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You Need To See This DIY Faux Apothecary Cabinet

Don’t you just love a cute apothecary cabinet? They are hard to come by and if you find one they are expensive. Check out this DIY apothecary cabinet.


You Need To See This DIY Faux Apothecary Cabinet


Before the makeover!

I have always been a huge fan of a good apothecary cabinet. When my friend said she wanted her piece made into a cute entryway piece I knew EXACTLY what it needed!! I wanted to add color while making it look like an apothecary cabinet. Below is a list of supplies I used for this transformation.

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Supply List:

  1. Fluff Chalk Mineral Paint

  2. Haint Blue Chalk Mineral Paint

  3. Hurricane Gray Chalk Mineral Paint

  4. Vintage Duck Egg Chalk Mineral Paint

  5. French Linen Chalk Mineral Paint

  6. Easy Peasy Spray Wax

  7. Satin Clear Coat

  8. Tissue Paper

  9. Apollo HVLP ECO 4 Paint Sprayer

  10. Wagner Paint Tent

  11. Surf Prep Electric Ray 3×4 Sander

  12. Surf Prep Rad Pads

  13. Card Catalog Hardware

  14. Drill

Decoupaging The Back

I wanted to add extra character to the back of this cabinet. I unscrewed the back to make it much easier to work with.

removing the back of cabinet

After I had the back of the cabinet off, I used the Clear Coat and tissue paper to change the look.

The first thing you will want to do is lay down a layer of clear coat with a sponge brush. Then you will want to lay down the tissue paper. Once your tissue paper is laid down, you will re-apply the clear coat. Furthermore, I like to mist the surface with water and use a smooth glove to push out all of the wrinkles and air bubbles. You can see a short video of my technique HERE.


Smoothing Imperfections

Dixie Belle Paint does not require you to sand prior to application, however the top of this piece was not smooth. I used my Surf Prep sander to smooth the imperfections on the top of this cabinet. Therefore, my finish would be flawless.

surf prep sanding

Painting The Shell

Normally I paint about 90% of my pieces by hand. With that being said, cubbies and chairs are my enemy! I used my Apollo Spray System for this project. I sprayed the cabinet in Fluff Chalk Mineral Paint. My Wagner Spray Tent helped with overspray and shielded it from debris outside. As a result I got a smooth finish that I didn’t have to use hours trying to get.

furniture painting

Adding Color

I know by now you are surprised that I used a shade of white for this piece. You didn’t think I would finish this piece without adding color did you? This DIY apothecary cabinet had to have some color!

Dixie Belle paint

Distressing With Rad Pads

I needed to add some distressing to this piece as well. I have to tell you my new favorite hand sanding pads to use are the Surf Prep Rad Pads. They are super high quality, you can cut them or fold them in half. They last a long time also. You can reuse them for quite some time. I used the fine grit pad to soften the paint finish to a smooth and flawless look. I used the medium pads to distress.

surf prep rad pads

blending furniture

Finishing The Look With Hardware

I bought the small card catalog hardware from amazon. They went perfect with this piece and really gave it the look it needed to be a DIY apothecary cabinet!! I finished off the entire piece with Easy Peasy Spray Wax.

card catalog hardware

I want to hear what you think. Check out the final product below!! Let me know in the comments do you think it looks like an apothecary cabinet??

apothecary cabinet

I hope you love this!! Thanks for being here and don’t forget to let me know what you think below. 👇🏻👇🏻


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