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Friday, January 13, 2012

A Pretty Medicine Cabinet

Recently when I googled the words “Pretty Medicine Cabinet” I began to think that perhaps those two words together just might be an oxymoron.

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I could find images of cabinets that held pretty soaps and bath oils.

I adored this totally gorgeous Eddie Ross MAKEUP cabinet.

I also loved Martha Stewart’s idea of lining a BATHROOM cabinet with galvanized steel and using magnet backed tins to organize hair supplies.

But where were the images of a pretty MEDICINE cabinet? Like with aspirin? Am I the only one who has a need for Benadryl on occasion? This was the closest I came. An image of a Civil War era medicine chest. Hmmmmm. Ok.

I mean I have been decanting my olive oil and dish soap in the kitchen for awhile now.

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Ditto for the bath oils near my tub.

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I also thought about my spice cabinet makeover.
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Since ancient times people have been storing their everyday essentials in various vessels. But we can thank the Victorian’s for elevating the practice to the pretty (and possibly crazy) level.

So this then led me to think about liquor decanter labels. I know…my mind works strangely. Can’t help it. It also on occasion sings “Brandy, you’re a fine girl…”

So I bring you my medicine makeover.

I first sorted through my jewelry making supplies and then bought a few additional items at Michael’s.
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Next I printed out the product names on heavy weight cardstock.
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The words were cut to fit and placed within the jewelry frame. A simple chain was attached with “o” rings.
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I selected “Glossy Accents” (available in scrapping supply stores) to create a clear, hard finish that would protect the paper.
It is opaque when it is first applied and then dries clear. 
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I also decided to transfer my boring bobby pins into a sweet china box I found at the thrift store.
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My eyeglass cleaner went from being stored in a ugly plastic bottle into a pretty blue one.

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Now I know that a pretty medicine cabinet is not for everyone. Particularly homes with small children where such bottles could be a safety issue. But perhaps this post will provide you with inspiration to create your own idea of a pretty cabinet.

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                                                                                     Happiness has now been bottled.


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Have a well designed day!



Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

What a graet idea! Since I live in the South and we drink sweet tea and unsweet tea I've been trying to figure out how to make decanter labels for tea pitchers. You just solved that issue for me! Your cabinet is beautiful!(Plelase don't feel obligated to reply, I know you are busy now.)

Kristina said...

Gorgeous! Just gorgeous! I am inspired.

Shasta @ intheoldroad said...

Just beautiful! Good job :)

Steph. :) said...

You are a genius! Come visit sometime....we have similar taste! XO, Steph.

Kit said...

Wow, this is such a great idea. I too, am one of those people who does not like the bottles items come in and I like to transfer them into fancy ones. Love the chained labels. Very clever and very pretty. :) Kit

CAS said...

You have definitely taken the mundane and made it pretty!

White Ironstone Cottage said...

SOOO cute
great idea

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

I love this idea! Makes necessities so pretty.

Mimi said...

I dream of a medicine cabinet like this one. I started but never finished. I used silver plate boxes and little cups to hold razors and other doodads. I also have a framed baby picture of myself in there. The inside is painted sage green. Like your bottle tags. Might make some of these myself.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Laura, I love this idea! I hope you don't mind if I copy this.
xo, Sherry

Auntie Em said...

Your medicine cabinet is sooooo pretty! We are in the muddle of bath renovations and I keep dreaming of the day when I can add the finishing touches to our fresh and cheerful completed rooms.

Hope you are doing OK and taking care of yourself as well as your family. Thinking of you often! {{hugs}}

Laura said...

I found your website, exactly the same way. I googled pretty medicine cabinets and thank goodness your website popped up. I absolutely love that medicine cabinet! Is it something you custom built, or can I find it somewhere?

Vel Baricuatro-Criste, MD said...

I love that Idea! Although, just to warn you, placing meds on clear bottles will sometimes make them loose their effectivity. Most meds are "photosensitive" so you may want to switch to darker colored bottles (Something like olive green perhaps?). But I love the idea, and I will try those too! Thanks!

Beth said...

Oh my! You've sent my mind into a tizzy with all this prettiness! I love the idea of making even the necessities pretty! I have some bottles and Lord KNOWS I have the scrapbook supplies! Thanks for filling a void I didn't even know I had. LOL!

Sherry said...

So pretty! I love your new header! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

Decor To Adore said...

Hi Laura,

You left no way for me to contact you directly so I hope you find this response.

The medicine cabinet itself came from Lowe's approximately 3 years ago.

Debbie said...

I want want want this medicine cabinet. I don't have one lick of your style and know how, but I still want it.

I love it.

Mixed Kreations said...

Your medicine cabinet is absolutely beautiful. Everything is so neat and organized. I love your bottles and the little tags they are so pretty.
Thank you for sharing,
Linda @ Mixed Kreations

For the Love of a Cottage said...

Your cabinet is lovely. What a fantastic way to make labels!! This is definitely going into my projects-to-do :)

Karena said...

Laura I actually need a new medicine cabinet! Your is so lovely! Where did you find the bottles with stoppers? ( I may have missed that if you already mentioned it!)

Have a Blessed Day!

Art by Karena

Lady of the Woods said...

THAT is crazy beautiful! you did an wonderful job! I have only one tablet in the cabinet in my case, and the rest are bottles for oral hygiene, but I have to say since I redid my medicine chest, I enjoy much more my morning routine! Here is the link for it if interested:

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JES said...

A pretty medicine cabinet is definitely for me. It is a treat to the senses every time you open it. Thanks for the inspiration :)