Personalize your bathroom with a fresh twist on a medicine chest.
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 oldhouseparts.com, 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.