How To Perk Up A Medicine Cabinet

And now, I will reveal my secret bathroom update: the medicine cabinet perk up. Using a paper tablecloth.

Remember this pile of stuff from my paper napkin wall art post? Well, the napkins were used in the frames for some awesome art in our boring bathroom. But that tablecloth with the little blue hearts? I found another use for it. 

This is what I started with. A blank slate. A very functional medicine cabinet but not real attractive. I've seen all the pretty pictures of wallpapered bookshelves and loved them. So I thought I should try it with the medicine cabinets in our upstairs bathroom.

Here's what I used:
  • Two $1 foam boards(Dollar Tree)
  • 1 paper tablecloth(Target)
  • Contact paper(Walmart)
  • $1 duct tape(Dollar Tree)
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • The retractable knife from Hubby's tool set
  • Scissors
First I measured the width and height that I needed for each shelf, then marked where I needed to cut the foam board with the pencil. I used the retractable knife to cut the foam board into the sizes I needed. Then I laid the pieces of foam board down on the tablecloth and cut it to size, leaving about two inches of tablecloth around the foam board. I wrapped it up like a present using the duct tape, then slipped the boards into place inside the cabinet.

It's my little bathroom secret. An innocent looking medicine cabinet on the outside, party on the inside. 

I also did the cabinet on the master bath side. The only difference here was that I covered the boards with contact paper after the wrapping with the tablecloth. Since the ventilation isn't so great, everything gets covered with condensation and I didn't want that to ruin my nice little papered cabinet. It's worked well, except that it causes the paper to noticeably bubble. Partly my fault since I didn't wrap the paper real tight around the board.

The boards aren't all exact and measured perfectly. Several of them are quite uneven. You can't really tell unless you're really looking though. Take more time measuring if you're a perfectionist about such things. I'm just happy I get it done!


  1. You are doing such a great job with the house! It's fun to see how you are transforming it to make it your own!

    1. Thanks Hillary! It is fun, though slower than I would like sometimes!

  2. What a cute little surprise when you open the cabinet! Love the little hearts!

    1. I do love opening the cabinet everyday and seeing all the little hearts in there. It's so fun! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. So crafty I may have to do this to our medicine cabinet. It is so blah.

    Great job!

    Stephanie @

  4. How pretty and fun! The dollar store always has pretty patterns for paper table clothes, too.

    1. Thank you! I love the dollar store too. It's great for getting certain things!

  5. Hi Elizabeth - what a great idea!

    Just wanted to drop a note to thank you for taking the time to share this post on our BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT Tuesday.

    We can't wait to see what you come up with next week! BeBetsy Link and Hop

    Sharon and Denise

  6. Ohh, I love that pattern! Thank you for linking up at HickoryTrail

  7. Another super clever idea from you! Love it! Thanks for sharing at Give Me The Goods Monday! Can't wait to see what you bring next week! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  8. Such a great idea! Love the pattern! Thank you so much for linking up. Hope to see more from you on my next linky party.

  9. Great idea! This is worth emulating for those netizens who are rummaging the net searching ideas on how to perk up their med cabinets. :)
    Ed of


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