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DIY Bathroom Cabinet from an Old Wine Box

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.

wooden wine box for upcycle

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.
wine box before
  • Cupboard handle – I bought mine from Anthropologie in the sale a while ago. Any cupboard handles you like will do.
copper cupboard handle

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.

marking lollipop sticks
cutting craft sticks with 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.

layout craft sticks
Sticking craft sticks onto winebox

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.

painting wine box in Annie Sloan Napoleonic blue
roller painting wood box

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.

Painting inside of DIY Bathroom cabinet

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.

Decoupaged DIY bathroom cabinet lid

Step 8: Finally, I added the handle to the front to finish the bathroom cabinet.

Adding handle
Handle added
Upcycled DIY 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.

upcycled wine box bathroom cabinet
DIY Bathroom cabinet

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.

upcycled wine box bathroom storage

You might also want to check out my craft cupboard upcycle here. Also, there are many more wooden crates and wine box upcycle ideas.

For more wine crate upcycles, visit DIYideacenter.


Wednesday 1st of April 2020

Wow I had a bunch of these during Christmas hopefully my hubby didn’t throw out! Lovely

Claire Armstrong

Thursday 2nd of April 2020

Thank you, oh no hang on to them they are great to use as storage.

Donna @ Modern on Monticello

Wednesday 25th of March 2020

Amazing DIY project and so very creative. YOu should get a lot of use out of this project. Thanks for visiting each week at #HomeMattersParty

Claire Armstrong

Thursday 26th of March 2020

Thank you so much. It is a really handy cupboard.

Michelle Leslie

Tuesday 24th of March 2020

Dang girl, I might just have to start drinking wine instead of beer. This is gorgeous!!!! Love the twist inside too. That would make me smile every time I open it.

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 25th of March 2020

Thank you, Michelle. I do like my vintage images and colour. Hope you are keeping safe.


Monday 23rd of March 2020

This is brilliant! We have no medicine cabinet in our bathroom. This looks like the perfect solution! Pinned!


Claire Armstrong

Monday 23rd of March 2020

Thank you so much Michelle, it does make me smile when I go into the bathroom.


Saturday 21st of March 2020

Brilliant Claire! I finally got my bathroom cabinets organized by simply buying a whole bunch of pink bins from Ikea, and now at least I know that if visitors open my cabinets ( I have a huge wall to wall one over the sink/toilet) I don't have to be embarassed. I was just thinking that visitors open yours they'll get a little surprise with that old engraving. Thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

Claire Armstrong

Monday 23rd of March 2020

Thank you, Sara. I just love vintage graphics and using them when I can. Unfortunately no IKEA for awhile good job you got the storage whilst you could.