Red Cross Medicine Chest

Red Cross Medicine Chest

When it came time to put up our old medicine chest wall cabinet in our new house I wanted people to easily recognise the contents of the cabinet in case of an emergency. An easy answer was to paint the front door of the cabinet with the universal symbol of the red cross.

red cross chest

It’s a simple Adonis chest from IKEA and we keep all our tablets, medicine and bandages inside so that they are all in one spot. We don’t have room for it in our bathrooms so it will live under the stairs which is locked from the kids but quickly accessible in case of an emergency. It’s good to have the medicine chest locked away from the kids to keep them safe but also to stop them from using all the band aids. My kids love them and if they can reach the band aids they will use them all up so that when you actually need some there aren’t any left! Do your kids do that?

Anyway to make our “Red Cross Medicine Chest” I measured out the centre of the cabinet door and then using a ruler and lead pencil I made a 3cm thick cross.

crafty little helper

Then with some help from my baby boy we used some blue painters masking tape to mark out the outline of the cross. After rubbing out the pencil lines so they didn’t show through I painted the cross in three coats of red paint.

painted red cross medicine chest

Hubby has put it up on the wall under the stairs and now there is no mistaking the contents. I see IKEA now have cabinets with a lock which is a great idea but ours is safely high enough for the kids not to be able to reach.

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