How to Update a Medicine Cabinet

Instead of wallpapering an entire room or wall with a trendy expensive wallpaper. Try using affordable decorative gift wrap in small doses to update your decor and give your eye something new to enjoy in every room of your home.

Plus… find out my #1 resource on where to find the best gift wrap for under $3.00 a roll.

As I go from room to room decorating my home, I try to find simple and budget-friendly ways to add pops of color and trendy decorating patterns here and there to make my spaces feel happy and alive.

Medicine-Cabinet-Decorating-and-Organizing Ideas
Bathroom cabinet before makeover

When it came time to add some style to the medicine cabinet in my bathroom, I got a very colorful and budget-friendly idea on a way to make it over.

How to line the inside of a cabinet with decorative paper
Bathroom cabinet after gift wrap makeover

I like to add color and pattern to rooms, but also areas where you would least expect to see it… like in my medicine cabinet.

To give the cabinet a fresh look, I added a lined back to the cabinet with some colorful gift wrap for a surprise pop of color. Since this is the first thing I see most mornings, it is like getting a shot of positive energy to start my day.

how to line a cabinet with decorative paper

Decorating-Ideas-Using-Giftwrap Tutorial

supplies needed:

  • Gift wrap – Marshalls and HomeGoods
  • Foam Board – I bought mine at The Dollar Tree
  • Spray adhesive
  • Clear Contact Paper
  • Craft Knife
  • Scissors
Decorating Uses for Home-Goods-Gift-Wrap

1. Remove cabinet shelves.  Cut foam board to size to fit inside the back of the cabinet.

2. Cut gift wrap large enough to cover front and wrap around the back of the board.

3. Use spray adhesive to attach the gift wrap. Make sure it is smooth and use your fingers or a plastic scraper that has rounded corners to smooth it out to the sides and then around to the back.

4. To protect the paper from water stains, cover it with clear Contact paper. Cut a large enough piece so it wraps around to the back. Smooth with your fingers to remove air bubbles and wrinkles.

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5. Place the covered board to the back of the cabinet.  Replace shelves.  Restock and organize your stuff.

Ideas-for-organizing-shelves and cabinets

Now every time I open the cabinet, I am rewarded with a surprise pop of infectious, happiness-producing color and pattern where I least expect to see it.

Other Ways to Use Colorful Gift Wrap to Decorate Your Home

The rolls of colorful trendy gift wrap can be used to cover so much more than gifts. Check out 19 more ways to Decorate with Gift Wrap in your home to line drawers, trays, books on your shelves, storage boxes, and even furniture.

My #1 Decorative Gift Wrap Resource

The best place to find colorful rolls of gift wrap is at HomeGoods and Marshalls. For $2.99  –  you get lots of affordable decorating potential all rolled-up and ready to use.

When the decorating trend fades that you added to your home in 6 months (sometimes it feels like trends go in and out of style that fast) it is easy and budget-friendly to change out and add a new color or pattern.

You won’t feel guilty when you change things, as you didn’t spend a lot of money in the way of a big ticket item, like a rug with the pattern on it or a sofa.

Keeping the trends on pillows, throws, vases or to line a drawer or cabinet for a surprise pop of style keeps your spaces updated and cash in your wallet for major purchases that you can use in the long run.

What ways have you used colorful gift wrap to decorate your home?


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  1. Awesome ideas! Thanks for sharing!
    Just moved into a new house this week! Could you tell me how you did that storage of wrapping paper rolls on the back of a door. I am creating a craft room and that would be perfect!
    Thanks much

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  3. Found a roll of clear contact paper today at K-Mart..must be popular, there were only 2 rolls there, so I grabbed one roll. Now I’ll look at Michael’s tomorrow for that Spray adhestive. Thanks for your response.
    Have lots of gift wrap here..DH says there is some semi-gloss white here but knowing him, it’s been around too long. I’ll go buy a pt. and be on the safe side. My nightmare is the bottom of medicine cabinet..where the mouthwash and toothpaste get put..

