Apothecary Cabinet

I have the privilege of being a Lowes Creative Ideas Blog team member. As a member, each month Lowes Creative Ideas issues our team a themed-project to create and share with our readers.  This month the theme was wide open.  We were able to create anything we wanted to for our project!  So of course I was super excited.  It seems like I have a list a mile long for a bunch of projects I would love to create.  Since I am STILL working on the finishing touches on my office (which is taking forever!!) I knew I would use this opportunity to make the Apothecary Cabinet I had been needing.

I had this unused space in the corner of my office that NEEDED something but I was having a difficult time finding the perfect piece of furniture that fit the space perfectly.  I needed something fairly narrow so that it didn’t block the doorway (which leads to the kitchen on your right and the other doorway which leads to our living room on the left.  But, I wanted to be able to put something that added some color and functionality.

I have been loving Apothecary Cabinets but they are hard to find, the wrong size, or super expensive.  So what is a girl to do?  Make her own of course!  I found an awesome tutorial for building this Apothecary Cabinet from none other than Ana White.  Of Course!  I LOVE her plans!  We made a few changes to her plan because we had some specific needs and I will share those in a later post.

Back in September I shared with you on Instagram(@theidearoom) and Facebook a few sneak peaks of some wood that I was staining.  This is the project I was working on!  I LOVE the color of stain I ended up going with.  I still need to add the polyurethane coating to the top and am planning on getting to that this weekend.

I now have the perfect spot for my Silhouette CAMEO and supplies.  I LOVE that I can use it right where it sits and set my computer up on top.  It is so nice to have it hidden away and off of my desktop.  We also chose not to put a back on the Apothecary Cabinet so that we would have easy access to the computer cords and electrical outlet which was so conveniently behind the cabinet.

And, if you didn’t notice, the outside of the cabinet makes it appear as if there are a bunch of drawers.  I would HAVE LOVED to have a REAL apothecary cabinet, but making all the drawers and the functionality would not provide me with what I needed.  So I LOVED that Ana’s plans were for a faux drawer front that were actually cabinet doors.  Thanks Ana!

Do you have any projects you have been wanting to work on in your home?  It seems like there is always something to do around the home.  Well, Lowe’w would like to give ONE Idea Room Reader a $100 to get you started on a project of your own.  How awesome is that?

Main Entry:

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1.  Sign up for sign up for Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine.

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*Disclosure: Lowe’s provided me with a gift card to showcase this project this month as part of their Lowe’s Creative ideas Bloggers team.  However all opinions and statements are mine.  Giveaway will close on November 5, 2012 at 9:00 pm MT and a winner will be selected via Random.org.  The winner will have 48 hours to claim the gift card or a new winner will selected.  Entrants must be 18 years or older to participate.  Limit of 4 entries per person.


  1. Amy H. says

    I really need a bathroom cabinet/ shelf for over my counter. I don’t like all the over toilet styles out there and I don’t want doors on the whole thing. I need enough height between the shoes for hairspray and talk bottles. I think you have inspired me to build what I need. Thanks!

  2. Laci says

    I love it. I need to do some repairs on a cabinet and would love some more craft storage space.

  3. says

    I have a few things I’ve been meaning to get to! (I LOVE that cabinet you built!) but right now I am mostly working on finishing two of my kids rooms. That means painting a book shelf for one and the other painting some picture frames and sewing a cover for the rocking chair.

  4. Angela says

    My husband and I are very interested in building our own large dining room table actually using one of Ana’s designs as well. We want to be able to host our very large extended family.

  5. Staci says

    I follow the idea room on pinterest!

    Also… that cabinet top is gorgeous! Wonderful stain choice!

  6. Donna Ingalls says

    I so love your blog. I follow you on my Google Reader and Pinterest. You have amazing taste, wow! I would love to make my family room more interesting. It really is quite boring now! Good luck to everyone.

  7. maryanne fields says

    Signed up for feed via Google. ([email protected])

  8. Adria says

    Love the cabinet! I’m about to start working on my craft room/office and this might be the perfect addition!

  9. Cefarr says

    That cabinet looks great! We are making over my home office and that would be a great storage item to have!

  10. Amy K. says

    Thanks for the giveaway! I would love a cabinet with actual doors to replace the open shelves I have in my entry.

  11. Nicole H. says

    lovely – I am eyeing a couple Ana projects…a few other things to finish up first though!

  12. Leslie Shoemaker of Confessions of a Georgia Peach says

    I love this cabinet! Great work. When I first saw the front, I automatically assumed it was a cabinet with a zillion little drawers! WRONG! I am going to check out the plans for making this myself! I already followed your blog before this post! But now I follow you on Pinterest!

  13. says

    Does a new garage door count as a project? :) If not, there are any number of things that we could do, but I think my first choice would be a bookcase for children’s books.

