One of the most dramatic yet fastest ways of cleaning up a bathroom is through replacing an outdated and worn out bathroom cabinet. This type of alteration can be completed within a day’s work with the proper planning and a stepped approach. The only thing that will present a challenge when it comes to this type of work is initially choosing which cabinet to buy.
That’s why we’ve collaborated with Sydney Bathroom Reno Masters to create a quick guide, outlining the main steps we (or you) need to follow for proper installation of a new bathroom cabinet, so that you can change it yourself, or simply understand the process of a bathroom cabinet installation:
1. Turn off the water
First things first, you need to disconnect the supply to shut off the water. If water drips coming from the supply lines or the P-trap (the white pipe in curve shape located in the centre) use a bucket as a means to catch it.
2. Remove the caulk
Use a utility knife to get the caulk loosened located between the bathroom wall and the bathroom cabinet. Removing the caulk may need you to go down to the floor on the sides. You must remember that the countertop needs to be carefully removed to prevent any damage to the bathroom wall; a helper will be required for this particular step, especially if you have a large countertop.
3. Remove the screws
The screws attaching the cabinet to the bathroom wall must be loosened up using a cordless screwdriver. Carefully remove the screws and be sure that they are not stripped.
4. Remove the old bathroom cabinet
Once that has been done it is now time to remove the old cabinet.
5. Mark the wall with the new screw hole locations
Accurately locate the wall studs and put a mark where the new screw holes will be located. Be sure that the marks you put on the studs are a little higher than the new cabinet top.
6. Level the bathroom cabinet & secure it
You must make sure that the new bathroom cabinet is flush against the wall. A carpenter’s level and shims are needed for this step to be done accurately. Secure the cabinet in position using a 2-1/2″ wall board screws to attach it to the wall.
7. Secure the bathroom sink tap
Also, secure the installation of the new tap before you attach the new bathroom cabinet top. This will ensure that you do not have to get right below the sink, and it will make the job easier and faster along the way.
8. Secure the bathroom cabinet base
For securing the bathroom cabinet top along the base, tile caulk needs to be used.
9. Replace the P-trap when reconnecting the plumbing
Take the opportunity to replace the P-trap as you reconnect the plumbing. For a tighter and easier plumbing connection, Teflon tape can be used. Make a careful application of a thin line of caulk around the edges of the countertop. Be careful with this step, as the caulk is a highly visible material, and an untidy application will result in a messy finish.
10. Enjoy your new cabinet!
Bathroom fitting is a methodical art, and cabinet fitting is a great way to renovate your bathroom with minimal expense and effort. Hopefully these steps will help you understand the process of fitting a cabinet, whether you want to fit one yourself, or hire a professional such as ourselves to fit it for you – and inspire you to make the change to your bathroom that it really needs!