I love apothecary cabinets…
…well actually I love little drawers…LOVE!!! So when the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store wanted to give me a piece of furniture to update…I was on board! This was the first piece I saw when I walked into the store and I knew it would make a fabulous vintage, apothecary cabinet!
This sweet little dresser was quite banged up
and had a few rings and stains on it, not to mention a couple of wonky drawers, but I could immediately see its potential as a vintage, apothecary cabinet.
As soon as I got it home I went to work
cleaning up this little dresser with my Amy Howard Home Clean Slate, removing the knobs, I sanded the top of it because it had some deep gouges and scratches that I wanted to smooth out. 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. I really like the pine with all its knots but this particular piece was just a bit too orange for my liking and I wanted to make sure to cover that up. 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 (Amy Howard at Home) Cracked Gesso (for a chippy finish)…followed by Toscana Milk paint in Strasbourg White. This was a step heavy process but I knew what I wanted it to look like so I just kept going.
I apologize for not getting any photos
of the painting portion of this project. I was knee-deep in this project and completely forgot to take photos.
However, I did document nearly the entire process on my Instagram account @somethingpaintedwhite and you can find it in my highlights titled Apothecary DIY..parts 1 and 2.
I decided to add some trim to the bottom
to cover up the scalloped edge as that didn’t really go with my vision of an old apothecary cabinet in the corner of a small-town hardware store. I added 1 x 3’s around the bottom of the chest to square it off and give it an updated look. I attached them with my brad nailer and a bit of glue. I didn’t take the time to miter cut the edges…(work smarter not harder)!
is probably my most favorite power tool! I use it for everything from upholstering to trimming door frames like I did here! It also worked great for installing shiplap (aka wood flooring) above our bed HERE!
As you can see from the photo below,
I found another thin piece of wood in my scrap pile and cut it to fit right over the swirly little pattern above the top drawer. I thought this way it will give the illusion of a shallow drawer on top.
After painting the trim
on the bottom of the piece, I caulked around the top edge to cover the gap. Do your best and caulk the rest…as I always say!
After getting the paint to the chippiness that I liked
it was time to add the hardware. I love these 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 fake 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!!!
How could I not use Piggly Wiggly.
I wish we had grocery stores with such fun names here in the desert southwest. Fry’s and Safeway just don’t have the same charm. LOL!!!
Be real careful when you open the drawer of Baby Chicks, you’ll never catch them all again. LOL!!!
This cute little vintage chippy apothecary cabinet turned out even better than I imagined. It was quite a process but definitely very worth it!
I love turning outdated furniture into fabulous new pieces with paint and a little TLC!!!
I hope this will inspire you to tackle a project no matter how daunting to get the end result that you desire!