  14. heidi says

    WE are redoing our master bedroom and i would like to make / redo a cabinet instead of using our dresser.

  15. Kristen says

    I love your cabinet! Great way to get the coveted look of an apothecary cabinet but super functional!

  16. Michelle J. says

    Until you showed it open, I thought there were a ton of drawers. That’s beautiful!

  17. Lynn Doucette says

    This is such a cute idea and a great way to hide all my doo-dads which seem to be cluttered everywhere!

  18. Karen R says

    I love that cabinet and it is just what I’ve been looking for to use in my craft room!

  19. Cathie Laurent says

    I love how you took a small space and made it so useful. I really like it without the back on. Give the feeling of more space and light.

  20. carrie eastman says

    I love what you did!!! I so hope i can win this gift card to hlep me complete some projects!!


  21. Oksana Tuz says

    I got so many projects right now that this would help out a lot. We are planning to build cabinets into our tiny laundry room to make it look more organized and clutter-free.

  22. Valerie says

    Signed up for the Lowes magazines – my hubbie’s “honey-do” List will probably grow by leaps and bounds. Guess I better learn to run that saw myself!

  23. says

    This is a fabulous cabinet!! I am going to talk hubby into making one for me!!!!! Thanks for the chance to win from Lowes – we shop there all the time – love it! Off to get some extra entries!!

  24. Mindy says

    I have a thing for apothecary cabinets – LOVE them (maybe has something to do with the fact that I am a pharmacist???). Yours is amazing!

  25. Jeannie says

    Oh my! This is beautiful. Trying to find somewhere to put one of these in my house so I have an excuse to build one. :)

  26. Jeannie says

    Already am signed up to get the lowes magazine. They were the inspiration for our backyard.

  27. Becky Jones says

    I have been itching to tackle some woodworking projects…I would LOVE to win! thanks so much!!!

  28. Becky Jones says

    I just signed up for a variety of Lowe’s newsletters/magazines…funny, my dad just commented to me this week that he subscribes and that the projects remind him of my eldest daughter’s artistic style..so thanks again for the nudge in that direction!! :)

  29. Jennifer Smith says

    Great article & idea! I need this in my office at work – it adds style and function at the same time!

  30. TracieMcOB says

    Love your blog – I have been getting “ideas” from it for a while via my google reader. Thank you

  31. Traci says

    I really love how the stain color turned out. The baskets are so cute! I have a space that kinda needs a new cabinet…

  32. Nancy P says

    I signed up for Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine. Looks like some very interesting ideas.

  33. Diane says

    I get the Lowe’s magazine-have for some time and it has some great projects / information in it each month.

  34. Mika Anderson says

    I have several projects that this Lowe’s card would come in handy for. Crossing my fingers!

  35. says

    I love your cabinet – totally beyond my skill set and tool allowance, but lovely to look at and so functional! I have a long list of honey-and-I-do projects all requiring a trip {or two} to Lowes … but we need to start with something practical. We need a vapor barrier in our crawl space and Lowes has just the stuff to make that happen!

  36. Kacey says

    I have no more room for furniture in my 650 sq ft apartment. I might have to buy a house just so I have an excuse to make this. LOVE the color.

  37. Kacey says

    I’m following you on Pinterest! (And will be following on RSS as soon as I get home to my computer because following the link confused my iPhone :-/)

  38. Julie says

    I signed up for all three additional entries, too. I subscribed to the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine, I added your blog to my RSS feed, and I followed you on pinterest.

  39. Shannon Proefrock says

    I’m following the idea room on Pinterest. I’m also heading to Ana White for the plans for this cabinet so my husband won’t be bored this weekend. (:

  40. Melissa S says

    I absolutely LOVE this idea! I have been looking for something just like this to do in my TINY house to add storage!!

  41. Melissa S says

    I ALSO signed up for the Lowe’s Creative Idea Magazine. Thanks so much for all the inspiration!!!

  42. Crystal says

    I love how this project turned out! And I completely agree that the faux doors make it so much more usable :)

  43. Nicole says

    I have some ugly pipes that come up to my chair rail in the kitchen (Very old house) And I didn’t want to pay to have someone move them. this is a great way to hide them!

  44. Lindsay says

    I have a spot that would be perfect for a cabinet like that. Thanks for the inspiration.

  45. colleen says

    I LOVE this!! I also find old cabinets and redo them for friends or family since i have too many..I made a really neat one for my son for his room and did it black and yellow and added Steelers decorations to it He Loves it. So i would use mine for knobs and paint so i can make some for Christmas gifts..

  46. Eva Stephen says

    Its really very sharp solution to organize the clutter in to one neat and place. I like the division inside.

  47. Janet says

    I have lots of home improvement projects to do and a Lowe’s gift card would go a long way to helping :)

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