What to do with aging bathroom mirror cabinet?


We have had this replaced in the past. It is a super large glass mirror medicine cabinet custom built into wall. It has 5 panels and 3 separate openings. We though of molding but the door won't open.

Please help!!

q what to do with aging bathroom mirror cabinet
  7 answers
  • Jan Clark Jan Clark on Mar 04, 2019

    If you're looking to fix the edges because the reflection is coming off, but don't want 'depth' in the medium, how about tape? I've used lots of stuff from Washi tape to the diffused look of contact paper to cover the bevels. It creates a completely different look, though. But the nice thing is you can peel it off if you don't like it.

  • Seth Seth on Mar 04, 2019

    FrugalFamily's fix looks great and I am going to keep it in the back of my mind for a future bathroom update. For anybody else considering a similar project, the NEC requires a junction box for the wiring of the light. While what they did is not particularly dangerous, it does not meet code. It would have been fairly easy to mount a box with the space they had.

  • It looks like it's off-center from the vanity too, going all the way to the corner on the left, when the vanity appears to end a foot or so short of the wall (?). If this is the case, I would tear the whole thing out, put new sheetrock up on the wall directly above the vanity and install a new, framed, surface mounted mirror without medicine cabinet over the sink. I would then take the section of wall that the cabinet was sitting recessed into on the left of the vanity & new mirror, and I would frame and sheetrock it to be a recessed niche where you could keep your medicine cabinet goodies in more "open shelving" fashion in cute baskets and such.

  • Janice Janice on Mar 05, 2019

    You might try masking the upper and bottom portion off a bit and paint to break the large expanse of mirror. Also, you could stencil a design in a few areas that reflect the ceiling or something you don't really care for or want to "double".

  • Marcella Marcella on Mar 08, 2019

    I had the same problem

    So l painted individual, sponged-on multicolor " frames" right on the mirror surface..... Just use tape to mask off your width.

    You can use whatever paint you have...l used light blue latex wall paint leftover from painting my LR. With individual containers, l made 3 more colors, ranging from light green to aqua to turquoise with acrylic paints l had on hand. Rip jagged edges on an old dollar store sponge and have fun sponging and dabbing on your " frame" using all your colors, until you like the result. When it's dry, seal it on with polyurethane. When the poly is dry, take off the tape, and viola'! You have colorful " framed" mirrors....they can match, coordinate with or contrast your room, it's up to you. Let cure for a few days, then you can clean your mirrors as you normally do, because once that polycoat dries, you'll need a sharp scraper to take the frame off! In the photo, that dappled "stripe" down the middle of the picture is the painted-on frame around a no longer ugly mirror.

  • Agnes Chrzanowska Agnes Chrzanowska on Jun 30, 2021

    what is wrong with it ? is it damaged ?