blog home

Hall Bathroom: Painting and Updating the Medicine Cabinet

This last weekend we made some major progress on our Hall Bathroom. A couple of weeks ago we’d bought new glass sconces for the light fixture. The old ones had been frosted and heavy looking, and we bought some new clear glass ones, and swapped out the light bulbs for clear glass, too. It brightened up the room immensely.

We’ve been looking for a new medicine cabinet, as well. It’s not something we HAD to change right away, but the ones that came with the house are worn, and I’m not a big fan of the style.

Hall Bathroom, before picture

We made a stop off at the grand opening of Habitat in Humanity’s Re-store in San Jose, and took our old sconces with us as a donation. After looking around for a bit, we spied two beautiful medicine cabinets marked at 84% off the original price. We snatched them both up at $125 each, and I smiled all the way home. It felt really good to be supporting a good cause and to get something so pretty!

 Here are some photos of the medicine cabinet that had been in the Hall Bath.

Hall Bathroom, before picture

There are three doors on this sucker, making it hard to find anything. And there should be three shelves, but we only have two.

Notice how the three separate mirrors can cause you to see yourself in triplicate. Weird, kind of like how I put my camera on the top of my head to get this shot. Whatevs, yo.

So we ripped that old medicine cabinet down, off the wall and had a big blank space with at least four different paint colors underneath.
guest bathroom

I spackled the holes, and then painted the blank space. I knew that the new medicine cabinet was a little narrower, so I wanted to make sure none of the old colors could be seen. I wanted it to be fresh and clean underneath the new cabinet. It’s a little like wearing nice socks under your boots … I can’t stand wearing sports socks in nice boots, it’s just a matter of principle.

And here’s the finished look!

And just for kicks, let’s take this before and after all the way back to June of this year to see how different the space looks. I definitely love the lighter color, and with a narrower cabinet, it actually makes the space look bigger. And, by lowering the cabinet a little bit, the light fixture looks better, and not as cramped. 

You Might Also Like

  • Stacy Risenmay
    November 14, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    What a beautiful change! I love what you have done. So pretty 🙂

  • Liz
    November 15, 2012 at 9:26 am

    It great! I love the color and the new medicine cabinet is a huge improvement. Not painting the wall behind the old medicine cabinet wouldn’t fly in our house either.

  • Paula
    November 21, 2012 at 5:22 am

    Thank you Stacy and Liz! 🙂

  • Steph @ somewhatsimple
    November 21, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    looks fabulous!

  • Michelle
    November 28, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Your bathroom looks great! Thanks for linking up at DIY Thrifty Thursday, you’ve been featured! Stop by later today and grab an “I was featured” button and share some of your other amazing projects!

    Michelle @

  • Kristin
    January 16, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Looks great! Love the new color =)