How to Build a Medicine Cabinet
Build yourself a wall-mount storage unit, or opt for a premade option
A mirrored medicine cabinet keeps your vanity as well groomed as you are, with storage for stashing toiletries out of sight. Building the cabinet yourself could save you hundreds of dollars. It means having a mirror cut to size or ordering one online, but the construction is straightforward.
If you decide to paint the cabinet, select a semigloss finish, which will stand up to moisture and regular cleanings. If you want the warm look of stain, use a wood with an even grain, like oak or cherry, and seal the cabinet with a water-resistant finish, such as lacquer or varnish.
Similar to shown: Milforde Collection Medicine Cabinet, about $250; signaturehardware.com
Overview for How to Build Medicine Cabinet
We built a medicine cabinet with a frame 20 inches wide, 5¾ inches deep, and 30¾ inches tall. (Note: Counting the crown molding, the finished cabinet measures 25½ inches wide, 8½ inches deep, and 32¾ inches tall.)
1x6 clear pine top and bottom pieces: two @ 18½ inches, ripped to 5 inches wide
½-inch pine plywood back panel: one @ 18½ inches by 28½ inches
1x6 clear pine side pieces: two @ 30 inches, ripped to 5 inches wide
1x8 clear pine base board: one @ 21½ inches, ripped to 5¾ inches wide
⅜-inch pine cove molding for shelf supports: four @ 4¼ inches long
1x6 clear pine shelves: two @ 18⅜ inches, ripped to 4¼ inches wide
1x2 clear pine crosspiece: one @ 20 inches
2 ¾-inch solid poplar crown molding Cut to fit.
1x4 clear pine rails: two @ 15 inches
1x3 clear pine stiles: two @ 28⅜ inches
⅜-inch pine cove molding to trim mirror. Cut to fit.
¼-inch high-density fiberboard (HDF) mirror backing: one @ 18½ inches by 26⅞ inches
Mirror: one @ 21⅛ inches by 14¾ inches by⅛ inch thick