Anthropologie For Less!

Hey there!  I’m so excited to share my new Anthropologie Inspired Printers Cabinet!

Vintage CabinetI was smitten with the Anthropologie original I spotted but at a whopping $1,698.00, I knew that I needed to enlist the help of our very talented friend, Ana White to design something similar!

Here are the steps I took to build this baby, with Purebond Plywood, for $200 ~ INCLUDING hinges and pulls!

Purebond Plywood

Frame constructed.  I chose a sheet of 3/4″ Purebond in Birch for the entire frame.  I had the nice guys at Home Depot rip the boards down for me which made it much easier to fit into my SUV and cut once I got them home!  We shared why we have pledged to build with Purebond HERE.


Face on the frame.

Pocket Hole System

Of course, Kreg made a huge appearance in this post!  From the frame to the trim, every screw is hidden thanks to my Kreg Jig!

Planked top


cabinet door hinges

I LOVE these hinges!  I also installed them in my Pottery Barn Inspired Media Console.  You can get them at Home Depot for $3 per set.  They are very strong and easy to install!

Rust-Oleum Stain

This is the stain I used on this piece! Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Early American.

The color is a new Shanty favorite!  You can find it at Lowe’s.  We also used it on our Shanty Hall Tree Bench!

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I found these great pulls on Amazon for $2.38 each!  I also got a discounted shipping rate for purchasing 12 ~ whoop!!

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pullsAhhhh I am loving this cabinet under our TV in our bedroom!  It has great storage, I love the stain color and it was only $200!!!  Thanks again to Ana for her awesome FREE DIY Vintage Printers Cabinet plans!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!


  • Edward

    Beautiful work! Working through it now… One question: your wood looks wonderfully distressed. What wood did you buy? Common board pine? Something else?
    Trying with common board now, just curious and it seems like a great project with reclaimed wood too.

    • Thank you! Yes, common board pine 🙂 it is perfect for a reclaimed wood project!

  • Charity Scott

    Why does this stain look so different from the stain used on the Pottery Barn inspired island y’all did in Early American by Rust-Oleum? I’m guessing it’s the lighting?

  • Crissie Hardy McDowell

    LOVE!!! Just saw this on your instagram post. We don’t have PUREBOND in Boise…will regular ol’ plywood be ok or is it going to look like junk?

  • Jeni Eligh

    Good morning – I’m wondering how many coats of stain you applied, and if the pictures reflect it’s true finished color.
    Thank you Ashley!

    • Hi Jeni,
      I applied 1 and yes! I did not alter the color of the photo so this is true to color. Thanks!

  • Patsy Gork

    How did you attach the faux drawer 1×4 and 1×2’s together? Do they just attach to the 1×3’s and thats it? No nailing or gluing each other?

  • Sharon

    Wow! You knocked it out of the ballpark. Your printer’s cabinet is beautiful.

  • Charlotte Smith

    OMG, almost had a heart attack when I thought of you making all those tiny little drawers and am SO pleased to see the false fronts! (Nothing good ever fits in those shallow drawers!) SO bummed to miss you at Haven, but planning to know all about your for next year! Gorgeous piece! xx Charlotte @ Ciburbanity

  • Carly Lynn Bergman

    You ladies have inspired me so much to make this myself! From the time I saw it I knew it was perfect for my living room! Thank you so much for making all your projects to easy to understand and thank you to the amazing Ana White!!! On to the next project!!!

    • Clare Golemon

      Wow! That’s really beautiful! I wish I could get my husband to clean out our garage so I would have room to “play.”

  • i’ve been searching online all day for a stain like this. I’m getting a dresser from ikea thats untreated and I plan on staining everything before i put it together. Also your piece came out perfectly!

  • Bonnie Moore

    wow, this is incredible!!!

  • DeborahAldridge

    Another awesome project. Shared your blog on my FB page. Love this! I’m determined to learn to build furniture.

