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Old 01-25-2011, 07:24 PM   #1
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Vanity is my favorite sin.....


What exactly is the purpose of extending this countertop over to the wall?

I want to bust the countertop and sink off...put a new counter with undermount sink.

2 things:
Of course if I do that, the vanity is NOT a standard size.....it is 36" wide.....I think I could use a countertop/sink combo that is 37" but I just spent so much time calculating the centering of my light fixture and mirror....grrrrrr....do you think that inch will be noticeable??
Also, what the heck are some ideas for that empty space I would be leaving by eliminating the strange countertop extension? I will be installing 4' beadboard all around the room....maybe just a plantstand? I thought of maybe a tall storage cabinet since storage is tight in these condos...maybe tall enough to store an ironing board and iron? I'm not sure.

My biggest thing is the vanity top and making sure I can rig a 37" to look normal on a 36" base...is a one inch overhang of countertop and a NOT exactly centered sink something I should lose sleep over?
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Old 01-26-2011, 08:41 AM   #2
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My quess would be, they did it to have extra ctop space, often done that way. But a bigger vanity and a centered bowl would look better, give storage space under. Actually, 36" (36x19 or 21)is standard and the top would be 37" allowing a slight overhang on each side.

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Old 01-27-2011, 02:09 PM   #3
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You need to decide the setup you want before you start the work.
If storage is an issue, I would put in tall cabinet next to the vanity. The cabinets width would be such that I would be using standard size cabinets.
If you like the large counter area, put in 2 cabinets under the counter.
The setup you want and the material you use are up to you.
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Old 01-27-2011, 03:50 PM   #4
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notch out the drywall on the left (to mirror the profile of the countertop... and recess the vanity top by 1/2 inch (caulk, BAM...centered).

actually, looking at the pic... the left side of the sinkbase has a filler or moulding covering what looks like a 1/2 gap from the wall... your sure your not already 36.5 from wall to right side of vanity?

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Old 01-27-2011, 07:52 PM   #5
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What is the purpose of all that extra countertop space? So the wife can leave all her makup and junk out. Or, in your case, paint.
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:20 PM   #6
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notch out the drywall on the left (to mirror profile of the countertop... and recess the vanity top by 1/2 inch (caulk, BAM...centered).

actually, looking at the pic... the left side of the sinkbase has a filler or moulding covering what looks like a 1/2 gap from the wall... your sure your not already 36.5 from wall to right side of vanity?
You're right, it does have a spacer that I discovered after I posted. So, actually it is able to accommodate a standard 37" vanity top. It's spaced out from the wall for the drainage PVC that goes into the wall on the left, not the back wall.

I removed the sink then the countertop today:
http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/...january612.jpg http://i1188.photobucket.com/albums/...january613.jpg

Now I am leaning towards this granite vanity top with undermounted sink:

Any special considerations to structurally reinforce my existing vanity for the additional weight or does it look pretty standard to handle a 37" granite vanity top with undermounted sink?
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:45 PM   #7
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Seems to me the vanity should support that top. It looks like older construction and is probably stronger than newer ones. If you hav any doubts you could reinforce the corners.

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Old 02-15-2011, 03:40 PM   #8
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okay kids! It's coming right along and for my first attempt at ANY type of DIY remodeling, I have to say I am pretty proud of myself.

I pulled out the old laminate countertop and vanity. I removed the toilet. I installed the groutable peel & stick floor. I've installed the MDF beadboard, baseboard, and chair rail. I reinstalled the toilet with a new wax ring. I tore out the old hardwired lighted medicine cabinet. I cut out and installed a new pancake box for the new light fixture. I hung a new mirror. I scraped and sanded the textured ceiling away and primed it. I painted the walls. I installed new white outlets and switches where the old beige toggle switches were.

How exciting.

I just have to do the finishing touches now:
  • reinstall the vanity
  • install the new granite vanity top with undermount sink
  • finish painting the ceiling
  • finish cutting in the wall paint
  • reinstall towel bar and TP holder
AND my current dilemma:
fill in gaps in corners, etc. with caulk
then final coat of paint to beadboard, baseboard, & chair rail.


Now, keep in mind I am an amateur....hence the DIY...I only had a jigsaw to cut the beadboard and a very basic miter box/saw combo to do the baseboard and chair rail corners.

So, I have some gaps...some small, others not so small.
So, my question is:
Is caulking really the best way to fill gaps? I have some places in the corners where the two edges of the beadboard meet that I would like to cover with trim instead, but the 1/4 round I bought will jut out under the chair rail and over the baseboard. I couldn't find any teeny tiny trim to just cover the corner...like something 1/4" wide and like an 1/8" thick? The beadboard, et al is MDF so filling with something that I would have to sand afterward is not an option, although I did toy around with the idea of filling some of the spaces with DAP spackle (the goes on pink dries white kind) because it is water soluble as it it drying and I could smooth it out and then paint over it?

I don't know....what suggestions do you have?
I will try to post pictures a little later so you can see my (un)handiork...lol....no it's not that bad at all....I just need to know how to cover inconsistencies in measurements, etc.

thanks in advance!
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Old 09-19-2011, 07:36 PM   #9
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Finished powder room! Older vanity plenty strong to support new granite countertop and undermount sink. Very happy with the results.
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Here are a couple of "befores"
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Old 09-22-2011, 10:16 PM   #11
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wow - good job! That looks great.

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Love it, great job!

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