Vintage Medicine Cabinet Makeover

Several weeks ago on a cold windy day, Mr. Frugalista and I braved the elements and took our first trip to the Ross Creek Market located east of where we live. Wow, talk about treasure hunting! Some vendors have sheds with cute verandas and others have large Quonsets filled with goodies. Way at the back of one of them I set eyes on this old chippy vintage medicine cabinet and I knew it had to come home with me.

Vintage Medicine Cabinet Makeover

This thing has so many layers of chippy crackled paint but it was the vintage mirror glass that made me swoon.

Considering its age I didn't want to risk sanding away the chipped paint. Instead, I gave it a fresh coat of Vanilla Frosting chalk paint and sealed it with two layers of Tough Coat by Country Chic Paint™. Once that dried I rubbed dark wax into all the cracks to honor its vintage goodness.

The vintage mirror glass was screaming for an etched graphic. I've never etched glass before but it was a breeze with Martha Stewart Crafts™ Etching Cream and a stencil that I had on hand.

Then came time to play on the inside...I call it "Mustard and Ketchup"!

I painted the interior with a mixture of Fresh Mustard and Simplicity White chalk paint by Country Chic Paint™.  The shelves were painted with Emperor's Silk Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™.  After two layers of Tough Coat I randomly rubbed in dark wax.  

Then I lined the back of the mirror with vintage scrapbook paper - so..."lovely"!  I gave the back of the mirror an even coat of Modge Podge™ as well as the back of the paper (after I cut it to size).

This would look great in a cottage style bathroom or as a spice cabinet in a farmhouse kitchen, wouldn't you agree?


  1. I love that it looks absolutely beautiful,

    1. Thank you very much, I'm happy to hear you like the results :)


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