Fun fact for you all: Every town I visit I search for antique shops. The other day I found this vintage antique medicine cabinet. To top it off, it was only $10! I had to look twice. I remember buying another vintage medicine cabinet a year ago for $65. And this one was in better shape, complete with shelves to house my actual medicine. My husband has been bugging me for taking away his medicine cabinet. But seriously, that thing was an eye sore. You can view that ugly thing here in the before pictures of our guest bath renovation.
Anyways, I was visiting Dowagiac on business. I had an appointment with a manufacturing facility and drove by their downtown. Of course it captured my eye. It was a whole strip of old buildings and actually looked like it had came out of a movie. Not what I was expecting for a small farm town. I had a half hour to kill so I parked my car and walked around. I came across a hair salon with “antiques” written across their window. I wandered in to a lady telling me that the antiques were in the basement. At first I thought “this is just junk” but when I started looking, I found some great finds, and EXTREMELY affordable.
This was the antique medicine cabinet I came across. I walked away from it three times knowing my husband would kill me if I brought it home. But for $10, I had to go back and get it. Among my finds were an old rusty rake cut off for $2.50, an old spindle for $1, and a small architectural piece perfect for over my front door for $4. This little shop was a hidden gem that I know I’ll return to once in a while to find cheap and forgotten antiques.
I’m terrible at before pictures, but this antique medicine cabinet was actually baby blue. Although cute, I simply don’t have those colors in my home. I gave it two quick coats of Rust-Oleum’s White Linen chalk paint and some dark wax. It even has a little towel holder on the bottom that I’ll have to find a cute farmhouse hand towel to adorn it with.
Also, for a quick side note: This particular ad for Menne’s Borated Talcum Toilet Powder is from 1909. Although mine is a metal replica you can see an original print ad here. How fitting that this would be perfect for my guest bathroom! Happy Friday everybody!
Lynn Woods says
I love this old medicine cabinet. When I saw it, I thought it would make a great addition to my laundry room!
Denay DeGuzman says
What a great antique shop find! This beautiful vintage piece looks fabulous in your renovated bathroom. 🙂
this is so cool! I would LOVE this in my guest bathroom it would be so cute!
Patricia @ Grab a Plate says
So cool! Don’t you just love when you find treasures among “junk?” Love it!