UFO DIY Challenge – Medicine Cabinet Turned Open Shelving

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1. In order to be featured, you MUST have a link on your post back to the party.
2. Do not link to your blog homepage. Link directly to the project you are posting.
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Now on to my reveal, remember to link yours up at the bottom of this post:

This is my reveal of my UFO DIY Challenge project. As I said before, I spend a lot of time doing home improvements at my friend Rachel’s house. She wanted to redo some bathroom stuff, like removing the medicine cabinet and creating an open shelf there, also changing out the mirror.


Here’s what it looked like before:

Here’s what it looked like when we removed the medicine cabinet:

We had a couple of issues.

Some wood was broken/missing, so that would make it harder to attach some new drywall to the situation:

So I decided I would screw some of the broken wood back on:

Then I screwed some extra wood pieces up because there was a pipe going right through our new shelving area:

Then I cut the drywall:

Then cutting through the other side:

Then I measured where the wood pieces were and marked my spots on the drywall where I should drill some holes to drill in the screws:

Then I screwed in the screws so they were just below flush with the drywall, so that the screws weren’t sticking out of the drywall, that way you can put joint compound over it and smooth it all out:

Done with the back piece of drywall:

Done with the side pieces of drywall and started putting up the joint compound tape (this is so cracks don’t come back later):

Then I put on the first layer of joint compound:

The next day I sanded the joint compound and put on a second layer, and I also fixed a hole that was in the wall behind the mirror by screwing in some supporting wood, then screwing in the drywall, adding drywall tape and joint compound:

The next day I sanded that layer of joint compound and cleaned off any dust, then painted the inner section of the shelving area white, and the edges near the gray paint gray:

I also put on another layer of joint compound over that hole I fixed:

Then Kyle helped me cut the moulding/trim pieces with a hand saw because we didn’t have any power tools. Then I put them up using a nail gun and brad nails. Then I caulked the cracks:

I also painted the spot behind where the mirror goes to match the rest of the wall:

And finally, yesterday, Rachel painted the trim and we bought a little piece of thin wood to use as a shelf. Then I did some trial and error trying to figure out the best/cleanest way of putting up the little shelf piece. We decided that putting a piece of wood on each side, screwed into the wall, drilling a big hole the width of a screw head half way through the wood so that the screw goes flush or just below flush. That way I could put caulking over the screws and you wouldn’t see them. Then I caulked all the cracks around the wood pieces and then painted the shelf. I also touched up some more caulking around the trim because I’m a perfectionist.

Rachel put up some of her stuff and now it looks like this:

And I also put up her new mirror which she picked out at IKEA:

Rachel was a great assistant all the way through, but I told her I had to do it all pretty much myself since it was a DIY Challenge and all ;) And Also thanks to Kyle for hand sawing the trim! That was a lifesaver!

Another before and after pic next to each other:

And a close up of the old medicine cabinet and new shelving in its place:

Now it’s time for to you to link up below and show off what you completed for the UFO DIY Challenge! You have through May 7th to publish your blog post about it and link up. So if you’re not yet done with your project, you still have over 5 days to complete it!!!

I am linking up to the co-hosters! Don’t forget to add the co-hosts of the UFO DIY Challenge in your blog post:

Micki from addhousewife.com
Kim from themoney-pit.com
Joanne from doublewideinthesky.blogspot.com
Shelby from thebeansproutnotes.blogspot.com
and Lisha from onehouseonecouple.blogzam.com

Also, don’t forget to add the UFO button to your post as well:

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15 Responses to 'UFO DIY Challenge – Medicine Cabinet Turned Open Shelving'

  1. Joanne says:

    What an AMAZING transformation, Lisha!

    Great job…. I can’t believe what a little drywall can do ;)

    What a nice friend you are!

    -Joanne

  2. Can’t wait to link up later this week! :D
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    • Lisha says:

      Ashley, I saw your comments that you weren’t able to link up! I wish I was here so I could have helped you! I’m so sorry! Put your UFO link from your blog in a comment! :)

      ~Lisha

  3. I’m impressed! Really nice job. :)
    Amy@BuffaloRoam recently posted..A Belated Birthday PartyMy Profile

  4. Kim says:

    That came out great.. So pretty and clean vs. old and dated! I love it!
    Kim recently posted..Adding Double Doors to the Master BedroomMy Profile

  5. Shelby says:

    That turned out really great! I’m sure your friend is very pleased.
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  6. Nica says:

    These are all helpful.. I guess DIY things are really very useful today and it saves money for us..
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  7. What a transformation! Our new house has medicine cabinets – we might have to do this in one of them – I love it! :)

    I’m loving seeing all the UFO projects being shared – thanks for hosting!
    Ash @ HumberHomeProject recently posted..Wedding Invitations – UFO DIY ChallengeMy Profile

  8. Lynn says:

    That turned out amazing! What an improvement, and I am so impressed with your drywall skills. Nice job!
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