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DIY Medicine Cabinet Ideas

DIY Medicine Cabinet Ideas

Planning a small bathroom remodel? Changing your medicine cabinet is an easy way to start a bathroom remodel and change how your space feels and looks.

Here are some DIY medicine cabinet ideas that will inspire you to transform your bathroom.

1. Go Vintage With Dark Patterned Wood

It's always a good idea to invest in wooden furniture that looks like it's been around for centuries. Doing so can make your bathroom feel glamorous and fancy. You can never go wrong with a classic wood cabinet frame. It's a style that will stand the test of time. Look for details such as curved swirls. Never underestimate the impact of curved surfaces, as they add a layer of visual interest that's difficult to replicate with long, lean mirrors.

Adding a beveled mirror to your vintage cabinet will add a touch of sophistication. Finish off the look with a pair of shaded sconces for perfect ambient lighting.

2. Perfect Every Detail With a Magnification Mirror

You’ll notice that your face appears zoomed in with a makeup mirror. Magnified mirrors are designed to reflect light in such a way that what you see looks magnified. Replace your medicine cabinet’s doors with a magnified mirror for greater visibility when doing your hair or shaving. Go a step further and add a magnifying mirror on the inside of the door to add to the illusion.

The ease of installation will depend on the type of magnifying mirror, with self-adhesive mirrors being the easiest to install. Mirrors that come with hardware are a bit trickier to install, so you'll have to follow instructions carefully.

3. Opt for a Round Cabinet

Most medicine cabinets are rectangular. Go off the beaten path and choose a circular cabinet instead, or two for added storage. Two round medicine cabinets are especially well-suited to couples as they don't provide much storage. They do, however, provide a unique way to hide small items away from view.

Another interesting way to do this is to mount a round mirror on a square medicine cabinet. This may end up looking like any other vanity mirror, but with a little ingenuity and elbow grease, you can DIY the edges of your medicine cabinet and bring your space to life.

4. Create a Cabinet With Open Shelving

Who says everything has to be hidden away? A medicine cabinet with open shelving provides you with the best of both worlds. It allows you to hide away the items you want to keep private while enabling you to incorporate décor pieces above your vanity.

Creating this look does necessitate a more experienced hand, but it's well worth the effort, especially if you have a sink that lacks counter space. Use the open shelf to store hand soap, towels, and décor accessories such as candles. 

Bonus Tip

Make the most of task lighting when creating your medicine cabinet. Lighting can add depth and create the illusion of spaciousness. Battery-powered lighted mirrors are an easy way to achieve task lighting. By playing with mirrored lighting, you can maximize space and accentuate other features of your bathroom.

Other DIY bathroom resources:

Tips for saving on a bathroom remodel
DIY vanities
DIY bathroom flooring
DIY bathroom decor

At Habitat ReStore, you can explore a range of options and look for medicine cabinet materials that fit your sense of style as well as your space.

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