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Medicine Cabinet Makeover

I think I've mentioned here before that I get some of my best ideas while air traveling.  Not sure what it is about being 30,000 feet off the ground, but it typically gets my creative thoughts flowing.

On a trip last week I was flipping through this month's issue of Better Homes and Gardens and saw this... 
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 It dawned on me that the medicine cabinet featured, looked a lot like mine.  And at that moment, my weekend project was secured.

It's funny how pretty things can look on the outside...

...only to be a total mess on the inside. 

 First things first, I had to clean out the contents.  How is it that we accumulate so much unnecessary stuff?


Once the contents were purged, I had to determine the best backing for the cabinet.  I wanted to use a cute pink and white wrapping paper, but I quickly realized that my leftover pre-pasted brown damask floral wallpaper would be so much easier.  The paste meant that I wouldn't have to worry about glue, tape or adhesive, and we know how much I like easy.

I simply cut the paper to size and carefully trimmed a way the excess, making accommodations for the shelving that would be reinstalled.

Here's where things got complicated.  I had a brilliant idea to add a magnetic chalkboard (with paint).  My thought was that if the door were magnetic then I could adhere my makeup to the door with magnets.  I saw it on Pinterest, where else? Unfortunately, the $20.00 magnetic paint didn't seem to work on the plastic interior of my cabinet door.  Urgh!  Basically, I wasted my money, but never fear, there will be other projects. 

I pressed on and ended up adding the chalkboard spray paint over the non-functioning magnetic paint. 

FYI, do not attempt to spray paint inside like I did. I'm a glutton for punishment.  Although is was much more cost effective, after cleaning up black dust (paint particles) from the entire bathroom, I wish I had just gone with a can of chalkboard paint.

Nevertheless, it was worth it in the end.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how it turned out!  I used old candle jars and small glasses I picked up from Goodwill for $0.29 to hold small essentials. 

And, take this magnetic paint! There's more than one way to get a job done.  I glued magnets to both the makeup and the door to create the storage solution I initially intended. Yay!

The addition of a biblical affirmation and a little personal artwork and, "viola!"

I love easy DIY projects that create pretty spaces for everyday items.  Form and function, who can beat that?

This recent makeover along with the pantry makeover are leading me to believe that I'm ok with organizing as long as it's pretty in the end.  Whatever works, right?

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Yolanda said... Reply To This Comment

LOVE IT!!! I think I'll try this next weekend.

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

What a great idea! I love the magnetic/chalkboard paint idea. I can never find certain items in my makeup bag. It would be great to have them within easy reach.

Felice said... Reply To This Comment

I like! Too cute.

Unknown said... Reply To This Comment

Way to go! So fun!!

Jennifer {Pure & Simple Organizing} said... Reply To This Comment

My favorite thing to do in the world -- ORGANIZE! :)

LOVE the wallpaper! And the chalkboard paint!

Dwell by Cheryl said... Reply To This Comment

Thanks everyone!!

Anonymous said... Reply To This Comment

Love the magnets! Such a great idea and a space saver to boot!

Pippi21 said... Reply To This Comment

Have a question for you..is the chalkboard paint that you used inside the medicine cabinet..latex or oil based or does it only come in one type? I would love to just buy a sample..I see where Folk Art sells an 8 oz. jar or container. Would that be enough to paint the inside door of a regular size 1977 medicine cabinet? Do I need to use a primer first? What about if I wanted to just use Dry Erase pens on whiteboard..how can I attach a whiteboard to inside of medicine cabinet door? Velcro?

SavvySue said... Reply To This Comment

Hi - Where did you find these round magnets? (I've found the flat - style - but not these thicker round types! Thanks, Sue

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Jannet said... Reply To This Comment

Congrats on this makeover. Looks great. I was thinking of doing a cabinet makeover as well, especially now that I finally got around to ordering Waco appliance service
for my fridge. The cabinet beside the fridge is super outdated and messy. Not for long!

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