How to Remove a Bathroom Vanity Cabinet

How to Remove a Bathroom Vanity Cabinet?

Replacing the cabinet, sink, countertop or faucet can bring a drastic change in the outlook of your bathroom even though there is no change in other major elements.

In this guide, you will learn how to remove the vanity cabinet of the bathroom and we tried to describe the whole process in an easier way for a better understanding of our audiences.

Most of the modern vanities feature counter surface with included sinks and have different price levels also the quality of the material also varies. Some vanities are quite affordable and some are much expensive.

You can upgrade your bathroom vanity and get a new and modern one. However, for replacing the bathroom vanity you need to remove the old one also you have to disconnect the drain assembly and water supply.

We are here to make your task easier by providing you with the easiest directions.

Required tools:

  • Putty knife
  • Bucket
  • Flat pry bar
  • Tongue & groove pliers
  • Utility knife
  • Drill machine with driver bits
  • Rag
  • Adjustable wrench

You may also need a woodblock but this one is optional.

The steps to follow:

Turning Off The Water Supply

Vanity Cabinet Water Supply

At first, you need to turn the water supply off of both cold and hot taps. You can turn off the water supply by turning the shutoff valves counter-clockwise.

If the faucet of your vanity doesn’t have a shut-off valve or if they are not working properly, you have to find out your home’s main water supply’s shut off valve to turn the water supply off.

After turning off the water supply, you have to open the full faucet for releasing the pressure and letting the water drain out.

Disconnecting The Water Tubes

Now you have to disconnect the water tube which is in between the faucet and shutoff valves. For capturing water from the line, place a bucket under the shutdown valve.

You have to loosen the hose connector or compression nut of the supply tube using an adjustable wrench and slip the tube off of the shut-off valve.

You will get a small ring or compression sleeve under the compression nut of the waterline. You need to check if there is any leak and if there is you have to turn the water supply off of your house for replacing the vanity cabinet.

Removing The Drain Trap

As the P-trap is full of dirt and wastewater, you should place a bucket under it otherwise your bathroom may get dirty and smelly.

There are three parts in the trap assembly which are a U-shaped portion, a straight portion having an elbow that connects to the pipe which leads to the sub-drain pipes in the wall and another straight part that connects to the tailpiece pipe which extends from the sink.

Now loosen the 2 slip nuts and remove the P-trap. You can use your hands or tongue & groove pliers for loosening the nuts. After removing the trap assembly you should stuff a rag into the pipe for preventing the flow of sewer gas into the room.

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Removing The Wall Mirror

If your vanity mirror is on the backsplash or counterpart of the vanity, then it is better to remove it.

But, if the mirror is on the wall, you don’t need to remove it as there is no risk of breakage or damage to the mirror.

Cutting The Line Joints

In this step, you have to cut the lines where the vanity top connects the wall also all edges between the cabinet and countertop.

A utility knife can make this task easier.

Removing The Vanity Top

Removing The Vanity Top

First, you need to find out if there are brackets or clips underneath the vanity top. If you see screws, then you have to unscrew and remove the brackets. Now, lift the front edge of the countertop up.

Sometimes, the countertop may not get separated then you have to understand that the countertop has an attachment with the edges of the cabinet.

If you find it difficult to remove the countertop separately, you can also remove it with the cabinet which is our next step. You need to be careful while removing the counterpart otherwise, it may damage the surface of the wall.

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Removing The Vanity Cabinet

Here, you have to check the attachment point of the cabinet to the wall firstly. Most of the cabinet has a screwed attachment system with the wall and in that case, you need to remove all the screws by using a screwdriver or drill.

Also remove the trim, if any. On the other hand, if there are nails on the attachment point, you need to pry away the nails using a flat pry bar carefully.

You can use a wood block in between the wall and a pry bar for preventing damage to the wall. Now, pull away from the cabinet from the wall. If there are plumbing valves attached to the cabinet you need to be extra careful otherwise you may damage the valves.

After removing the cabinet, you should remove any left caulk using a scraper or putty knife. If your new cabinet is shorter or smaller than the previous one, you should paint and patch the wall to remove the stains and spots and to make the cabinet look good.

If you follow the above instructions step-by-step we believe the removal of the vanity cabinet of your bathroom will become quite easy task for you.

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