Bathroom Medicine Cabinets – Turn Boring Into Exciting

Bathroom medicine cabinets, just saying the words can conjure up pictures of childhood, taking us back to the home where we grew up. What bathroom didn’t come equipped with the bulky, wall mounted variety? With its obligatory surface mirror it couldn’t have been more boring.  Almost everything in the bathroom design was boring and dull.

If you’re one of many who find impossible to envision anything else above the bathroom sink, have we got news for you. Today’s bathroom medicine cabinets are almost too chic to house medicine. They range from tradition rectangles with side lighting to oval mirrors that mount flush on the wall and defy recognition. The styles below will familiarize you with some of the options and guarantee an up to date look in your bathroom and get you ready for a bathroom makeover.

Traditional Wall Mounted Medicine Cabinets

These are the closest to the one’s you remember from your childhood because they are mounted on the wall (as opposed to mounted flush). But the similarities stop there. There’s nothing boring about these bathroom cabinets. They can come in a variety of shapes and sizes – rectangular, square, circular, and an amazing number of variations. Almost all still incorporate a mirrored front. But many add extras, like lighting. The lights might be mounted flush with the mirror to facilitate bathroom tasks, or between the surface and the wall, highlighting the shape and design of the cabinet.

Traditional Flush Mounted Medicine Cabinets

This type of medicine cabinet has also been seen in years past, but once again, modern design has turned the traditional upside down. Mounted between the studs and set into the wall, the only limit is the width between the studs.

Today these bathroom cabinets are almost impossible to detect. They utilize picture frame molding no different from what we find anywhere else in the home. It’s common to see models with ornate gold frames or sleek, black metal contemporary ones. And once again, the shapes are endless, limited only by the design style you choose.

You can also find flush mounted models with only a thin mirror on the surface of the wall, no frame or molding of any kind giving away it’s hidden depths.

 

 

Corner Mounted Medicine Cabinets

These cabinets utilize limited space in an innovative way. They are generally more sleek and contemporary in design, with both front and side mirrored. But some traditional models are available. Space within this type of cabinet is more limited, but since it’s space that would be wasted anyway it is often a good trade off.

No matter your design style or storage requirement there’s at least one, of the many types of bathroom medicine cabinets available, to meet your needs.  Also, before making any final decisions with it, be sure to compare with the main bathroom vanity cabinets you have chosen to ensure everything matches.

Bathroom Linen Cabinets – How To Select The Right Ones

Bathroom linen cabinets can be both beautiful and functional. Are your countertops, cabinets and floors crowded with toiletries? Then it is definitely time to invest in a storage unit for them.

It may be that your cabinet is old and dingy. Or that it never fit the space or your design style. It’s possible to create a stylish and convenient spot for towels and bath accessories. There are many options, from corner cabinets to those that are set into the wall. Whatever your bathroom décor, there are many bathroom linen cabinets available for you.

A new linen cabinet can upgrade your bathroom at a fraction of the cost of remodeling and bathroom makeovers. It will give you a space to organize what was clutter and provide you with a restful bath experience.

  • Corner Units – These are generally free standing cabinets that, as the name implies, fit in the corner. A lot of bathrooms have one or more corners that are empty, wasting valuable space. If that’s the situation in your bath, a corner cabinet could be the perfect solution.
  • Freestanding Wall Unit – These cabinets can be found in a variety of styles and sizes, as well as material. While these don’t require construction skills, if the cabinet you choose is taller than three feet, it’s always a good idea to secure it to the wall to prevent it from toppling over.
  • Mounted Wall Unit – This type of cabinet is good if floor space is at a premium. It can be hung in a space unsuitable for anything else.
  • Set-in Wall Unit – This cabinet is a good fit for a small bathroom. A hole can be cut in the wall, between the studs, and the cabinet mounted flush. This keeps the cabinet from infringing on space within the bathroom.

A good linen cabinet will always provide these three things.

  • Storage – It will help de-clutter a space as well as keep bathroom necessities close at hand.
  • Accessibility – When choosing a linen cabinet keep accessibility in mind. We’ve all seen spaces where a cabinet can’t be utilized with the door open and or closed.
  • Style – With all the options available today, there is no excuse for an unseemly linen cabinet. Beautiful bathroom cabinets are available at all price points, from discount to custom.

 

Bottom Line – There are bathroom linen cabinets to fit your budget, style and storage needs.

Bathroom Vanity Cabinets – Finding Your Style And Personality

Bathroom vanity cabinets have finally come into their own, welcomed into the home as a useful and beautiful piece of furniture. Their designs are a long way from the painted wood, laminate topped boxes we’re used to seeing. There are many different design styles to choose from, so take time and explore the intriguing possibilities for a refreshing bathroom design.

Contemporary – If you’re looking for a cabinet that’s fresh and graceful this style is for you.  Contemporary cabinets are marked by clean lines and spare details.

Traditional – Conventional style and design marks this category. But just because the style is traditional doesn’t mean it has to be ordinary. Look for standard details used in original ways.

This is the time to make some detailed measurements of the space where you cabinet will be installed. These measurements are critical, so be sure to double check your numbers.

Now it’s time to put in a little research. Before making your selection, take time to familiarize yourself with the options available. The list below will take you through the process step by step.

Internet – This is the place to begin your quest. Enter bathroom vanity into the search engine of your choice and start browsing. Be sure to keep a pad and pen nearby. You’ll want to make note of the styles and companies that interest you most. Even if a piece seems beyond your budget write it down. You’ll be surprised at the options that translate at lower price points. Some of those details make the transition into inexpensive pieces.

