Maria H
Maria H
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Asked on Jul 11, 2012

How can I make this look more attractive?

ZSharron WMaria H
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I am stuck with this medicine cabinet for the next couple of years so I want to make it look a little more attractive. Any suggestions? I have bought some molding and plan on painting it white to match the decor in the room. My main problem is the lighting. Any suggestions?
how can i make this look more attractive, kitchen cabinets
11 answers
  • KMS Woodworks
    on Jul 11, 2012

    you might be able to get some more decorative bulbs...perhaps some old time styles with multiple filaments, (Edison bulbs) when these are put on a dimmer they look pretty cool. http://www.1000bulbs.com/product/661/IN-00401910.html

  • TheOldPostRoad T
    on Jul 11, 2012

    I recently renovated two rental house bathrooms. In both, I removed the old mirror or old medicine cabinet, installed new lighting from home depot/lowes for less than $40 and hung a mirror that I purchased at TJMaxx. New paint will be required where the old cabinet was removed. Here are photos from one - the other I will blog about next week. http://theoldpostroadblog.blogspot.com/2011/12/rental-house-updates-before-and-after.html Good luck! Your other option would be to replace bulbs and paint the trim/wood.

  • Jeanette S
    on Jul 11, 2012

    How about Edison bulbs. I have a couple I would like to replace too but I am having trouble finding the correct size...I do not want to patch drywall and repaint yet. We cannot get rid of the cabinets...so may build something on my own...am thinking about what to do! Will follow this post for ideas! I may frame out a piece of beadboard and add some small cabinets with a mirror above the sink with side lights...????

  • Carmen G
    on Jul 12, 2012

    We have recently redone three baths in 2 different homes. It was actually much less expensive than you would think. Bought the mirror at Wal-mart for one and at Tuesday Morning for another. At both Home Depot & Lowe's they have kits that you can literally screw in to the current light socket to change out the type you have - you would have to figure that out at your store.

  • Z
    on Jul 13, 2012

    The Edison style light bulbs are great looking, but at almost fifty dollars it seems a waste of money on something you don't like. Instead I'd get a couple bulb clips with basic finials and some frosted Plexiglass cut a little larger than what appears to be a brass area. Place the bulb clips on the two outside bulbs and measure the distance (on center) between the screws of the blub clips so you can then drill holes in the Plexiglass. Once you have the holes drilled you can attach the bulb clips to the Plexiglass then the pop the bulb clips back of the two bulbs and you have a new fixture on the cheap. I'm not sure how much Plexiglass is, but the clips are about four dollars each and look like what's pictured in following link. http://www.fenchelshades.com/sites/fenchelshades.com/files/imagecache/product_full/Bulb-Clip-Adapter.png

  • Sharron W
    on Jul 13, 2012

    @Becky, Well WOW what a fabulous idea that is! I didn't know that item existed, and I'm pretty hardware savvy for the most part!

  • Z
    on Jul 13, 2012

    Oh good, you understood what I was saying. I had one of these light fixtures (without the medicine chest attached) in our last home and had a plan to build a framed box with a piece of stained glass in the front. That idea seemed dated so I came up with a new idea.

  • Maria H
    on Jul 13, 2012

    Thank you Becky! I will look into it this weekend!

  • Z
    on Jul 14, 2012

    You're welcome Maria. I hope it works to hold you for the next couple years. Please post pictures if you do try it.

  • Sharron W
    on Jul 14, 2012

    @Becky I don't think stained glass ever goes out of style! BUT that said I have discovered the hard way that if you use a muticolored glass fixture, you get multicolored light cast all over the room...and while there are places in the home that can be really awesome and add to the ambiance....I need clear and direct light in the bathroom....I have to be able to See so I don't think I'd want stained glass in there...but otherwise a solidly cool idea...just for a different area...LOL

  • Z
    on Jul 15, 2012

    @ Sharron. Sorry I meant leaded glass. It being a bathroom you do need clear lighting for putting on make up.

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