Sunday, May 3, 2015

Wooden Medicine Cabinet Revived

The story of this vintage wooden china cabinet was the mirror. It was a replacement and didn't have an inside backing.

This is the finished inside 'after' of the cabinet with the backing board installed and the single shelf narrowed to accommodate the changes.

Making a backing for the mirror seemed like a simple job. It grew. This is the before picture of the back of the mirror.

A well aged piece of thin board was found to use as the mirror backing and it was cut to size (with some additional shaving on some edges).

Lepage's Contact cement was spread over the back of the mirror and backing board.

Below is the sequence used when adding the backing board. Cut to size, apply rubber cement to glass and board. Wait until tacky. Place glue sides together. Apply back clamping and let it dry. Add strips on back of board for additional support. Let it dry (the glue has off gassing, ventilate work space).

The one shelf had to be cut narrower (white arrow) and hemp oil was used to darken the cut side to blend in with the original finish.

The back of the cabinet had to be removed, the single shelf had to be removed and narrowed and replaced. I missed all that work (yes DH did all the work). I did take a picture of the back replaced.

The outside look hasn't changed with all the work to make sure that the mirror is protected from an accidental shattering.

The vintage medicine cabinet looked good when I bought it several years ago but without the mirror backing it was too fragile for use. It has the original holes along the top for hanging.

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  1. Very nice cabinet----good work.

  2. Mornin' Joy,

    Such attention to details--just perfect! Thanks for playing today.

    Have a Beautiful Blue Monday!

  3. I love reading about your work process.

  4. What an awesome job you did on the medicine cabinet. Looks great! Will you be using it in your home?

    Have a great week!


  5. What a great job you did! Love it.

  6. Wow that looks awesome....

  7. The medicine cabinet looks very nice all fixed up.
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday Joy.

  8. Very pretty cabinet Joy and you and DH did a great job of restoring it.

  9. It's a lovely cabinet Joy. And so great of your husband to put that work into reviving it. :)

  10. What a cute little cabinet. Great job restoring it.

  11. Nice job! Thanks so much for sharing it with my Let's Talk Vintage! Linky party today!

  12. It's simply lovely, dear Joy! I know this post is about the cabinet, but I has to say that I LOVE the sweet pitcher and doily :)

    Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs!

  13. Hi! You did a great job on your project. Thanks for sharing!

    Dropping by from Home and Garden Thursday blog party. Have a nice day!

  14. Isn't it fun to refurbish beautiful old items and continue to use them? I love this project! thanks for sharing and for linking up with the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop at Katherine's Corner. Hope to see you next week at the hop! Nina @ Vintage Mama's Cottage

  15. Fun cabinet Joy! Great that you can use it now. I have a similar cabinet I picked up a while ago that needs a bit of work. It doesn't have a mirror, but resembles a medicine cabinet. Thanks for sharing it with SYC.

  16. I love this! I love refurbished vintage things. Very clever:)


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