Old medicine cabinet gets a facelift for $30


After searching for a new medicine cabinet and not finding any of quality or reasonable price, I decided to just give mine a facelift. I measured the mirror door and went to a craft store and bought an open back picture frame for $25. I removed the door and once properly aligned, I secured the mirror to the frame with metal mirror holders and frame screws. I had to buy the screws separately because the screws that came with the metal holders were too long. I then ran strong adhesive glue all around the edge of the mirror and let dry for around 6 hours. Once dry I reattached the door and voila, it looks like a brand new medicine cabinet. Next up, getting rid of that awful light above it.......baby steps. ;)
Medicine Cabinet in original state
Lightweight open picture frame from craft store
mirror holders and glue
attached mirror holder to frame
running glue around side of mirror
attached mirror door
Finished product

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7 questions
  • Vicki Thompson Tuccillo
    on May 29, 2016

    How did you find a frame that fit exactly over the door of your medicine cabinet. Did you do it by just measuring and if so what did you measure from point-to-point. Did you do this WITHOUT buying individual pieces of wood, cutting them and glueing the pieces together before attaching to the mirror door. If so, how did you measure the mirrored door from point to point and find a frame to fit exactly to size?

    • Diane S
      on May 29, 2016

      I measured the entire mirror and made sure the frame I purchased would overlap the edge so I could attached the metal holders. I think I got the frame at Michaels or AC Moore.

    • Katherine
      on Oct 22, 2017

      This is a great idea! I don't have the money to spend on new bathroom medicine cabinet right now & this is perfect solution...Thanks so much for an inexpensive, but awesome idea.
  • Jrahming87
    on Sep 23, 2017

    Did you move the cabinet down?!? It looks like it was adjusted?!?
    • Diane S
      on Sep 24, 2017

      Yes, I moved it down because of the frame was coming in contact with the light.
  • Ebby
    on Mar 21, 2018

    Looks awesome!

    How'd you get it on the hinges?

  • Loyce
    on Oct 29, 2018

    Looks like your existing door had mirrors on both sides. Is that correct? I’ve never had one of those.

  • Carmen
    on Jan 4, 2019

    There wasn't any space in the "before" picture between the light fixture & the medicine cabinet, did you move one of them?

    • Pauline
      on Jan 5, 2019

      It looks like they moved the medicine cabinet down. The one picture shows the old hardware above the new cabinet.

    • BettyJo White
      on Feb 8, 2019

      She would of had to because the frame takes up more room.

  • Flossy
    on Jan 22, 2019

    I have a new medicine cabinet. It has to fit the hole that is already there. But I think it is too small. I have another mirror that is lite weight but a little bigger. Looks just like the one you have. Do I have to take off the door of the cabinet or can I just glue it on?

  • Rose
    on Apr 11, 2019

    Its beautiful.. I've been trying to do that to my medicine cabinet but mine is old and has chrome around the border and has an arch over the door frame. Any solution? It wii be appreciated..

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  • Lyn
    on Oct 29, 2018

    That is an awesome medicine cabinet!!!! Mirror outside, mirror inside, and mirror in the back!!! I would love to find one like that!!!! Good job with the frame !!!! It looks great!!!

  • Judy Shaw
    on Mar 16, 2019

    Great idea! My mirror on mine is dated and scratches because this one in my bathroom has been in my bathroom since 1972. I've looked for mirrors like mine to just replace it but no replacements. Any ideas would be appreciated.

    • Ake
      on Mar 18, 2019

      you alreday been to Ikea?

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