Bungalow Medicine Cabinet

Category: Bathroom

So, we've addressed this topic before. For our first floor bathroom, we installed a medicine cabinet we'd found on eBay that was original to a farmhouse in downstate Illinois. Unfortunately, things didn't go as we expected.

For our second floor, we've decided to play it a bit more conservative. Rather than trying for an original we've decided to partake of the many reproductions that are available.

There are of course plenty of other options. For the independently wealthy, there's the Mendenhall from Rejuvenation, pictured below--gorgeous...and $465 without hardware.

For the slightly less afluent, Pottery Barn often carries something appropriate to the craftsman style. Currently it's this Hampton model, available in recessed or wall mounted versions.

The one pictured at the top of this page is our likely choice. It's (suspiciously) similar to the Rejuvination model but sold by Van Dykes. It comes in a variety of wood grades and fixture styles. We'd go with the paint-grade version, since our master bathroom design will be trimmed in white. The price point is fairly reasonable, too...about 1/3 of the the Rejuvination version.

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Thank you so much for the garlic yam recipe! Your Mom has no reason to be ashamed because it is so simple - sometimes simple foods in novel combinations are better than fancy schmany foods. My husband loooooves yams and I expect this will become a staple at our house.

P.S. The truth is, I had totally forgotten I'd asked for your recipe, so now who's a dolt? :)

Happy New Year!

I've always preferred the recessed cabinets. With the wall mounted, I bump my head after leaning down into the sink...POPS"30"

Ahem. My vote is to save the $155 and spend it on tools and materials to make your own "Reproduction". I know you have the skills...

Nick! You are a man after my own heart.

I'd like to try it. It's like...a box, right? With molding and a door. The tricky part might BE the door, with the mirror and all. That is a new one on me.

The drag? Getting said mirror cut to correct size and set into the door properly costs...as much as the thing from Van Dykes here in our 'hood. But there has to be a way. I just have to noodle on it for awhile.


A basic 18" x 24" glass mirror should run only about $10 to $50, depending on whether it has a bevel or not. I found www.miror.com (yes, 1 'r') and they're in your 'hood, or at least, in Illinois. Try the yellow pages; I bet you can find a glass company that offers some pre-cut mirrors.

Setting glass into the door is simple. The door is built basically like a picture frame, and the glass sits in a rabit cut into the back side. The Mendenhall model has 6 little clips that hold the glass in place.

You'd think for $465 they'd throw in the hardware...

I am so glad that the original built in medicine cabinet was left in my bathroom... now I just have to take it apart, strip off eleven layers of paint and refinish it, and hopefully save the hardware. This is a good segway for me to ask for your "hardware soup" recipe. I have heard of boiling the paint off, and I have heard of soaking the hardware in some kind of solution. What do you do?

Thanks Nick! I had talked to Epco nearby, but never thought of researching miror with one "R" :)

And Marie, yes, we make the soup! Here it is at the BOTTOM of this past entry...

Have fun with it!

We made our teak medicine cabinet as we needed a custom to add extra storage, which is sorely lacking in our Chicago-style two-flat. It was easy to get the glass in and also we got extra thick glass for the shelves (cost $90 for 3 shelves). We resused glass from an old mirror that we cut ourselves. After having to redo the door once, it probably ended up costing close to the Rejuvenation price- but it's one of a kind and has space for a blow dryer and large makeup bag. Just thought I'd share...

I feel you just can't do Everything yourself, but my significant other is ready to take up welding to make our own wrought iron fencing! I have a vision of a lounge chair in my backyard at the end of this rejuvenation- do you?


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