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boston_guy

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08-26-2020 12:45 AM

I’m refacing my medicine cabinet. I removed its particle board shelves and installed real wooden ones.

Right now the interior is white. The exterior is cherry colored. I’m thinking of staining it cherry or something similar. But would this look weird? Personally, I think my tooth brush, its holder, shaving blades and other such things would contrast better with a dark color than white.

But I’m a novice and what do I know?

-- boston_guy


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#1 posted 08-26-2020 01:16 PM

I made our cabinet from oak and varnished it inside and out no white at all. If you like it, do it.

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#2 posted 08-26-2020 03:12 PM

Do whatever looks best to you. It’s your house and you have to live with it.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#3 posted 08-26-2020 09:36 PM

Wow, the color of your medicine cabinet’s interior is pretty much like mine on the outside! Yes, that’s the color I want on the insider of my cabinet. :)

-- boston_guy

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#4 posted 08-26-2020 10:28 PM

my medicene cabinets are cherry inside and out,nothing weird about it.as said do what you want.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 08-26-2020 11:24 PM

Red oak with 3 coats of varathane, plus 25 years.

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#6 posted 09-05-2020 06:35 PM

Yesterday I put on a coat of a dark brown Minwax Polyshade (stain with polyurethane). Before that the cabinet had a coat of polyurethane that I had put on years ago. I had only lightly sanded it before putting on the Minwax. Also, keep in mind that the inside of the cabinet is not real wood. The Minwax came out horribly!

Today, I put on a coat of Soy-gel paint stripper. Luckily, the Minwax came off easily.

The reason why I thought that the Minwax Polyshade was a good idea is that it has polyurethane which is good in combating bathroom moisture.

Is brown paint my only option? If so, is there a particular kind of paint that’s good for moisture? Should I use oil paint? And should I prime the cabinet first?

I’m a bit lost, as you can see. :)

-- boston_guy

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#7 posted 09-05-2020 06:45 PM

Pictures please. Is the inside particle board with a plastic sheet to look like wood grain over it? Even paint may not work on it.

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#8 posted 09-05-2020 08:40 PM

Coolness is in the eye of the beholder…

I agree, we need to know a little more about what kind of surface is on the inside/shelves. Makes a big difference in what you can put on it.

-- Andy - Arlington TX

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#9 posted 09-06-2020 01:51 PM

Here’s a photo.

This is after applying the Soy-gel stripper and scraping off the Minwax Polyshade stain after it bubbled up. I still have to do some sanding, as you can see. I think the white paint that was on was oil-based.

-- boston_guy

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#10 posted 09-06-2020 02:21 PM

Nice look with the fluted columns! Personally I’d ditch the white and go darker. Stain (on “real” wood grain) or darker paint if the interior is to plain.

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#11 posted 09-06-2020 04:44 PM

Put in a new interior from 1/4” plywood with your choice of veneer, oak, cherry, whatever you like. The go ahead and refinish the new wood. Instead of spending time fixing it, hide it! Or possibly a roll of self adhesive veneer would do the job.

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#12 posted 09-06-2020 05:25 PM

As others posted it is a personal taste thing. Myself as I have gotten older being able to see is a consideration. Thus I keep interiors of cabinets and drawers a lighter color. Or get fancy and install some LED strip lights. This sink cabinet is not even stained, just natural color of wood yellowed by the poly I used.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#13 posted 09-06-2020 05:42 PM

Here’s how it now looks with more sanding and some wood filler. I’ll, of course, sand the filler really carefully after a day or two, so that it levels with the surface.

Splintergroup: I want to go dark! That was the whole point to begin with. I’m not sticking with white, if I can help it. A dark brown, then give it a coat of poly is the plan, unless someone can suggest a better and manageable solution. But I did throw out the particle board shelves that came with it. I made 3 new shelves out of real wood.

Ibewjohn: Putting in a plywood back is a wonderful suggestion but that would be way above my feeble skiils. :)

However, I might put in a piece of peel and stick vinyl flooring on the bottom shelf (cabinet floor) but that would be if I can find one that goes with the brown color (difficult). Vinyl flooring is very durable and can withstand moisture really well. All my kitchen cabinet floors have vinyl flooring.

-- boston_guy

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#14 posted 09-06-2020 06:26 PM

If you can cut new shelves, you can cut a new back. Do not remove the existing back. Just buy a partial sheet of the veneered plywood of your choice. Cut to size, a little glue and done. Stain away, add finish.

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#15 posted 09-06-2020 06:39 PM

Ibewjon,

I don’t have an electric saw.

With the shelves it was very easy to ask the Home Depot guy to saw off 3 pieces out of a long piece of wood.

With the cabinet’s back wall, I’d have to saw off a rectangle. I doubt the Home Depot guy would be willing to do that for me. Do you see what I mean? It’s a great suggestion, nevertheless. :)


If you can cut new shelves, you can cut a new back. Do not remove the existing back. Just buy a partial sheet of the veneered plywood of your choice. Cut to size, a little glue and done. Stain away, add finish.

- ibewjon


-- boston_guy

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