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Old 12-11-2010, 06:15 PM   #1
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My walls in the bathroom are not straight. I have a new vanity that is a tradional style with short Queen Anne style legs. If you put the vanity right up next to the wall then the front legs are off the floor by quite a bit and the vanity does not look level. If I put the vanity on its 4 legs then I have about an inch or two between back of vanity and the wall and it does look level. I need some help. Thanks for any advice you can give me. Karen

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Old 12-11-2010, 07:07 PM   #2
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so, is it the floor or the wall.

You would want to set the top level, or quite close. If you don't have a level, this would be a good reason to buy or borrow one.

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It is the plaster wall. My house is about 120 years old.
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ouch.

hang on for some of the carpenter/cabinet guys that float around occasionally. Given the legs on the unit, I'm kind of at a loss as to how to set it level and not have the big gap behind it. Simple trimming/shimming the legs won't allow you to set it level and meet the wall.

Does this have a back splash? attached or separate? Is the top already attached or do you need to set it? Do you think you can move the top back far enough to cover the gap and still leave a hangover edge in front?

I think you are going to get a fairly accurate measurement for the gap behind the unit when it is level.
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I bought this vanity preassembled and had it shipped from Florida. The granite top does not come off. It has a 1" backsplash.

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it's getting worse as we go.

I'm at a loss. Hopefully somebody else will have some bright ideas.
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Thanks for trying. I noticed on one post that they bought a shelf to put over the backsplash to try and hide it. Might be a little much since my backsplash is only 1" high but I can try it.
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not a bad idea but you would still have the gap visible from the sides. I know what I would do but then, that's me. I would fix the wall
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Now that is when I say 'Ouch" A lot of money for a cashier at a major retail store. I can't even get my bathroom vented because of my plaster ceiling. Can't get it vented through the outside wall because of the slant of the roof. No room in the attic to reach it. But what can I say, I love this old house.
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If your satisfied with how it sits on the legs other than the gap you could build out some trim to create a shelf, like a small fireplace mantel.
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Thank you, that is one idea I never thought of and its something I can do myself. I bought the little Craftsman auto hammer and now I can try it out. The only problem is, it has curvy sides. I added an attachment so you can see what I am talking about.
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Maybe trim the wall out and hang a mirror on that so it sits on the vanity.
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Thanks for your suggestions. I will have to think over both choices.

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