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What would you do with a vintage library file cabinet?

Library file cabinets are becoming popular again, ……just not for libraries!  Country Living Magazine picks out these cabinets as 1 out of 1o items that are making a come back.  The article was inspired by Lesley M.M. Blume’s Let’s Bring Back which features more than 700 delightful items and traditions lost over time.  Her book is an engaging encyclopedia that is a history lesson, and look-book at the past, which shows antiques that are relevant to today. For anyone who has yearned for another era, this book is a must.

Library file cabinets are one of pieces that once had a purpose, but with so many libraries online, these beautiful wood cabinets are being used for other purposes.  They are making their way into kitchens, craft rooms, and bathrooms.   Apothecary cabinets, which are large cabinets with little drawers, which were once used by pharmacists or physicians.  Apothecary cabinets drawers held tools, such as spoons and scales as well as different materials for medicines.   These cabinets were ideal to store mass-produced pills were pharmacists could combine different mixtures of  medicines by hand.

Library file cabinets, and apothecary cabinets are very attractive and a wonderful piece of furniture for jewelry making, stamp collections, and scrap booking.  These cabinets are both decorative and functional. There are several rooms and uses that these cabinets could work for, these cabinets could work in any room in the house.

Consider using it for your kitchen, as an apothecary cabinet could be useful in storing  spices. The look of an old apothecary cabinet fits in with a home decorated around rustic American antiques.  Some people may use them to house tools, sewing notions, and a variety of other crafts.  These cabinets would also work quite nicely in a garden room as a seed package holder.  What would you do with a vintage library cabinet?

Picture Credit Above- Apothecary boxes, Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum- transplantedtatar.com

Interesting Links:

– Heidi From A Wild Strawberry Blog made her own apothecary cabinet using ClosetMaid cube cabinet.  She started with TWO 25 space shoe organizers from Lowe’s.  She then started assembling the drawers.  Read how she did it.

– Cast-off Wall Cabinet Becomes Faux Apothecary Conversation Piece – The Vintage Magi Blog

– Craft Room Pictures  – Pinterest

– Apothecary Bottles from Ikea-  Tint jars and bottles any color using mod podge and paint. Follow this tutorial.

-Doors for the Apothecary Media Console – ana-white.com

-Take a trip down memory lane with Lesley M.M. Blume’s Let’s Bring Back ($16, Amazon), an ode to more than 700 delightful items and traditions lost over time. See our favorite revival-worthy entries.

Lesley M.M. Blume’s Let’s Bring Back Review By Film Maven -“You can tell that a great deal of love and thought went into writing this book. I’m about a third of the way through and find myself nodding and smiling at the turn if every page. I’ve long felt that I was originally from another era and think the author probably was as well. We have exchanged far too many good behaviors in for what have become slovenly comforts and bad manners. We’ve traded in politeness, backbones and thoughtfully handwritten letters for hunching over mobiles during dinner dates. We’ve lost a sense of self-pride in dressing for work, shopping, traveling by instead wearing our pajama pants in public. I hope by reading this that people will bring back bits and pieces of the past into their own lives. I think we’ll all be better people for it

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Urban Country

Functional general store herb and spice apothecary drawers found in New Hampshire. All dovetailed and hand stenciled drawers with handwritten notes on the inside for measurements and pricing. Each drawer has a hand stenciled painted banner/ribbon design. Some of the hand painted label names have worn off and many are still readable. There are a few very old paper labels that were used to rename drawers. Great alligatored green paint surface. 10 large and 9 medium sized drawers. Great for storage. Urban Country

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Light Lacquered Apothecary Chest with 38 drawers from Shanxi, China c. 1850. Elm construction with layers of red and cream/white lacquer. C.S. Post & Co

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These apothecary cabinets feature an ivory painted finish with red Chinese characters and circle drawer pulls.

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19th Century English Apothecary Cabinet

19th Century English Apothecary Cabinet Maison & Co.

A late 19th century example of a bank of drawers, which would originally have been made for a working apothecary‚Äôs shop. This historic piece houses 36 drawers and is fitted with the original lion head, ring-pull hardware. The interior drawer dimensions are 11.25″ wide by 15.75″ long and 3.5″ deep. This statement piece would work well in many applications. The company loves the clean lines and fresh appeal of the bleached oak. We think it would make a beautiful buffet or cabinet below a wall-mounted flat-panel TV.

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DIY Vintage Apothecary Spice Bottles

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Apothecary Cabinets On Amazon

– SEI Apothecary Brown-Mahogany Media Stand $395 On Amazon

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-Leslie Dame CD-456W Solid Oak Library File Media Cabinet, Walnut $299 Amazon

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