Have you always wanted that charm in a bathroom vanity but didn’t want to pay the price? With a little elbow grease it can be done. It will take a little time but when it’s done it will be more gorgeous than the ones in the stores. This my friend is how you convert an ordinary cabinet into a bathroom vanity.
The material list:
Step One: Remove the top of the cabinet by unscrewing it from the frame.
Step Two: Put a long screw in the center of the frame using a electric screwdriver. This will reinforce the frame.
Step Three: Measure the top of the cabinet. Mark out those dimensions on the plywood and cut it out to size and shape. This will act as your sub top.
Step Four: Remove the back of the cabinet. You can do this by using a hammer and flat head screwdriver.
Step Five: Measure the height of the inside of the cabinet. Then make a 2 in. by 4 in. board that height. This board is going to help support. Put it parallel to the original support beam. Use liquid nail and screws to attach the support. It should be attached in the center front of the cabinet. Make sure you allow room for the sink and drawers.
Step Six: Remove the original vertical support beam in the center back of the cabinet. You can do this with a saw. Next you can remove the support beam that is parallel to the bottom of the cabinet. This can be done by sawing off 6 in.
Step Seven: Now the sub top needs to be attached. This should be done by using the C clamp to hold it in place. Then using liquid nail and staples attach 2 in. x 4 in. x 2 in. pieces of wood under each corner of the sub top.
Step Eight: The drawers may need to be modified to fit around pipes and such. This is done by marking on the drawer where they will go. Then you will need to cut it out. So that the drawer can be useable you will need to build walls around that shape. The walls will keep stuff in the drawer. Use liquid nail and staples to adhere the walls to the drawer. Do this for all drawers that need modification.
Step Nine: Re-attach the back of the cabinet by using screws.
Step Ten: Measure and mark where the pipes will need to run on the back of the cabinet. Use a drill bit to cut your holes to proper size.
Step Eleven: Paint the cabinet and attach it to the wall using screws.
Step Twelve: Measure and mark where the sink will go on the sub top. Be sure to check the sinks installation directions for specific directions regarding that sink. Then cut the hole.
Step Thirteen: Cut the sink hole in the counter top. Install sink and countertop on the sub top. Using an all in one sink and countertop may be the easiest way to go. You will want to use an adhesive to attach the countertop to the sub top. The adhesive will depend on the type of countertop that you use.
Step Fourteen: Attach the backsplash. This should rest right on the countertop. Apply caulk to the backsplash and put into place. Make sure you press firmly so that it is tight against the wall and countertop.
Step Fifteen: Install faucet and handles. The faucets directions should tell you how to do so.
Step Sixteen: Make sure you calk the seams of where the backsplash meets the countertop and against walls. If you used a drop in sink you will want to caulk along the edges of the sink also.
Step Seventeen: Have a professional install your plumbing unless you know how.