I’m always on the lookout for handy extra storage for my bathrooms. I needed a DIY bathroom cabinet with lots of little shelves. They are convenient for storing medicines and toiletries.
For the loft bathroom, I made a cute upcycled drawer storage shelf. But I needed a bathroom cabinet for the family bathroom.
A friend passed on a gift wine box (unfortunately empty!) for me to add to my upcycling stash. In the past, I have transformed a wine crate into a nightstand for my son.
When I opened this wine box, I saw the little compartments inside. I then knew I could turn it into the handy bathroom cabinet I needed.
The Upcycled Bathroom Storage
I love vintage images, especially from old encyclopedias and picture dictionaries. To give this DIY bathroom cabinet a medicine cabinet theme, I decoupaged a vintage anatomy poster inside the door. You can download and print the image for free (see below).
Also, I wanted to give the plain wooden box some texture and colour. I covered the outside with wooden lollipop sticks to create an interesting pattern. I painted both the inside and outside in colourful chalk paint.
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What You Need For A DIY Bathroom Cabinet
- Old wine gift box – I was gifted mine. I know Costco sells wine in wooden wine boxes like this one. You can always treat yourself to some excellent wine and a box simultaneously.
- Cupboard handle – I bought mine from Anthropologie in the sale a while ago. Any cupboard handles you like will do.
- Chalk paint – Annie Sloan Napoleonic blue & Barcelona Orange. Tester pots of paint are all that is needed.
- Vintage anatomical print – Download it here.
- Jumbo wooden craft sticks
- Gorilla wood glue
- Mod podge and acrylic spray varnish
How To Make An Upcycled Bathroom Cabinet
Step 1: The first thing I did was to add the wooden craft stick pattern to the front of the wine box. I carefully arranged the jumbo sticks on the front of the box in the design I wanted.
Play around with different designs. Once you are happy with one mark, the craft sticks to be cut.
Step 2: Cut the wooden craft sticks to a marked length using a saw blade on a rotary tool.
Step 3: Using wood glue, stick the craft sticks to the front of the wine box. This will give the DIY bathroom cabinet an interesting pattern on the front.
Step 4: Once the glue has dried, paint the outside of the wine box blue. I used a brush to apply the paint to the uneven surface. I then reviewed this paint with a small roller to remove brush marks.
Don’t forget to remove any handles and latches from the wine box before painting. Check out how to paint a box here for more ideas.
Also, I recommend adding a coat of wood wax to protect the finish if using chalk paint.
Step 5: Next, I painted the inside of the cupboard in Barcelona orange. I didn’t need to paint the inside of the lid as I would decoupage it.
Step 6: Next, I printed the vintage anatomical image. I printed the image onto A3 paper on my home inkjet printer. In the advanced printer menu on the computer, I selected the best-quality image option.
Step 7: Using decoupage glue, I stuck the printed image to the inside of the DIY bathroom cabinet. If you want to protect the decoupage, spray with acrylic varnish.
Step 8: Finally, I added the handle to the front to finish the bathroom cabinet.
What I love about this DIY bathroom cabinet is the pop of colour you get when the cabinet is open. I also love the vintage anatomical illustration on the inside of the door.
This is not my first time using vintage scientific illustrations in my furniture upcycles. I used some fabulous insect posters with my chalk paint unique cupboard upcycle.
With their handy little shelves, I think that this DIY bathroom cabinet would also make a great craft cupboard. I’m looking for another one of these wine boxes to upcycle and a suitable vintage image for a craft cupboard.
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