How to Make Your Junky Medicine Cabinet Look Fancy – Architectural Digest

Medicine cabinets are a necessary evil in small bathrooms—other than a shelf or two under the sink (if you’re lucky), the shallow nook is likely the only place to store your face wash, hairbrush, and contact solution within reach. So the darn thing is staying. But that doesn’t mean you need to accept the utilitarian fixture in its original state. Architect and designer Elizabeth Roberts recently gave the medicine cabinet a makeover so transformative you don’t even recognize what you’re looking at. And, like all great ideas, hers is an incredibly simple one.

In this kids’ bathroom, Roberts framed a store-bought medicine cabinet, treating it like a piece of art.

Faced with fashioning a tiny interior bathroom for a young family’s New York apartment, Roberts had a lightbulb moment. “In the kids’ bathroom, we used an off-the-shelf medicine cabinet and had a frame in the same wood as the vanity added to give a custom look without the expense,” she explains. Not only does it make for a seamless overall design of the space, the frame also hides the worst tell-tale sign of a medicine cabinet: the fact that it bumps out awkwardly from the wall.

The custom medicine cabinet in the master bedroom is recessed into the wall.

Roberts did another spin on the medicine cabinet—this one a bit more luxurious but just as genius—in the master bathroom of the same home. Here, she actually crafted a custom design that lies flush with the wall, extending behind it, to hide the fact that there is storage there at all. The result is what looks like an ultraminimalist unframed mirror. Hey there, good lookin’.

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