Old medicine cabinet gets a facelift for $30

Diane S
by Diane S
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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  • Flossy 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 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..

  • RayeRaye RayeRaye on Aug 20, 2020

    Hi...I live in an apartment and have double doors mirror medicine cabinet and would like to be able to do your idea but it can't be a permanent one. Do you have any suggestions?

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  • Judy Shaw 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 Ake on Mar 18, 2019

      you alreday been to Ikea?

  • Kelley Coffey Kelley Coffey on Aug 18, 2020


    I literally have the exact medicine cabinet, mirror on inside as well. I am in the process of redoing bathroom and would like to know how you got the door off the cabinet and back on with frame. I noticed someone had asked but there was no response. PLEASE let me know - I totally am going to steal your idea. Many thanks.