I've been continuing to work on my bathroom medicine cabinet. It finally got too cold to work outside, but I was able to get it stripped down to clean wood and treat it with borate before hauling it back inside and down to my basement.
I also took out the mirror as I started to strip the door and set it aside. I didn't want to damage the glass accidentally by breaking it or etching it with chemicals. One weekend I got particularly motivated and located a local company to re-silver the mirror. I figured while I had it out, I may as well make it all pretty again. The place I ended up using was Alchemy Mirror Resilvering. I dropped it off and 10 days later they called me to pick up the mirror. Total cost with just shy of $45.
I had a nice talk with the owner of the company when I picked up the mirror. He recognized the original manufacturer of the mirror by the numbers on the back (2-222) and was able to tell me it was made in 1920. I always like to chat with these people that work on one aspect of restoring old things. We chatting for a while about how these old pieces were meant to be repaired rather than replaced. I carefully transported my mirror back home and it has been sitting on my living room floor ever since waiting for the rest of the cabinet to come together.
Today I spent some time finish sanding the piece and I primed the door frame. I also picked up some paint for the interior of the cabinet - the cabinet will be white and the back wall of the interior will be light blue.
|Here is the cabinet fully stripped and treated with borate ready for primer.|
|Ignore the full trash can. This is the cabinet door frame primed. The mirror is housed in this.|
|Here is the back of my newly re-silvered mirror.|