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!


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  1. Retired printer on September 6, 2012 at 11:41 am

    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??

  2. Amber Cartrette on August 28, 2012 at 4:04 am

    What does the inside look like? Shelves?

  3. Meg Made Designs on August 27, 2012 at 8:58 am

    I loved your piece so much, I made one almost the same myself. Thanks for the idea 🙂
    Here it is:

  4. Lauren on August 25, 2012 at 11:04 pm

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

  5. labbie1 on August 25, 2012 at 8:06 am

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

  6. Riggs on August 24, 2012 at 8:02 am

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

  7. Jay Miller on August 24, 2012 at 6:35 am

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

  8. Jenn on August 23, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Nice job! It turned out very well.

  9. Phunk on August 23, 2012 at 3:13 pm

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

  10. Klesko on August 22, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    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!

  11. Kristen on August 21, 2012 at 5:08 am

    I like your version better! what a great make!

  12. Leslie Esparza on August 21, 2012 at 12:45 am

    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?!?

  13. Sammie Jo on August 20, 2012 at 2:12 pm

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

    • Shanty2Chic on August 20, 2012 at 2:42 pm

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

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  14. Catherine A. on August 20, 2012 at 2:04 pm

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

    • Shanty2Chic on August 20, 2012 at 2:41 pm

      Love that Catherine! Thank you so much!!!

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  15. Lisa on August 20, 2012 at 1:01 pm

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

    • Shanty2Chic on August 20, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      Thank you Lisa! I promise anyone can do it!

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  16. Mindi Carwin on August 20, 2012 at 12:56 pm

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

    • Shanty2Chic on August 20, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      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 on August 21, 2012 at 8:21 am

        Thank you!

  17. Hanna on August 20, 2012 at 12:33 pm

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

    • Shanty2Chic on August 20, 2012 at 2:38 pm

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

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  18. Erin @ DIY On the Cheap on August 20, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    I absolutely love this! Great job!

    • Shanty2Chic on August 20, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      Thank you so much Erin!

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  19. Ana White on August 20, 2012 at 12:24 pm

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

    • Shanty2Chic on August 20, 2012 at 2:37 pm

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

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  20. on August 20, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    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!!!!

    • on August 20, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      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?

      • Shanty2Chic on August 20, 2012 at 2:40 pm

        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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    • Shanty2Chic on August 20, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      LOL thank you Jenn! I totally would have thrown my arms up if it were 12 drawers!
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