Vintage Decorating With An Antique Medicine Cabinet Door

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You may remember me writing about the fact that I had acquired some vintage pieces from my in laws a while back.  They had taken some items from the farm house of my husband’s grandpa just before it was torn down.  One of these items was an old medicine cabinet door which is perfect to use for shabby chic decorating.

At least is was once I got through fixing it up just a little….

When I first brought the door home, I set it aside and waited for a little motivation….it was going to take a little bit of tedious loving care.

I couldn’t keep it the way it was..

So, I finally decided to tackle the project so that I could begin to enjoy this vintage treasure.

This is what it looked like when I brought it home:

It was pretty thickly coated with green paint and the glass had a coating of something like glue plus paint on the edges.  The first thing that I knew I wanted to do was to sand the knob and see what it was made of.

I was very happy to see that it was metal.  So, I continued to sand and then I buffed it with some Turtle wax.  Then I checked out the hinges:

I could tell that I liked the shape under all of that paint and I was once again happy to uncover the metal hinges.  I then sanded all of the wood lightly to somewhat smooth out the surface.  I did not try to remove all of the paint.

Next, I applied two coats of a flat white latex paint.  It was starting to look brighter!  I wanted to add a little something so I decided on my vintage number stamps.  Since I wanted the numbers to signify something, I ended up putting the zip code of the farm house where the medicine cabinet door came from.

To clean the glass, I first sprayed it with Goo Gone and cleaned off the gunk with a razor knife and paper towels.  I finished it off with glass cleaner.  There were a couple of fine scratches but I figured that those would just have to add to the character.  At least it looked a lot better than what it started as!

And, here is the big picture:

I haven’t decided yet if I am going to use this at home or bring it up to our cabin.  It will most likely go to the cabin though.  I will share more pictures with the mirror finds it’s home!

Happy Decorating!

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Katherines Corner, The Shabby Creek Cottage

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4 comments
  1. Good For You! I LOVE that you saved a part of the family farm memories by keeping the door to the medicine cabinet. Your completed project looks so nice! My husband grew up in the house built in the late 1800’s by his grandfather. Also a farming family. I have incorporated many of the great “finds” into our home decor and love that they have such meaning. So nice to re-cycle from the past! I love your ideas and input.

    1. Thanks Gwen! I’m glad that you were able to use some of your family treasures in your decor as well 🙂 It definitely is nice to be able to re-use those items from the past!

  2. Wow! That’s looks so great! Can’t wait to see how you decorate with it, either in your home or at your cabin! Thanks!

  3. Great job!!! Thank you for linking up to the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop linky party. Hugs and wishes for a lovely week ahead. P.S. The new giveaway has started!

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