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DIY Bathroom Mirror Storage Case

I am just slightly excited about this DIY Bathroom Mirror Storage Case I am sharing today.  Ok, just kidding.  I’m giddy!  I shared a little sneak peek on INSTAGRAM last week, and I am so happy to finally reveal the whole thing!  I have imagined it in my head, and the results are even better than I was hoping.  I have always wanted a full length mirror.  It makes checking out the final outfit before heading out the door so much easier than using the reflection of my glass shower door or my blank computer screen 😉  I thought it would be so great to add some function to this new mirror.  May as well kill two birds with one stone! I decided to build a big storage case behind the mirror to hold all my goodies and I am LOVING the results!  Here is how it turned out!

DIY Bathroom Storage Cabinet

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How fun is that guys?  Who doesn’t love a some beautiful function in their bathroom?? I DO!  I will walk you through the entire build below, and you can also download the FREE printable plans HERE or by clicking the button below!

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Let’s get started!

DIY Bathroom Mirror Storage Case  – Supply List

2 – 1 x 6 x 8 pine or whitewood boards

4 – 1 x 4 x 8 pine or whitewood boards

1/4″ hardwood plywood cut to 19″ x 63″

Full Length beveled mirror (found at Home Depot)

3M Stainable Wood Filler

ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape

3M Advanced Abrasives 120 grit sanding paper

3m safety glasses

4 decorative hinges

1 pull or knob

magnet closures

wood stain of your color choice

I bought all the supplies and wood for this project for under $100.

DIY Bathroom Mirror Storage Case  – mirror door

I started by building out the mirrored door.  I used this great mirror I found at Home Depot for $25.  I love it because it is beveled and it’s also a great quality mirror.  It won’t give you the whole clown house distorted view when you look into it as some of the cheaper full length mirrors will.  This project is done off the specs of this mirror.  If you choose to use a different one, you will need to fix your measurements to fit it.

Home Depot Full Length Mirror

I started with my 1×4 hardwood plywood back.  I had the nice guys at Home Depot cut mine down for me.

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Next, I cut my wood for the frame.  I used 1×4 pine boards for this part.  You can also use whitewood to save money, but make sure it is straight! Watch our How to Use a Miter Saw video HERE!

3m safety gear

Wood Bathroom Mirror

Next, I used my Kreg Jig to make 3/4″ pocket holes in each end of my 16″ pieces.

Kreg Jig K5

Wood Mirror Measurements

Check out our How to Use a Kreg Jig Video HERE

DIY Bathroom Mirror Storage Case  – Sanding

Before attaching all of my pieces I like to use a sanding pad to quickly remove the splinters on the edges.  This paper works great because I can keep it in my pocket and pull it out as I need it quickly… Perfect before attaching your boards!

3m abrasives sand paper

3m sanding paper

I attached my 16″ pieces to my 67″ pieces using 1.25″ pocket hole screws.

pocket hole screws for Kreg Jig

After attaching both ends, my frame looked like this…

Measurements for DIY Mirror Bathroom Case

Next, I added some wood glue to the frame and attached it down on my 1/4″ hardwood plywood.

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I used my Ryobi cordless stapler to attach it from the back.

Ryobi AirStrike Stapler

After building out the door, I moved onto the frame of the case.

For this part, I used 1×6 pine boards.  I cut two pieces at  23 1/8″ and two pieces at 68 3/4″.  Again, I added 3/4″ pocket holes to my shorter boards.

frame measurements

I used my Kreg Right Angle Clamp to hold everything together while I attached it using 1.25″ pocket hole screws.

Kreg Right Angle Clamp

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Next, I added my top and bottom braces.   These were the same length as my shelf pieces, so I cut seven 1×4 pieces at 23 1/8″ each.

shelf pieces

 These will be used to attach the cabinet to the wall.  You can see here where I added pocket holes to these boards before I attached them.  This is a shot of the back.  These brace pieces will sit flush with the back of the cabinet.

back of bathroom cabinet

Now, it should look a bit like this…

Bathroom cabinet frame

DIY Bathroom Mirror Storage Case  – Time for the shelves!

I added 3/4″ pocket holes to each piece.  You can attach yours wherever you would like, but here is where I attached mine for your reference.

Shelf Placement

Before moving on, I filled all of my pocket holes with wood filler.

3M-Wood-Filler

I filled each hole and then used a scraper to flatten it out.

Scraper for Wood Putty

This wood filler is stainable, and I prefer using it over the plugs on holes like these.  This covers them well enough, and it’s also very easy to do.  Once the putty dries, I use the sanding pad to go back over it again.

Putty for pocket hole

That’s it for the build!

I stopped here and stained everything using Varathane stain from Home Depot in Dark Walnut.  I love this stuff!

After the stain completely dried, I attached my mirror to the door.  I used this mirror adhesive I found at Home Depot to attach it.  I just ran a thin bead on the back side of the mirror all around.  Then, I laid it on the door and used tape to hold everything in place.

Frame out a mirror

My final step was attaching it to the wall.  I used a stud finder to find my studs in the wall and marked on my frame where the studs would be.  I then used 3″ torx or wood screws to go through my braces and into the wall attaching to the stud.  I did pre drill before going through the brace pieces to keep the wood from splitting.

Hanging a bathroom shelf

I also added 2 to the bottom brace piece.

Hanging the bathroom shelf

I made sure everything was level before attaching the door…

Hanging the bathroom cabinet

To attach my door, I used two clamps to hold the door in place while I added my hinges.  I attached the hinges to the door first and then the frame.

clamp the mirror

DIY Bathroom Mirror Storage Case  – Hinges

How cute are these hinges I found at Home Depot!

