Reader Redesign: A Medicinal Makeover

We seriously swooned when Erica sent us her medicine cabinet makeover. It’s no secret that we’re head-over-heels-crazy for open shelving, and this little niche transformation is crisp, clean and oh so fabulous. Here’s Erica’s letter:

Inspired by the open shelving we’re seeing everywhere, my husband and I decided it was time to give our builder-grade medicine cabinet an open storage makeover. We removed the mirrored cabinet, decided to drywall in the existing space in the wall, and frame it with trim that matched the rest of the trim in our house. We used some materials we already had, including drywall and the glass shelves from the old cabinet. Basically all we had to buy was trim and cove molding to support each shelf.  Now we have an open storage space in our bathroom that makes it easier to grab some of the essentials in the morning like q-tips and cotton balls. This was a relatively quick fix that we think looks 100% better than our original cabinet!Erica




Downright delicious, eh? Thanks so much for the pictures Erica! And if anyone wants more details about her fabulous project, pop in on her (and her sister in law Erin’s) blog and check out their instructions here and here. No rocket science required.


  1. says

    I used to have a medicine cabinet like this… and now I’m wishing I still had it so that I could undertake this great project!
    Victoria from EdinDesigns @ DesignTies

  2. heather s. says

    Looks great! Sadly I have to keep my medicine cabinet since it is the only mirror in the bathroom but I love the open storage.

  3. Pamela says

    We’re thinking of just cutting a couple of holes in the walls to do this same thing! I love the trim around it, I hadn’t thought of that before.

  4. Terri says

    Thank you for posting this.
    I am right in the middle of a re-model and I’m
    moving the cabinet to the front of the sink.
    Was not to sure how a niche would work out.
    This looks great with the molding. Very finished look.

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