Sharing my DIY Apothecary Cabinet! (Updated with premade drawer option)

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Posted: 1/16/2012 6:09:19 AM
shy of my Dad helping me cut the plywood drawer fronts/ends, I built this on my own!

Apothercary blog post

Someone asked on Page two about premade boxes. just wanted to put it at the top because I know many of you are wondering the same thing (as did I, which is why I have all this info )

I wonder if may be there is some type of already made container that would fit in each cubby? Certainly not as cute as what you did and would not be as inexpensive as your DIY project.

What are the dimensions of your 'drawers', if you don't mind sharing?

I will add the sizes to my blog too but the overall exterior size of the drawers is 11.5" deep (long) X 5 3/4" tall X 4 3/8" wide.

A friend of mine is using some Cardboard sorting bins inside her cabinets to keep things organized. I checked the pricing and smallest size on them and they are about 1/2" too long for the cubby space. they are also only available by 100 qty and are $75. so if you have a friend to share them with and were each doing two 25 hole cabinets you would be set.

with them hanging out 1/2" I think it would still look OK since they will all still be flush (see image below, they hang out about 1/2" too).

these are not as deep as my drawers though and especially not since the front slopes down. they would do the job I think if you really can't swing making them. could probably look cute even if you did something like this with them.


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Posted: 1/16/2012 6:24:52 AM
That is impressive! Well done!


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Posted: 1/16/2012 6:30:25 AM
Wow1 That looks fantastic. You did a great job.


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Posted: 1/16/2012 6:30:29 AM
fantastic job! Looks so beautiful! Great that your Dad helped with some of it! Thanks for sharing, Diane

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Posted: 1/16/2012 6:37:54 AM
That is an amazing feat! Fabulous job! We must see all of it now.

ETA: Just read your blog post! Super impressed!


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Posted: 1/16/2012 7:12:14 AM
This is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing it!


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Posted: 1/16/2012 7:14:56 AM
That looks great!!


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Posted: 1/16/2012 7:28:51 AM
Completely Gorgeous Heidi! You did a great job. I'll be pinning it as soon as
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Posted: 1/16/2012 7:28:59 AM
Completely Gorgeous Heidi! You did a great job. I'll be pinning it as soon as
I'm done writing this!!!



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Posted: 1/16/2012 7:29:43 AM
Loved your blog post. Your apothecary cabinet is brilliant! Nicely done!!



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Posted: 1/16/2012 7:31:09 AM
Gorgeous...are you so proud? Enjoy!!!

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Posted: 1/16/2012 7:49:11 AM
Way to go Heidi1 It's beautiful and functional! You go girl, you did a fantastic job!


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Posted: 1/16/2012 8:12:49 AM
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Posted: 1/16/2012 8:25:35 AM
Love it, Love it, Love it!! You did an awesome job!


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Posted: 1/16/2012 8:30:36 AM
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Posted: 1/16/2012 8:31:27 AM
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Posted: 1/16/2012 8:50:33 AM
Love it. I must have missed it, but what are the bottom of the drawers made out of?


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Posted: 1/16/2012 8:51:39 AM
Wow!! Beautiful!!!
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Posted: 1/16/2012 8:57:22 AM
Thank you!!

The bottom of the drawer and sides is all one piece of cardboard. It wraps under in a "u" shape and back up the other side.

Yes if you have questions I can try and answer anything I didn't cover already.


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Posted: 1/16/2012 9:01:36 AM
That is awesome. Great job.

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Posted: 1/16/2012 9:20:20 AM
Genius! And so pretty! TFS!


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Posted: 1/16/2012 10:13:45 AM
WOW -- great job!!! Very impressive.


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Posted: 1/16/2012 10:16:50 AM
Just read your blog post ... and WOW! Your cabinet is simply stunning. Looks like something that might have come out of Ballard Designs catalog for several hundred dollars!!

You (and your sweet Dad) did an amazing job. I love it and am totally jealous!!


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Posted: 1/16/2012 10:31:07 AM
Very nice and impressive. Clever idea and it looks great in your room! Enjoy your new creation and TFS!


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Posted: 1/16/2012 10:49:26 AM
Really Cool! Nice work


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Posted: 1/16/2012 11:28:41 AM
All of the above. Thanks for sharing.


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Posted: 1/16/2012 11:39:57 AM
Very nice. I love how it holds more than the library card cabinet.

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Posted: 1/16/2012 12:52:06 PM
That is AWESOME!! hope you continue to pat yourself on the back!

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Posted: 1/16/2012 2:22:58 PM
It looks fantastic! Great job!


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Posted: 1/16/2012 2:23:10 PM
Wow,that is beautiful! Very well done. Thank you for sharing!

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Posted: 1/16/2012 2:41:02 PM
Nice job!

I have some drawers like those ones you show at the very bottom. I never got around to making a cabinet for them. I'm not sure if my MIL still has them at her house or she got rid of them. I only have like 6 or 8 though.


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Posted: 1/16/2012 3:15:29 PM

I really like it, you did an awesome job!


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Posted: 1/16/2012 4:13:54 PM
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Posted: 1/16/2012 4:24:35 PM
I really like this and that you recycled something you would have put into the garbage (shipping boxes)
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Posted: 1/16/2012 5:17:37 PM
I wish you could have heard my gasp of sheer pleasure. Absolutely stunning. You should sell this stuff!


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Posted: 1/16/2012 5:23:33 PM
That is gorgeous. Thanks so much for spending the time to share all the steps with us.

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Posted: 1/16/2012 5:53:40 PM
Absolutely gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Not only was the concept genius but it does look like it came out of a catalog with a price tag of several hundred dollars. It is truly beautiful and I've been wanting an apothecary cabinet for years.

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Posted: 1/16/2012 8:12:54 PM
You are welcome! If anyone attempts one please share pictures!


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Posted: 1/16/2012 9:44:32 PM
Heidi, my dear, you are BRILLIANT!!! I don't really need a cabinet like this, but I like it so much, I may have to re-organize my studio to accommodate one. I like your idea of legs/feet and crown moulding, so I would probably make one with only one shoe organizer..........again, absolutely amazing!!

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Posted: 1/16/2012 9:52:34 PM
Heidi this is amazing I can't wait to try it !! My husband checked it out and gave it a


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Posted: 1/16/2012 10:02:16 PM
Oh my goodness, that is amazing!!!!! I emailed your blog post to my husband. I want to make one! That's just a fabulous idea!



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Posted: 1/16/2012 10:02:34 PM
This is astounding! Fabulous job. And Wow! What a project.


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Posted: 1/16/2012 10:06:36 PM

I like your idea of legs/feet and crown moulding, so I would probably make one with only one shoe organizer.

Shannon, I think 1 cabinet would go by much faster too I won't lie, doing 50 drawers was a lot of work but I am so pleased with it that it was worth it. It has made finding stuff in my scraproom a thousand times easier and I did Tim Tags with little to no mess. In all 4 years I've done them my desk is bombed by day 3.

Oh and for Cricut owners the drawers will hold your booklets nicely! I have quite a few cart booklets and fit them all in one drawer.


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Posted: 1/16/2012 10:36:18 PM
Heidi I love this!! It looks great! You said you painted the all drawer fronts white. How did you get the colors on some of them? Is it ink too? TIA...Nancy

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Posted: 1/16/2012 10:46:40 PM
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Posted: 1/16/2012 11:04:36 PM
Wow! That is beautiful...great job TFS!


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Posted: 1/16/2012 11:05:28 PM
Nice! Another dose of jealous here. It's something my husband would tell me 'I can make that, if I only had a woodshop'. We have a huge list of things he could make.


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