Cost to Replace a Medicine Cabinet

Cost to Replace a Medicine Cabinet

How much to replace a medicine cabinet? The contractor cost to replace a medicine cabinet is $490 vs. doing it yourself for $275 and saving 44 percent. Add your ZIP Code to adjust the cost to where you live.

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost
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Money Pro $490 DIY $275
Per Unit Cost
Per Unit Cost $490 Total Cost

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Shopping for a medicine cabinet has risen to new heights, with choices that rival fine cabinetry. From its humble beginning as a basic metal utility cabinet to store medicine, today's cabinets are finely constructed and built 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. You'll find two types of cabinets, those designed to be wall-mounted or on the surface of the wall which are fastened to the wall with drywall screws. Cabinets that are recessed into the wall are fastened to wall studs so they are flush with the wall.

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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.

To remove an old cabinet and replace it with a good quality new unit, a carpenter will charge $490, which includes the labor and material. You can buy the unit for $275 and install it, pocketing a 44 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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Be inspired by Pinterest ideas about Medicine Cabinets.

The bottom line: compare the price of a contractor’s bid to replace a medicine cabinet with what it costs to do it yourself and make your decision. You adjust the cost to where you live by adding your ZIP Code.

Cost updated 2020

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