Faux Apothecary Cabinet – Pottery Barn Inspired Furniture Makeover


How I made a Pottery Barn inspired faux apothecary cabinet for Themed Furniture Makeover Day.   girlinthegarage.net

Hi friends, today is Themed Furniture Makeover Day!

This month’s theme is Pottery Barn Inspired.  (See all the previous TFMD themes HERE.)

Here’s my inspiration piece – the Andover Cabinet.  The top row has 4 drawers but the rest is actually two doors with faux panels made to look like an apothecary cabinet.  This normally sells for $799 but is on special right now for $639.  (See it on the Pottery Barn website HERE.)

The Andover Cabinet from Pottery Barn

And here’s the cabinet I bought a couple weeks ago.  I think it used to be used for record storage.  I almost didn’t buy it because it was kind of large and bulky, but at $10 it was hard to pass up.

How I made a Pottery Barn inspired faux apothecary cabinet for Themed Furniture Makeover Day.   girlinthegarage.net

The inside had been gutted… a blank slate.

How I made a Pottery Barn inspired faux apothecary cabinet for Themed Furniture Makeover Day.   girlinthegarage.net

First I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite (this is the first coat… I know it looks awful here LOL), and had a shelf cut at the hardware store.  It ended up being about a half inch too long so I had to cut it again myself with a basic saw.  Boo.

How I made a Pottery Barn inspired faux apothecary cabinet for Themed Furniture Makeover Day.   girlinthegarage.net

Looking better…

How I made a Pottery Barn inspired faux apothecary cabinet for Themed Furniture Makeover Day.   girlinthegarage.net

For the faux panels I bought some basswood at Hobby Lobby.  I knew I wanted my panels to be 4×4, so I bought four of these pieces and marked every 4 inches.

How I made a Pottery Barn inspired faux apothecary cabinet for Themed Furniture Makeover Day.   girlinthegarage.net

I cut the basswood with my miter box and saw.  Not a fun job, but worth it in the end!

How I made a Pottery Barn inspired faux apothecary cabinet for Themed Furniture Makeover Day.   girlinthegarage.net

I also found these unfinished wood pulls at Hobby Lobby – if I had bought similar “real” pulls from a hardware store, they would’ve cost me $1 each and then I would’ve had to measure and drill 20 holes for all the pulls.  No thanks!

How I made a Pottery Barn inspired faux apothecary cabinet for Themed Furniture Makeover Day.   girlinthegarage.net

I glued the panels and knobs on with E6000 – I heard that’s the best super glue so I had to give it a try.  I’m praying it holds up well.

How I made a Pottery Barn inspired faux apothecary cabinet for Themed Furniture Makeover Day.   girlinthegarage.net

I added more Graphite, but I still need to wax – I ran out of time before I had to take photos.  I’m going to use both clear and dark wax (the dark wax will make the Graphite paint look more like a true black).

How I made a Pottery Barn inspired faux apothecary cabinet for Themed Furniture Makeover Day.   girlinthegarage.net

I left it with kind of an unfinished, distressed look.

How I made a Pottery Barn inspired faux apothecary cabinet for Themed Furniture Makeover Day.   girlinthegarage.net How I made a Pottery Barn inspired faux apothecary cabinet for Themed Furniture Makeover Day.   girlinthegarage.net

I’m really pleased with how it turned out… it might be hard to let it go, but I’m taking it to my booth probably next week.

How I made a Pottery Barn inspired faux apothecary cabinet for Themed Furniture Makeover Day.   girlinthegarage.net How I made a Pottery Barn inspired faux apothecary cabinet for Themed Furniture Makeover Day.   girlinthegarage.net

Here’s a Pinterest-friendly comparison:

How I made a Pottery Barn inspired faux apothecary cabinet for Themed Furniture Makeover Day.   girlinthegarage.net

Next, go visit my friends’ awesome Pottery Barn inspired makeovers below!  🙂

Jen

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21 Comments on Faux Apothecary Cabinet – Pottery Barn Inspired Furniture Makeover

  1. Wendi @ H2OBungalow
    April 23, 2015 at 7:01 am (2 years ago)

    LOVE your piece! I have the perfect place for it in my home too 🙂 Using the basswod for the faux drawer fronts was so smart.. Great job! Pinning and sharing 🙂
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  2. Karen
    April 23, 2015 at 7:24 am (2 years ago)

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the transformation…..absolutely BRILLIANT!!!!!! What a KEEPER!

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    • Jen
      April 24, 2015 at 1:37 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Karen! 🙂

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  3. Jeanette
    April 23, 2015 at 10:15 am (2 years ago)

    Okay, this knocked my socks off! I really like the painting too! Great job. Sharing and pinning. Jeanette
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  4. Crystal
    April 23, 2015 at 6:07 pm (2 years ago)

    Love how it turned out!! I can’t believe how you transformed the $10 piece into an apothecary cabinet. Awesome job!! Love it!!

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    • Jen
      April 24, 2015 at 1:37 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much Stephanie!

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  5. Lara
    April 24, 2015 at 11:20 am (2 years ago)

    Once again, you rocked this! What a beauty!! You’re amazing & an inspiration to me girl!!

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  6. Mari
    April 24, 2015 at 1:10 pm (2 years ago)

    Jen it looks amazing! Love it

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  7. Tabatha@ChicByTab
    April 24, 2015 at 7:28 pm (2 years ago)

    Great idea. I think this is the easiest PB transformation I have seen yet for a catalogue cabinet! I am your newest follower.
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    • Jen
      April 27, 2015 at 10:02 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Tabatha! Glad to have you here! 🙂

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    • Jen
      April 27, 2015 at 10:03 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you Angie! I just got that one – I’m working on my antique camera collection 😉

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