Saturday, August 14, 2010

Medicine (Cabinet) for the Micah

Well, I did it. I broke down and hired somebody to do something that was completely out of my comfort level. And then I watched him very closely so I can do it next time!

We have a "cozy" master bathroom, so having a ghetto, made-in-shop-class medicine cabinet hanging out six inches into valuable air real estate simply wasn't hacking it. I bought a beautiful mirrored cabinet on Amazon to cover the bare wall underneath. We needed the storage, but I didn't want to bonk my head or arms on it any more! I made the mistake of reading the instructions when it arrived and realized I would much rather have it recessed into the wall! Then I found the stud and the outlet and realized it was beyond my professional abilities as a home owner. So I found a handyman through and received a call within two minutes! He did the job in two hours, and I am tickled with the results.

After measuring twice and cutting once, Jerry (names have not been changed to protect the innocent) plugged through cutting out the 2x4 stud in the way, as well as relocating my outlet to allow for the new HUGE medicine cabinet to move in. He then installed new studs on either side of the cutout to mount the medicine cabinet and fit it into place. It's perfect and adds lots of storage space without potential bruises! I also like how adding an additional mirror bounces light around the cozy room to help it feel even larger. On a side note, Jerry accused me of being Canadian on the phone...dang my accent. I warmed up to him after I learned his dad was an airline pilot and retired on the 747. After Jerry left, I went to Home Depot to color-match some paint in order to touch up the work underneath. And voila! My new medicine cabinet! I think for how much we've improved on this house, it might be a miracle that I haven't had to hire someone prior to this. It was an investment, and I took notes. I am glad I did it! And I hope to never have to hire help again. I hate paying someone for something I (think I) could do! And now I know I can move outlets and cut out studs! Figuratively speaking, of course.

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