It is a relatively easy process, when you want to make a recessed medicine cabinet with mirror door. Simply purchase a cabinet and replace the door with the framed mirror. There are several steps to guide you when updating a wood-frame mirror into a recessed medicine cabinet.
How to Update a Wood-Frame Mirror into a Recessed Medicine Cabinet: All the things you will need
- Keyhole saw
- Stud finder
- Recessed medicine cabinet
- Hacksaw blade
- 2-inch decking screws, 21
- Construction adhesive
- 2-inch drywall screws, 11
How to Update a Wood-Frame Mirror into a Recessed Medicine Cabinet: Instructions
- Decide the approximately area where you would like the cabinet to place, and lightly outline the area. Locate any studs that lie within the outline by using a stud finder. Remaining within the cabinet outline, cut out 4-inch squares on either side of those studs by using a keyhole saw. Make sure to not cut any deeper than your drywall and risk hitting pipes or wires. Be careful to remove the drywall cutouts. Look around for possible obstructions by using a flashlight to shine the openings. If necessary, you can hire a plumber and/or electrician to move pipes or wires.
- Ask a help from your friend, when holding the cabinet against the wall. Locate the cabinet at a height that is comfortable and accessible for you. A medicine cabinetâ€™s top is basically positioned about 72 inches from the floor. Use pencil to trace the cabinetâ€™s position on the wall. Cut along the inside of pencil line by using a keyhole saw. Be careful not to damage the remaining wall, when removing the drywall inside your cut line. Remove any insulation and loose debris. Behind the exposed stud, slide a hacksaw blade. Use it to cut through any drywall screws. With the opening at the bottom and top, cut the stud flush by using a handsaw and remove the cut stud.
- Leave the hinges on the cabinet after unscrewing the cabinetâ€™s door. Make sure the cabinet fit in the opening. Fix tight spots by using utility knife and rasp.
- Into the opening, slide a 2-by-4 horizontally. In an area where the 2-by-4 meets the sawed-off stud, you should mark it and cut the board. In order to fit the bottom and top of opening, create three more pieces of blocking. Apply construction adhesive on the both ends to attach the blocking. With the drywall opening, place the board between the studs, flush. To further secure the blocking, drive screws into the blocking and through the drywall.
- Inside the blocked space fit the cabinet. Drive drywall screws through the holes into the blocking and the holes in the side of the cabinet. If necessary, to hide irregularities in the wall, caulk around the edges of the cabinet.
- Use the screws to attach the wood frame mirror to the door hinges. Make sure that the new mirrored door opens and closes smoothly.