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Did you ever hear the saying “when life hands you lemons, make lemonade”? That’s how my latest project was born. This furniture makeover was one of Beloved’s genius ideas and it went something like this…

Me: “The light on the corner unit just exploded. Scared the bleeding crap outta me! Well that was a waste of money. It’s no good now, we’ll have to take it to the tip.”

Beloved: “Tip it?! I’m sure you could do something with that. Didn’t you want an apothecary cabinet?”

Me: “Oh yeah!”

So from of the ashes of something broken, rose a glorious phoenix.

Very Harry Potter!

Out with the old and in with the new. Marvellous!

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Apothecary Cabinets are not just for Halloween; some of us witches like to have our tools of the trade handy all year round! Now I have one of my very own and it’s ram packed with all manner of witchy thing like a cauldron, sage sticks, and a Suzy spell book.

I’ve also thrown in a few oddities and treasures like the miniature apothecary cabinet (another Suzy make coming soon), a battery-operated skeleton hand candle from a local treasure trove and of course, the obligatory skulls.

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There’s even a horse drawn skeleton carriage from Michael’s across the pond. Oh how we need Michael’s in the UK!!

Making a Witch’s Apothecary Cabinet from an old corner unit

Here’s what I started with, a bog standard mahogany/teak laminate corner display unit.

DIY Apothecary Cabinet (before) - The World of Suzy Homemaker - | @SuzyHomemakerUK

Which naturally, I forgot to photograph until I’d dismantled it ready for painting.

What I used:

  • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint – Graphite
  • DIY Tinted Wax – (grab the tutorial from my subscriber-only resource library)
  • Cricut Explore Air – I bought mine at Hobbycraft
  • DC-Fix Sticky Back Window Film – Wilko’s £5
  • Decorative Wooden Corners and frame – The Works
  • Mains-powered, under cabinet LED lights – I used these ones from B&Q, which we originally bought for the kitchen cabinets and recently replaced
  • Skull Cabinet Knob – a gift from Beloved. Similar here

How I made it:

After removing the glass shelves and supports and giving the unit a good clean with Elbow Grease (try the pound shops!), I painted it inside and out with a couple of coats of Graphite Chalk Paint, before finishing it with my own DIY tinted wax.

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Then I took to my Cricut to design the glass decoration, which was inspired by Victorian pub windows and cut from frosted sticky back window film. If you’re attempting this, it’s worth mentioning that I found the frosted vinyl a little tricky to work with. DC-Fix could really do with having black paper backing on the clear stuff!

Once the glass was done, I fancied things up a bit with some of the wooden embellishments I used on the bedroom furniture and added LED strip lights that were going begging after a kitchen cabinet lighting overhaul.

After re-attaching the original, plain-but-perfectly-workable brass cabinet knob, I thought the unit was pretty much finished, and then this happened…

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Talk about pièce de résistance!

Beloved bought it for about £2.50 and just look how perfect it is.


I love it so much I made a funky little Lumyer animation of it. (Click the image and be amazed!!)

Saddo. I know.

I love the way this project turned out. What do you think?

As ever, there was very little planning involved; I just made it up as I went along, but I’m over the moon with it. It works perfectly in OneandSeventy’s new Victorian Gothic Dining Room and I’m pleased to report that Beloved’s also rather taken with it.

This was one of those times he arrived home to find something entirely transformed and it blew him away. So far, it’s his favourite Suzy Homemake. Apparently, I’m going to have to find something really special to top it.

Challenge accepted.

A hui hou,

With love from @SuzyHomemakerUK



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