The do-it-yourself frames weren't all that impressive - just basic black or wooden frames - and they didn't look to be deep enough either. And then it occured to me that I medicine cabinet would be perfect! First, I went to some salvage yards to see if I could find an old one. No luck there. So Home Depot was the next stop. There I saw one that I loved! It just said "barber shop" to me for some reason - but the size was wrong. Next stop, Menards. That is where I found this one.
It was almost exactly what I wanted, but the wrong color. I debated. And debated. And then bought it and decided to paint it a dark expresso color.
Then I assembled the barber tools to see what I had to work with.
A piece of foam board cut to fit the back of the cabinet and covered with the old barber smock would be the background.
The door was sent to a local glass shop to have the mirror replaced with glass.
Then I got the brilliant idea to etch the glass with dad's last name "Dyson" in a cool-looking font. The problem with that - I've never done anything like that before either. But, if you know me, you know that doesn't usually slow me down much.
I got some contact paper, printed out the design I wanted on my computer, traced it with pencil on the back (a trick I learned in art school) and then cut away the design. Once the door was back from the glass shop, I sealed the template down and covered it with etching cream.
And, then it was on to assembly. The finished project looks like this .....
That pictures isn't the best. It was hard to get a good picture without a glare from the windows. These may give a better idea.
Among the items in there are a picture of dad cutting my oldest son's hair in what I believe must have been his first haircut. The shave brush at the top and the green straight edge razor belonged to my dad's dad. For some reason we can't seem to find the one that belonged to dad. And the razor strop was the one he got when he went to barber school.
It is still not completely finished. I special ordered a latch for the door. I'm still waiting for it to get in. It's an old vintage-looking latch that should be perfect on the case.
So, there it is. Its not professional by any means, but I like it. A lot.