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Vintage Apothecary Cabinet with Typography

It isn’t every time that I make a good score at the thrift store. It’s kinda like a desert with random oases. Do you know what I mean? What makes it even more funny is that everyone there is like they’re in a gold mine protecting their cart of loot and ready to fight for it. geesh! In my latest run, I snagged this little painted cutie. Today, I’m going to take it up a notch and turn it into a vintage apothecary cabinet.

Medicine Cabinet Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

I wasn’t kidding about the folks in a thrift store. I’ve seen some fight after one took something out of another one’s cart. Imagine my eyeballs popping out with mouth hanging open like…what??? haha. Funny, but not funny. Anyhoo, I just smile and carry on with my business making short-talk with a smile to anyone I encounter. I’m a fun gal like that.


The minute when I saw this cabinet, I did a quick check on it and tucked it into my cart. However, it wasn’t until I got it home and looked at it closer that I fell in love with it even more. It’s obviously a handmade item, which equals instant charm to me. Then, look at the inside…

Open Handmade Vintage Medicine Cabinet |

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Plenty of space for bottles of all sizes, but my favorite is the clipboard on the door. I’m all about utilitarian function. The person who made this knew that the door might buckle over time, so they ran beads down the door to allow to flex with varying humidity. Smart.

Likewise, if you look close, you’ll even see a magnetic closure that pops in and out based on if you press once to close, or press again to open. Love it!


As if this cabinet didn’t have enough paint (it was once green, then this beige), I decided to take it up a notch. I whip out my Square Brush and some flat black latex paint.

Painting Vintage Medicine Cabinet with Black Paint | #prodigalpieces

First, I leave a few spots showing of the beige paint, and the interior as-is for now. Then, once the black paint cures, I use my image transfer method and the graphic I created to hand-paint typography on the front.

Painting Vintage Apothecary Cabinet with Typography by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces |

If you’ve been hanging around with me for long, you know I have quite the passion for typography. You can see how I’ve used it on all my past projects HERE. Also, I’ve created several video tutorials on how to do it too.

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Check it out…my little vintage apothecary cabinet is stylin’.

Industrial Farmhouse Vintage Apothecary Cabinet with Typography by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home #industrial #vintage #homedecor

Black Apothecary Cabinet by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #vintage #home #diy #homedecor

Now for the inside, are you ready? Vintage peek-a-boo!

Open Vintage Apothecary Cabinet with Newspaper Decoupage by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #home #homedecor

Vintage Newspaper Print Lined Vintage Apothecary Cabinet by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #vintage #home #farmhouse #homedecor

Nothing like adding a little pop of fun to the interior. It not only makes a great backdrop, but also really gives that vintage vibe I was after.

Decoupaged Vintage Apothecary Cabinet with Glasses by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #home #storage #homedecor

Farmhouse Medicine Cabinet with Utilitarian Function by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #home #vintage #homedecor

That clipboard feature is just so fun because it can be used for oh so many things. Oh, and did you notice I replaced the painted wooden knob with a faceted glass one? A little bling never hurt nobody. tee hee.

Industrial Farmhouse Black Medicine Cabinet by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #home #diy #farmhouse #homedecor

It’s a wrap! I hope you enjoyed this and are inspired to tackle your own mini makeover. It sure is fun and easy if you have the right know-how. If you’d like to own this medicine cabinet, you can find it available in my online shop.

Hand-Painted Apothecary Art by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #vintage #handmade #farmhouse #home #homedecor

In addition, pin and share my mini vintage apothecary cabinet makeover. I’m sure there are others with cast-offs like this that just need some spunk.

A vintage apothecary cabinet gets a new makeover with typography by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #vintage #diy #home #homedecor #industrial #apothecary

Up next, it’s Reduce, Reuse, REFASHION time. A damaged wool sweater will get a new lease on life. See the new fun HERE.

Wool Sweater Before Upcycle into Dryer Balls | #prodigalpieces

Reduce, Reuse, REFASHION series hosted by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | Come learn to create for you and your home | #prodigalpieces

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9 replies on “Vintage Apothecary Cabinet with Typography”

I am so sorry you have to see altercations like that at your thrift store, peace be with you.
The cabinet looks really good, the graphics make it work beautifully! I wonder why you didn’t put in at least one shelf? Keep up your wonderful work!

It’s just one of those things. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for the compliment. We all took a took a vote and decided to not put one in so larger bottles, like lotions and such can fit.

Happy New Year Larissa!
The cabinet looks great! Black and cream combination is just lovely, and your topography is a cherry on the top. Thank you for the inspiration! I learn to see outside of the box from every post.

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