How do I refinish an old medicine cabinet with chrome side lights?

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  • Pamela Pamela on Jan 20, 2019

    We took ours right out of the wall, painted the opening and put shelves in. The things that were stored in the old cabinet went into a box under the sink

    • JENNIE JENNIE on Jan 20, 2019

      i have so little storage I kinda wanted to keep it. I am seriously down sizing to the house I grew up in. Going from 3.5 baths to 1.5. However the shelf idea appeals to me. I think that would look very nice.

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Jan 20, 2019

    I updated a set of brass living room glass-top tables by spray painting them black. You could do the same thing with your cabinet. Remove bulbs, mask off everything you don't want painted, and do your painting.

    • JENNIE JENNIE on Jan 20, 2019

      Thanks. I think I will try the black. I would like that better than the chrome.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jan 20, 2019

    If you want to keep the chrome side lights, tape them off and paint the rest. Use the paint that is appropriate for what the medicine cabinet is made of. If you want to paint the chrome, use a paint for metal.

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Jan 20, 2019

    If you like the chrome sidelights, I used WD-40 and wads of aluminum foil to “scrub” off the rust pits on the chrome.

  • Oliva Oliva on Jan 20, 2019

    If you're keeping chrome in your bath, keep it waxed, to reduce potential for pitting. Ideally, it should be wiped dry after showering, even with the use of an exhaust fan.

    If the lights can be switched to LED, it will improve bulb longevity while reducing energy consumption.