DIY Window Medicine Cabinet

Have a bunch of old windows laying around like I do? This tutorial will show you how to easily make a cabinet using an old window! It was one of the finishing touched for our newly remodeled bathroom.

Here is what you need:

  • a window (the one I used was a 6 pane)
  • hinges
  • multiple sized screws and drill
  • a nail gun
  • wood glue
  • level surface
  • lumber ( the sizes you get will depend on how big your window is and how deep you want to make it)
  • knob
  • stain and paint


  1. You will want to first make the frame for the cabinet. We used 1×6’s and measured to fit the outside of the window so it would close tightly. You essentially are making a box. Use the wood glue to join two pieces together and then using the nail gun nail into place. Let dry for the recommended time. I waited a few days because we were got busy with other things.
  2. Attach the window using the hinges. I would suggested using two, one on the top and bottom.
  3. You will then measure your box to cut the wood for the shelves. Keep in mind that if your window sits deeper you will need to make the width of your shelf smaller so it can open and close properly. We added two shelves using a 1×3.
  4. Once the frame, door, and shelves are attached you will want to add the back. If you have a table saw you would want to get a piece of plywood and measure and cut to fit the back so it is all one piece. If you are like me and do not have a table saw you will want to search your scrape wood stock pile and piece together boards until they fit the back. we screwed these in because we wanted the extra support for when it would get hung.
  5. Now you should have a window cabinet! We wanted ours to look old and distressed so I used a stain all over the new wood, let it dry, and then white washed everything.
  6. To hang it on your wall you can do whatever you would like. We just used 2 inch screws and inserted them right into the wall.

Here is the finished product!

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I need to get some more things to add to my cabinet.


One thought on “DIY Window Medicine Cabinet

  1. Tonita says:

    Love this cabinet. So sweet and a great upcycle project. Looks really great in the bathroom, but imagine it could be used in just about any room. I took an old window from a barn and made a tea cabinet for my farmhouse kitchen. Great way to make a unique cabinet.


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