw.
Modern Expedit to Vintage Printer's CabinetSteps:
First, I framed out the expedit units with 1x3's - with an additional 1x4 strip on the bottom to help with the spacing on the door and to help give a heftier look to the bottom of the piece.
I cut 1x4 strips and attached them together on the back with 1x2s to create DOORS that look like many drawers. I used hidden hinges from D. Lawless Hardware to achieve the look of the drawers. In the picture below you can see the 1x2 holding the 1x4s together and the hidden hinges.
Now - we need some paint! I used MyColor - Inspired by Pantone. I had never used their paint before - but it is ultra low VOC, stain-blocking AND it comes in great colors (so of course I picked grey!).
I used a brush to give it a little texture and LOVE how the color turned out.
Next, a lot of Antique Pewter cup pulls (again, from D.Lawless) complete the look of 14 different drawers, and I was done.
I love our new Ikea Hack - how about you?!
I received products from D. Lawless Hardware in exchange for my review, all opinions are 100% my own. If you would like to learn more about D. Lawless Hardware, make sure to check out their website.