You’re tired of looking at your outdated bathroom vanity and decide that you’re not going to wait any longer to replace it. You’ve found one that you like and want to save on the cost by installing yourself. There’s just one problem, you’re not sure how to pull the old one out and install the new fixture.
You’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn that this is not a difficult project. You’ll only need a few tools, along with a set of helping hands, and a few hours to make the change to your bath.
How to Take Out a Bathroom Vanity
The first thing you should do is clear off the countertop and take down the mirror if it is near or resting on the vanity. Put the mirror in another room to avoid breaking it. In addition, you should clear the space around it to have ample room to work.
For the easiest installation buy a new vanity and sink that are the same sizes as the old ones. Of course you can always measure your space and find a sink and vanity that will fit. — Lowes.com
Gather the necessary tools, which include: a screwdriver or power drill-driver, towels, plumber’s wrench, utility knife, and a pry bar. Once you’ve cleared the area around it and have your tools, follow these steps:
- Take the doors off the fixture, because when you move it out these will swing open and shut.
- Turn off the water supply to your home, or to the dedicated shutoff in the bathroom.
- Next, put towels down around and inside the vanity. Then, disconnect the water supply lines to the sink.
- Using a utility knife, cut the sealant at the back of the fixture.
- Pull the sink top from off of the base. You should have someone assist you with this because it can be heavy and awkward to do alone. You might need a pry bar to free it and should do this with care because it might break apart.
- Determine how the base is fixed to the space. There’s probably retaining screws in the rear holding it in place. Unfasten these and it will be free to move.
Be sure to put all the parts into a bag to keep if you plan to re-install it and reuse it somewhere else, like in the garage.
How to Dispose of a Bathroom Vanity
Once the base is unfastened, you can work it out of its place. Then, have someone help you pick it up and carry it out. Dispose of the base and top if you’re not going to repurpose it. The local waste collection won’t likely haul it away with regular trash pickup, so, call a junk hauling service to pick it up and haul it away.