Replace Your Vanity
Add style to your bathroom with this basic carpentry and plumbing project.
My business specializes in interior renovations, so I’m no stranger to gutting an old bathroom and building it from the studs and subfloor back to a fresh finished space. But in many cases, all that’s needed is a facelift to bring the aesthetics into the current decade. Typically, such jobs involve new flooring, trim, plumbing fixtures, lighting, and the cherry on top of the updated finishes: a new vanity.
At its core, the workflow for replacing a vanity is pretty straightforward—turn off and disconnect the plumbing, yank the old vanity out, put the new vanity in, and reconnect the plumbing—but the devil is in the details. If you want the work to look and function at a professional level, there are some subtle steps to the process. You have to know the tricks for removing the old vanity without causing unintended damage, and how to fit the new one without relying heavily on shims and caulk. Moreover, some cautionary knowledge about the plumbing will go a long way toward ensuring that you won’t need to make multiple trips to the store for plumbing parts, and that leaks won’t ruin all your hard work.
Removing the old vanity is straightforward work, but these tips on sequencing and site protection will ensure that the task goes smoothly and doesn’t risk damaging the rest of the room. First and foremost, before starting the demolition, unpack the new vanity and inspect it for defects or damage, and double check measurements to be sure that the location of the existing plumbing will be compatible with the placement and size of the new cabinet. You don’t want to discover that you chose the wrong replacement vanity after the old one is already sitting at the curb for trash…