Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Bathroom Medicine Cabinet

Well, here it is at last! Our bathroom medicine cabinet! I love these old cabinets and knew I needed to find one for my house. When we gutted the bathroom, we discovered a previous owner had removed the original cabinet and placed a mirror over the opening in the wall. So sad.
  Fortunately, it didn't take too much looking on Craig's List to find a lovely cabinet from a 1916 house. I was so excited to see it came with all the original hardware and glass shelves. 
It was the second item I purchased for my house. That is how much I love these cabinets, I knew I needed one right away!

The inside. Loving the glass shelves! They have such a nice vintage feel. And I had to add a little pep with dotty contact paper on the back.
I can't help mentioning these little clear containers from Ikea, the fit perfectly in the cabinet and are so handy!
We also added a towel bar for a hand towel. Up until then we had just been hanging the towel on a nail in the wall opening! 
There are still a few things that need finishing up. Mostly the trim around the door and window and baseboard. Because we don't have trim there is a gap between the wall framing and the door frame, hence the blue tape for added privacy. 
Our other project that we hurried up to finish before company arrived was the linen closet shelves. It is so nice to have storage for the towels and sheets now! We are still in a bit of a quandary as to what we want to do about a closet door. I do have the original door, that will fit, we are just trying to decide if it will make it look smaller with a door or be awkward to access. I am not too sure on just using a curtain either.....

After looking at blogs and pinterest I ran out and bought baskets for the t-paper, washcloths and other goods. It is working out nicely and I love how tidy it is keeping everything! I also found the small white wire baskets and we placed a shelve especially for them. The band aids, aspirin, combs and brushes have a place there now.
It is amazing how much a seemingly small change can make the whole bathroom look different! 


  1. Your bathroom looks like the exact size and layout as the one in our 1955 house. Years ago we changed our door to a pocket door. It made a big difference not have a big door swinging into our little bathroom. But when we did that we had to move the linen closet door from out in the hallway (a full size door) to being in the bathroom (a skinny door). So, the linen closet is narrow and deep. When we remodel our bathroom I want to install those kind of pull out cabinet shelves you tend to see in kitchens.

    Back when we put in the pocket door we also we removed the double hung window, the lower part of the opening became part of the wall and in the upper part of the opening we put in an octagonal window. This provides much more privacy since the window faces the street.

  2. What a great medicine cabinet! Love those! And also the tile flooring is beautiful. And I love the window. Good grief, I like it all!

  3. Looks great. I like everything you have done. Thank you for sharing.