Home decorating shows can be very encouraging to homeowners, especially if you have been thinking about doing a bathroom remodel in New Bedford and the surrounding area. While it is never as easy to install cabinets in Southeastern Massachusetts on your own as it looks on television, it is possible for a novice to replace an existing vanity with brand new solid maple bathroom vanities in a weekend. Those who have done it say that for best results, take your time, learn all you can before you start, and be prepared to stick with it until it’s done. If you are shopping for New Bedford bathroom vanities, begin your search at the Cabinet Factory Outlet in Swansea, MA where we have dozens of beautiful vanities to upgrade the look and function of your bathroom.
Step One: Plumbing Basics
For a truly simple update, make sure that you are switching apples with apples and not apples with oranges. It is quite easy to switch out a pedestal sink to a vanity, but if you want to go the other way around, you will need to do a lot of plumbing to make it work. So if you currently have a single or double-sink vanity in your bathroom, make sure you replace it with a newer and better quality version that matches the existing footprint. Measure your existing vanity at the base where it touches the floor and around the cabinet to get a perfect match.
Take a look at the existing plumbing before you go shopping for new solid maple bathroom vanities. While adding extra storage would be a great idea, make sure that the new cabinet won’t bump into plumbing. You might have to call a plumber if anything needs to be changed to accommodate the new cabinetry. If you are still going to do this by yourself, familiarize yourself with the rest of the plumbing, including the faucets and other fixtures. Make sure to replace the lines whenever you do a bathroom remodel in New Bedford. Even if you aren’t having trouble with them, it’s a good idea to upgrade everything at the same time.
Step Two: Safety First
Start by shutting off the water valves underneath the sink before you do anything. Even basic demo work can result in a lot of damage if you don’t shut everything off. Check the trap for residual water by placing a bucket or kitchen pan underneath the sink to catch it so you won’t end up with water all over the floor. Consider shutting the water main off if you have any concerns about water leaking while you are doing the remodeling project. The vanity installation should not take that much time when replacing New Bedford bathroom vanities.
Before you just remove the existing vanity, take time to cut through any silicone caulk. Check at the top of the vanity where the sink top connects to the wall and on the side of the vanity where the cabinet connects to the wall. You will also want to check at the base of the cabinet in case any seals were made when the flooring was installed. Use a putty knife or even a drywall knife to cut carefully through the caulk. This will help you to easily disconnect the top of the vanity from the wall, reducing your labor for removing the existing cabinetry.
Step Three: Make It Easy
Whether you are doing a bathroom remodeling in New Bedford for a master bath or a smaller guest bath, do yourself a favor and make it easy. Don’t try to do a lot of work in cramped corners, but choose to pre-install some of the fixtures and other items before you get to the bathroom. One example is to install the faucet before you install the vanity. This will save you from having to crawl under the sink to tighten and adjust everything during the installation.
Check to see that your vanity is level and plumb with the wall before you start to fasten anything permanently. If the vanity is not level, use small wooden shims to make minor adjustments until everything is even. Find the studs in the wall before installation to make it easier for installation. You want to make sure everything is secure, but you also don’t want to make a costly mistake and drill a screw into your water or electrical lines. Make sure that the hole in the back of your vanity is a quarter-inch larger than the pipe before installation. This will reduce bumping noises and help you if the vanity has to be shimmed for leveling.
Step Four: Test Everything Out
The final step is to start opening up the valves after the installation one at a time. If you shut off the water main, make sure that the valves at the source of the sink are still in the off position before switching the water back on for the whole house. Once the water is back on, start by slowly letting a small bit of water into the lines. This will help you test everything to make sure that there aren’t any leaks. Be careful not to over-tighten any of the valves and to use Teflon tape on the threads to get them snug.
Visit the Cabinet Factory Outlet in Swansea, MA
If you are thinking about learning how to install cabinets in Southeastern Massachusetts for a bathroom remodel in New Bedford, Fall River, Dartmouth, Westport or anywhere in the Southcoast area, stop by and see the designs available in our showroom. We have a wide selection of solid maple bathroom vanities in a several styles and colors. Give us a call at 508-379-6154 or stop by our showroom located on Grand Army of the Republic Highway in Swansea.