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Custom Framed Medicine Cabinet

When you’ve got a small space, you know storage is a must. Pam from DIY Design Fanatic faced the issue of storage while renovating her half bath, aka the “the world’s smallest half bath.”

She enlisted her hubs to construct a custom framed medicine cabinet deep enough to provide plenty of storage on the inside while looking all rustic and lovely on the outside.

custom framed medicine cabinet

If you live in a home that was built anywhere from the early 1970s into the 1990s and have a mostly “original” bathroom or two then you probably have one of these inset, mirrored medicine cabinets.

Aren’t they lovely?

The truth is they are about as attractive as they are functional.

You do get an extra mirror on the side. It’s hinged door allows you to check the side and even the back of your head and neck to a degree. There’s no denying those extra viewing angles are handy.

They also contain quite a bit of storage space. Their 3 or 4 ‘micro” shelves serve a valued purpose in housing many-a-toiletry items. It’s convenient and out of the way.

Considering the above, it’s no wonder we’ve let them stick around in our homes for decades on end.

But as Pam has shown us (through the all-inspiring Pottery Barn), this doesn’t mean we have to continue looking at an outdated fixture as we update and style out our bathrooms.


The answer? Frame it!

And how easy this is. Just a few pieces of wood, cut and stained just right, and you’ve just increased the virtual value of your medicine cabinet ten-fold.

Pam’s new medicine cabinet is similar to the Benchwright Wall Mount Medicine Cabinet from Pottery Barn.

Your approach can be like Pam’s, or you can add a little extra style with the knobs like PB has – and of course, those knobs are what make this item as pricey as it is. Your DIY version will be much less!

benchwright medicine cabinet

Follow Pam’s complete tutorial over at DIY Design Fanatic. This one is a no-brainer!

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Pam @diy Design Fanatic

Thursday 31st of July 2014

Thanks for the feature!


Friday 1st of August 2014

You are welcome, Pam!

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