A great way to increase the storage space in your bathroom is to install a vanity. You will want to choose a vanity that is at least wide enough to be able to cover the holes that are left in the wall by the bracket from the old washbasin that was there, but not so large that the bathroom seems cramped for space. For easy installation and easy maintenance, you may want to choose a one piece countertop.
Aligning of the cabinet
You will position the vanity base so that the shutoff valves and the drainpipe are centered within the vanity base frame. If the vanity base that you have chosen has a backing to it, you need to mark the openings for the pipes, and then you will cut the holes with a saber saw tool. Next push the vanity base against the wall and mark the outline of the cabinet onto the wall with light pencil marks; lightly enough where you can go back and erase them. Then you set the cabinets off to the side. With a stud finder tool, you need to locate the wall studs that will fall within the cabinet’s outline. Mark closely to the center as possible of each of the studs that are above the outline.
Working with the baseboard
For the wooden baseboard, you will run a utility knife alongside the joint that is between the wall and the top of the baseboard section that is extending across the designated area for the vanity base, making sure to break any paint seals along the way. At one end of the baseboard section, you will tap a small pry bar tool into the joint. Then place a shim behind the bar molding that is away from the wall. Next you can slip a shim into the gap. You will continue to pry and shimmy it to loosen the baseboard section, and then pull it free and set if off the side.
To secure the vanity
You need to reposition the vanity base against the wall and then level if from side to side. You will do this by inserting the shims under the cabinet. Then level the cabinet from the front to the back by shimming it away from the wall. Make sure to mark each of the shims at the cabinet’s edges. Now remove one shim at a time, and then saw it to the proper length, and then slide it back into its proper place.
Mounting of the countertop
You will attach as many of the faucet fittings and drain fittings to the countertop as possible. Next you will apply a bead of adhesive caulk alongside the top edges of the cabinet, and then you will press the countertop into its proper place, making sure to wipe off any excess caulk immediately, not giving it a chance to dry.
Finishing up the job
You will connect the water supply lines and connect the drain. You will then cover gaps at the sides of the vanity base with scribe molding that will match the cabinet’s finish. Then attach the molding with three fourth inch brads. Lastly you will cover a gap at the floor with shoe molding that is secured with one and one half inch finishing nails, and the job is done.