From Outdated Little Dresser to Fabulous Apothecary Cabinet

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$30
3 Days
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I love apothecary cabinets...well actually I love little drawers...LOVE! So when the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store wanted to gift me a piece of furniture to update...I was on board.

This project was a bit step-heavy and you can see the entire process in my highlights over on Instagram @somethingpaintedwhite

The first piece I saw when I walked into the store was this darling little 3 drawer dresser! Quite outdated and a wonky drawer or two but it was just the right size for my vision.

As soon as I got it home I went to work cleaning up this little chest with my Amy Howard Home Clean Slate and then I started sanding the top of it because it had some deep gouges and scratches and I wanted to smooth them out as much as possible. I knew I would be chalk painting it so sanding wasn't necessary for that.

I had these thin pieces of wood, I'm not sure what kind they are but they used to be little dividers in the drawers of an old roll-top desk that I have (that no longer has dividers in the drawers).


I cut them into squares and rectangles (the top drawer is slightly different in size from the other two) and then I glued and clamped them onto the drawer fronts.

I let the glue set for just a bit while I put 2 coats of Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint in the color Java on the body of the dresser because I wanted to make sure to cover up the original orangy color. Amy Howard at Home is my very favorite chalk paint. One of the things I love about it is that it DOES NOT NEED to be waxed!

After the Java dried I applied a coat of AHAH Cracked Gesso (for a chippy finish) ..followed by Toscana Milk Paint in Strausburg White.

This is a process but I know what I wanted this to look like so I just kept going.

After getting the paint to the chippy that I liked it's time to add the hardware. I love the vintage-looking brass catalog pulls and they're quite inexpensive on Amazon.

I laid them on the fake drawer fronts and put marks where the screws would go and then drilled little pilot holes.

Next, I attached them to the drawer fronts and then cut little labels out of an old newspaper that I found at an antique store. I love all the little labels!

I wonder what's in the Piggly Wiggly! LOL!!!

Be real careful when you open that drawer! LOL!!!!icon

This cute little apothecary cabinet turned out better than I imagined.


I love turning outdated furniture into fabulous new pieces with a paint and a little TLC!

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