Got a space that needs a little something special?
Here’s an idea….
How about a faux apothecary chest that will provide the look, but not the function of a real chest? This was just the perfect little piece to fill a space in the super deep (17 inches) unit in my kitchen.
It’s totally made with mis-matched scrap lumber, painted with leftover paint, and finished with pulls found on clearance. That’s right. It’s a super easy, low-cost option to get this kind of look.
Ok. Distressed wood….and chippy goodness….here we come. 🙂
MAKE THE FRAME:
First, I had some MDF cut and made a three-piece frame to the exact size chest that I wanted. The cuts can be a little crude, but it is important to counter-sink the wood screws. Two wood screws hold the base frame together at each end. A special drill bit, called a counter-sink, will clean out a little pocket so that the screw head sits flush with the wood.
Then, lay out your pulls and draw the drawers to size. I only had seven pulls, so my options were limited. But, once the look of the front is determined, use a level and draw pencil lines so that it is easier to keep the “drawers” and the pulls level and even.
The squares that I drew on the frame were a little bigger than the faux drawer fronts that were cut from a two-by-four. This was also the case for the big drawer front in the center. If you look closely, you can still see the pencil lines. And, yes. I planned it this way.
Then, after the sizes were confirmed and the edges were sanded, the pieces were simply glued to the frame. Just use your favorite wood glue, spread a thin bead over the backside of each piece of wood, and stick it to the frame. Then, let the frame lay flat, like it is in the above picture, until the glue dries.
PAINT WITH CHALK PAINT:
Poppies Paint Powder (an additive that turns latex paint into chalk paint) was provided for use and review. No compensation was provided and there are NO affiliate links. All project selections and opinions are 100% my own.
The finish isn’t fancy either. It’s painted with some chalk paints that were made from leftover latex paint. I used a basecoat of brown (from the oops section at Home Depot), dry-brushed on some blue here-and-there (also from the oops section at Home Depot), and then top coated with SW Dover White. When the paint had dried about 24 hours, it was lightly sanded to distress the edges, but not enough to smooth out the rough wood. All that chippy goodness just HAD to stay!
CREATE DEPTH WITH GLAZE:
To create depth, a mix of Ralph Lauren glaze (color – Tobacco) and water in different strengths was applied. Full-strength was brushed in between the drawers on the frame. A half-strength mix was used on the sides of the frame and 1/2 to 1/4 strength was used on the drawer fronts to vary the look of aging.
Glaze is really easy to work with, but it’s important to have plenty of wet and dry cloths ready and to wear gloves. The open time, meaning the length of time the glaze remains wet and movable, varies with the temperature and humidity, but is usually around 5 minutes. Once the glaze sets, it can’t be buffed away like wax. It creates a seal sort of like polycoat. Another important note is that the wet glaze color and the dry glaze color will differ.
MORE ON WORKING WITH GLAZE:
If you’ve never used glaze before, more about it is explained in an earlier post (here). I also recommend that you do a practice piece. Glaze is awesome to use, but does take some getting used to.
ATTACH THE HARDWARE:
Then, after the glaze dries, attach the hardware and you’re good to go. I did a tutorial on how to attach hardware that’s centered and level over at FrugalMommas.com. If you’d like to take a peek, the link is here. The concept is the same, only this time, the tape runs left-to-right across the width of the chest for each of the three drawer sets.
And, there you have it. A faux apothecary chest that will fit any space.
Please, feel free to email me if you have questions or comments. It’s always a pleasure to assist you with projects.
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