Think I am just thinking.

Words are but thoughts made visible.

Just an Old bathroom vanity and sink.

If you have an older home, sooner or later you will be forced with doing upgrades to maintain your home.  Well, the time has come to replace the old bathroom vanity sink in the master bedroom.  The old vanity countertop is one of those one piece (plastic) looks like marble, with the integrated built-in sink.  The vanity woodwork is early 70’s, dark wood, which does show some of it’s age in the way of little minor scratches and having some of that rather old faded wood look to it.  Another 50 years, and it would qualify as an antique, but the Mrs and I really do not want to wait that long.

So it boils down to what are my options?  First things first, get out the tape measure and start writing down the measurements.  If you are lucky like us, you will find that you have a very unique vanity, in terms of size.  Everything that was a standard size back in 1970 something, is no longer a standard size.  I have a space between two walls that measures 68 inches.  Try to find something with that width, and you will just not be able to find it.  So, what to do?

Option (1):  is the woodwork still viable, then you could replace just the vanity top/sink unit, except you cannot buy a stock unit in exactly 68 inches.   Well, the stock item purchase is not an option, so you can do a custom ordered marble or granite top, which will only set you back about $400-$800.

Option (2): Replace only the sink.  But, with a built-in sink counter top, the indentation size of the sink area, is likely larger than any drop-in sink you can buy, so unless you like a sink dropped into the fist bowl indentation space, you rule this one out, right away.  But if you could find one that fits over the opening you would need to cut into the top, your cost drops down to $50-$150, depending on exact sink that work.

Option (3)  forget about salvaging the old vanity, and just remove the whole thing and buy a new Vanity and a matching sized counter-top and sink.  Of course your new unit must be narrower than the opening you are working with.  In our case, 68 inches.   Of course now you do have to deal with what’s behind the old vanity.  Be prepared that it will not be a finished wall, or as your old unit is likely a floor based unit, there is likely no flooring under the old vanity as well.  So be prepared to do some wall work, and likely some floor work as well.  And you will not find matching floor tile/wood/vinyl, so you will have to redo the entire bathroom area flooring with all new material.  Thus far, you are likely to be in the $1,500-$3,000 range depending on exactly what type of vanity system and flooring, and wall work you are willing to do.  And buy the way, this is do it yourself cost.  You can double the cost if you have someone else do the work for you.

Option (4)  Ok, this should perhaps have been number two, but this is the last option we have been looking at, and are going to give it a try, as I think it will give us acceptable results at a much better price.   First, paint the vanity, don’t replace it.  No, or minimal wall work and no floor work. Second, replace the counter top,not with a custom marble or granite top, but rather a stock length laminated counter top.  Only issue with this is the stock counter tops at say Lowes or Home Depot, are all 24-25 inches deep.  Vanity tops are almost all in the 22-23 inch depth range.  But you can buy a 8 to 10 foot stock kitchen laminated counter top for as little as $60-$100.

I like that kitchen laminated counter tops price.  but it’s too deep you say.  But, is would be just right if you cut off the typical backsplash and make yourself your 22-23 inch deep counter.  Then just cut to fit on the old vanity, which has not been painted a nice popular white color.  The only things left are backsplash and sink.  You can pick up a drop in sink for as little as $40-$60.  You can also get backsplash material for as little as $20-$30.

So, paint the old woodwork, replace the hinges and handles on the doors, put on the new laminate, add the sink/faucet and backsplash and you have a complete new bathroom custom vanity sink unit for under $200-$300 max.  That’s a fraction of what you would pay with any of the other options and you will end up with a nice new addition to your home, which brings you a nice new modern look to your room.


Well, I am still mid stream in the project, so I cannot fully state what the outcome is.  But, I shall be back and share how it turned out.  In theory, and after much reading, watching do-it-yourself video’s, I have very high hopes.

Hopefully my High Hopes, will not melt my wings and result in a fast decent.  Stay tuned.


March 10, 2016 Posted by | Household Improvements | , , | Leave a comment