I found this little oak cabinet at a thrift store for $15 and I thought that it would be perfect to store my essential oils. I didn’t love the wood tone of it and, if you know me, you know I love old things! It was empty inside, so first I had my hubs add some shelves for me. He cut 2 wood pieces to size and used our nailer, nailing through the outside of the cabinet, to hold them in place.
I took off the hardware and decided to add a different knob. Since I wanted the cabinet to look old, I was planning to rust the knob and hinges.
Here are a couple of before pictures…
The grains in the wood are gorgeous. I knew that I didn’t want to paint it, because didn’t want to loose the wood grain.
I sanded the whole piece with my hand sander, using 60 grit sandpaper to remove the old stain and finishing off with 150 grit to smooth out the surface. I left a little of the stain on the piece, as you can see below, because I wanted a little variation in the wood tone, without having to stain it. I loved the look when it was all sanded to bare wood, but it still had a twinge of “yellow” in the wood.
I beat it up a little with some hammers to make it look even more rustic and old.
I made sure I had different hammers with various edging so that the markings would vary in shape.
My attempt at getting the “yellowy” look to be gone from the wood is this liming wax. I love using it, but it sure stinks to high sky! Make sure to use a mask and gloves for projects such as these.
I wiped the liming wax on the cabinet with a lint free cloth, making sure that I had a damp cloth close by in case I accidentally applied too much wax. With this piece, it didn’t matter as much with the amount, because I was planning on sanding it down again after lime waxing it.
After the wax was applied, I sanded it by hand with 150 grit sand paper to take off some of the liming wax. I didn’t desire for it to be white, but wanted to lighten up the wood a little. It worked perfectly!
Meanwhile, I ironed a piece of this paper that I had made look old for another project. I made lots extra so that I could use it for other projects. Ironing the paper made it so much easier to print.
I tried to print something on it prior to ironing it and my printer would not accept the paper…it was too wrinkly. I used a high heat setting on my iron, but did not hold it on the paper. I swiped it over the paper quickly and it flattened it out just enough for me to be able to print on it. I practiced on a couple with the printing process to make sure that it looked good before printing on the old paper that I wanted to use.
Since I wanted it to be used for my essential oils, I thought it would be fun to have some sort of Apothecary name on the front. I typed out what I wanted it to say in a word document and printed it on a scrap paper first, to make sure the sizing was what I desired.
Once I adhered the paper to the front of the cabinet with matte modge podge, I sanded down the edges on the paper to give it an aged look and make it seem as though it was starting to peel off over time.
Chester is always part of my projects, so….
After I had painted the hardware with the first two steps in the rusting process, it was ready to be sprayed with the activator.
I decided that I wanted to add a little antiquing wax to make the wood look a little more aged than it already did. I used a lint free cloth and added the dark wax very lightly along the edges and sparingly in some other areas. I made sure not to add too much, as I didn’t want the wood to be super dark, just more of an aged look.
Here is another look at the “before”…
And, the “after”…
I didn’t seal the wood since this will not be a high traffic piece. I love the way it turned out and can’t wait to load it up with my essential oils…now to find a place to put it.
If you were following along on IG stories, I would love to hear what you thought I might use it for.
I love how the wood not only looks aged, but a little weathered as well!
I would love to hear what you think of the finished cabinet in the comments below. Time for the next project!