Thursday, September 12, 2013

Trash Talk Thursday: Spice Box from a Nut House

Spice boxes and apothecary cabinets conjure up warm thoughts of colonial hearth cooking. Once used as compartmentalized storage of herbs & spices or apothecary needs and often made of wood or tin with many drawers, these storage units served a valuable purpose and are still very popular today.
They can also be very expensive.
To make-do without making wallet empty, look no further than the garage nut house for a wonderful alternative spice box/apothecary cabinet!
~ Check it out! This makeover of mine was featured in the Winter 2011 issue of A Primitive Place Magazine, page 104 ~
After making sure that the sturdy little house of many drawers won’t be sorely missed, empty & clean the plastic or metal bin drawers in a dishpan of soapy warm water & dry completely, then wipe the cabinet unit with a damp rag. When dry, apply a liberal coat of flat spray paint on the drawer fronts & cabinet. Paint desired color, using interior flat or matte, then when dry rub on stain & sealer to desired antique finish. If extra durability is desired, follow with a protective coat of clear acrylic spray.
Spice names can easily be painted or stamped using acrylic arts and crafts paint. I purchased a tiny set of alphabet letters for $1.00 at Michaels recently, and dipped the ends in black paint to stamp on the finished drawers. © copyright 2011

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1 comment:

  1. Well, isn't this the cleverest re use of that metal cabinet I've ever seen!!! Truly, I have 4 of these in my craft room and the Hubs has several more. Now you've got my brain a clicking. Great job!