Apothecary Cabinet Makeover ~ A Trashure Story

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I love my husband, JC, with all my heart and then some. He is my best friend and confidant, but he is also my polar opposite in many ways. Like they say, opposites attract, right? He is the reason that this forlorn piece of furniture is my subject for today’s Furniture Fixer Upper fun. Thankfully, I can laugh and have a go at making this into an apothecary cabinet. Stay with me, I’ll explain below. Oh, and be sure to read through to see the furniture makeover goodness from my friends too.

Filing Cabinet Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

JC had one job to do. Mind you he works full-time, is the one who ships everything for me from my shop, furniture and all, and is our main dude in our remodeling adventures. So, I guess he deserves a little slack, but…this happens A LOT.  I asked him to stop by and pick up this “filing cabinet” (as the lady described), but only bring it home if it was solid wood and would hold my files. ahem…does it look like solid wood to you?

Top of Cabinet | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Side of Ugly Cabinet | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

He brings it home. My eyes roll and I laugh, “Honey! This is nothing but a fabricated mess. And there’s no way my files would fit in there. hahaha!”. Poor guy. This is exactly why I have too much in my stash and am working on clearing out.

So, since this little ugly stand won’t work for me, it gets added to the makeover list to become new. First up, beat it apart and get rid of those side panels. Ahhh…there’s the wood. {{she dies laughing}}

Torn Apart Cabinet for Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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I wanted to add a little character to it, so I chose to use some beadboard to replace the sides. JC cut them for me on our table saw and I quickly attached them with my cordless nailer. I LOVE THIS TOOL. This is exactly why my motto has always been #toolsoverjewels. I was able to make the structure of the cabinet much more strong and durable for what I had envisioned – an apothecary cabinet.

Adding Beadboard to Cabinet with Ryobi Cordless Nailer | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Once the sides were on, I added a board to the bottom of the cabinet using my Kreg Jig to make pocket screw holes. That is another of my must-have tools. The board firmed up the frame, but also added the structure I needed to add casters.


Meanwhile, I needed to fix the drawers. The face was made of two pieces connected together feebly. In order to reinforce them, JC cut some scrap luan and I attached them to the back side with wood glue. (because of course he’s going to help me fix this thing. tsk.)

Making Cabinet Repairs | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

For added reinforcement, I then nailed on with my nailer.

Ryobi AirStrike to Make Repairs | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Now to pretty the drawers up. Nothing like a good sanding with my orbital sander to take that old orange color away. After that, I used a combination of my favorite Early American (as seen in these posts) and Sunbleached stains (also seen here).

Staining Apothecary Cabinet Drawers | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

While the stain was curing, I went back to the cabinet and gave it two coats of a soft white that I used on this dresser. It was perfect to clean up the look of the piece and help me get to the apothecary cabinet I was after.

Here it is all redone from the skeleton down, and looking much better.

DIY Apothecary Cabinet from Ugly Vintage Stand by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The label pulls made it have just the right touch, and the matching metal casters are ever so cute. They all add function and the vintage appeal that I love. I even lined the drawers with a few of my vintage wallpaper samples. Fun!

Apothecary Pulls on Cabinet Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Upcycled Stand into Apothecary Cabinet by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

It looks cute with my office chair and would be wonderful to keep, but alas, it doesn’t do what I need it to do…hold my files. sigh…so it is now available in my shop.

Shop Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Industrial Style Apothecary Cabinet DIY by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Industrial Vignette with Apothecary Cabinet by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

My ultimate hope is that you can see beauty in the cast-off and take a minute to try DIY. You can make your house your home, even on a budget. Do pin and share to inspire others too!

Ugly outdated stand gets industrial apothecary cabinet makeover. Get the DIY steps by Prodigal Pieces here at prodigalpieces.com

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22 Comments

  • Patty Soriano

    This turned out great! Won’t work for you, but is PERFECT for someone! You won’t have it for long, I’m sure.

    March 23, 2017 at 9:16 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Wonderful to hear, Patty. Thank you! Yes, I’m back on the filing cabinet hunt again. ha!

      March 23, 2017 at 12:08 pm Reply
  • Kathy Owen

    Your hubby sounds like mine. Gotta love ’em anyway. You totally transformed that sad little piece. Love how it turned out.

    March 23, 2017 at 9:39 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, ma’am. I do! He is my bestie I couldn’t do without. 😉

      March 23, 2017 at 12:07 pm Reply
  • kandice

    Im starting to think all of our hubbys are the same lol. I love love love the end result of this piece!

    March 23, 2017 at 9:57 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I think so too! hee hee. This was a fun challenge. Thanks, Kandice!

      March 23, 2017 at 12:07 pm Reply
  • Christy

    You sure worked your magic on this cabinet, Larissa! It turned out to be such a cool piece! XO

    March 23, 2017 at 9:59 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You know I love a good challenge, and this was it! hahaha… Thanks, Christy!

      March 23, 2017 at 12:06 pm Reply
  • Kaycee

    What a difference, it looks great now!

    March 23, 2017 at 10:59 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Kaycee! I had to give it some pep.

      March 23, 2017 at 12:05 pm Reply
  • Sue Pagels

    You have an amazing vision with these pieces and I love your styling as well!!

    March 23, 2017 at 12:05 pm Reply
  • Patty

    So, so cute. I love it and it is so functional, I wish I had room for it.
    Another great job.

    March 23, 2017 at 12:18 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I just had to take on the challenge once I saw it. It was so ugly! hahaha… Thanks, Patty!

      March 23, 2017 at 9:07 pm Reply
  • Jen @ Girl in the Garage

    So stinkin cute, I love it!! I know it will sell super fast! xo

    March 23, 2017 at 12:21 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are awesome support, Jen. Thank you!

      March 23, 2017 at 9:08 pm Reply
  • Katie @ Little House of Four

    This is awesome! I love the stained drawers and painted sides. Great job on another beautiful makeover.

    March 23, 2017 at 10:10 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      The paint/stain combo is my favorite. Thanks so much, Katie!

      March 24, 2017 at 5:47 am Reply
  • Cheryl

    Awesome job!! I always love what you do to your pieces!

    March 23, 2017 at 10:24 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That made my day, Cheryl. Thank you!

      March 24, 2017 at 5:47 am Reply
  • Karen

    Awesome! Your furniture makeovers never cease to amaze me 🙂

    March 24, 2017 at 6:52 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s wonderful to hear, Karen. Thank you!

      March 25, 2017 at 6:36 pm Reply
  • Angie ~ ambient wares

    Such a wonderful transformation and oh so inspiring! Pinning & sharing 🙂

    March 25, 2017 at 7:05 pm Reply
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