Chalkboard Medicine Cabinet

I’m Jenna, from SAS Interiors, and today I’m sharing a project from my recent bathroom makeover on a budget. With some paint and a few simple DIY projects, this minor kids bathroom renovation went from blah to beautiful. A part of the bathroom that I had been pondering over for quite a while, was what to do with the medicine cabinet. The question ~ leave it? Or take it out? The mirrored front medicine cabinet is positioned on the side wall, and since there is already a mirror over the sink, there really wasn’t a need for it. BUT, I didn’t want to leave a huge hole in the wall AND I wasn’t interested in taking the time to patch it up either. What to do?? WELL, I decided to create a new framed chalkboard medicine cabinet! This was actually quite an easy project to tackle, but before we start, here is how the bathroom looked before.

Supplies needed:

Chalkboard Paint

Wood Frame

Liquid Nails

Sandpaper

 

1. Start off by roughing up the existing mirror with sandpaper. This will help the paint absorb better since the mirror surface is not porous.

2. Then it was time to add the chalkboard paint. I’ve used the same can of chalkboard paint for many of my projects {take a look ~ here & here} and it’s still half full…it definitely goes a long way!

I used a small roller brush to apply the chalkboard paint…

…and used the Valspar tray that came with my free paint sample.

Once the painting is complete, the medicine cabinet is ready to be framed. The overall dimension of my medicine cabinet is 16″ x 22″, so I needed to find something to cover and overlap the mirror. After much searching, I found a wood frame that was made for a 14″ x 18″ picture with an overall outside dimension of 18″ x 23″….it worked perfectly to cover the existing mirror.

Using liquid nails, I applied a good amount to the back of the frame and adhered it to the newly painted “mirror”.

Once the frame is in place, it’s very important to use a level to make sure it’s plumb!

I’m sure you’re wondering why I have a box of Lincoln Logs and 15+ books on the countertop… I have a good explanation for that ~ Liquid Nails is great, but it doesn’t instantly dry…it takes about 30 minutes. When I first adhered the frame, it actually started to sliiiiide down, SO with a little improv (ie: Lincoln Logs & books), it stayed right in place.

TIP: Chalkboard paint isn’t a must for this project. In my master bath, I had another frameless medicine cabinet, that I simply added a similar wood frame to. The medicine cabinet was instantly updated within minutes for less than $20.

My new framed chalkboard medicine cabinet is COMPLETE! Now I have a stylish new medicine cabinet…

…to write my kids to-do’s for their morning/night routine

Thanks so much Beckie for allowing me to share my project with your readers! Stop by SAS Interiors to take a look at the rest of the Bathroom Makeover on a Budget. ~Jenna

Awesome idea Jenna!   For more amazing projects from Jenna check out these:

Chevron Painted Rug

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Mom Cave Craft Area

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Creating a Chalkboard Wall

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  • http://kpmattingly.wordpress.com Kati

    I like this idea. You can write sweet notes or reminders and such. Fun!

  • http://www.serenitynow4amanda.blogspot.com Amanda @ Serenity Now

    Neat!! I think it looks really cool, especially with the new frame. You could use it for inspirational quotes, Bible memory verses…so many things. Nice job, Jenna. :)

  • http://creativedecoratingonabudget.blogspot.com Bonnie @ Creative Decorating

    Love how this turned out! Great idea for wonderful notes in the morning!! I just did something similar but I was able to turn the mirror around in the frame to do the chalkboard. Works great! Guess I better bet it posted next week. I love all your ideas!

  • http://iredoit.blogspot.com Diana

    Great idea! You can also write the time that the last dose of meds was given when kids are sick. When we have two sick kids in the house we’re always forgetting who got what medicine at what time.

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Oh that is pure brilliance…I love that idea.

  • http://www.unbailefor5.blogspot.com Vivian

    This is so AWESOME! Thank you for the tutorial!

  • http://piglogsandtaterberries.blogspot.com Peggy

    What a great idea! We just picked up the blackboard contact paper from Michael’s a couple of weeks ago so I think I may use it to cover an old picture we had and hang it in our boys’ bathroom. Thank you for the inspiration!

  • http://www.desireempire.com Carolyn

    I love this make over. The white frame is gorgeous
    Best Carolyn

  • Robyn

    where is the frame from?

    • http://infarrantlycreative.net Beckie

      Hi Robyn, this project was actually completed by Jenna from SAS Interiors. If you click on the link in the post, you can visit her site and ask her directly. Sorry I can’t be of more help!