Cute furniture hinge from Home Depot

My final step was adding some magnet closures and my pull to the front.  These just screw into place… Super easy!

magnet closure

pulls from home depot

And here she is all finished up!

DIY Bathroom Mirror Storage Case 

A little shot of the goodness inside…

Organize your rubberbands

I used 3m Command strip hooks to hold my rubber bands and also for my curling and flat iron below.

DIY Bathroom Organizer

And these are those great SnapWare containers I use in my pantry for this shelf!  These are great because they won’t break if they ever do get dropped.  5 kids… It could happen 😉

Bathroom Organizer

What do you think??

DIY Bathroom Storage

DIY Bathroom Storage Cabinet

I personally LOVE everything about it!  I finally have a full length mirror, and a ton of storage at the same time.  Can’t beat it!  I would LOVE for you to share and PIN my storage case with all your friends!

Happy Building!

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102 Comments

  1. Laurie Dickson on February 15, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Love it so much I want one of my very own! Thanks for sharing such an amazing tutorial! Laurie@Vin’yet Etc.

    • www.EasyWoodwork.org on May 4, 2018 at 3:22 pm

      I built my own bathroom storage using the plans at www. EasyWoodwork.org – highly recommended you check those out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha

  2. Lisa@PracticallyPerfectHome on February 14, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    I love this and am absolutely making one! Pinned! ~Lisa

  3. Tara Hayes Carrasco on February 14, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    That is just way too cute!!! LOVE!

  4. Linda Crandall on February 14, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Love it! I did one for Hello I Live Here that was in between the studs of the bathroom wall It was an awesome project like yours. I gained a lot of room for storage I did not have before completing. Great job!

    • Carr Cheryl Beavers on April 16, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      Love this:-)

    • Shanty2Chic on August 3, 2014 at 10:07 pm

      Yeah!! Just saw this… It’s perfect!!

    • Aymie Nielsen on October 8, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      I too would love to build this between the studs…how difficult is that?! Any help or suggestions appreciated 🙂

  5. Debbie Parent on February 14, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Thats a great idea and it turned out beautiful! I would like to try that and build it into the wall.

    • Shanty2Chic on February 15, 2014 at 6:14 am

      Great thinking! I didn’t mind losing the 6″ of space, and now I have the ability to take it down and move it around if I decide to… I think in the wall would be awesome though!

  6. Nicolle Jansson on February 14, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    I love this idea!

  7. Terry McMullen on February 14, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    I LOVE your bathroom cabinet! Well done!

  8. Judy Baron on February 14, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    OMG I just love it! I am so happy I have found your site, you have great ideas.

    • Shanty2Chic on February 15, 2014 at 6:14 am

      Aww thank you Judy!! I am so glad you found us too 😉

  9. Val Frania on February 14, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Wow, nice job! I’ve often thought the space between studs was wasted. This would work great recessed. Thanks for the idea!

    • Shanty2Chic on February 15, 2014 at 6:15 am

      Great thinking! I didn’t mind losing the 6″ of space, and now I have the ability to take it down and move it around if I decide to… I think in the wall would be awesome though!

  10. Sharon Hendricks on February 14, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    This really is a great idea, and as always you did a mighty fine job. I wish you had recessed it into the wall, though…I want to do something similar, only recessed. Any suggestions? Absolutely LOVE to read your posts and watch your videos!

    • Shanty2Chic on February 15, 2014 at 6:17 am

      Great thinking! I didn’t mind losing the 6″ of space, and now I have the ability to take it down and move it around if I decide to… I think in the wall would be awesome though! 🙂

  11. Susan Omang on February 14, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    something like this for hair appliances would be awesome!

    • Shanty2Chic on February 15, 2014 at 6:17 am

      so fun!!

      • Patty M Collins on September 25, 2014 at 10:49 am

        Susan, where did you find that? I am assuming that it holds curling iron and such?

  12. Susan Omang on February 14, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    I love this…you should get those curling iron/hair appliance plastic holders
    and attach them to the bottom shelf.

  13. Debra Thompson on February 14, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    That is an awesome build. Where you come up with the ideas is beyond me!

    • Shanty2Chic on February 15, 2014 at 6:17 am

      Thank you Debra… You are sweet! 🙂

  14. Jones Smith on February 14, 2014 at 10:48 am

    love this,going to try it in the spring!

  15. Kim Larson on February 14, 2014 at 10:47 am

    I am totally doing this! I’ve been having the great debate in my mind about medicine cabinet vs. mirror above the sink in my tiny, storageless bathroom. I have a wall of unused space behind the door that will be the perfect spot for this. Bathroom saver!

    • Shanty2Chic on February 15, 2014 at 6:18 am

      Woohoo!! SOunds perfect… Good luck!

  16. astrollthrulife on February 14, 2014 at 10:47 am

    It is fabulous, I love this idea. Super creative idea. Hugs, Marty

  17. Jill B on February 14, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Simply genius! LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

  18. Mel Mac on February 14, 2014 at 9:50 am

    I think it’s fab! What a great idea, especially when storage space is an issue. Thank you for the how-to. Must make this!

    • Shanty2Chic on February 15, 2014 at 6:19 am

      Thank you Mel… I appreciate it! 🙂

  19. Danielle Huddleston on February 14, 2014 at 9:07 am

    This looks great! What a great idea!

  20. Chasing August on February 14, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Your bathroom mirror storage is gorgeous. I love the color of your vanity also. I’m going to pin this so I can come back and replicate this when it’s time to redo our bathroom! Thank you.

    • Shanty2Chic on February 15, 2014 at 6:19 am

      Oh yeah!! Happy to give you some inspiration! 🙂

    • MP on June 22, 2018 at 8:54 pm

      This would look great in a whitewashed wood finish also

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