How to Paint a Medicine Cabinet

I have plenty of pictures of the garden apartment basement before.


But for some reason, I don’t have one at an angle that includes the medicine cabinet/vanity mirror actually in the wall.


My dear mother-in-law removed it for us during our June Basement Demo Day.

Then it sat on the shelf for over a month.

Medicine Cabinet

As you can see, it’s old, heavy, & metal. I’m not in love with the flower etching at the top of the mirror but, other than that, it’s a decent cabinet in need of a little love.


The edges were covered in rust and the inside was covered in contact paper. Our dear friend Greg removed the contact paper and got a little buddy-buddy with some steel wool.


One coat of white semi-gloss enamel later, and it looks like a completely different piece. The enamel is good for metal & rust, so it should be exactly what we need.


It’s amazing what a little paint can do.


So fresh & so clean clean.


Greg meticulously taped off the edges around the mirror so we could change the edge from black to white. It’s amazing how simply changing it from black to white makes it look so different. I almost like the etching!


I think we’ll do another quick coat but then this can be installed & checked off the list!! Sweet.

Thanks Greg!!

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13 Responses to How to Paint a Medicine Cabinet

  1. WAY TO GO! It’s amazing what a coat of paint can do, huh?!? Man – thanks for your comment – I am so glad I clicked on over because your blog is sooo fun 🙂

    XO – Katie

  2. Dad "A" says:

    Worse place in your house to keep medicine is the medicine cabinet. Exposes medications to too many extremes in temp, humidity, etc.

    That’s why I perfer, “square cabinet that fills a hole in the bathroom wall and has a mirror for a door thingy” (one can substitute “Jammy” for “Thingy” if needed).

    Dad”A”, PharmD, RPh 😉

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  4. Shirley says:

    LOL you shouldn’t keep meds in med cabinet aka “square cabinet that fills a hole in the bathroom wall and has a mirror for a door thingy” because you may not think so …but everyone looks in your med cabinet when visiting your restroomm uh huh…and your shower too…don’t ya’ll watch tv? I’ve got two cabinets I am redo-ing right now stumbled on your redo.

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  6. Mark says:

    Did ya brush it or spray it. I have that exact cabinet I think. I would like to mount a toothbrush holder inside too.

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  12. Danielle says:

    THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I NEEDED! I am in a rental and the ancient medicine cabinet has the same rust, contact paper and paint issues, they refused to update it or even look into painting it for me (of course). So I can’t remove it but I assume it will work exactly the same, just be a little more difficult. Thank you so much!

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