Make a Faux Apothecary Cabinet with Card keeper boxes

I really love vintage and antique things, especially cabinets. My favorites are the old Apothecary cabinets, and card catalogs. Finding them is difficult. And when you can find them they are very expensive.  Whenever I can, I like to recreate those looks on my own for a lot less money.  You would never guess that I made this fun Faux Apothecary Cabinet using Walnut Hollow Card Keeper boxes! It makes the perfect little storage cabinet for office or craft supplies.

Faux Apothecary Cabinet made from WH Card Keeper Boxes

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own Faux Apothecary Cabinet:

  • Walnut Hollow Card Keeper Boxes (6)
  • Wood Glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Drawer pulls (4) for the Feet
  • Label Frame cabinet pulls (6)
  • Screw driver
  • Wood Stain
  • Soft Cloth
  • Gloves
  • Spring Clamps

Walnut Hollow Card Keeper Boxes (6)

Step One:

You will need 6 Walnut Hollow Card Keeper Boxes.  Each box has it’s own lid that slides off. Arrange all 6 boxes together to form the cabinet in rows of 2 with their lids sliding out.


Step Two:

Use wood glue to secure your boxes together.  First in pairs of two, and then in rows.

Glue the card keeper boxes together and use clamps to secure

Step three:

Secure with clamps and let dry overnight.


Step four:

Sand off any glue that may have leaked between the cracks and any rough spots on the boxes.

Step five:

Stain the cabinet with the wood stain. I used a Dark Walnut color.  Use gloves, and a soft clean cloth to rub the stain into the wood evenly.  Let dry.


Step six:

Glue the drawer knobs to the bottom of your cabinet to act as feet.

Step Seven:

Attach the label frame drawer pulls to the lids of the Card Keeper Boxes.

Attach the hardware to the lids of the Card keeper boxes.

When people see my new cabinet they can’t believe that it used to be six Card Keeper Boxes!

Craft storage Faux Apothecary Cabinet

It fits my fat quarter fabric collection wonderfully.  Those delightful happy little scraps of fabric are just the perfect size for each little cubby to hold 10-12 pieces.

WH Card Keeper Boxes Faux Apothecary Cabinet

The lids of the boxes slide out away from the cabinet instead of swinging or pulling open which gives it a unique character all it’s own.

Get the boxes to make this project NOW from the Walnut Hollow store! They’re on sale for a limited time – with this sale you can make your very own Faux Apothecary cabinet for the price of just 4 BOXES (with the buy 2, get 3rd fee deal). Hurry! Offer ends soon.



Kelli @ Ks Craft Shack

After studying Culinary Arts in Portland Oregon, Kelli went back home to the sunny South West where she decided she wanted to do different kinds of Art. This busy mom of three spends all of her available free time creating in her Craft Shack “she shed” where she can be found burning wood, repurposing old stuff, playing with clay, and painting just about anything she can get her hands on.


13 thoughts on “Make a Faux Apothecary Cabinet with Card keeper boxes

  1. I absolutely love this idea, and definitely one I’ll be trying! Thanks for sharing your wonderful idea! Cdahlgren at live dot Com

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