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Hidden Storage: Behind Picture Frame

Turn a medicine cabinet into a framed picture with hidden storage behind it. It would be great for a bathroom, bedroom or anywhere you need a little extra organizational space.

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Step 1

Purchase recessed medicine cabinet.

Before you start, you'll need a couple of things. Purchase a standard recessed medicine cabinet (one that's meant to be installed in the wall between studs). You'll also need a framed photo that is big enough to act as the front door.

Step 2

Remove mirror.

Remove the mirror from the front of the cabinet. Make sure to keep the hinges attached so you can replace that mirror with your picture.

Step 3

Recess hinge plates.

Depending on the type of hinges, you may have to use a chisel or a Forstner bit to recess the hinge plates into the picture frame backing.

Step 4

Screw hinges into picture frame.

Screw the hinges into the picture frame. Make sure that your new picture door closes completely and sits flat against the cabinet front.

Step 5

Use a stud finder.

Now it's time to install it. Once you know the general area where you want the cabinet, use a stud finder to locate the studs. Try using a stud finder that also locates pipes and wires.

Step 6

Cut out a template.

Trace the back of your medicine cabinet onto cardboard and cut out a template. Then use your stud markings and the template to trace where your hidden compartment is going to go.


When you are choosing a location, some things to keep in mind:  If there is an electrical outlet, a switch, or a plumbing fixture adjacent, there is likely to be wiring or pipes in the wall, so be careful. Also, wires usually go directly up and down inside the wall to feed a switch or socket, so don't position your cabinet directly above or below a socket or switch.

Step 7

Cut opening with a drywall saw.

Cut the opening with a drywall saw. Now try test fitting your cabinet. If it fits nicely, then it's time to add some support for the top and bottom of the cabinet.

Step 8

Cut 2x4s.

Measure between your studs and cut 2 2x4s to length. Put them into place and screw them into the studs securely.

Step 9

Place cabinet in wall recess.

Now place the cabinet in the wall. Use your level to make sure it's positioned properly.

Step 10

Attach hardware.

Use the provided hardware to attach it to the studs. Check to ensure that it's in there securely.

Such an easy project that not only helps you organize, but also adds to your decor.