Last week, I shared the story behind an antique piece that we have had for years. It was an old wardrobe that I bought over 20 years ago that we are using as a coat closet. Check out the post if you want to see what it was been throughout the years and what I paid for it. When I mentioned that I thought this would be a fun series, I had excellent feedback. I also put up a question box in my Instagram stories for suggestions on what I should share next. The medicine cabinet in the bathroom behind the toilet was requested several times.
And, since the bathroom here at the cottage is ALMOST done, I figured it’s a perfect time to share it. So… here is the story behind the bathroom medicine cabinet.
I’ve mentioned this several times over on our Instagram stories, but unsure if I’ve mentioned this here. We used to own a store front called Tattered Treasures. We had mainly one-of-a-kind pieces that Deb made, repurposed items, painted furniture, and some home decor. Shortly after purchasing the building, Deb and I took a day off of remodeling the store front and decided to do some fun, creative things in our garage.
Someone gave us a bunch of old windows. I told Deb that I thought it would be really cool if she made some type of small medicine cabinet out of one of the windows. What I had in mind was very simple. Basically building a box and add a door… ???? Kind of how we made the jewelry cabinet. She had different plans.
When we owned the store, we had LOTS of people call to see if we wanted different things they were donating or throwing away. We got lots scrap wood, old trim, etc, basically given to us. It was a win win for all.
Deb basically used everything we had been given to make this medicine cabinet, including the door (old window) and the wood she made the actual cabinet out of. Note the door has a strip of copper colored metal. A friend gave us some textured glass to add to the window. The hinges were from an old door and the door pull was from an old dresser. She added trim detail around the door and on the top. I ended up painting it with some old white paint we had and I think I even waxed it with car wax to seal it. ????
She was actually making it for the shop to sell. You can see how far that got. I loved it so much that I wouldn’t let her sell it. She put her heart and soul into that little piece and made it all for free.
When we moved into our tiny house, this cabinet was used as a spice cabinet above the stove. I loved it so much because it added so much character to the kitchen. When we bought the House on Winchester, (what this blog used to be called) we used it as a medicine cabinet above the toilet. When we sold that house and moved to the rental, it hung above our stove. It was filled with coffee mugs, and all of our coffee and tea stash.
And here at the cottage.. it is back to being a medicine cabinet. I love it so much and the details Deb put into it. And, I think it matches my style so well. We may flip the door around so it opens the correct way, but we have bigger fish to fry. ???? It doesn’t bother me at all… because I like quirky things some times.
And that is the story behind the medicine cabinet here at the cottage. Stay tuned next week to get another story behind one of our pieces. Oh… and stay tuned for a full bathroom reveal soon, too. I’m so excited to share how it’s turning out.
What do you think?