Full Length Mirror Sliding Beauty Storage Cabinet

Submitted by Ana White on Fri, 08/28/2015 - 11:47
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Turn a $6 wall mirror into the ultimate beauty cabinet.  Free plans by ANA-WHITE.com

Hi everyone!  I'm so excited to share with you today's project!!!

If you follow me on Instagram (thank you!) you've already got a few sneak peeks -

Forgive the photo quality please - the window there just destroys any hope of a decent photo (at least with my photography skills anyway!).

 

I've been racking my brain for a few months now on how to design the perfect beauty cabinet with a full length mirror integrated.  Something that didn't take up a ton of space, but stored all of my beauty stuff (I'm somewhat of a minimalist, so really just a few shelves for some hair projects, make-up and hair styling tools).  I like to fix my hair and put on mascara standing up (as opposed to sitting), so wanted the cabinet to be at eye level.  I also wanted the mirror to be visible when the cabinet is open, so my beauty supplies are within easy reach.

So I took a $6 wall mirror, added a frame, and attached it to drawer slides over a 1x4 wall shelf ....

 

You know you totally nailed it when your husband says he likes your beauty cabinet.  

This wall mounted vanity cabinet with sliding mirror is the perfect solution for me!  It fits in a small spot in an otherwise unusable corner, and the mirror slides open over the window.  It stores all of my beauty products and tools, and doubles as a full length wall mirror for getting dressed, too.  I love this thing so much!!!!

This project cost about $25 total to make (using some paint on hand and inexpensive 1x2 and 1x4 boards).  The biggest expense was the drawer slides ($12) but so worth it!  You'd be into hinges, knob and a magnetic clasp for probably about the same.

I put together a quick video that shows all the steps - check it out!

And of course, the step by step tutorial follows (if this is the home page you'll need to click READ MORE below).

Hope you like it!

Have an awesome weekend!

Ana

 

 

 

Dimensions
Dimensions dependent on mirror size

Preparation

Shopping List

2 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long - may need more lumber for larger sized mirror

2 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long - may need more lumber for larger sized mirror

1 full length wall mirror

1 set of full extension side mount drawer slides, length smaller than the overall width of cabinet (my cabinet was about 15" wide so I used 14" drawer slides)

2 screws for mounting to wall (I used 3" screws and screwed directly to studs in the wall)

Common Materials
Cut List

MIRROR FRAME

6 - 1x2 @ width of mirror

2 - 1x2 @ height of mirror PLUS 1-1/2"

 

SHELF

2 - 1x4 @ height of mirror PLUS 1-1/2"

5 - 1x4 @ width of mirror

4 - 1x2 @ width of mirror (for attaching to wall and attaching drawer slides)

Tools
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Pencil
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Drill
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Level
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Instructions

Step 1

Nail two of the 1x2s together to make "L" shapes with 1-1/4" nails and wood glue.  Build two of these.

Step 2

Attach sides to the "L" pieces to make the mirror frame, with 1-1/4" nails and glue.  All outside edges are flush.  Adjust for square.

Step 3

Add two back pieces for support.  Keep flush to back.

Step 4

Glue mirror into frame.  NOTE: I acutally did this at the last step so I could more easily attach my drawer slides.

Step 5

Step 6

Attach 1x2 boards for attaching the shelving unit to the wall. I also added additional 1x2s at front for attaching my drawer slides.

Step 7

For the bottom cleat, I attached it at a height so I could install pipe hangers for holding my hair styling tools. I used this cleat for attaching to the wall at the bottom.

Step 8

To install the drawer slides, I first screwed the slides to the shelving frame, edges flush to the outsides and even on the sliding edge of the drawer slide. Then I pulled the slide out part out and clamped it to the mirror and check to make sure it slid right. I then screwed it to the mirror frame back. I did do some adjusting to make sure the door slides smoothly and easily.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

Comments

Bown

Thu, 10/15/2015 - 09:45

I've been toying around with the idea of a bathroom cabinet like the one on Shanto to Chic website but wanted something that had slides because its going to go by my toilet and there is no room there for a swing out door. I just didnt know how to go about doing the slides, i didnt realize they were so easy to get!

 I have a Kreg shelf pin jig and i am going to use that so i can have adjustable shelves.

 

Thanks Ana, I am just leaving the house now to go get the supplies. :)

Robin

tracygrafix

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 14:12

I really love this idea! I've been racking my brain on a clever way to organize my jewelry and this would be the perfect solution. However, I want to try to do it within the wall studs and put hinges on the mirror because the wall I want to use won't work with a slider. Thanks for the inspiration! I love all your work. I've already built several projects from your plans - modified for my purposes. You really are an inspiration!!! Thanks for sharing your talent and 

tracygrafix

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 14:16

I've been racking my brain trying to figure out a way to contain and organize all my jewelry discretely. This will be the perfect solution! However, I'm going to attempt to build this in between the wall studs and hinge the mirror. Thank you for sharing all your creative ideas  detailed plans and talent with us! I've already built several items from ideas I got from you and modified for my needs. Thank you!!

Grim Acres

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 21:45

Definitely doing this when we build our new home!  Planning on making it inset into the wall so that it just looks like a mirror on the wall, not a cabinet.  This way I can use it for beauty/personal care items but also to hide things like expensive jewelry, a vacation fund jar, etc. 
Thanks Ana!