Magazines – Now it’s time to visit your local library or bookstore. Keep your pad and pen handy, your list isn’t complete. Look at as many current design and building magazines as you can lay your hands on. These will offer different settings and options for the pieces that have drawn you in on the Internet. Also pay attention to the overall design style of the bathroom where your favorite pieces are displayed. This can give you options you might not have considered before.

 

Brick and Mortar Businesses – Once you have your list it’s time to take a more hands on approach. Plan to spend at least a day covering all the options. Start with Building supply stores and then move onto local cabinet shops. They are all great places to look. Take time to see the pieces that interest you in person. Talk to the sales staff, you’ll find they know all the specifications and details, as well as any variations that are available.

These simple steps will result in a bathroom vanity that fits your lifestyle and personality perfectly.

Bathroom Vanity Cabinets – Steps To Upgrade Without Breaking The Bank

New bathroom vanity cabinets can be very expensive and because of this budget bathrooms are quickly becoming more and more popular, particularly modifications or updates from an existing cabinet instead of buying new cabinets. The hard economical times are hitting everyone from the rich to the slightly less well off. So more people are turning to budgeting when it comes to bathroom remodeling, and making the most of what they have.

The saying goes that buying something new goes a long way to making a person feel better. So what if making something look new can help a person to feel much better?

As well as the obvious physical and psychological benefits of do-it-yourself, the payback to ones pocket through budgeting a new addition to your property is also very welcome.

With budgeting in mind, turning to how-to-improve the look of an old and beaten up bathroom vanity cabinets at low cost is something to consider.

Easy low cost improvements

Firstly to ensure that this do-it-yourself improvement you will need to make sure that your vanity unit’s frame is in good order, so have a good check inside and out for any water damage, rot or mildew.

1. If you do not have any damage then you can proceed to the next stage(2), however if you have rot then you will need to consider replacing the parts of the frame that are no longer good, or treat areas with mildew with a general household mildew remover and then prime the wood with wood primer paint.

2. Remove and measure your cabinet doors/drawer fronts and check the hinges and handles, if they are good then you should keep them. These can cost a lot of money to replace as new so can save you quite few dollars.

3. Is the counter top in good shape? If it is then consider keeping it (If no go to 3) and just giving it a good clean along with removing the old sealant/caulk with a utility knife. Then reseal using a good waterproof bathroom sealant. You will be amazed how new your countertop will actually look and will have saved you a small fortune.

4. Whether you counter top is in good or bad condition, the surface is usually where a lot of things can be done to improve the look and condition. You can add a sunken sink effect by sanding down the countertop surface adding some 2-3mm deep grooves/channels 1 inch apart. Then adding a mosaic of tiles to the countertop. The grooves are so that the tile grout has something to adhere to. You can be as creative as you want with your mosaic design, cheap end of line tiles can be found at a hardware store, or very cheaply on craigslist as unwanted items. You may even have some lay around yourself. You can get instructions on how to set/install tiles to a countertop with an online search.

5. There are two things you can do with your cabinet doors and drawer fronts. You can measure and replace them for new ones or some that are in good condition second hand. Ensuring you find the correct sizes and matching hinge placements. This is still much cheaper than replacing the full unit. Or you can sand, prime and paint the doors (making sure you have removed any handles and hinges first). You can be creative and choose any color of bathroom paint you want, you could have a contrasting frame color and doors, mix and match – you decide. Allow for paint to dry.

6. Remember to sand, prime and paint your frame first. Allowing for drying times then replace your doors and drawers.

Of course this is just a starting tutorial and you can be as creative as you want, but hopefully you will have ended up with a new looking set of bathroom vanity cabinets and saved yourself a good couple of hundred dollars in the process.

Bathroom Vanity Cabinets – Should You Assemble Your Own?

Your bathroom vanity cabinets may not seem like an important piece to your overall bathroom design concept but they definitely are. Your bathroom cabinets are where you keep the majority of your personal items in your bathroom. You want to make sure that your cabinets are sufficient enough in space and also look good enough and fit into your overall cabinet and bathroom remodeling.

With the advent of networks such as the DIY network and HGTV, more and more homeowners are choosing to renovate their bathrooms themselves. This holds true for projects such as bathroom tiling, bathroom painting and even for things such as assembling your own bathroom cabinets.

If you are going to assemble your own bathroom vanity cabinets, it is essential that you first know what type of bathroom cabinets you are going to need. You will first need to take accurate measurements of the area where the cabinets are going to go. The old saying says that you should measure twice just to be one hundred percent sure that you are getting an accurate measurement. This especially holds true for corner cabinets which can be a bit more tricky than cabinets that are going to be placed on a straight wall surface.

Next you want to pick out what type of bathroom cabinets you are going to want and far as what type of wood and what type of color. The color of your bathroom may have some sort of effect on this decision. If your bathroom is colored in a lighter color, than you may want to go with a lighter shade of wood. A great type of lighter colored wood is an oak wood which is very traditional. If your bathroom color is a darker color and maybe even a neutral color, mahogany wood would work well in this type of environment. Whatever you decide, make sure that it work well with the elements which are already present in your bathroom.

Finally, if you are going to DIY the cabinets and bathroom makeovers, you want to make sure that you have all the tools that you need which in some cases will include an instructional class or two on how to remodel your bathroom. These types of classes can be very easy to find down at your local hardware store. If you can’t find a class such as this at your hardware store, try to catch a DIY bathroom remodeling show on television. This shouldn’t be too hard. Today, there seems as if there is a home improvement show on every half hour that can show you the ins and outs of DIY remodeling.

Well, hopefully these steps have gotten you a little closer to tackling that DIY bathroom cabinet project. Don’t be intimidated, most DIY projects can be easy once you get the hang of things. Now get out there and assemble your own bathroom vanity cabinets.