DIY FAUX DRAWERS TURNED THIS FLAT-FACED-BOXY DRESSER INTO A GORGEOUS INDUSTRIAL ANTIQUE APOTHECARY CABINET. TODAY, I’M SHARING THE TOOL THAT MAKES CREATING FAUX DRAWERS EASY!
This makeover couldn’t be any more different than last weeks… but variety is the spice of life, right?! 😉
It started out as this boxy-flat-dresser. Those of you who follow me on Facebook know how uninspired I was starting this piece. Once I figured out what I wanted to do with it, it turned into a REALLY fun project!
[Oh, and before I get into today’s restyle, thank you to everyone who participated in last weeks giveaway. We had a great turnout and I’ll be announcing the lucky winner at the end of today’s post.]
Okay, here’s what I started with…
And now … an Antique Apothecary Cabinet! Check out all this rustic character!
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DIY FAUX DRAWERS::
Step #1:: Clean – Sand and Fill
After I gave this piece a really good clean and sand, I filled the old hardware holes with Bondo. If you’re new to the #siblog, I prefer using Bondo over wood fill. It dries really fast. Within 10-15 minutes it’s ready to sand and prime so it saves a ton of time.
Step #2:: Measure & Mark
I decided to divide the top drawers lengthwise which created four (4) 1 3/4″ skinny drawers. The bottom drawers, I divided into three (3) 8 1/4″ drawers.. You can create ANY size faux drawer you like so long as the math evenly divides into the actual drawer size.
Step #3:: Rotary Tool ***
I’ve seen a lot of faux drawer makeovers where [they] actually cut wood to size and then add it onto the face of a dresser to make the illusion of numerous drawers. An easier way [imo] is to use a rotary tool.
A Rotary Tool comes with bits and attachments. Each attachment allows you to do different things ie cutting, buffing or sanding just to name a few. For these faux drawers, I used a wood cutting bit set at an 1/8″ depth which rotors out a line right on the actual drawer! All you need is a straight edge to glide the Dremel along.
I’ve created a super short video showing the rest of the steps to this makeover. I’m not a video guru but I’m learning. Feel free to let me know if you find these short vids helpful or if you prefer images and step by step tutorial. I can’t promise to make a vid for every post (because they take me forever…lol) but I’ll do my best. 😉
As a side note, a Dremel is a SUPER handy tool if you restyle furniture. I use it to shorten screws, sand tight areas, buff hardware, create faux drawers etc etc. It’s an amazing tool to have and works for SO MANY applications. As of writing this, Amazon has the DREMEL on sale HERE! 🙂
Step #4:: Paint & Finish
To give this apothecary cart the industrial antiqued look, I stained with Tobacco Road and then layered on Coffee Bean.The hardware was rusted out using DB Iron and Patina Spray The legs were swapped with 8 inch hairpin legs which added some extra height.
I have to say I’m in totally in love with this piece. I’m thinking I’m due for an office makeover so I might just keep this one for myself. 🙂
And now for the winner of last weeks furniture transfer giveaway.
Please contact me within 48 hours to claim your ReDesign With Prima® Furniture Transfers.
I HOPE YOU ENJOYED TODAYS MAKEOVER AND HAPPY LONG WEEKEND FOR THOSE OF YOU CELEBRATING! FREE TO CHIME IN AND LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS ANTIQUE APOTHECARY CABINET… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU.
Happy furniture painting my friends!