The bathroom is a room in the home that provides one of the best returns for each dollar invested in renovation. And you can have an updated bathroom without having to spend a lot of money. A new bath vanity will bring style to your bathroom décor, and may provide extra storage and countertop space.
This guide outlines the steps when installation a new bathroom vanity. All you need are basic carpentry and plumbing skills. And if you paint the walls at the same time, you can achieve a stunning transformation.
1. Position the Vanity and Mark Studs
- Place the vanity flush to the bathroom wall
- Make light pencil marks around the cabinet (top, side, and corners)
- Use a stud finder and mark the location of the studs with a pencil (mark lightly right above the cabinet)
- Level vanity. If necessary, install shims under the base of the cabinet to make sure it is level.
- Measure, mark and drill holes for faucet pipes.
2. Attach the Vanity to the Wall
Using 2-inch dry wall screws, secure the vanity to the wall studs.
3. Install Faucet
- Install and secure the faucet to the sink.
- Place a bead of plumber's putty around sink drain, then set the drain in the sink hole and tighten the nut from below. Remove any excess putty.
4. Secure Vanity Top
- Dry-fit the vanity top over the vanity.
- Make certain the wall is right and there aren't any gaps between your vanity and wall.
- Apply a continuous bead of silicone adhesive around the top edge of vanity, then set the vanity top into place.
- Check to be sure the vanity top is flat and flush to the wall.
5. Reconnect Water Supply
- Reconnect the faucet supply lines to the water supply and reconnect the trap. Use Teflon tape for tight and secure connections.
- Turn on the water supply and test for leaks.
- Install the pop-up drain.
6. Apply a Bead of Caulking around the Countertop
- Apply a thin bead of caulk around the countertop edges. Use your fingertip or a damp rag to remove excess caulk.
- Stud Finder
- Adjustable Wrench
- Caulk Gun
- Tape Measure
- Bathroom Vanity (cabinet, countertop, sink)
- 2-inch Drywall Screws
- Shims (if necessary)
- Plumber's Putty
- Silicone Adhesive
- Teflon Tape