  • Naomi

    I found your blog through Ana White because I am building her Media Console. She uses the hinges you describe, but I am having a hard time finding them. My Home Depot says “we don’t sell them” but, quite honestly, I am sure they do. Do you have a link or a name for the hinges so I can find them? Thank you for your help! The cabinet looks fabulous; I may have to add to my Build List!

  • Claire

    Do you have to sand before staining this material?

  • Christa

    Awesome job! I think it looks better than anthropologie’s.

  • Katie

    This is amazing! Where did you learn to build furniture!?! Jealous.

    I love the stain I plan on using it to refinish this sofa table from craigslist. Did you only use the stain? Varnish or any other finish? Is a finish necessary?

    I just LOVE what you did. It’s amazing.

  • Davidfe

    “I love the stain color and it was only $200!!!”

    Did you really pay $ 200.00 for the finish?

    • I wrote “It has great storage, I love the stain color and it was only $200.” “It” was referring to the cabinet in the beginning of the sentence. I again referred to “it” (the cabinet) at the end of the sentence. Thank you for the grammatical critique:). Now on to building;)
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  • Retired printer

    As an apprentice printer when hot metal went out do you know how many of these cabinets I took to the dump and how much foundry type was smelted down for scrap??

  • Amber Cartrette

    What does the inside look like? Shelves?

  • Lauren

    Where did you get that can? I have one that looks identical to that in a different color from ikea…

  • labbie1

    This is AWESOME! Thank you for sharing the instructions! I love it!

  • Riggs

    This is awesome! Can you explain how you finished it?

  • Looks pretty good, but there are several alignment issues on the right hand side, including the bottom pull.

  • Jenn

    Nice job! It turned out very well.

  • Phunk

    Yours looks better than the original! Love the larger pulls on it. It’s gorgeous 🙂

  • Klesko

    Love your work! This cabinet is beautiful! Now, if I could only invest as much time in “doing” as I do in “reading”:) Great job and great website!

  • Kristen

    I like your version better! what a great make!

  • Leslie Esparza

    You had me at “Anthro.” Here is my question – what do your husbands think of their amazing wives who have filled their homes with such amazing, handmade furniture for pennies on the dollar? Are they so proud of you guys or what?!?

  • Sammie Jo

    Please make the Anthro Console Like this!!! AHHH LOVE THIS BLOG!!!

    • Thanks so much Sammie:))). We will look into the console for sure!

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  • Catherine A.

    To be completely honest… I would have bought yours over the Anthro in an instant. Just lovely.

    • Love that Catherine! Thank you so much!!!

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  • Lisa

    I am so envious of your abilities. I just love that cabinet.

    • Thank you Lisa! I promise anyone can do it!

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  • Mindi Carwin

    Beautiful! What stain color did you use? I am again super impressed!

    • Thank you Mindi! I actually shared the stain color and it erased for some reason! I added it back in! Rust-oleum Early American! Love it:)
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      • Mindi Carwin

        Thank you!

  • Hanna

    I love the look of yours even more than the Anthro one! You are awesome & inspiring!

    • Thank you Hanna!!! That’s a huge compliment:)

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  • Erin @ DIY On the Cheap

    I absolutely love this! Great job!

  • There are no words Ashley!!! You amaze me! Thank you so much for working with me on this project!

    • Thank you Ana! Can’t do it without your awesome plans;)

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    omgomgomgomg you guys just keep getting better and better! I love this! And I’m so happy to see that you did false drawer fronts, and didn’t have to build a million drawers! Much less intimidating! Congrats, I absolutely love your Anthro-inspired cabinet!!!!


      PS. I find that I have a hard time making the top boards completely flat when I join them together. Do you have the same problem? If not, how do you make it so all the boards come together flush? Also, I’d love to see inside the cabinet – did you add shelves for your media components?

      • It really helps to make sure you buy straight boards and furring strips won’t cut it for a flat piece! I have started clamping them while I kreg;)
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    • LOL thank you Jenn! I totally would have thrown my arms up if it were 12 drawers!
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