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How to Change a Bathroom Vanity

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Today marks the end of Week 1 in the $100 Room Challenge that I’m participating in! Hold on to your seats… it’s going to be an exciting one as I show you how to change a bathroom vanity!


Last week I showed you where we started with the kids’ bathroom/laundry closet that I’m going to be making over. I’ll be honest, I didn’t get very far. I’m struggling the past couple weeks with a migraine that just won’t quit, and then we headed out of town for 3 days to celebrate my birthday.

Sooo, this week is going to be mainly about how to change a bathroom vanity since that’s about all that has changed from last week’s pictures!

If you remember, we started with this tiny little vanity that was here when we moved in earlier this year. The size of the bathroom can really accommodate a much larger vanity.


We would have loved to have been able to add one with double sinks, but the toilet was placed smack-dab in the middle of the room, so that eliminated that possibility. It’s really such an awkward layout to this room. 🙁

And, of course, we’re working on a budget as always! Since I’m not interested in doing any major renovations in this room, I was looking for a vanity that would fit where the current one is and extend to about where the toilet paper holder is on the wall. I managed to find a used one on a Facebook yardsale group for $75! Yes, it’s 75% of my budget, but it was what was most-needed for this space!


It fits this space much better and the bonus is that it’s also a few inches taller which is perfect for my 6’1″ son! Since it was only one sink, we didn’t have to deal with too many plumbing issues in replacing the old vanity.

To remove the old vanity, we just used a razor blade to cut through the caulk between the mirror and counter lip. We did the same to the caulk by the walls as well. Then we just disconnected the plumbing and lifted it out.


It wasn’t a completely smooth process and did leave us with a few knicks in the wall where the drywall peeled off with some of the paint. I was hoping to not have to paint this room, so I’m debating now how to cover this up. The walls in this room are bizarrely rough as it is. It almost looks like the previous owners had wallpaper in here that they removed at some point and the drywall got too damp and is just completely knicked up. It’s VERY noticeable.


On top of that, my husband wants to move the toilet paper holder to the side of the new vanity. I’m not sure why he’s so dead set on this, but he is. Which is going to leave me with rough spots on the wall where the toilet paper holder used to be.

All this to say… I’m might be painting in here anyways! I have to see if there’s money in the budget (and time), but there are just too many dings and holes in these walls to leave them too much as is!

For now, we’re left with this…


a vanity that is the size we want with LOTS more storage! However, the mirror now looks awkward! 

I’ve also gotten started on shelves for the tiniest linen closet ever!


There are so few shelves in here, and the opening is so narrow, that you kind of just have to stand back and throw your arm in. Honestly, my kids are a couple of skinny minnies, and they have to turn sideways and try to reach in blindly to find something!

So the game plan for this week is:

  • Finish shelves in linen closet
  • Build bookshelf for vanity and frame out mirror

In the meantime, check out some of the progress my friends have made with their $100 Room Challenge rooms!



Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge

Thursday 19th of January 2017

Great score on that vanity! And doesn't it always seem like every time you change one thing, 5 more things need to be done like your wall painting? I hope your migraines are better. Been there. Can't wait to see how it all turns out.


Wednesday 18th of January 2017

What a great find! The "new" vanity looks perfect for the space!

Amy | Stow and TellU

Tuesday 17th of January 2017

With all that room, a larger vanity makes perfect sense. Don't you just love dealing with the previous homeowners' diy attempts? Some of us get lucky and the pre-diy was better than what we might do ourselves, but I can't say that's been the case with our home. LOL. Happy Birthday, hope you are feeling better and looking forward to your shelving phase.

sara s syrett

Monday 16th of January 2017

The vanity looks great! Loving the fresh look!


Monday 16th of January 2017

The new vanity looks great!