Frame update to medicine cabinet

Frame update to medicine cabinet

Frame update to medicine cabinet 550 794 Consie Sindet

I was inspired this month to work on adding some fun elements to our bathroom by Jen at IHeart Organizing. I only got to one of the projects but will be working on a couple others for April that I will share with you.
See how I updated an old medicine cabinet with clay flowers and a wooden frame • #medicinecabinet #bathroomWe live in a rental apartment so there was no replacing the boring medicine cabinet we have. After getting permission from our landlord, I decided to add a frame to the cabinet to dress it up.
oldmedicinecabinetThe medicine cabinet is not a standard size, so I was not able to buy a pre-made frame to use.
peteframecollageInstead, I purchased a piece of molding from Home Depot and my fabulous friend, Pete made me a frame! I chose molding that had a lip on the back so that it would wrap around and hide the silver, metallic edge of the mirror. Pete used wood glue and nails to hold it together so that it would be stronger.
making clay flowers with Sculpey • AtopSerenityHill.comNow I couldn’t just leave the wood plain, so I decided to make some clay flowers and leaves to adorn the corners. I found the idea for adding the flowers at Addicted 2 Decorating and give her credit for her fabulous tutorial and project! I started each flower with 4 balls of white Sculpey clay, flattening each ball out with my finger and pulling out on one side to form a petal. I put the 4 petals together, points in, molded the rounded edges slightly to give them a curve, and added a 5th ball in the center that I pushed flat to hold the petals together. I also made some individual petals for filler. For the leaves, I started with a small log shape that I tapered on each end. I flattened out the log shape to form the leaf and used a stylus to add in the veins. Tip: work on wax paper so that you can keep your table surface and your clay clean.
baking Sculpey clay
After I had all my flowers, petals and leaves (it took 2oz of clay to make everything you see), I put all the shapes on a piece of parchment paper and baked the clay on a oven safe dish. Follow the baking directions for the brand of clay that you are using as each might be slightly different. The thickness of your clay pieces can also determine the baking time.
gluing_clay_flowersOnce all of the clay pieces were cool (I waited until the next day), I glued them in place on my frame with E-6000, letting the glue dry overnight.
basecoatwoodframeI basecoated the frame with primer first, and then added 2 coats of Thicket FolkArt acrylic paint. I made sure to paint the back of the frame as it most likely will be reflected in the mirror.
drybrushed clay flowers and wood frame • AtopSerenityHill.comI then drybrushed (how-to here) the frame with 3 different FolkArt colors: Clover, Italian Sage and, finally, Parchment. I did let each color dry before moving on to the next. To finish, I used a matte spray sealer to protect the paint on the frame, and then attached it to the medicine cabinet using sticky back velcro.
before and after medicine cabinet • AtopSerenityHill.comI think it made a fabulous difference in the bathroom! I can’t wait to add some other projects to tie the room together.
Frame update with clay flowers to old medicine cabinet • AtopSerenityHill.comWhat updates have you added to your space recently? For more inspiration follow my Home Decorating board on Pinterest!

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  • Lee Sindet April 1, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Very nice job on this piece! Maybe we should take this with us when we move!! Happy Birthday by the way…

  • Tonniece April 1, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Love how it turned out, very pretty.
    Hugz Tonniece

  • Laura Jane @ Super Sweet Life April 2, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Oh wow, what a transformation!! We just have a plain, generic medicine cabinet, so I might try this. I also love sticky back velcro. I hope I can find a lightweight frame to hang that way.

  • Laura Jane @ Super Sweet Life April 2, 2013 at 12:26 pm

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  • Caren with a C April 2, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Wow, great example of using your talents to embellish your home!

  • Rachel April 2, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Those are clay flowers that you made? Super, super pretty!! I love how it all turned out! We rented out our old place and had to get permission from our landlord, too, to make updates to our bathroom but I am so glad that we did. It just totally livened up the space.

    • Consie Sindet April 2, 2013 at 6:07 pm

      Yes, I did make them and they are pretty easy to do! Unfortunately, now I am hooked on the clay and want to try more!!

  • Megin April 2, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    So cool! I love the color and the flowers are a great touch.
    I’m visiting you today from Homework. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
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  • Bethany April 4, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Wow! That is so cute, amazing job!

  • Megan April 4, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Wow!! this turned out GORGEOUS!! Great job! thanks for sharing!!

  • Carrie @ My Favorite Finds April 5, 2013 at 10:24 am

    I am sooooo impressed! You made it looks so easy! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

  • Cher @ Designs by Studio C April 6, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Wow!! That is so stunning! I never thought to make flowers from clay for wood projects but now I have inspiration for new projects! Thank you for sharing ~ stopping by from SITS Saturday Sharefest!

    Cher @ Designs by Studio C

  • Cathy April 6, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    I LOVE this! What a cool way to update a plain ole medicine cabinet!

    Happy SITS Saturday!


  • Sher April 9, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Found you on Sarah Dawn Designs – and I LOVE this! Such prettiness. 🙂

  • Lynaea April 10, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    beautiful! I love the idea of taking the frame design into your own hands with bake-able sculpture…actually, of taking even your bathroom design into your own hands even though you’re renting. You did a lovely job. Beautiful pics… Lynaea @

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  • Hani Shabbir May 29, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Lovely! I love the clay flower detail you added to the frame. 🙂

  • Kathleen June 10, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    This is (almost) exactly what I’m trying to do: add a frame to an existing, frameless mirror on our medicine cabinets. I can’t believe you used velcro! Is it holding up well? And I’d love to know more about the trim you used…I had a piece of trim that I’d planned to use for this project, but then we realized it is SUPER heavy. So I need to get something more lightweight, but am not exactly sure what to look for…

    • Consie Sindet June 13, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      Hi Kathleen, The velcro is working really well. I was not skimpy with it so that might be helping! The trim was a light weight wood, most likely pine, and had a grove in the back so that I could “hook it” onto the frame of the medicine cabinet. The grove probably helped with the weight as it made the trim on the thin side. The width of the trim was just over 1 1/2″ inches so if yours is wider, that will make it heavier. I hope this helps!!

