If you don't have the room, or don't want to make room, for a bathroom vanity, how will you find space for all the things that don't fit in a medicine cabinet?
You steal it, from right inside the walls. With a little cutting and simple construction skills, you can build a cleverly designed wall niche, with ample storage, that hides behind a pop-out door.
|There are 12 steps to completing this project:|
|Step 1 Locate Studs|
|Step 2 Cut Out Drywall|
|Step 3 Install Supports|
|Step 4 Cut to Depth|
|Step 5 Assemble Niche/span>|
|Step 6 Attach Back|
|Step 7 Attach Hardware|
|Step 8 Install Box|
|Step 9 Install the Remaining Rows|
|Step 10 Fill Gaps|
|Step 11 Finishing Touches|
|3/4" Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF)|
|1" x 3" Spruce|
|Flush Mount Hinges|
|Magnetic Pop-Out Catches|
|1-5/8" Drywall Screws|
|Latex Caulking (Paintable)|
|1-3/8" Forstner Bit|
1 Locate Studs
Use a stud finder to determine the location of your niche (you want to fit it between two studs).
2 Draw Outline
Draw level lines to mark the top and bottom of your niche.
3 Cut Out Drywall
Using a drywall saw cut along the top line until you hit the stud, then cut along the stud to the bottom line. Cut back along the bottom line to the other stud and cut up along the stud to the top line. Remove drywall cutout.
4 Install Supports
Cut two pieces of 1" x 3" spruce to fit between studs (top and bottom). Screw into studs.
5 Cut to Depth
Measure the depth of the wall and cut a length of 3/4" MDF to match the depth, less 1/4" to accommodate the niche backer. You'll need enough MDF for top, bottom and sides.
6 Assemble Niche
Countersink, glue and screw the box together.
7 Attach Back
Measure the outside dimensions of the box and cut a piece of MDF to size. Glue and screw this piece to the back of the box.
8 Make Door
To make the door, cut a piece of 3/4" MDF to the exact size of the opening less 1/16" for clearance.
9 Attach Hardware
Drill 1-3/8" holes and screw hinges in place. Install pop-out hardware on opposing side. Attach door.
10 Install Box
Ensuring that it's flush with finished drywall, install box using 2" brad nails.
11 Fill Gaps
Caulk any gaps between wall and box. When dry, sand all surfaces.
12 Finishing Touches
Prime and paint.