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Turn a cube unit into an apothecary-look cabinet

sandy_d
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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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KatieC
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Re: Turn a cube unit into an apothecary look cabinet

Hi @sandy_d,

 

Well done on another incredible project! You will have to do a tutorial on one how to make such a cool bowl sometime. 

 

Which paint did you use? Did you end up doing a top coat of anything? 

 

Thanks so much for sharing your inspiration project. 

 

Katie

 

 

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

Thank you so much! The base cabinet is painted with a semi gloss paint in all black and the top is a stain and sealed in sepia. I have also applied a natural bees wax to the top to protect it. 
the bowl is so easy and yes I will add it soon 😊

MelC1
Budding Contributor

Re: Turn a cube unit into an apothecary look cabinet

Wow, very creative! Love the bowl too 👍

rubytuesday1953
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Re: Turn a cube unit into an apothecary look cabinet

Hi @sandy_d ,

Looks great! Well done.

I did a similar one not long ago but on a much smaller scale.

Mine already had the draws though, so I was lucky

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

Love this so much @sandy_d! Ever since I saw someone use this method, I've wanted to give something similar a go. I became enamoured with apothecary many years ago, and especially the wonder associated with really old wax-sealed bottled items. Weird, I know. Here's one I made a while ago. I have unusual hobbies, to say the least. You should hide a little specimen in the back for someone to find. 😁

 

Mitchell

 

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

I’d love to find something with small draws. You’re very lucky indeed 😊

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

Wow I love that! It’s not weird at all. My dad was a biochemist and really into science and his house is filled with little trinkets like these. I think you would love it. 

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

Your amazing 

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

@GypsiiSOUL @Thank you! 

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