How to Remove a Built-In Medicine Cabinet

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  • 2-4 hours
  • Beginner
  • 0-80
What You'll Need
Utility knife
Pry bar
Safety glasses
Hand gloves
Thick towel
15-inch wide support board
Hands free battery light.

Before you replace your medicine cabinet, you first have to remove the existing unit. Following these simple steps, you can successfully remove a built-in medicine cabinet all by yourself.

Step 1 - Prepare to Remove Cabinets

Wear your protective gear, including protective glasses and hand gloves. Take the towel and use it to cover the sink that is under your cabinet. Place the support board on the towel. Ensure that the board is firm enough to support the medicine cabinet.

Step 2 - Empty Cabinet

Turn off the main power supply to the room if your medicine cabinet has built-in light. Turn on your battery light and direct it inside the medicine cabinet. This will ensure your safety as you disconnect the cabinet light fixture from electric wires. Empty the cabinet and put the contents in a safe place.

Step 3 - Start Removing Cabinet

Remove all shelves from the cabinet and set them aside. Use the putty knife to remove caulk that may have been used to seal the medicine cabinet to the wall. Take the screwdriver and remove the screws on the hinges that hold the cabinet doors. Proceed to remove the screws inside the cabinet attaching it to the wall. The pliers will be handy to remove any screws that you cannot remove with the screwdriver. Pull the cabinet away from the wall and gently place it on the support bar on top of the skin. If the cabinet is nailed, use the pry bar to separate it from the wall until it is entirely off. While screwed-in cabinets will come off in a single piece, be careful with nailed in cabinets as they often come off in pieces.

Step 4 - Remove Light Fixture

Check your breaker box and turn off the electricity to your bathroom before starting this step. You don't want to electrocute yourself in the process. Once you've done that, remove the screws from the cabinet’s light bulbs. Gently take off the cover of the light fixture as it is often made of delicate material. Unscrew the wire nuts connecting the power wires to the light fixture. Wrap insulation tape on the power wires that lead inside the cabinet before turning the lights back on.

Step 5 - Clean Up

Take the cabinet and move it to the disposal point before putting the shelves and doors back on. Ensure that no screws or nails are on the wall. Collect the screws and nails and retain them for future use. Gather all the working tools and return them to the tools box. Sweep off all the debris that fell on the floor during the removal of the cabinet. Ensure that you leave the cabinet space clean enough for the installation of a new cabinet.