Removing a vanity top?

numbersjunkieApril 2, 2013

I've been planning to replace the vanity & top in our hall bathroom, but DH just got laid off (likely a forced early retirement) and we don't want to spend a lot until we get a better handle on our finances. So I'm thinking of replacing just the top and sink/faucet now (horrible condition), and doing the vanity later. I have a quote for Cambria that I think is a good deal.

So my question is - can we pull the top off and replace the vanity later without damaging it? Does it really have to be glued/attached to the vanity cabinet?

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8mpg

They are normally glued to the cabinet. If you are really not wanting to damage the cabinet, you could use a multipurpose oscillating tool to try and cut the glue between the cabinet and the vanity top. If there is a backsplash, it is probably glued to the wall as well so make sure you cut the silicone that seals it against the wall with a razor blade.

Here is a link that might be useful: Tool like this

    Bookmark   April 3, 2013 at 3:19AM
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tuesday_2008

I replaced a vanity top a few years ago in DH's bathroom. The old one was not glued - just placed on the top of the vanity. It may not have been done right, but it worked for 20 years that way. We did the same with the new one.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2013 at 11:08AM
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raehelen

Can you post a pic? I'm just thinking that in your situation, is there anyway you can just replace the sink and or the faucet and do some cosmetic changes to the present countertop? We lived with 40 year old vanities (just renoing now after 16 years in the house), and just changed the faucets when we first moved in.

I am thinking that when you replace everything in the future, you may not want to be tied down to today's choices. Given the price of cambria, could you not just replace the whole thing with a complete unit from someplace like Costco?

But, hey, this is coming from someone with Robin's egg blue fixtures in her main bath, and a gutted to the studs/subfloor Master... so my tolerance for less than perfect may be different than yours! LOL

    Bookmark   April 3, 2013 at 11:29AM
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numbersjunkie

Unfortunately, the vanity is built in and 77" wide, so there is no way to buy a prefab unit as a temporary fix. The existing vanity has chipping paint, and its very low - made 25+ years ago. The top is laminate and not in bad shape, but the sink/faucet are horrible - and the sink is a hexagon shape so I don't know if the cutout would work with anything else. And I really don't want to buy a new drop in sink just as a temporary fix.

But if we got a new top and just sat it on top, I was hoping it could be used again when we get new vanity cabinets. I guess I would just need to make sure the width of the alcove doesn't vary much from the current height to the higher elevation where the top would eventually sit.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2013 at 2:58PM
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raehelen

Numbers,

How much would your new Cambria top be? Wouldn't you also have to buy a new sink and faucets anyways? I checked the Costco website, and they have a very nice looking 75" vanity that includes marble top, sinks, backsplash for around 2K. I guess I'm thinking that perhaps your wait for a completely new vanity might be so long, that your tastes might change and you might be sorry to be tied down to the choices you made today. If your total cost for a 'temporary' fix up is minimal, then I'd say go for it. But personally I wouldn't spend $1k or even several hundred dollars now, I'd wait.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2013 at 5:21PM
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numbersjunkie

raehelen - Thanks for the suggestion. I have a quote for just under $1400 for the top, and the vanity I want is about another $1500 (RTA, we finish). We only want one sink since there is a window on one side. Plus I need something contemporary but not ultra modern to fit my house. So I don't think the Costco option really works for us. The price for the top is really good - most places charge for the whole slab and this one obviously didn't.

I will probably just wait a while and see how finances go.

    Bookmark   April 3, 2013 at 5:52PM
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weedyacres

Yes, you can remove a granite top from a vanity. Just make sure they don't glue it, but just set it on the vanity and put silicone across the counter/vanity inside corner seam. It's not going to slide off or anything. When you're ready to replace the vanity, score the silicone with a utility knife, unhook the plumbing, and carefully lift it off.

Another option, since your finances are uncertain, is to just buy a prefab laminate counter from HD or Lowe's for

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 2:43PM
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tinan

I would just postpone the reno until you have a handle on how things will be financially. I would personally not feel OK laying out that money so soon after losing a job.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 6:19PM
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marys235

I recently replaced the top of my vanity, I hired a handyman to remove the old cultured marble top, which came off easily enough, although there was a little damage to the dry wall where he pulled off the backsplash. I bought a new granite top and had it installed on top of the old vanity. Mine is also a built-in, and is in an alcove, going from wall to wall. It seemed easy enough to do, I'm not sure how they attached the new granite top, but the old cultured marble did not appear to be glued to the vanity.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 6:37PM
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