Our old old medicine cabinet & mirror was definitely begging for a makeover. It needed a paint job, at least, but I didn’t love the plain rectangular shape, it was disproportionate in the space, & it was placed way too high above the vanity. So I decided that the mirror would be replaced with something taller & more unique.
The plan was to spruce up the inside of the existing medicine cabinet –
And just replace the mirror with this thrift store find –
But it was just a wee bit too wide to swing on the existing hinge. I was worried that might be the case, given it’s round shape, but I thought we had a shot because you can tell from the back of the mirror that it used to be used on a medicine cabinet. Instead of figuring out a way to make it work, we just ripped out the entire medicine cabinet and decided to hang the mirror normally.
I couldn’t let all that extra space go to waste, especially in a little house which is so desperate for storage! I decided I would finish the area & we could still use it to keep items that we don’t use very often. I added a shelf using some scrap wood. Some of the plaster was crumbling around the edges, and I was too cheap to buy the supplies to repair it, so I attached some extra paint sticks around the perimeter to act as super thin, makeshift trim. Don’t judge…
After some more patching, it was looking much more finished, especially when we painted it white along with the rest of the room.
The shelf was also my test piece for the stain & varnish for the reclaimed wood floors. It got put to good use!
Onto the mirror. I found this for $3.97 at a thrift store –
The frame needed to be spruced up, and the mirror itself was damaged at the bottom, but I liked the oval shape & thought the blemishes were repairable, so it came home with me.
I primed & painted the frame with a sample container of mint green (Rain Forest by Olympic) to coordinate with the green glass sink & tie in with the navy & mint color scheme.
To cover the damaged area, I bought $2 worth of rope by the foot at Lowe’s & hot glued it around the edges.
I made a knot with the rope to place where the two ends meet for a more finished look.
Much better, don’t you think?
Accessing the hidden storage area is as simple as lifting up the mirror or swinging it to the side. Not a huge deal for items that we rarely use, like first aid supplies & such.
Of course, with a sweet new mirror, our existing light fixture was looking a little sad. There’s nothing wrong with the before (minus the dust )…it’s perfectly functional, but a little dated & just not my style.
We choose not to replace it because we’re trying to cut costs wherever we can to stay close to our $1K budget goal. But that doesn’t mean I can’t give it an inexpensive makeover!
I wanted to make it look a little more industrial. Once I took off the glass globes, the light socket stuck out ridiculously far, so I attached PVC pieces to disguise it. (It doesn’t touch any electrical part or the light bulbs, it just masks that area.) I wasn’t feeling the decorative swirls, so Phil helped me cut them off with a jigsaw.
I spray painted it all metallic silver & replaced the decorative finials with standard bolts for another industrial touch.
The jigsaw left a jagged edge where I cut off the swirls. The only thing I could come up with to disguise it was to wrap it in synthetic rope & then spray paint that too.
Probably not the best idea to get the job done, but it looked much better after it was painted! The fixture definitely fits better now into our vintage/industrial inspired bathroom.
Here’s everything in action –
The entire cost for the light fixture, mirror, & hidden storage cabinet came in under $25!
Paint & supplies for storage cubby $0 (already owned)
Wood shelf $0 (scrap piece)
Sample paint can $3
Chrome spray paint $4
Synthetic rope (for fixture) $0 (already owned)
Extra large light bulbs $8
Bolts & PVC pieces $2
Not too shabby. Do you like the new look?