Creative Decorating ~ Crafting An Upcycled Medicine Cabinet

Howdy Folks!
I hope Autumn has arrived in your neck of the woods. Fall has bestowed its beautiful face upon us in eastern North Carolina. I have had my windows open every day and I love the fresh air. It has been in the upper 70′s in the days and down in the upper 50′s to 60′s at night. I LOVE this time of year!

Today I want to share with you another  crafty project from my Shabby to Chic Master Bathroom Makeover . I had grown tired of my “primitive” style medicine cabinet and really needed a larger one (as you can see by my bottle of Pepto residing on top of it)

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I found this old crate at a thrift shop awhile back for a couple of dollars. I liked the rustic look to it and figured I could do something with it. It spent some time sitting in my garage waiting for a purpose and had since moved on to holding some of my Home Decor magazines in the living room. (I am a major magazine hoarder!)  I figured this old crate could be a solution to my medicine cabinet dilemma. I could have gone to the store and bought a brand new, nondescript one but where was the fun in that??? Plus, I could create one cheaper and have fun doing it.

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I went to my home improvement store and picked up an inexpensive 1/2″ thick  pine board , cut two “shelves” and attached them to the inside  of the crate with wood glue, 3/4″ wood supports and small nails. After that it got a coat of dark water based stain.

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Once dry, I applied white latex paint with a dry brush technique, keeping the rustic integrity of the piece.

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To assemble the door to the cabinet I built a frame out of 1″ X 2″ pieces of pine cut with my trusty old miter saw. I nailed it together, gave the door the same paint treatment, and stapled chicken wire to the back. Then I layered on some vintage rose fabric and stapled that on as well.

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I attached the door to the cabinet with small hinges, added a vintage drawer pull and hung it on the wall with heavy duty wall anchors….

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It’s not perfect, but it’s chock full of character and it does its job of holding all of my bathroom junk quite well!

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I had a lot of fun crafting my new upcycled medicine cabinet and it was budget friendly as well.  The crate was only a few dollars, somewhere between $2-$5. (Like I said, I bought it quite awhile ago). I had the vintage fabric, chicken wire and hardware on hand so my out of pocket expenses for additional wood were less than $10. This project could easily be done  for less than $25 if everything was bought from scratch.

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If you like the look, but can’t find a suitable crate you can easily assemble a simple box design out of new or salvaged wood.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

~Lisa

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