How to Create an Apothecary Cabinet Look





Remember the tallboy dresser I bought at a garage sale this summer?  The one I decided to add ModPodged scrapbook paper to?  The one I instantly decided I didn't want scrapbook paper on??  Yes, it's back!!



So I bought this bad boy:


and did this to it:


And I liked it.  I really did, for about an hour...  Then it occurred to me that I could make it over to look more like the apothecary cabinets that I love so much.  I admit it, I am crazy for drawers :).  But now that I added this scrapbook paper that is cemented to the fronts of the drawers, I am in a pickle.  How do you get modpodge off??!  Luckily for me, I had only added glue to the outer edges of the paper and the scrapbook paper is a fairly heavy paper so it peeled off pretty well.  Then I washed and sanded the glue parts.  After I had taken all that time to get the paper off, I had a brain wave.  Why not add thin veneer pieces to the drawer fronts to make them look like double drawers?

I used a sheet of 1/4" maple veneer for this project.  After measuring the drawer fronts and dividing the measurements up so that I would have a half-inch gap in between the two veneer pieces, it didn't take long to cut the veneer down with my circular saw.  I made sure to sand the edges of the panels well so that there would be no rough, splintery pieces sticking out.

Then I glued the veneer onto the drawers and used my brad nailer to secure the edges.  This photo shows the drawer fronts after the glue was dry and I had begun the painting & antiquing process:


Then I drilled holes for the new knobs and voila!  Multi-drawered fabulousness!!





Mission accomplished!  Have a happy week!




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55 comments:

  1. Inspired. Looks just right and very apothecary.
    Joy

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  2. You nailed the look. You are so darn clever!

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  3. Anne, this was so creative of you to think of this.

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  4. Perfect! I've been on the hunt for one of these for a long time.......it's out there somewhere.

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  5. Well, well...

    Look who's the smarty pants now!

    This looks awesome! Very creative!

    LOVE!!

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  6. This piece looks amazing! You did a greta job.

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  7. I want to sand down some drawers now. I am looking at all my furniture and thinking would this look good if I sand it down. Thanks for inspiring us!

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  8. Wow! This is great! What a difference it made!

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  9. Hi! New follower via GFC! Found you from It's So Cheri's party!

    Kristy @ Shona Skye Creations
    http://shonaskye.blogspot.com

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  10. I love the new look! Added a lot of charm to the piece. Visiting you from DIY Project Parade!

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  11. Beautiful! That looks great. What a creative idea!

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  12. Smartest thing I've seen all day! Good work, Anne!

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  13. This is awesome Anne! You truly are a master of recreating and giving new life! I Love it and hats off to you for all of your creativity and talent!!! applause and appaws!!!! hugs...

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  14. Great idea - I love apothecary drawers! Worth scraping off that mod podge to get this beauty!
    Kelly

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  15. I have a tallboy dresser just like your "before" (only dark stained)... your new version looks so much better!! The veneer really does make the drawers look like they're divided in half. Great work!! :-)
    Victoria

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  16. Wow. That is genius. And here we all take so much time to get veneer off...and you come up with the brilliant idea of putting it on. Looks great!

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  17. Wow! Quite a transformation - great work! :D

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  18. This piece is fantastic!!! I love your cloche too.

    Cynthia

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  19. LOVE this! I got a piece recently very similar to this, and I had no idea what I'd do with it... I might do mine a little different..love, love, love the new look!

    gail

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  20. I love the idea of adding the veneer to the double drawers! Really! You are a genius as usual :)

    Have a great day rock star!
    karianne

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  21. Wow! That turned out amazing! I like that alot better. It really looks like an apothecary cabinet now.

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  22. I loved the first photo of the tallboy, but you know, I have to say that I love what you've made it into. You're amazing!!!
    Have a wonderful day!
    Hugs, Cindy

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  23. WOW Anne ... you really made a nice change in that cabinet. Who will ever know? Thanks for sharing.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z. http://audreyzumwalt.blogspot.com/
    Timeless Treasures

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  24. That's a fantastic transformation! I love apothecary drawers. I am so pinning this! Visiting from The Farmhouse Porch. Have a great week!

    Deborah

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  25. Anne, this is so clever! I keep seeing the tall boy featured at linky parties and you truly deserve it, because this is a wicked transformation (and the aging paint looks awesome, too!)

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  26. A simple & ingenious idea! Love the tall boy as an apothecary cabinet, from the double drawers to the worn white finish :-) Great job!

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  27. this is so creative and looks amazing! great idea and execution!

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  28. Looks great!! I'm a new GFC follower :)
    xo
    www.domesticsweetheart.com

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  29. It turned out so well, like it much better than the paper you had on it. What is a brad nailer?

    Lynnie

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  30. Wow, I never would have thought to do that!! The transformation is inspiring!!

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  31. This is just so incredibly clever! What a fantastic idea, and fabulous result! You did an amazing job on this! It now has some real character, and vintage appeal!

    Thanks so much for sharing it on Blissful Whites Wednesday!!
    Hugs,
    Becky

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  32. Great update! It looks perfect. Thanx for coming to THT!

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  33. awesome makeover, the double drawers are soooo much cuter!

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  34. Nicely done! The hardest part is undoing what you just worked on. That mod podge is stubborn stuff, but look at you, gettin' 'er done. Who doesn't like the look of more drawers! It's adorable. It's genius!
    Liz

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  35. That's amazing! I love it! It's also nice to know I'm not the only one who has design flops!!

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  36. Your final piece is wonderful. I too love the look of lots of drawers. You have given me an idea for an old piece I have.

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  37. That is seriously amazing! I love how it turned out. It looks beautiful! Worth a million ;)

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  38. Faboulous! Just fabulous ! I love what you did with your highboy - thanks so much for sharing.

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  39. I love the way you made it look like it had more drawers. Great job.

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  40. Hi! I am your newest follower and was hoping that you would stop by and follow me back!!

    www.enjoyingtheepiphany.co

    Thanks,
    Sarah

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  41. Seriously, what would we do without Mod Podge? Great makeover Anne!! It's very Pottery Barn!

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  42. Okay, Anne, this is awesome!!! I really, really like this! what a great idea! Thank you for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend.

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  43. Wow...that chest is amazing!!....Great, great job as always Anne!!....Love it!...

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  44. Wow! What a great DIY. You did a great job and it looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing at All Start Block Party last week.

    Hilda

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  45. Anne, Thanks so much for sharing this inspirational project on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Fantastic job, you always have the best ideas. Happy Halloween!

    Jody

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  46. Very lovely transformation! It looks so different! Love that!
    Thanks for linking up this week - hope to see you again this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  47. Always AMAZING and Always AWESOME!!!! Still trying to play catch up -- getting JJ back up and running today : ) sending tons of hugs and love your way!

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  48. Gosh, I've always love these apothecaries!! Love how you re-did this to get the look!!

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  49. Can you tell me how wide the drawers are? I have a tall boy in storage and want to do the same but I think mine isn't as wide.

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    1. The drawers are 16 1/4 inches wide :)

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