Medicine cabinet. (NuTone / January 20, 2014)

From its humble beginning as a basic metal utility cabinet to store makeup and medicine, the medicine cabinet today is finely constructed with convenient features. A favorite of ours is one with a mirror on the back wall of the cabinet and another mirror inside the door for expanded visibility. Nice features that assure quality are sturdy and easy-to-adjust 1/4-inch shelves and a rubber door bumper surround that softens the sound of closing.

Medicine cabinets come in two types: wall-mounted and recessed. The latter is built into the wall so the mirror is flush.

Use drywall screws to fasten a wall-mounted cabinet to the wall; choose a unit large enough to conceal any holes left after removing the old unit. If you're replacing a recessed cabinet, choose one that will fit in the existing wall cavity or enlarge the opening to accommodate a larger size cabinet. You'll find the largest selection of medicine cabinets at home and design centers and kitchen and bathroom showrooms.

To remove an old cabinet and replace it with a good quality new unit, a carpenter will charge $393, which includes the labor and material. You can buy the unit for $290 and install it, pocketing a 30 percent saving. Protect the sink and faucet and surrounding area with a drop cloth so you don't damage them while you're working, and have basic carpentry tools on hand to complete the job.

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Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved

$393 -- $290 -- 4.3 -- 5.0 -- $118 -- 30 Percent

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