Mirror, Mirror

Sorry I’ve been MIA the past couple weeks. I’ve been crazy busy at work and haven’t had time/energy to blog or work on any projects. Today I’m going to share the final project I finished over Christmas break. If you’re counting, I ended up finishing four of the projects on my list (I sold my desk, updated our gallery wall, painted the china hutch, and now this). I had hoped to finish more projects during my time off, but painting the china hutch took more effort than I had originally planned. I do have the supplies for a couple of the other projects on my list, so hopefully I can get those done soon.

Anyway, let’s talk medicine cabinets. We have two medicine cabinets in our master bathroom and I love all the storage space. Unfortunately, the cabinets are in pretty rough shape. The outside edge is covered in paint and some of the edges are rusty, plus most of the shelves are cracked. Sorry for the old picture...I forgot to take pictures before I removed the cabinets.

I’ve wanted to replace them since I moved in, but I just never got around to it. So the first day of Christmas break I took a trip to Home Depot and bought two new cabinets. I can't find the one I bought listed online, but it's similar to this one (except the ones I bought were only $59/each). I ended up choosing this one because it was the same size as our current cabinets and I liked the beveled edge. 

I ended up removing the old cabinets/installing the new ones all by myself and it was really easy. I should have done it sooner! Although I probably should have made sure our drill was charged before I removed the old cabinets…

Anyway, I started by empting out the cabinets (duh!) and then I cut around the outside edge with a razor blade, so I wouldn’t rip the paint off the wall when I removed the cabinet. Then I just unscrewed the four screws holding the cabinet in and pulled it out. I don’t have any pictures because I was doing this by myself, but it’s pretty simple so pictures aren’t really necessary.

Installing the new cabinets by myself was a little harder, but definitely manageable. Basically I just put the new cabinet in the space, checked that it was level, drilled four holes, and then screwed it in place. 

It’s probably not that exciting of a change in pictures, but in person the room looks so much more modern.

It’s been awhile since we reviewed the to-do, so let’s see where I’m at now:

Paint Room?
Replace Missing Drawer
Paint Vanity
New Countertop
Replace Medicine Cabinets
Frame Large Mirror
New Shower Curtain
Re-Caulk Shower
New Towels
Buy Bath Mat
Add Polka Dots to Trashcan


  1. Well hey! Good work! They look LOADS better! Weird how things that seem so simple can take us so much time to do. Its totally understandable you got over loaded with work, seems like the longer you own a home the more it becomes having to do big, large, expensive projects, versus when you first moved in it was little things like: "look! I got my own bed like a grown up!" Now (least for me) it's crap like. "Dear lord. Look at the $400 I just spent on a new deck."

    Good work! I am excited by all the progress you made over break! :)


    meaghan @thismessybusiness.com

  2. Yay for easy and simple updates! Those are the best :) I love the new medicine cabinet/mirror--pretty!

  3. oooo, love the beveled edge!!! so pretty and elegant

  4. It looks great Sam! And doesn't it feel great when you do it by yourself?!


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