Monday, July 25, 2011
Antique Medicine Cabinet Before & After
Driving home with the piece, I was debating whether or not to put a mirror back in it as originally intended or to just pop off the back board in the door and put glass in. I even went to Hobby Lobby and bought some mirrored glass to cut, but upon reflection (ha!) I opted for the clear glass.
I had to refinish it. Normally I try to leave things "as is" as much as possible but this was in rough shape and had almost no finish left on it to protect the wood; you can see scuffs and scratches (click on the picture to enlarge). The inside had very little finish at all. It needed some TLC.
So I dusted off my refinishing skills (not my favorite hobby), went to WalMart and got some stain, sandpaper and polyurethane, and cleaned it up.
This is the finished result:
There was no knob on it when I bought it so I added one of the glass knobs I bought on Friday.
I'll never make a living in the refinishing business but it turned out pretty good, I think. It's hanging in my bathroom and I'm going to put a few medicinal knickknacks in there.
I have my grandfathers old Rolls Razor in there now, a vintage milk glass Mentholatum bottle, and old Vapo-Cresoline bottle that I paid $1.00 for, and an amber pharmacutical bottle I dug up out of the backyard (my grandfather was a pharmacist).
Oh, there's also an old Early Times key ring on that second shelf. My mom's whiskey. It's medicinal. I swear.
I took the glass from an old frame I was no longer using, trimmed it to fit, and popped it in. Counting the refinishing supplies, my total investment in this piece is less than $25.00.
I should probably hang something from that dowel rod but I'm not sure what yet. Still a work in progress.