Hello Remodelaholic readers it’s Jaime Costiglio here today to share a bathroom storage solution that’s also a repurposed project. We are building this storage cabinet using an old window for the door and I’ve put together plans down below for you to plug in your own window dimensions to make this cabinet.
There’s plenty of added storage here and it’s deep enough for toilet paper rolls. Definitely consider making your shelves adjustable to make the best fit for products and taller items but you can screw them permanently too.
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This project requires basic woodworking tools (saw, measuring tape, pencil, sander, pocket hole jig), please use all safety precautions when operating power tools. I started with an old window similar to this beauty:
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How to Build a Bathroom Storage Cabinet from an Old Window
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- old window (preferably of vertical orientation)
- 2 – 1x8x8 pine boards
- 1 – 1x6x8 pine board
- 1 – 1/4″ plywood 2’x4′ handy panel
- wood glue
- 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws
- 3/4″ finish nails
- shelf pins (if desire movable shelves)
Want adjustable shelves in your medicine cabinet? Use shelf pins with predrilled shelf pin holes to make the shelves adjustable (like I did here with this bookshelf).
- old window (free)
- lumber – $40
- hardware – $15
- paint – (on hand)
- Total cost: $55
The printable building plan contains all the details for measuring your window, determining cut dimensions, and assembling the medicine cabinet with the old window as the door.
What if I don’t have an old window?
Finishing Your DIY Medicine Cabinet
Sand everything smooth and plug any obvious pocket holes.
Now finish the medicine cabinet as desired. I painted then distressed vigorously with my sander and stained to add age. Seal everything with polyurethane especially considering the bathroom is a humid environment.
Attach the window using regular hinges, add a handle and magnetic catch at top inside (pictured down below).
Here’s a view of the magnetic catch and the adjustable predrilled shelf pin holes (like I used here with this bookshelf).
More DIY medicine cabinet and bathroom storage ideas:
- Make a medicine cabinet from an old suitcase
- Install a recessed medicine cabinet
- Build a slim wall cabinet for spices
- Build a pegboard wall storage cabinet with sliding doors