Apothecary Chest

Here is a little apothecary chest that I picked up recently..



Sorry.. I had already taken off the handles and sanded a little…

This piece is SUPER heavy and solid pine. It looks hand made and whoever made it did a great job! It has little feet on it so I’m not sure if it is meant to sit on a counter or what… it’s perfect bench height if you wanted to use it for that..



Can you see the tiny feet?

I painted the outer cabinet in Old Ochre chalk paint and the drawers in Versailles chalk paint. After some distressing I waxed it with Minwax paste wax and then buffed it. This was a pretty fast project to do as there were no repairs and everything dried so quickly!


Of course the chalk paint distressed like a dream..


Original handles that came with the piece.. I removed them to paint the drawers, it just makes life easier!

The drawers do not come out all of the way. There is a peg inserted into the back side that prevents them from being removed.. which is a good thing if you want to move it, a pain when you have chosen to paint the front two colors instead of one!

Not sure how someone will use this when it finds it’s new home.. but I would love to know when they do! This piece is heading up to Lucketts Spring Market too… I’m hoping to have enough stuff to fill the tent!

Thanks for stopping by… until next time guys!

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  1. Hi Susan, what a great piece! I really like the shape and all the drawers. What are the actual measurements of the piece? Looks like a lot of storage for someone. It would be great if you linked it at my Frugal Treasures Tuesday party going on now through Sunday afternoon.


  2. Oh what a fabulous find and I love the new paint color. Beautiful. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty


  3. Wow, where did you find it? Some lucky shopper will be thrilled. You had a great vision of what it would look like and your hard work paid off. I would buy something like that in a heartbeat. I found you through Savvy Southern Style’s link party. I hope you’ll stop by and see me at Quirky Vistas sometime when you have a chance as well!



    1. Thanks Liz.. I will totally stop by and check out your blog! I found this little chest at a strange warehouse yard sale.. everyone else was looking at the knick knacks while I was scarfing up furniture.. yay me 😉


  4. Oh, I would love to have this for my sewing room. You never have enough nice little drawers for the sewing notions you need. Wish I were closer to you, I would sure buy it. Debbie in KS


  5. Love it! I am a coffee table sort like this. The drawers make me nuts. I put CD’s in mine as the drawers were just the right size.

    Thanks for sharin’!



  6. This is gorgeous! I’m wanting it… :)!! Would love for you to share with my followers at my linky party (stringtownhome.blogspot.com)! Have a great week! -heather


  7. I love the colors on this piece! I am getting ready to do my first piece (a night stand) with the Annie Sloan paint. I saw that you used Minwax. Annie Sloan has her own line of wax, but does the Minwax Paste Finishing Wax work as well?


    1. Hey Michele!
      Thanks so much! I use AS wax on some pieces and Minwax on others based on how intricate the woodwork is. The AS wax gets in nooks and crannies much better than Minwax as it can get caked in those grooves. I mainly use Minwax on large flat pieces, it’s very easy to work with especially if it’s a little warm as you are applying it. Hope that helps and good luck with your piece!


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