How to Make Your Own Apothecary Cubby

M&M Embellishments
by M&M Embellishments
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I have this old apothecary cabinet that I inherited from my grandmother.

I LOVE this piece and will never part with it; however, I do want to use my
Wise Owl Hemp Seed Oil to give the wood some new life.   At any rate, this piece gave me some inspiration for this little piece I transformed.
I found this cubby cabinet in a very raw state.

I think I found this at Ikea, but I'm sure there are similar ones at Michael's or Hobby Lobby. I sanded it all down to make it smooth and painted the outside of the cabinet and the small pieces between the drawers with Wise Owl Black. I was able to cover it all with one coat and then sealed with Polyvine Dead Flat wax varnish.

For the drawers, I used a prestain since I knew this would wouldn't cover very evenly with the stain.

I used Minwax Jacobean on all sides of the drawers ~  on the insides too.  I applied it and let it sit for just a little bit and wiped the excess off.

I used my Wise Owl Lemongrass Wax Stick to add some wax just around the edges to give it a worn/ aged look.  These sticks are so easy to work with, they wind up for convenience, and you can either apply straight from the stick, or use a rag and get some on the rag and wipe on your piece. Just be sure to buff it.

I found the drawer pulls on D.Lawless Hardware.  They have different options in finish, but I went with the black to stick with my industrial feel.  Because the wood is so thin, I couldn't use screws to attach, so I used some epoxy my husband brought home from his work.  You could also use E6000. I added a little piece of laminated burlap for the tag and that's it!! Easy Peazy!!

Thanks for looking - now, go be creative!! :)
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  • Angy Angy on Mar 02, 2017
    Where did you get the horse head?
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  • Renata Renata on Mar 03, 2017
    I have always wanted one of those library card catalogues... One of these days ( prolly the one before I die} I'll have one. lol
  • Wendy Kelly Cairns Wendy Kelly Cairns on Apr 13, 2017

    This is a really lovely wee cubby.

    Given me a right good idea for use in the kitchen to keep little spice jars and spice packets in. Would sit great on top of either the fridge/freezer or chest freezer. Save space on the counter tops.

    Thank you so much. Wendy.xx. 😉😉