I bought some plywood and fibre wood boards in a hardware centre and cut them into the right measures. I also bought doorknobs, hinges, super power glue, strips of wood, furniture wax and acrylic paint.
Making the plywood doors
To design fake drawers I cut the wood strips into pieces, sanded them thoroughly and glued them onto the cabinet doors.
Painting with chalkpaint
I created my own teal chalkpaint by mixing acrylic paint, water and calcium carbonate. Then, I painted the cabinet doors and the EXPEDIT shelf on the outside.
For the inside of the shelf and the doors I did the same mixing orange chalk paint.
When everything was dry, which happens unbelievably quick, I rubbed in some stinky furniture wax. This completely seals the paint and makes it very durable, shiny and lovely. The stink went away after 24 hours luckily.
Next I placed the doorknobs.
For the top of my sideboard I sanded a huge plywood board and stained it with a mix of the colours mahogany and walnut, sealing it, again, with furniture wax.
I then fixed it onto the EXPEDIT using large screws from the inside and glue.
I added feet to my EXPEDIT and nailed fibreboard to the back.
Putting it all together
The trickiest part was actually to add the hinges, as I had used such thin plywood boards for my cabinet doors. I could not find any screws short enough not to come out on the other side of the wood. (Therefore remember: invest a little more money and buy stronger, high quality wood!)
As there was no way to use screws on the doors I decided to glue extra wood strips on the inside of the cabinet doors that would support the door’s weight resting on top the EXPEDIT shelving when closed.