By now, you’ve all seen the old apothecary cabinet that sits in the front of our living room. An apothecary cabinet was one of those things that I just decided out of the blue one morning that I had to find. Well…actually it was a card catalog that I decided I had to find, but that search quickly developed into an apothecary cabinet search. Within thirty minutes of browsing Craig’s List and Ebay I came across a listing for a cabinet that was not only in my price range, but it was within driving distance too.
I call that fate.
Wouldn’t you agree? 🙂
It is a little rough around the edges, but I love it just the way it is. It sags in the middle. It is scratched, and dinged, and dented. It’s missing a handle and to be honest, the finish has a red tone that is not my favorite. But the sum of its flaws and imperfections are what make it such a perfect piece to me. It has soul.
And before you ask:
Yes, I have considered painting it…
But no, I do not wish to paint it. I have no doubts that a chippy coat of white paint would be fabulous – I just can’t bring myself to do it. 🙂
I use this cabinet to store vase filler, candles, pens and notepads. It has a junk drawer (or maybe a few…), a menu drawer, and a drawer for keeping a lint roller handy before I walk out the door…
…when you have a white dog and wear a lot of black and navy, a lint roller is an essential part of your existence…
It houses extra candleholders, picture frames, and other little treasures not in use.
This cabinet works hard around here, and I love that such a unique piece can be so functional.
That is, until I want to find something stored in one of those drawers.
Thirty little drawers…
It never fails that I open about twenty-five of those little label-less drawers before finding what I’m looking for.
But not anymore…
This apothecary cabinet is label-less no more. 🙂
I contemplated this change for a while. It never had label holders, and I worried about ruining some of the original charm of the piece by adding new hardware, but the need for simplicity and just plain ol’ sanity won me over and I ordered 30 of these little label holders to help me keep these drawers more organized.
And now when I want to find my moss ball vase filler, I can just go right to the drawer where the moss ball vase filler is stored.
And what’s even better, is that I think these little label holders fit right in with the character of the cabinet. The label holder finish is almost identical to the original handles – minus a spot of rust or two. 😉
I was told this cabinet was pulled from a barn that was somehow connected to an old pharmacy. Whether its life started with that pharmacy or not, I can never be sure. Whether it changed hands one time or one hundred, I’ll never know. The history of this piece is a complete mystery – which kind of bums me out. I like to know the story of things.
The one thing I do know, however, is that it has found it’s forever home with us. No matter where we go, I will always find a place in our home for this beautifully imperfect, perfect cabinet. And because it is ours forever, we’ve now added our own little mark to it.
And I kind of like the idea of that. 🙂