I had fully intended to get rid of this cabinet. We moved it into the corner of the apartment to get it out of the way when we moved in, and that is where it sat for the next nine months. I tried to find a before picture of this project. The first picture is as close as I got. If you look close, you can see that the bottom left cabinet has a big hole cut into it. Someone had long ago installed a record player in the left side and a fabric covered speaker behind the door. I guess they cut some of the door off so they could hear it better? I'm not sure.
When we moved things for the studio swap I knew I would be loading it into the van for a trip to Salvation Army. Somehow quite luckily a light-bulb went off in my head and told me "hello, this is the apothecary you've been looking for." Actually that sounds more like Jedi mind trick. Anyhow, I had my heart set on finding a shelved glass cabinet of some sort. I hadn't even thought of using this cabinet. Even though I swooned over the latches on the lower cupboards. As it turns out, a quart mason jar fits perfectly on the lower shelves and essential oils on the shallow top shelf. A good scrub and a few MINER minor modifications turned it into just the thing I was looking for. My Jedi light-bulb was right. All for free too, as it was left behind by the previous owners…..
Joe cut the rest of the center door pieces off and I scrubbed the whole thing nice and clean. I used some home dec weight fabric from my stash to cover cardboard and then slid them into the groove of the door. I couldn't find this print on etsy, but I did find this one (another favorite flea market print of mine!) It ended up being such an easy project. All my herbs and essential oils have a happy new home. We reused something unloved and gave it purpose. Perhaps best of all, I found a good thing about my very dark kitchen, no need to worry about direct sunshine on the herbs as it gets very little light in there. However, I am still not in love with the cantaloupe hued walls. See all those cream colored swatches above the cabinet? Yes, the kitchen is going to be WHITE. Kind of crazy for a girl so fond of color, right? But I need all the brightness I can get in there. And yes there is a difference between each of those colors. I keep asking Joe which one looks best in morning light, or afternoon light. He thinks I'm a little nutty. I know there are some of you out there that get this need to pick just the right shade. Ahem.
On another herb related note, I am bottling my first tinctures & tonics today! They've been brewing for the last TWO months. I'm so excited to see what they taste like and how they make us feel. I did a little improv herb wise based on our needs, but the recipes are from Rosemary Gladstar's book of Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health (I made the Men's Elixir & Brain Tonic) and Holly Bellebuono's Essential Herbal for Natural Health (I made the Women's Ultimate Tonic Elixir). Have you ever visited either of these womens home on the internet? Rosemary is here and Holly is here. They are both sort of local-ish to me here in New England and they both offer online herbal classes which look amazing. I also found out there is an affordable women's herb conference in New England every summer, this year is their 27th year! It looks incredible. Especially because you can take your daughters with you for the weekend. I'm trying to figure out if this is something we can work into our summer. Just maybe……
So how many of you dabble in herbs? What are your favorite references? Do you have an online resource or class that you love? Do share…..