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Old 08-23-2010, 12:43 PM   #1
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Replacing A Recessed Medicine Cabinet Issues


We have this old medicine cabinet that is recessed into our tiled wall and of course no one makes one the same size as the one that's there. We don't have any tiles so that we can get a smaller one so our only option seems to be to make the opening larger which is not something we really want to do. Does any one know if the lights can be removed and the cabinet can still be used? If so I can just prime and paint it. Any suggestions will help!

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Recessed part - 17 inches high by 26 inches wide and about 4 inches deep

Outside - 20 inches high by 28 wide
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Old 08-23-2010, 01:01 PM   #2
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You have other options

try a google seach of " tri-view medicine cabinets "

EDIT: or just click here

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Old 08-23-2010, 01:39 PM   #3
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Hi Mr. Chips:

Thank you for your response and link. I have looked at a bunch of those already and as I said in my original post the size we currently have (17 or so inches is the recessed height) is not a standard size I guess. We were trying to avoid having to rip out that much more of the wall and with most available the rough ins seem to be a lot larger than that.
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I think this is the closest fit without making something custom.. http://www.nextag.com/BROAN-NUTONE-N...81/prices-html
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Thank you epson! I will show my husband and see what he thinks.
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You’re very welcome...
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That's a sharp old cabinet, betcha you could make some bux on Ebay.
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Old 08-23-2010, 06:37 PM   #8
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Thanks, H.A.S., ya think? I also have a single one like it.
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Your tiles look like standard white tiles like they sell at Lowes. You should be able to find replacement tiles if you do decide to downsize.
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Hi Jim F:

Thanks for your idea but unfortunately the tiles actually are off white with speckles in them. They are probably from the same era as the mirror. I used my camera phone to take the picture real fast just to post it so it sorta washed out that detail.
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I see that now. Have you tried a tile store?
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Hi Jim F:

I just found one extra tile that I can cart around to HD, Lowes and tile stores to see if I can find a match. Thank you for your suggestion.
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I wouldn't rule out using a glass or decorative tile if you can't find a match.
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Thanks Blondesense that is an option.
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A medicine cabinet is nothing but a box with some doors. Go ahead and make one.

I got tired of dinky M/C's that held next to nothing and made ours. It's 46"x40". Inside, the depth is 8-1/2", and it protrudes from the wall only 3".
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