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

DIY Bathroom Organization

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!

DIY Bathroom Storage Cabinet Free Plans

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.

How to make a bathroom organizer

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.

How to add trim to mirror

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

building a bathroom cabinet

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.


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!


  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! [email protected]’yet Etc.

    • Betty on June 16, 2019 at 7:52 pm

      This is useless, what woman owns tools like this to do the job. Just cheaper to go out and buy yourself a medicine cabinet.

      • De on August 9, 2019 at 9:55 am

        Sometimes you don’t need every tool, just the basics and some innovation. That is what I do. I don’t have all the required tools but I bet I’ll be able to make it just as good.

        Great project. Cannot wait to get started!

      • De on August 9, 2019 at 9:57 am

        What were the measurements of the mirror you used?

      • Heather on August 10, 2019 at 7:16 pm

        Well, this woman does. Unnecessary negative comment.

        Excited to get started on this for our new house. Thank you for sharing.

        • Isshia Battee on September 25, 2019 at 8:17 pm

          Absolutely! I love this idea and if I don’t have a tool I’ll make it work with what I have!

      • Nicole C Koehn on August 27, 2019 at 7:50 am

        I own the tools to make goodies like this. You can absolutely go purchase something cheap of course, but you won’t find anything that is REAL wood. And it certainly won’t have any personality. You take your veneer “made in China” cabinet. I’ll be printing these instructions. Thank you Shanty Gals!

      • Bmbj on September 17, 2019 at 12:19 am

        I do!! Go buy a cabinet and don’t be such a negative Nancy!

      • Shawna on September 19, 2019 at 12:45 pm

        I do! And I have the skills to do this. Betty, most communities have options available to you where someone could teach you how to build something. Tools don’t have to be expensive. Even if you don’t want to build it – it’s easy to find someone local to build it for you. .Yes – you could also just go buy one., tell me where you’d find something like this. Most that you’d order online will be made with crappy products and not hold up.

      • ShortFuse on December 2, 2019 at 11:52 pm

        Whatever……… GREAT JOB and thank you so much. Could not believe when I seen this. Is exactly what my bathroom Needs and is missing. I will be starting on this soon as I walk in front door after work.

      • Veronica on December 28, 2019 at 11:22 pm

        If one could find a cabinet like this for sale, it would cost $350 and it would be made of cheap laminate. I’m a woman, I have all of these tools, and I plan to make something similar to this.

        • Amanda on March 9, 2020 at 4:00 am

          Betty, I’m a single woman and I own those tools.

      • Brianne on April 29, 2020 at 11:52 am

        Actually Betty, I specifically look for plans from Shanty 2 Chic – they’re amazing. If you’re questioning the use for this because “what woman owns tools like this to do the job” then I’d say to you, why are you looking at Shanty 2 Chic anyways? They are amazing at helping those of us women who DO have tools to do this. Every single tool. I’ve got it. Sorry you don’t, but I think you need to redirect yourself to Amazon if you want to buy yourself a medicine cabinet. I have to go now, this build is waiting for me. Thanks, Shanty sisters!

      • Kim Campbell on January 11, 2021 at 10:32 am

        Other than the clamps I own every tool. I also just rendered my kitchen by myself. Doing this thingy but I want to mount it on the back of my bathroom door is my next plan of attack on randalling my house.

        • Debbie DeAnna on December 15, 2021 at 8:08 pm

          Love it!!! Can’t wait to build one of my own

      • Jake B. on March 19, 2021 at 11:37 am

        Lets not degrade women Betty…some women do better wood working then men now a day’s. I do wood working and this is very basic. You actually dont need nmany of the tools and dont need to use pocket screws and pocket drill guide just make sure its square. Drill your holes. Fill holes. Paint or stain and add mirror and acessories. It is a great idea and a great beginner project and will save you a ton of money. This is a 150.00 to 200.00 mirror cabinet you can do for under 75.00

      • Chinaali on August 28, 2021 at 3:23 pm

        You don’t need much Home Depot can cut all the wood to size. You don’t have to make poke holes instead use screws with a screw gun or buy on for $35 or less. A box of screws are so cheap in size needed. Stain not expensive or buy $8 samples from any paint store in your chosen color and $1 for foam brushes from dollar store. So if you own a screw driver, another dollar store buy it can cost less then any cabinet or mirror unless it’s good will but still cost more.

      • LarryS on November 7, 2021 at 2:19 pm

        Why bother looking at DIY If your only point is to defame the author who has the skills and equipment to pull it off. WHAT is USELESS IS BEING RUDE.

    • Courtney on July 15, 2021 at 4:38 pm

      Did anyone catch the dimensions of the mirror? If not, anyone make this project and have the dimensions of the mirror they used or how to convert measurements?

      • Kim Campbell on July 15, 2021 at 4:46 pm

        I just used the standard door-sized dressing mirror, that I have had for years.

      • Alicia on August 23, 2021 at 6:10 am

        There’s a screenshot of the mirror she used- I almost missed it myself! It’s a 60×16!

  2. [email protected] 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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