Dena Oakes O'Brien
Dena Oakes O'Brien
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Asked on Dec 30, 2018

How do I update this 60's mirror & medicine cabinet?

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I want to give my bathroom a new look. I have a old 60s mirror with the light on top and medicine Cabinet at the bottom. I've searched the net for some ideas other than taking it down, but came up with nothing. Any ideas?

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5 answers
  • Everything Pretty
    on Dec 30, 2018

    I would replace the light at the top and paint the cabinet on the bottom. I would also try to replace the mirrors on the bottom with boards and paint those to give it an update.

  • Dwp7470b
    on Dec 30, 2018

    Either that or you can glue clam shells to it.

    Either way is gonna cost a few clams (Pud-tump-tum)

  • Rosie
    on Dec 30, 2018

    You could frame it with molding, and paint frame black or white. Use a wide strip of luan wood to just cover over the plastic of the light fixture. I like Cari Dunn's idea of replacing mirrors on the bottom. You could use lattice, but finish the edges, even 1" screen door trim will work - as long as it has a clean finish.

  • Deb
    on Dec 31, 2018

    I sort of like the light... It's a cool vibe.

    I have 2 thoughts on the mirrored bottom piece, perhaps either paint the mirrors or add some translucent film, like what can be used on windows for privacy. Some of these films have subtle patterns on them, and could perhaps complement the pattern on the light fixture (if you want to keep it).

    This website also has (vinyl) clings in addition to the ones with adhesive.

    Builder-grade mirrors (plain) can usually be made more decorative by adding a (wood) border right onto the mirror (the outer few inches). There is information online as to how to do this. . There are others that show simpler designs, but this one gives good instruction.

    For the light fixture, if you don't want to remove it but want a different look, you could try "boxing" it in (with a suitable material) on 2 sides (the end and the front) and hang it over the existing fixture. It looks like the other end is against the wall, so you would have to anchor it to that wall. Think of it as creating a type of valence or cornice for the fixture instead of the usual use for them with windows). Light would still shine into the room upward and downward, just not out through the front lattice area. If the light gets hot, you would want to allow enough space for heat to escape so it doesn't create any safety hazard.

  • Hey, I would tear down the cabin from underneath the mirror.

    Maybe build a frame to the mirror and the bottoms side could be a sleft for the stuff there? I would use a dark brown wood for it.

    I surfed the web for an image to explain my idea:

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