Tips & Advice
How can you remove a vanity top?
To remove a vanity top, first shut off the water supply and disconnect the P-trap. You might need to remove some fixtures next. Then, use a utility knife to cut through the sealant (also known as caulk) that binds the vanity countertop to the wall. Next, go under the sink and disconnect all the hoses and valves for the sink plumbing, including the P-trap. After these are all disconnected, you should be able to lift the countertop, including built-in sinks, off the base of the vanity.
What is the difference between an undermount and overmount sink?
The difference between an undermount and overmount sink is that with an undermount, the sink is installed beneath a solid surface counter, with no raised lip between counter and sink; whereas with an overmount, the sink’s edge lip rests on top of the counter. Overmounts are also called drop-in sinks because that’s how they are installed.
Undermount sinks are generally more expensive than overmounts, but more people are switching to them because of the “seamless” look and the ease of keeping counters clean when you can just wipe into the sink without dealing with a raised edge.
Is it possible to only replace the bathroom vanity top?
Yes, it is possible to replace only the bathroom vanity top and sink without touching the cabinets beneath. This option can save money if you want to give your bathroom a facelift.
What is involved in replacing a bathroom vanity?
Replacing a bathroom vanity involves several steps. It can be DIY, but some people might prefer to contact a plumber and/or a general contractor.Start with shutting off the water supply and disconnecting the P-trap, which traps debris that have drained from the sink and prevents it from creating a clog in the plumbing system. Next, remove the faucet and other fixtures. After that, separate the sealant that affixes the countertop of the vanity to the wall by using a utility knife to loosen it. Then, remove all the screws that join the main base of the vanity to the wall. After that, you can carry away the old vanity.
You’ll go through similar steps in reverse to put in the new vanity. First, find the wall studs, to which you will be attaching your vanity. There is a tool called a “stud finder” for this. Next, mark where to set your vanity to coordinate it with the wall studs Move the base flush against the wall. If you have a new faucet, experts recommend you install it prior to conjoining the vanity’s base and its countertop. After the faucet, attach the vanity to the wall with screws.
What different types of bathroom vanities are available?
Bathroom vanities come in a few basic types, the most popular being free-standing vanities and vanity cabinets. Wall-mounted and under-mounts are two less common types of vanities. For small spaces, either a corner vanity or a pedestal sink with separate wall-mounted cabinets can be the most space-efficient options.
How much does it cost to put in a new bathroom vanity?
Installing a new bathroom vanity costs $300-$500 for the labor. The price of the vanity itself can range from under $250 to more than $2,000, but most vanities cost between $600-$1100.
Do professional cabinet refinishers offer a warranty?
Some professional contractors offer a warranty on their refinishing work. Additionally some brands of paint offer a warranty. Many cabinet manufacturers and cabinet refacing specialists offer a lifetime warranty on their cabinetry, which includes refinishing as needed. Homeowners should check to see if such a warranty covers your cabinets before planning/budgeting your refinishing project.
Is cabinet refinishing a temporary fix?
Cabinet refinishing is not a temporary fix. It is a semi-permanent restoration which should last for years if done well.
Is refinishing different than painting the cabinets?
Refinishing is not different than painting the cabinets. Refinishing is the term for either repainting or staining cabinets. Refacing is the term for installing new veneers and doors.
Do cabinets need to be emptied during refinishing?
Yes, cabinets need to be emptied during refinishing. It is also recommended you clear everything from the countertops, remove the doors and drawers from the cabinets, and unscrew all the hardware.