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Modernizing the Medicine Cabinet

It’s has always been my goal to reuse what I can when I can. I surprised myself when I realized that the mirror I had envisioned for the cabin bathroom was sitting right in front of me. When I was mocking up ideas and plans for the cabin bathroom I was drawn to this black beveled wall mounted mirror or this brass medicine cabinet as options for our cabin bathroom. I like the soft curved beveled edges for both, and I thought they would both look great in our bathroom.

Then it hit me, like the biggest duh moment. Why don’t I remove the side lights and see if could reuse the existing medicine cabinet in the bathroom? The mirror had the slim metal belvel I was going for afterall. I had nothing to lose so I removed the medicine cabinet, carefully removed the side lights and got to work masking the mirror and edges.

I am a very pro spray paint person, I like it a lot. It has extended the life of so many things for me that I would otherwise consider tossing. It’s equally as important in transforming off-the-shelf items that aren’t exactly what I want. I am not afraid to spray paint anything. It really is the best. For this project I used a rustoleum flat black paint in a few light coats. I left the cabinet out to dry for a few hours until the paint was cured and no longer tacky. I removed the tape and popped the medicine cabinet into it’s spot on the wall.

The paint and bevel looked great! The holes left behind for the sidelights on the exterior of the cabinet looked sloppy though. I considered taping and mudding them or even filling them with bondo and repainting the exterior, but then I found an easier way. I purchased a roll of white melamine laminate with an adhesive back, and I ironed on a new white front to the sides of the cabinet. I used a sharp utility knife to remove the excess laminate and blamo. There you have it! It’s a good-as-new medicine cabinet, I saved some bucks AND saved a medicine cabinet from the landfill all at the same time.

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  • Jen February 20, 2020

    Yes!! I love your DIYs, and this one is so smart. I try and reuse parts of our old house (1927 German tutor) to save money and preserve some of the house’s history. But I never would have thought of using melamine laminate! Thank you for all your resourcefulness guiding those of us who mostly only know how to sand and paint!

    • Scoops February 21, 2020

      Thanks, Jen! I have such a hard throwing out the old too. I always feel like there was an intention behind some of the old features and design choices of a house that should be respected and preserved as part of its history.

  • Amanda February 20, 2020

    Looks just like the pottery barn vintage recessed medicine cabinet! Another option might have been to try to recess it. Love this DIY.

    • Scoops February 21, 2020

      Yes, Amanda – good call! I thought of that too, but it wouldn’t have fit with the depth of the wall so I couldn’t do it. It would have been slick though.

  • Stephanie Rutledge February 20, 2020

    This bathroom is gorgeous. I really love the black accent to the wall, it really pops against the white.

    • Scoops February 21, 2020

      Thanks, Stephanie! I am a sucker for black and white accents!

  • natalia February 21, 2020

    so clever and pretty! a dream bathroom!

    • Scoops February 21, 2020

      Thanks, Natalia! We’re so happy to have a fresh and clean bathroom at the cabin.

  • charity tomcala April 10, 2024

    Live this! What color green did you use?

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