Cost to Replace a Medicine Cabinet – 2021

| Last Updated: August 20, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 490

$ 275

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 77% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

The average price to Replace a Medicine Cabinet noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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Welcome! We hope you’ll find the job costs of home improvement projects useful when you’re deciding whether to do a job yourself vs. hire a contractor. We’re the authors of 20 home improvement books, most notably Home Improvement for Dummies©, Bathroom Remodeling for Dummies©, Carpentry for Dummies©, Plumbing for Dummies©, and Painting and Wallpapering for Dummies©. Our most recent book Fix It and Flip It is in its second edition. We’ve appeared as home improvement experts on television programs such as CNN, Dateline, the Today Show, HGTV and many others.