Monday, 25 January 2016

Handmade Apothecary Cabinet

Merry meet one and all!

I've always been fascinated by the wise women and healers from the times before doctors and modern medicine, and I just love the image of the village witch having shelves and cupboards filled with medicinal herbs and potion ingredients.  Recently I've been trying my hand at various do-it-yourself projects and new crafts, and so I was thrilled when my husband suddenly declared he had an insert from an artists case that he had no use for and if I couldn't use it he was going to throw it away.  My eyes lit up - I knew exactly what it could be!  I checked the heights of the sections and it was perfect; I'd found a way to get my own unique cabinet for my oils and potions.

This will do nicely!
It was only made of plywood and not the colour I wanted, so I set about staining it a darker colour.  I wasn't too fussy about neatness; in fact I figured if it was a bit blotchy and uneven it would add to the charm and make it look a bit older and more used than it really is.

Stained and ready to go
The tricky bit was creating a door.  I knew the look I wanted so with some help from my wonderful (and very creative) husband I bought some wood, cut it and stained it and set about figuring out how to finish the project off.
Hand made and ready for staining

I had thought about using fabric to cover the door but really I wanted to see through it so I looked around and found some antique-looking chicken wire on a 4" deep roll in JoAnn's which did the job nicely.  A few staples and it was in place.

All that was left was to add the finishing touches.  We hinged the door and added small magnets to keep it closed.  A decorative handle and some metal corner protectors added to the look, and helped hide any shoddy work on my part when I cut and glued the corners.
Pretty details and a little bit of burning make it look just the part
I'm really pleased with how it turned out.  I'd been looking on Pinterest for ages and kept seeing other people's projects so I'm really thrilled I was able to not only save this perfectly good wood from the bin but also create something unique and exactly what I wanted.

What do you think?  Have you had a go at making your own witchy supply cabinet?  I'd love to see what you've made so leave your comments and pictures below!

Until next time everyone,

Blessed be )0(

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