How to enlarge the space for a recessed medicine cabinet?
Has anyone done this? I'm trying to figure out the most effective way to retrofit a new, bigger cabinet into an old cabinet space.
- Our house originally had a recessed medicine cabinet (long gone and space was drywalled over). Cut the drywall out today to reveal the original box, which is 1.25" shy of the width we need for the new cabinet. The right side of the box is a stud, and the left side is a 2x4 piece that was cut out to form the side (presumably secured to a stud somewhere but I haven't taken the wall off there--the rest of the room has plaster walls so I just took down the drywall patch).
- For reasons I don't entirely understand, the box (and wall sconces and mirror that covered it) are not centered over the sink. I actually didn't notice this for five years till we started this project, so it's not a huge issue, but we're rewiring and replacing the sconces and putting in the medicine cabinet, so it's the time to fix it if it's possible. (We are not planning to do anything to the sink or floor right now, or we'd just move the plumbing--the goal is to someday replace the flooring and we could potentially move the sink then, although it's a tiny space and it's the wrong direction to be moving the sink from a utilization of space perspective.)
- This is a non-load-bearing wall.
I know the simple way to get the 1.25" for the new cabinet is to take out and adjust the 2x4 side, but if I do that, the cabinet will be even further off center over the sink. Can I cut into the stud to pick up the inch there? If so, do I need to brace it or otherwise support it? The stud is an old-school true 2x4 that is actually 2" wide, so I would be taking about half of its width.
I would love to hear how others have done this if you've encountered this problem. I know how to remove an entire stud that's in the way, but that seems like overkill here. If I can't cut out of the stud, is it going to end up being simpler to wait and just move the plumbing? Is there another solution I haven't thought of? Changing out the cabinet isn't an option--took forever to find one and we've had it sitting for a few years now, so it can't be returned at this point.