Master Bath Medicine Cabinet

I wanted a space left open in the drywall to reuse one of the original medicine cabinets in the master bathroom. The wall had to be built out due to the plumbing run below and it seemed like a perfect opportunity to install a recessed cabinet. The drywall installer offered to put in the cabinet for me. But the problem was that he lined it up with the 2 x 4’s instead of the finished drywall.

Drywall space for medicine cabinet

Drywall space for medicine cabinet


There was a half hearted attempt to keep the cabinet clean and the texture got sprayed inside the box. So it was streaked with white even after cleaning it. Because the cabinet was recessed 1/2″ there would be a gap between the box and the cabinet facing. So I had to remove it and reinstall another box from the original house. It was identical to the first and I didn’t have plans to use both so I didn’t have to use the dirty box.
Cutting the cabinet out of the drywalled area was difficult however.
Cutting out the cabinet

Cutting out the cabinet


It was screwed in at the top and bottom corners and I had to use the multitool with a metal blade to cut through the screws. I finally was able to pull it out though and after cleaning up the inside of the wall, I put the clean one into the space. It had to be flush to the outside edge of the drywall but I just used the nail gun to fix the top and bottom into place after shimming it level.
Then the face trim that also holds the door with the mirror was screwed into the box.
New cabinet installed flush

New cabinet installed flush


The new cabinet was cleaned up a bit and the mirror washed and it looks like the authentic rustic style I am working to create.
Cabinet with tile

Cabinet with tile


Not a major task but really good to get it finished and checked off the summer list.

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