Even if your bathroom is small, you can add a storage area for your toiletries without taking up additional room. Recessing the bathroom medicine cabinet makes it flush with the wall and is not difficult to do. For a dual-purpose addition, select a cabinet that features a mirrored front.
You will need:
• Medicine cabinet designed for recessed installation
• Drywall saw
• Stud finder
• Carpenter level
• Screwdriver (optional)
• Tape measure
Step 1: The medicine cabinet must be hung between two studs in the bathroom wall. Use the stud finder to identify these, measure the distance with the tape measure, and purchase a cabinet that will fit into this spot.
Step 2: Measure the cabinet dimensions and outline an appropriately sized area on the wall with the pencil and ruler.
Step 3: Cut a small hole in the center of this area, using the drywall saw. Cut it just large enough for you to look around inside the wall.
Step 4: Shine the flashlight into the hole and look inside to ensure that no plumbing or electrical wiring are present. If all looks ok, proceed to the next step. If not, install a wall mounted cabinet or have a professional perform the installation.
Step 5: Use the drywall saw to cut the outline marked in the wall in Step 2. Be careful not to cut the opposite wall.
Step 6: Measure and cut the lumber to the length of your medicine cabinet.
Step 7: Use your hammer to nail the lumber to wall studs that will hold the sides of the cabinet. These create a frame for the cabinet.
Step 8: Slide the cabinet into place, placing its sides against the lumber installed in Step 7. Use the level to ensure that the cabinet is level. Operate the cabinet door to verify that it swings freely without hitting the wall.
Step 9: The cabinet should have pre-drilled holes on the sides. Put a screw in each hole and drill it into the lumber. If there is not enough room for a drill, use a screwdriver to secure them.
Step 10: Before you begin filling it with personal items, operate the cabinet to make sure it is secured to the wall.