Dirty Little Secret Friday {Medicine Cabinet}

January 17, 2014
Medicine Cabinet Organization | View From The Fridge

And I’m still going strong …

Week three of this ‘Dirty Little Secret’ series brought on tackling our medicine cabinet once and {hopefully} for all!

Project Organize

Let me give you some background before we begin …

This medicine cabinet is located in our only main floor bathroom (read:  the bathroom guest will use).   It is also the bathroom that WE use the most (brushing teeth, makeup, hair, etc).  Therefore, this cabinet has to be functional (i.e. hold all our crap stuff), but also clean, neat, organized, and hopefully {just a little} pretty to look at!

I reached a low point with the cabinet when our nanny texted me to ask where we kept thermometers.  Even though I told her ‘the medicine cabinet’, she still couldn’t find one that worked in all the mess!  Definitely NOT functional.

Here’s the before:

Medicine Cabinet Organization  |  View From The Fridge

The cabinet … before

That top shelf has some medicine (who knows if it’s expired), some thermometers (broken ones, apparently), about 1000 band aids and boxes, and some other miscellaneous things you would expect to find in a medicine cabinet.

The middle shelf has all my makeup, nail polish, toothpaste, hair brush, etc.  Yikes … no wonder I can never find my eye shadow!!

And the bottom shelf has more random stuff, some of it empty … I’m sure.

As I was randomly getting ready on morning last week, I decided it was time!  In the middle of applying my make up, I decided that I had had enough!!  I emptied the whole thing out, all over our the sink cabinet …

Medicine Cabinet Organization  |  View From The Fridge


Upon closer look, the inside of the cabinet was quite disgusting:

Medicine Cabinet Organization  |  View From The Fridge


Lotion + grapeseed oil (I like to use this on my face … don’t ask) + powdery makeup + hair brushes and combs = a film of nastiness along each shelf and at the bottom of the cabinet.  I was able to scrub it off the paint eventually, but we needed a solution.

Enter my favorite shelf paper ever …

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Covering the back and shelves with shelf paper

I bought this paper from Chic Shelf Paper, and I just love it!  It’s super thick and goes on easily … without wrinkles.  Now, when my lotion overflows, or my powder spills, it wipes off in an instant … with just a tissue (no scrubbing required)!

Next, I was on the hunt for some containers to hold all the stuff that would go back in the cabinet.  I found two of these galvanized tins with chalkboard labels already on them in our basement.  I think I had used them to hold pens for my cousin’s baby shower last year.  They were rescued from the basement, and now became bandaid and medicine holders.

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New LABELED bins for our bandaids and medicine

It’s amazing how much LESS room it takes up when you consolidate the FOUR half empty boxes of bandaids we had!!

On to my existing makeup holder.  I like that it has separate compartments, I like that it’s shallow so I can see what’s in there, but I don’t love the color and I don’t love that I can’t remember what stuff goes in what compartment.  Spray paint and gold glittery letters to the rescue!

Medicine Cabinet Organization  |  View From The Fridge

Drab green makeup organizer gets a makeover!

That’s better!

And for the bottom shelf, I first sorted all of the containers.  I was able to throw away quite a few empty bottles of stuff.  Now I was just in need of 1.  a makeup brush holder and 2.  a bin to hold jewelry and other miscellaneous small items.  SHOT GLASSES!  Yep, these don’t get much use these days, so why not give them a new purpose in life.  With a little hot pink sparkle tape from JoAnn, these make a fun girly addition to the cabinet:

Medicine Cabinet Organization  |  View From The Fridge

Shot glasses get repurposed!

I think they add just the perfect amount of color and bling to the cabinet …

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Bottom shelf after


I put it all together, and here’s the after …


Medicine Cabinet Organization  |  View From The Fridge


And the side by side comparison …

Medicine Cabinet Organization  |  View From The Fridge

This was a much smaller scale project than the craft closet transformation a couple weeks ago, but you have no idea how much happier this makes my mornings!  Instead of hunting for my eye shadow or lipstick, I can now reach right for it.  Instead of hunting for my one gold stud earring somewhere on that bottom shelf, I now can easily find it in that pink sparkly shot glass.  Instead of my husbands collar stiffeners laying around everywhere, he can now keep them in the shot glass!  When I’m in a hurry and have a kid hanging on my leg (which is most mornings), it’s so nice to just be able to find what I need.  This is proof that simple changes can make a HUGE improvement in your life (and I’m not exaggerating).  My husband has even mentioned a couple times how nice the cabinet looks.  I never heard any comments from him on the craft closet, so apparently this small change is affecting him as well!

