Custom Bathroom Mirror

By Robert Robillard on Bathrooms


I wanted a mirror with a medicine chest in my new bathroom and did not want tit to detract from all of the wainscoting on the walls and old, stain glass window I installed.

Look A Magazines for Ideas:

I tell people all the time to look on websites, photo blogs and magazines to get their design ideas.  My design was no exception.  I saw and chose an old looking medicine chest in a Renovator Supply catalog.  Using the catalog picture as a guide I made my chest to mimic it.


I used poplar to make the mirror case.  I like poplar because its reasonably priced, does not have knots and is fairly stable to work with.  The mirror face frame and shelves are also poplar.  The mirror back was 1/4 inch Birch plywood.

The mirror door has four pieces that surround and enclose the mirror.  I made these wooden parts our of poplar and use a cope and stick method of joining them.  A shaper helps when doing this.    Once the door was made and fitted I had a local glass company cut me the mirror glass. To make the glass mirror stop I ripped the small profile off of a cope and stick profile.

The head molding I bought at a local mill shop.  I liked it because it was one solid piece and looked and felt substantial for my “entablature” look.

Installing the Cabinet:

The cabinet sits on top of wainscoting but is also fastened to wall studs with 3-inch decking screws and finish washers.  I like sing the finish washers because they prevent the screw head from blowing out the plywood back.


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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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