  • Callie @ Callie’s Crafts June 15, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Wow what a cool idea! You did a great job. I’m visiting from the Pinterest Blitz party and I’m a new follower too.

  • Korrie@RedHenHome June 16, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    Wonderful! Love the extra pizzazz your handmade leaves and flowers give your frame.

  • Kim @ EverythingEtsy June 17, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    I love, love, love it! 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing the details!!!!


    • Consie Sindet June 17, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      Thanks, Kim! I was really excited about the way it turned out! Looking forward to checking out your blog…looks interesting!

  • Toni June 19, 2013 at 11:57 am

    What a beautiful frame! I love that you made the flowers and added them your self. Very clever!

  • Parrish (Life With The Crust Cut Off) June 19, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    This looks awesome!!! We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:
    Live every Wednesday to Sunday.
    Hosted by: Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off Dana @ This Silly Girl’s Life
    We hope to see you there!

  • Nicole June 24, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Wow. That is work of art! Gorgeous- I live in a rental as well, and I’ve never thought about the option of updating the frame! Awesome. Thanks for linking up with Two Girls and a Party! 365 Days of Pinterest

    • Consie Sindet June 24, 2013 at 8:35 am

      Thanks, Nicole! The frame makes me smile every time I see it! I am so glad I took the time to make it since it has had a big impact on the space. Have a great week!

  • Sue from theT2women June 29, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    What a cute idea!! 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up with us this weekend at One Sharendipity Place!!

  • Linda @ With A Blast October 9, 2013 at 6:03 am

    Absolutely stunning! Love the color you used 🙂

  • Michelle October 9, 2013 at 6:36 am

    What a great way to dress up a medicine cabinet! So creative!

  • Seana Turner October 9, 2013 at 7:40 am

    This is a project that so many people living in rental situations could take advantage of. Thank you for posting not only the overview, but the product details of what you used. Many clients tell me about wanting to try projects but not being sure about 1 or 2 of the materials needed. (stopping in from SITS)

  • Nicole Nenninger October 9, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Some day, when you’ve long moved away, someone will find this piece, declare it a masterpiece, and put it up for auction at Sotheby’s and it will sell for millions of $$’s. You did a beautiful job on it–all your time and effort really paid off!

  • Jamie Rippy (@MamaMommyMom) October 9, 2013 at 8:25 am

    I love this! It’s so pretty! You did a beautiful job on the flowers. Gorgeous!

  • misssrobin October 9, 2013 at 8:51 am

    What an amazing transformation! It’s beautiful. I hope you’ve had fun adding more to the room. What a great way to personalize a rented space.

  • Sheila Skillingstead October 9, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Gorgeous. Time intensive, but worth it. I love that you used velcro so you can take it with you if and when you move. Enjoy your SITS Day.

  • Sarah October 9, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Lovely! We did this to our builder-grade mirror too. Happy SITS Day!

  • Pary Moppins October 9, 2013 at 10:19 am

    That is an amazing transformation! How creative! Found you through SITS.

  • Rabia @TheLiebers October 9, 2013 at 11:14 am

    That looks really cool! You’ve got a great talent!

  • Lauren @ Sweat The Sweet Stuff October 9, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    What great idea! Visiting from SITS! 🙂

  • BeauTIFFul Curls October 9, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    This is SUCH a great idea!

  • Kimberly H. Smith October 9, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Cool project, Consie! Makes a big difference. Enjoy your SITS Day!

  • Kim October 9, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Wow – I’m totally impressed. You just elevated that mirror 100x. I’m about as uncrafty as they come so I can’t even hope to replicate but I can admire!!!

  • Jhanis October 10, 2013 at 7:52 am

    We also live in a rented apartment and it sucks not being able to modify when you want but this looks great! We have an almost the same mirror! The old one anyways and this looks like something I can do. Thanks for sharing!
    Dropping by from SITS.

    • Consie Sindet October 11, 2013 at 8:52 am

      Thanks, Jhanis! The frame made a difference, so go for it in your own rental! Depending on the size of your mirror, you might even be able to find a pre-made frame to work with. Happy weekend!

  • Jean Lynd October 14, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    That is so cool, and looks much nicer with the frame, instead of so “generic”. Happy SITS day!

  • Nina May 8, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    Love your mirror !! I have framed similar mirrors in my Florida home . I have been researching ideas now for our house in New York. I have the trifold medicine cabinets in our master bath and I am getting so tired of looking at the plain glass mirrors . I have not found anything I like in stores and am thinking maybe I should frame the glass in sections? wonder if it will work ? LOL

    • Consie Sindet May 9, 2014 at 9:07 am

      Thanks, Nina. Good luck with the project! Not sure how it will work with the trifold but it is definitely worth a shot. I still love how mine came out!

  • Mary Mac January 22, 2017 at 11:50 am

    This is exactly what I have been looking for. It’s so pretty, thank you for the tutorial.
    Mary Mac

  • Lisa R. November 3, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    I have been going crazy trying to figure out what to do with my ugly metal medicine cabinet door! Thank you!!!! Problem solved!! 🙂

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