Just more motivation to keep this resolution going for the rest of the year!

Happy Friday, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!




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  • Reply bette @ SOmerset Lane January 17, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    oh wow! it does look so much better. The shelf liner is awesome. I’m sure you will really appreciate this in the middle of the night when of the littles is sick.

  • Reply Courtney @ Crafts by Courtney January 17, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Great job tacking that bathroom medicine cabinet. I love how you lined it and the buckets are adorable. Can’t wait to see what you get organized next week!

  • Reply Courtney January 18, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Love this idea! My blogging friends and I just started a lifestyle link party and think you would be the perfect match for it, check it out here!

  • Reply Melissa @ A Prudent Life January 18, 2014 at 2:14 am

    That shelf paper is AMAZING! And I love the re-purposed shot glasses – so clever!

    • Reply Katie January 24, 2014 at 5:48 am

      Thanks, Melissa! This is seriously the BEST shelf paper ever! Doesn’t rip, doesn’t get all stuck to itself, applies easily and cleanly. Now, if they would just have free shipping it would be even better! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Cindy Eikenberg January 19, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Hi Katie! Oh my, I need to do this so much and I absolutely love how this reorganization turned out! Thank you so much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend. Pinned! Hope you have a happy Sunday and a wonderful week!

    • Reply Katie January 19, 2014 at 10:39 pm

      Hi Cindy,
      Thanks for stopping by!! It’s silly how happy this cabinet makes me. Thanks for a great party and hope you’re having a great weekend!

  • Reply Tasha @ Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body January 22, 2014 at 12:17 am

    Hi Katie! THIS IS AMAZING! We don’t have a medicine cabinet in our bathroom, but my drawers look like your “before” photo. Great ideas for getting things organized. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Reply Katie January 24, 2014 at 5:48 am

      Thanks for stopping by, Tasha! Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Maria January 22, 2014 at 2:47 am

    I love this! Love the way you organized the cabinet, I seriously need to do the same thing!!! Love how you used the shelf paper too!

    • Reply Katie January 24, 2014 at 5:49 am

      Thanks, Maria! I appreciate the note, and thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Michelle @ yagottahaveahobby January 22, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Wow–this looks great! I sooo need to do this to our cabinet as well. I love the shot glasses with sparkle tape–totally cute. :)

  • Reply Sami January 23, 2014 at 2:08 am

    What a fantastic way to organize your medicine cabinet. I need to do this so badly in my daughter’s bathroom.

  • Reply Ali Gilbert January 24, 2014 at 2:55 am

    I LOVE this medicine cabinet makeover!! Thanks for sharing:)

  • Reply Sarah January 24, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    This looks great! I love what you did with the shot glasses, so cute. I have a collection we never use, I may try this around the house. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Nicole {Life's Tidbits} January 24, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Looks fabulous! I definitely need to organize my medicine cabinet. I’ve been searching for good shelf paper … thanks for the tip of where to get some :)

    • Reply Katie January 24, 2014 at 9:14 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Nicole! Their shelf paper is FANTASTIC!! (And they’re not even paying me to say that …. Maybe I should ask?). Ha! Have a great weekend!

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    Stopping by to let you know I am featuring your Medicine Cabinet tomorrow on my new series Let’s Get Organized! Thanks so much for linking it up on Made in a Day!

    • Reply Katie January 28, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      Can’t wait to see the feature tomorrow! You have no idea how happy this simple medicine cabinet makes me! Thanks for stopping over!!!
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  • Reply Betsy @ Romance on a Dime January 28, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Love this! Our medicine cabinet totally needs a makeover! Thanks for linking up to Take it on Tuesday!!
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    • Reply Katie January 28, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      Thanks, Betsy! Again, thanks for hosting the party!!
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    Wow! Your medicine cabinet came out beautifully! I wish mine was that organized. Great job and very inspiring!
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  • Reply Kathy @The Daily Nest February 13, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Hi Katie! This looks adorable and organized! I wouldn’t think to use the shelf paper to cover the whole thing! Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Katie February 13, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      Thanks, Kathy!! The shelf paper on the back and sides isn’t really necessary, I suppose, but it does make it prettier! :). Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Reply Aja March 5, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Love this!! The shelf paper is beautiful and especially love the Unblemish products in there!!;)

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    It looks so nice! I did something similar w/labeled baskets in my hall closet for medications, first aid stuff, light bulbs etc but it didn’t stay organized for very long. After seeing this post I feel motivated to reorganize it!

    • Reply Katie January 3, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      Thanks, Jennifer! I’m glad I could inspire you :-)!! I have so many other areas that could use a little organizing TLC, too!!

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