Beadboard Master Bath: medicine cabinet

I like this medicine cabinet over at Ikea Hacker.  The lucky hacker put it in his bathroom during construction.

I opened up my wall and discovered: 1 electrical cable, 1 thin copper pipe, and... a huge 2" diameter, ugly, pipe.  Here my tale of woe begins.

Oh well, it's not like I can move my bathroom sink by myself, so I'll work around the pipes.

Here's a pic of our builder mirror when we first moved in.

I cut the hole in the drywall and was careful to make it square.

The cabinet. Tall and narrow.

I then built a box out of ½" general purpose molding boards and 1½" nails to fit the dimensions of the hole. 

The cabinet is pretty shallow (4" with the frame) because of the copper pipe behind it.
Before gluing and nailing the box together, I drilled evenly spaced holes all along the long pieces (for adjustable shelves).

I nailed a piece of luan to the back with cabinet nails.

Then I screwed the box to stud.  Because of the big ugly pipe, I needed 4" long screws on that side to secure the box to the stud.  What a pain!
I would have liked to have a perfect fit (and no frame), but I'm just not that good.
So I used 1x2 lumber to frame out my cabinet.  This actually works well to sit the door off the wall a little (no need for a handle).

As you can see in the picture, the stud is on the left side of those cables, so I used a 2nd piece of 1x2 screwed into stud to support the weight of the cabinet door.

The cabinet door
My cabinet door is a 24"x30" black-brown Ikea Nexus door.  I used 3/4" screws to attach a few ¼" poplar boards to the front, and the I used mirror mastic to glue my Home Depot mirror to the poplar.  This gives the mirror a floating effect.

It's not like a magazine picture - but it provides much needed extra storage.  In fact, I'll be less apologetic - I could never have bought a medicine cabinet to fit this space what with all the pipes - the only solution was to build it custom!

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