Rated 2.0 out of 5 by 1
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Grandma Cabinet looks nice, but it's not what we thought it would be
We purchased this 3-mirrored medicine cabinet for our cottage, because I very much like the one we have at home. When I ordered it, I arranged that it be sent to our nearest Home Depot, so that we'd be able to check to make sure it didn't get damaged in shipment. A kindly worker helped open the box, and when they saw the mirrors were packed separately and that there was an abundance of styrofoam to protect the wood - we were pretty confident it would be OK.
The wooden cabinet, itself, looks GREAT! Before hanging it, though, my husband had to attach the "doors". We were most surprised to see that the mirrors, themselves, are the doors - without any backing to add strength. My husband was also not happy to see that the hinges that he had to attach, were a clamping style that had to be attached on the upper and lower edge of each of the mirrors. Though there were thin foam strips already attached to the mirror, to cushion where the set screws were to go - one of the foam pieces was not in the correct place. The directions warned not to over-tighten the screws, but there was no mention of what torque to use, so it was tricky to attach the hinges without cracking the mirrors!
When my husband called me in to see the cabinet, I was most unhappy to see that the 3 mirrors opened in an odd way, which meant I could not stand in the center and open the left and right mirrors to see the side and back of my hair (like the cabinet we have at home). The other troubling feature was that one has to push-in on the lower edge of the mirror itself - in just the right spot - to open the door. Not only does this make me nervous to be pushing on the mirror itself - but if you don't push in the correct spot, it won't open! It is also necessary to push-in on that spot, in a abrupt way - so that the pop-release mechanism lets go of the door. If not done correctly, the magnet on the back of the mirror, still holds the door shut. All of these factors...make me very uneasy about my grandsons handling these doors! We probably should have returned the cabinet.
NOTE: In order to make this cabinet like we wanted, my husband actually re-drilled the holes and reattached the hinges on the left and right doors, so that they now open toward the middle. I also placed a sticker on the lower edge of each mirror, at the exact spot one should push-in to open it.
September 17, 2013