Old Medicine Cabinet Ideas


Updating a bathroom typically involves removing the old medicine cabinet. Wood or metal cabinets tend to look dated over time, especially from incurring rust and scratches. Before you haul it off to the recycling center or throw it on the curb, consider giving it a second life. Seek new ideas to turn your old medicine cabinet into something useful for your home.

Hidden Wall Safe

  • Turn that ratty medicine case into a new wall safe that remains hidden in the wall. Find an old frame that is the same size as the cabinet and preferably slightly larger. Use the picture inside the frame or place a poster of your favorite actor or a family photo inside the frame. Attach the frame directly to the front of the cabinet. If you have a wood cabinet, then use wood glue or small screws for a tight fit. Use strong adhesive to attach the frame to a metal cabinet. Cut directly into one wall of your home and hang the medicine cabinet inside the hole. When the frame is closed, your items remain hidden. The frame quickly pulls away to reveal those hidden items.

Message Center

  • Make an old medicine cabinet a new message center for your home. Cover the front and back of the door with chalkboard paint and add a wood frame to the front. Use an old wooden picture frame for a charming look. Add a new latch or handle to the door and glue a small piece of cork to the inside of the cabinet door. Paint the inside if the original paint is damaged or faded. Use the cabinet for storing keys, extra pens, chalk and other items needed around the house.

Occasional Chair

  • Turn the cabinet on its back and attach four legs to the bottom. Measure the size of the cabinet’s interior and sew a cushion to fit the inside. Give it a new coat of paint or leave it alone, if you like the existing look. Flip open the top and place the cushion inside. The door of the cabinet serves as the chair back, while the cushion offers a padded seat.

New Table

  • The interior of the medicine cabinet acts as a hidden storage compartment for a table. Glue or screw four legs into the back of the medicine cabinet, depending on the material. Paint the cabinet and legs in a matching color. Use the cabinet table as an end table or side table, storing magazines and other smaller items inside.

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