A new, custom medicine cabinet in a bath remodel. After removing the old Broan, pressed metal cabinet, we found we were dealing with a plumbing wall–two standard 2×4 framed walls sandwiching a 4″ gap that accommodates the large sewer vent pipe. Which left us with room for a 7 1/2″ deep cabinet–more than twice as deep as the standard, original cabinet.
The cabinet itself is all FSC-certified, from the maple plywood carcase (via States Industries) to the figured cherry face. Otherwise, a standard, classic Craftsman look.
Adding a mirror back on the inside accentuates the box’s depth, reflects more light into the cabinet and room, and, in a pinch, lets a second person use the space–one person using the open door mirror and the other using the cabinet back. And if the mirrored door is fogged up after a hot shower, just open the door for a clear reflection.
Here’s a look into the plumbing wall, after we’d expanded the cutout to make room for the new, larger cabinet.