Chinese EXPEDIT Cabinet - IKEA Hackers

Chinese EXPEDIT Cabinet

After the move we have to find an idea for the old Expedit.
We wanted something colorful and with Chinese style, so that became the idea: to transform the Expedit into a Chinese Cabinet!

Before: Black EXPEDIT (79 x 149 cm) used to store glasses and mugs.

old Expedit

First I changed the proportions.

  • Add 4 wooden legs (10 cm high x 6 cm large)
  • To add stability, the legs are glued to a base which is 6x79x1cm, with glue (2 bases, with 2 legs each)
  • Then the bases are fixed to another base which is the same size of the EXPEDIT bottom (39 x 79 x 1 cm).
  • Legs bases are glued and fixed with 2 screws for each leg (4 cm screw at least), and two screws for the centre. (1,5 cm)
  • The entire base is then screwed to the EXPEDIT which is now higher by 12 cm.

Adding legs to Expedit

Adding legs to Expedit

Now I needed to fix the door frame.

  • 2 wooden strips nailed for the side (3 x 145 x 0.5 cm)
  • 2 for top and bottom (3 x 79 x 0,5 cm)
  • 2 for bottom side I added 2 strips (3 x 40 x 0,5 cm).

Adding door frame Adding door frame

Now I have to paint

  • First the base coat (2 coats), then
  • A bright turquoise (2 coats for the inside, 3 for the outside!)

I painted the bottom and the doors, which are in wood, so it’s painted without base (this will change the appearance and give a more vintage look).

Base coat Base coat

Base coat

First top coat

Expedit in Turquoise Sand between coats

  • Doors (36 x 144,5 x 0,8 cm) 3 coats.
  • Bottom (79 x 160 x 0,4 cm) 2 coats.

Between each coat (base and colour), to smooth the surface I used sand paper.

To fix the doors, I chose brass hinges and a real Chinese cabinet door latch (found on Etsy for 10£).


Old Chinese cabinet latch

This is the final result!

IKEA Expedit turned into Chinese EXPEDIT Cabinet

Hope you like it

Note: The measurements are for the EXPEDIT, if you use a KALLAX you need to change it a little.

~ Eloise