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Old 07-29-2011, 09:18 PM   #1
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How can I decorate out-of-place medicine chest?

The bathroom in my elaborately detailed 1896 Victorian has a rather large, recessed medicine chest that doesn't seem to be a standard size. The door on it is a mirror with a thin, silvery metal frame, straight out of the 80s. The rest of the house was decorated many years ago by a local "folk artist," so there's a lot of tiled designs and custom fixtures everywhere. Difficult to describe. A lot of it has sort of a Scandinavian folk art look to it, crossed with India and art nouveau. I'd like to put some sort of personal touch on the medicine chest as well, but it would be very expensive to replace it, so I'm wondering if there's something I can do to an ugly metal frame? Is it feasible to put small tiles around it? What could I use to secure them to metal? Or could I glue wood to the metal? Any ideas for using the existing chest but updating it? I generally prefer to work with what I have and don't like to throw things out! There are many, many small tiles and turned wood posts and wooden shapes still lying around, as this house was a work in progress when the owner passed away.

The picture below is not the bathroom, obviously. I just wanted to show a part of the house that was already decorated, so you can see my inspiration.
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Old 07-30-2011, 03:46 AM   #2
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The first thing that ran into my mind is how strong the hinge(s) on your existing fixture are. Adding tile might make them sag, just to much weight for the hinges to carry. It could be possible to fabricate a whole new front face if you are able to remove the existing face and use a smaller mirror with 1/4" plywood back that you could then glue your tiles to. Another idea is to add a wood "picture" frame to your existing mirror (as long as it does not interfere with the hinge opening the cabinet) and stencil paint a design on that. The wood could be siliconed to the metal and mirror and tacked nailed at the corners into the wood parts only. Make any sense???


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