Per­son­al­ize your bath­room with a fresh twist on a medicine chest.

Flea Market Décor - - Contents - BY KATHRYN DRURY WAG­NER

AC­CORD­ING TO THE NA­TIONAL MUSEUM OF AMER­I­CAN HIS­TORY at the Smith­so­nian, medicine chests gained in pop­u­lar­ity in the U.S. in the 1920s, when bath­rooms were touted as bas­tions of ro­bust san­i­ta­tion. Along with that, beauty and health were in­ter­twin­ing in mar­ket­ing too—with the idea that white teeth meant strong teeth, for ex­am­ple, or that lustrous locks of hair were a sign of good health. Where bet­ter to store the Vase­line, Pond’s Tablets and Gem safety ra­zors than in a medicine chest, mounted on the shiny, tiled wall? When it comes to or­ga­niz­ing to­day’s health and beauty es­sen­tials, choos­ing a unique medicine chest is a won­der­ful way to add stor­age space. Look for suit­able wall-mount boxes at flea mar­kets, ar­chi­tec­tural sal­vage shops and web­sites, such as old­house­p­a­, and retro­fit them with shelves if nec­es­sary. Here are three ex­am­ples of unique medicine cab­i­nets to get your imag­i­na­tion hum­ming.

Look for char­ac­ter and aged patina galore, but also struc­tural sta­bil­ity. A sturdy—not wob­bly—frame is es­sen­tial for hang­ing a vin­tage piece on the wall safely.

HOME­OWN­ERS TOM AND AL­LI­SON SCH­MIDT have a tal­ent for us­ing un­ex­pected, re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als in their Cal­i­for­nia home.

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