Freshen Up an Antique Cabinet for Beautiful Bathroom Storage

Beautifully boost your bathroom's storage space and style by incorporating an antique cabinet to stash spa essentials and everyday necessities.

Photo By: Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Sarah Busby

Photo By: Sarah Busby

Photo By: Sarah Busby

Photo By: Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Style + Storage = Win, Win!

Typically compact, vintage medical cabinets are a great option for boosting your bathroom's storage space — both visible and hidden — without taking up a lot of valuable floor space. Other great options are a slim bookcase or étagère — which is essentially a decorative, open-sided set of shelves.

Add Color Without Commitment

Patterned shelf liner is a removable option for adding a big boost of color to the back of a bookshelf or cabinet without the commitment of making a permanent change — like paint. A temporary update like this is ideal when working with an antique that's structurally sound but could just use a style boost. Read on to learn how we did it.

First, Remove All Shelves

Carefully remove shelves and set aside. Using a tape measure, determine the cabinet opening's height and width.

Cut and Cover Foam Board

Transfer measurement to a piece of inexpensive foam board (available at your local craft, dollar or office supply store), and cut out. Cover foam board piece with self-adhesive shelf liner in a pattern and color you love.

Insert Covered Foam Board

Cut off any excess shelf paper so the edges of the foam board and shelf paper are flush, then place covered board in back of cabinet and replace shelves which will hold the thin, lightweight board in place.

Put Pretties on Display

Authentic or reproduction lidded glass jars are a beautiful option for displaying bath bombs, sea sponges and bath salts. Estate sales and thrift stores are a great place to find the vintage versions while most mass retailers, including craft stores, carry lookalike reproductions.

And, Hide Away Everyday Essentials

Use drawers or space behind a door to store toilet paper, shampoo bottles, kids' tub toys or any other items you need close at hand but don't want to display. Bonus: Slide a basket under (or place on top) to stash pretty guest towels.

Bath-Time at Hand

On the cabinet's bottom shelf, we grouped together our favorite items for a nice, long soak: epsom salt, dried lavender and vials of essential oils, protected from damaging heat and light in a pretty vintage tin.

Soap on a Salver

Everyday necessities, like soap, look special when stacked on a vintage brass tray.

Freshen Up With Blooming Plants

Small blooming plants, like kalanchoe, or succulents are a great option for adding a little life and additional color to a bookshelf or glass-enclosed cabinet that receives plenty of sunlight. Tip: Blooming plants typically require more water than non-flowering plants so be sure to test the soil for dryness regularly.

Layer in More Plants

A humid bathroom + plants are a natural combo. Not only do plants provide a pretty pop of natural color, they work 24/7 to clean the air of common indoor pollutants like formaldehyde, benzene and acetone — making them even more of a bathroom's best friend.

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