A new bathroom vanity can give your bathroom a whole new look – here are some tips for installing a brand new bathroom vanity.
We have all experienced what it is to approach success in a bathroom update, yet to fall just shy of the mark. One common aspect of these near-successes is a lack of care during the installation process. Given my extensive experience with bathroom updates, I have come to recognize why this occurs. Updating a space requires quite a bit of mental and physical resources. So, by the time we reach the installation stage, we often begin to loosen up the level of care we are willing to give of ourselves. It is comparable to being not quite prepared to run a marathon, and like that situation, we may run out of steam in the last mile. But, this should simply not be the case. I have put together a guide on how to properly install one of your bathroom’s main features, the vanity. The steps involved in this installation can very easily carry over to the installation of other appliances and amenities in this room. Read on to learn more:
Creating a Plan
The very first step in the installation process is that of creating a clear and achievable plan. This plan will include a budget, which will anticipate installation costs, and a blueprint of what the remodel will look like. After I had created a clear plan for my bathroom update, I perused Modern Bathroom and their wide array of beautiful products. Amongst them, I chose a vanity that perfectly suited my tastes for all things classic, as well as my budget. This structure also made sense given the proportions of my space.
Once you have selected the ideal bathroom vanity for your space, you will need to remove the one it is replacing. In order to effectively remove your outdated structure, I suggest following this series of simple steps:
First and foremost, you will want to ensure that your water supply lines are firmly shut off. I learned the hard way that failing to do so creates a slippery mess that only prolongs the rest of the installation.
Secondly, you will want to gingerly separate your outdated bathroom countertop from the wall. It is probable that these two aspects are bonded together with caulking, so in order to sever the two, simply run a utility knife between them. I always recommend taking a bit of extra time at this stage, as safety takes precedence over timeliness. Next, you will want to unscrew all of the fastenings which further bond your old structure to the wall. If you are planning to donate or sell your outdated appliance, I recommend consolidating all of its fixtures in a bag that can be given to its future owner.
In With the New
Now is the time to introduce your fresh, new bathroom vanity to the rest of your space. Before securing it directly to your bathroom wall, you must carefully and accurately locate your bathroom wall’s studs. Do not take for granted that your outdated structure was installed in the correct position. Instead, I recommend using a stud-finder and planning to introduce studs slightly higher than the site of your wall’s studs. Once you have done so, you can place your beautiful new structure in its ideal position. I always recommend having a second set of eyes with you to verify that it is indeed flush with the wall.
Once your bath vanity has been securely positioned, the next step to attend to is the installation of its faucet. With any and all vanities that come complete with faucet, there will be specific manual instructions on how to do so. Having just uninstalled your outdated faucet will also help in guiding where you position the water supply lines and p-trap. To clarify, the p-trap is the central curved pipe that curves up and into your bathroom wall.
Now that your structure has been accurately positioned, all that remains to do is securing it to the wall. An electric screwdriver will help you get the job done both quickly and effectively. After you have done so, you can reconnect your water sources, and apply caulking around your countertop’s edges. Give this caulking ample time to dry and thus bond the counter and the wall to one another. Although installing this new bathroom feature requires a dedication of both time and resources, I absolutely stand by the value it brings to your home. This value is one that both your family can appreciate, as well as potential future owners of your home.
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