Not too long ago Andrea decided that a quick weekend bathroom remodeling was in order. In the almost 3 years that I have lived here I have helped her tackle quite a few updates to her bathroom upstairs. This one ranks as probably the easiest and one with the most "wow" factor. I did worry, as did her fiance, that we may be jinxed as she proclaimed to her man, "I've never installed a sink before, but how hard can it be?!?" Turns out that as long as your granite countertop isn't broken in three places it's not hard at all!
Take a peek at what was accomplished in just one day (minus the return trip to Lowe's):
- sink and granite counter-top (Lowe's): $178
- faucet (Home Depot): $68
- plumbers putty & tape: $2.10
- flexible hoses to replace old non-flexible ones: $10
- granite matching side splash (not seen in photo): $20
- adhesive caulk & clear caulk for seams: $8
GRAND TOTAL: $286.10
Removing the old vanity was super easy.First disconnect the faucet from the plumbing underneath. Be sure to have a bucket and a couple towels nearby for catching water that is bound to come out of the pipes/hoses once you disconnect. Next you'll want to cut along the edges of the caulk with a razor. If there is a thick layer of caulk this may take several cuts. After cutting through the caulk you should be able to lift the sink right out. This one was not secured by any adhesive to the vanity (as installation of the new one directed) however, yours may be secured by screws or adhesive. The key here is just to be careful as you are lifting up to ensure minimal damage to vanity.
We followed the directions that came with the sink and had the thing in place in less that 5 minutes. The faucet took a little more time, but if you follow the included directions step by step and go slow, it comes together fairly easily. Andrea may be able to add any tips since she installed the sink all herself!
I think it turned out absolutely fantastic. It looks so fresh and updated. Bye Bye outdated shell! Hello modern granite!