Do It Yourself Bathroom Vanity Cabinets
Has your bathroom vanity cabinet seen better days? Would you like to save money and replace it yourself? With the right tools, a little help and some patience you can replace your bathroom vanity cabinet in an afternoon.
Replacing outdated bathroom vanity cabinets yourself is a great way to revive your bathroom without undertaking a major, and costly, remodeling job.
Old, worn or just plain ugly bathroom vanity cabinets are an eyesore in a bathroom. They are usually the largest piece of wood cabinetry in your bathroom and they are the first thing people see when they walk in. They should reflect your own personal style, not look like you forgot about them.
The first thing you will want to do is to take all the necessary measurements for the vanity and the plumbing. Then you will want to purchase your vanity, counter top, sink and faucets. Modular cabinets are a flexible and economic option. Most home improvement stores carry them. Once you have everything you need, including a buddy to give you a hand, you can go ahead and get started.
Installing your bathroom vanity cabinets
- First, you need to shut off water lines and disconnect supply lines to the existing sink. Have a bucket handy to catch water from supply line and p-trap. Next, loosen and remove the p-trap (that is the center part of the curved pipe).
- Loosen the caulk between vanity and wall. A utility knife will do the job well. Then rock the vanity carefully to loosen and remove it without damaging the surrounding wall.
- Take out your cordless screwdriver and carefully remove all the screws that attach the existing vanity to the wall. Once detached, you can remove the old vanity and move it out of the way.
- Now it is time to install your new bathroom vanity cabinets. You will need to locate wall studs that will be used to anchor it and mark with a pencil. Be sure to make the marks slightly higher than new vanity top so they don't get covered up.
- Position vanity and make sure it is flush against the wall or walls. You will need shims and a carpenter's level to ensure the vanity is even.
- You have already marked the wall studs. Now drive 2-1/2" wall board screws into them to anchor the vanity to the wall. NOTE: If you were not able to locate wall studs, be sure to use wall anchors.
- If you are installing a new faucet, be sure to install it before installing the new vanity top.
- Now you may apply a tub and tile caulk to secure the vanity top to the vanity. Position the countertop on the vanity.
- Now is the time to reconnect the plumbing. First replace the p-trap. A new one only costs a few dollars more. It is a smart idea to invest in some Teflon tape to make the connections easier and seal the joints.
- Attach the supply lines to the water source and go ahead and turn the water back on.
- Finally, carefully apply a thin line of caulk around all countertop edges.
That's it! You have just installed a new bathroom vanity cabinet. Your bathroom looks great and you saved yourself a load of money. It is that easy.