I love recessed cabinets. There is something satisfying about using the space inside a wall for extra storage. In my case, I used an existing cavity formerly occupied by a medicine cabinet in our guest bathroom to make this recessed wall cabinet. But cutting a space into drywall is easy: just cut between two studs. Don’t cut into a stud if it’s a load bearing wall, of course.
The construction of this cabinet couldn’t be easier. It’s just a basic box I made out of plywood and screwed together.
I drilled shelf pin holes on the two sides for the adjustable shelves.
Then screwed on a back using a scrap of cheap, ugly plywood. None of it will show, so its appearance doesn’t matter.
Yup…can’t get much more basic than that!
I had a large chunk of broken mirror I saved from when I ripped it off the old bathroom wall. Cutting glass always scares me a little, but it actually worked out fine this time. I just used a glass cutter to score a line and then flexed the mirror on the edge of my workbench until it broke cleanly along the score line.
This is leftover aluminum from my wall mirror project. First, I cut it into oversized strips.
I mounted them to boards using contact cement, then cut the frame pieces to their final sizes once the adhesive was dry.
I screwed the frame together using pocket screws, then sanded the aluminum to remove scratches. Once sanded, I buffed it back up to a satin sheen.
I held the mirror in place with a dollop of epoxy in each corner.
And attached the face frame with epoxy.
I needed to adjust the size of the wall opening, so I added a drywall patch. I’m not very good at drywalling, and my results weren’t perfect, but it’s good enough for me!
Next, I slid the cabinet into place and secured it with a couple screws.
I mounted an under-cabinet LED strip light to the top of the cabinet and wired it to the switch by the door.
And finally dropped in a couple glass shelves I had cut to size at a local glass shop.