Is Your Bathroom Vanity Structurally Sound? Here Are Some Changes You Can Make

When you're planning to renovate your bathroom, it's often worthwhile to assess which fixtures are structurally sound. For example, there's little value in changing the toilet or bathtub if both of these fixtures work well and look fine. While you might favor changing the look of your bathroom vanity, you should assess whether the vanity itself — in particular, the box — is structurally sound. If this is the case, there's no need to have it removed. Instead, you can keep the box and make the following changes to dramatically alter the vanity's appearance.

Change The Countertop

In many cases, you'll be able to remove the old countertop from your vanity. This means that you'll have the opportunity to select a new countertop, which will noticeably change the look of the vanity and the bathroom as a whole. All you'll need to do is measure the width and depth of the vanity and visit your local plumbing supply store with these numbers. Ideally, you'll then be able to find a replacement countertop in the appropriate size. Then, you'll just need to hire a remodeling contractor to install the new countertop and hook up the plumbing for you.

Paint The Sides

Bathroom vanities are commonly made of medium-density fiberboard, or MDF, with a coating on the exterior to repel moisture. In many cases, you'll be able to paint this coating to give the vanity a completely new look. Think about the color changes you'll be making as part of your remodeling project, and then select an appropriate color that ranges from a neutral off-white shade to something bolder that injects a splash of color into the bathroom. In some cases, you may need to scuff up the MDF's surface with a high-grit sandpaper to make the surface a little rougher for the paint to adhere.

Customize The Doors

While you can easily change the vanity's door and drawer hardware, you can also consider swapping out the doors entirely. In many cases, you'll be able to find replacement doors of the appropriate size, giving you numerous choices for changing the overall appearance of this fixture. If you have a small bathroom, you may wish to add glass doors, for example. They can help to make the vanity look less obtrusive, thus giving the illusion of more space in the bathroom. Talk to a local remodeling contractor for door recommendations; he or she may have done this type of work for past clients and may have some perfect suggestions for your project.

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