  4. Where can you buy the clear contact paper? It’s hard to find shelf lining paper anymore unless you go to a store that specializez in kitchen supplies only. Does Walmart or Target sell the clear contact paper or The Container Store?

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Betty – I buy it at Walmart. It is sold near the kitchen tools and appliance aisle.

  5. Opps! I see some typos in my previous does one edit their post?

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Betty – Once it is published, only I can go in and edit the comments.

  6. I love this medicine cabinet makeover..seems simple but I have a question and I think I have figured out the answer but do you attach the foam board to inside of medicine cabinet or once you put the glass shelves back in, that hold the foam board in place? How thick is the foam board? It looks like it might be too thick and it would make the glass shelves stick out too far.

    At Michael’s or A.C. Moore, one can find lined pads with magnets attached, like for writing a grocery list on..they sometimes will be in a bin maked $1..and I often buy a bunch of those at once. I figure one could attach one of those to the inside of the medicine cabinet door and write down any supplies you know are running low or completely out and every day when you open that medicine cabinet, you’ll remember that you need to replenish those supplies.

    A lot of stores will stock large sizes of mouthwash and they are so heavy to lift in/out of medicine cabinet each day. I plan to buy a smaller size and when that container is empty; keep it to put fresh mouthwash in from the larger size. Makes sense to me..

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi again Betty –

      Thanks for sharing your idea about using the magnet pads inside the door. Great idea! As far as the boards to use for the back drop – cover poster board with the gift wrap if the cabinet does not have any extra room for the door to close if foam boards are too thick.

  7. Kimberly @ A Night Owl says:

    Love this! Such a fun color and design. Who knew a medicine cabinet could be so pretty? xo, Kimberly

  8. Linda Southworth says:

    I was checking out at Home Goods this past weekend and remembered this post. I went to the boxes of paper and found a beautiful flamestitch pattern in yellow, green, orange, pink and teal. Just a pretty Now I am thinking of what special project I will use this for.

  9. Lauren @momhomeguide says:

    I love this! I’ve been thinking of adding brightly patterned wrapping paper to a bookcase that’s in my kids’ new media / play space to make the room more fun. Thanks for posting!

  10. I love these little update punches around the house, so easy! And I have to admit I have the same addiction to skin care products … I think for the same reason as you, I had terrible skin as a teenager and was very self-conscious. Now I fall for every promise!

  11. Char @His and Her Restoration says:

    Love your organization tip…now to find a place to do that! Your tutorial on the bathroom cabinet pop of color is awesome! Going to update my son’s bathroom and surprise him!

    Thank you,


  12. JaneEllen says:

    Love the green paper with the gorgeous pattern, very now. You did a great job getting paper on evenly.
    I don’t have a medicine cabinet in our bathroom but could line the back of our towel/toiletries stand which sits under our window. No linen closet so we had to make some thing/place to put all our goodies. Good thing I have a handy hubs. Would really love to have a nice cupboard but never seem to find what I like that I can afford. Just need to repaint what we have for awhile. Your med cab is so neat and well stocked. Happy Week Gina

  13. Nif @ Call*Me*Nif says:

    This is so smart!! (Duh, no surprise!) I, too, love good skincare (my choice is Arbonne) but didn’t discover it until I turned 40. Thanks for sharing your great idea!


  14. Sheryll & Critters. says:

    That is such a great idea, how you do these still amazes me.

    Gift Wrap…. need
    Foam Board…. check
    Spray Adhesive… scares me (I had a close encounter of the worst kind & will ‘try’ 3 M next)
    Clear Contact Paper….. I got some a couple years back at Dollar Tree)

    Now I need the cabinet……. I will wait till I find the spot for this.

  15. Rebecca - HomeSeasons says:

    Loving the print you used! That green is so popular this year, especially for spring. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Oooh! That’s so much fun! I love giftwrap and I rarely have gifts to wrap. Thanks for the fun idea.