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Vintage Dentist Cabinet

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This cabinet was from one of our recent scores. Mel and I knew it would be a perfect addition to our bathroom. This cabinet was in good overall condition but it needed to be freshened up.

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These old cabinets were mainly constructed out of plywood. I could either paint the inside or sand it and polyurethane it, I chose the latter.

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The exposed wood had lots of marks and stains from many years of use. Sanding is a good way to refresh the wood and clean it.

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Before sanding

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After sanding

 

 After everything was sanded I sprayed all the exposed wood surfaces with spray satin polyurethane.

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As you can see, the wood looks warmer and it feels smoother to the touch.

The next thing I had to focus on was the base. The wood had some areas that had chunks of wood missing. Instead of producing a new base it was easier/faster to just Bondo the affected areas.

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The Bondo is applied and drying in the sun.

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Now that the Bondo is dry I can sand it into shape & paint it black.

 

This is the front corner of the base with the Bondo sanded into shape. If you haven’t considered using Bondo it is a fantastic repair material, so think about adding it to your restoration toolbox.

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Once I was done with the cabinet I focused on dressing it up a little. I bought some steel washers and placed them between the pull and the drawer to dress up the drawer fronts.

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When we purchased the cabinet, it originally had damage to both lower front corners. The formica was chipped off and there was wood loss. As a restorer, sometimes all you can do is hide the damage. I knew that I could just fabricate aluminum corner protectors to both protect the corners and hide the damage underneath.

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As you can see, it matches well with the tile.

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I really dig this cracked ice formica.

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One of the biggest reasons why we wanted this cabinet is the hidden garbage can. Our dog Milo loves to get into the garbage and shred tissue paper.

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Our master bathroom is really small and has very little storage, so this is a welcome piece of storage.

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5 responses »

  1. FANTASMAGORICAL….!!!!! It looks great, I want it for my bathroom…..congratulations and enjoy……

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  2. I so love this piece, and your bathroom is the perfect place for it! Thanks for sharing!

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