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Turn a cube unit into an apothecary-look cabinet

sandy_d
Established Contributor

Turn a cube unit into an apothecary-look cabinet

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I’m always given free furniture from my family, and this cube unit had seen better days. I decided to transform it into an apothecary cabinet with faux draws. 
I started with the unit and built a frame for the base. This gave me somewhere to attach the legs. I used nails and liquid nails to attach as the laminated surface would not allow wood glue to bond. 

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All the timber I used was recycled or off cuts from previous projects so I did cut and paste pieces together. Let’s call it the rustic look! I added a timber frame to the top and bottom and also to the sides. I used ply wood to cover the sides. This not only added a little more thickness to the frame but also allowed me to paint the surface. 

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 (Lots of scrap wood used) 

Once the frame was built, I cut some MDF I had and used this for the doors. Some panels I had were just slightly shorter but this added to the ‘Rustic Look’. To achieve the multiple false draws, I cut some ply 120 x120 and glued with liquid nails. I made a template and drilled holes for the placement of the handles. 

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 Each double cube has 8 faux draw fronts. 

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I made the mistake of purchasing overlay hinges and figure it out after 3 hours and some tantrums later! If you make the doors sit inside like I have, you’ll need to purchase inset hinges.
A mud cake made by my son and a cool drink later, I glued the inside of the cube unit with some old fabric I had. You can choose to contact it or leave it if the unit is in good condition.
 

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 The cabinet top was made from discarded wood which I laminated together with wood glue and clamps. I added a ply backing to stop the cube unit from too much movement 

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To decorate the cabinet I made a decorative bowl using curtain rod wooden rings and macrame rings and hot glued them together. To form the shape, I glued over a bowl I covered with cling film.

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And there you have it, one very rustic looking apothecary cabinet made from a cube unit. 

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theparlourroom
Established Contributor

Re: Turn a cube unit into an apothecary look cabinet

What a stunning outcome!!!! You’re lucky people know you give pieces a new lease on life, so they gift you items they no longer need. Such a fantastic outcome. Very inspiring!! 

projectmumdanni
Junior Contributor

Re: Turn a cube unit into an apothecary-look cabinet

Really love what you created..don't think I would have the patience lol but it looks awesome 👌 

sandy_d
Established Contributor

Re: Turn a cube unit into an apothecary-look cabinet

@projectmumdanni Hahaha! I have a 3,4 and 5 year old. I’ve learnt patience 😂 Thank you. 🥰

sandy_d
Established Contributor

Re: Turn a cube unit into an apothecary look cabinet

@theparlourroom @Thank you so much ☺️

mich1972
Valued Contributor

Re: Turn a cube unit into an apothecary-look cabinet

WOW !! That’s awesome @sandy_d 

P.S love the teapot and bowl 🥰

sandy_d
Established Contributor

Re: Turn a cube unit into an apothecary-look cabinet

Aww thank you so much @mich1972 🥰

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