7 Simple Steps On How to Remove Bathroom Vanity by Yourself

For people who love everything about home decorating and styling, every trend looks so tempting to try. Even a simple detail could make the overall vibe feels different. One of the areas in a home that you need to beautify is a bathroom that will be your personal area. The bathroom is just as important as other rooms because it’s a spot that can give you freshness.

Among many details that your bathroom has, the vanity is one of the important parts to take care of. Either it’s for remodeling or makeover purposes, removing a vanity cabinet is something that you can do by yourself. If you’re planning to update your vanity’s look or bring it into your new house, we’re here to give you a simple tutorial on how to remove bathroom vanities with your own hands!

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Below we’ve prepared an explanation of how and where to start to get your bathroom vanity removed safely.


Your safety comes first and makes sure to prepare these tools and materials that you will need for a smooth process.

What you will need:

  • Work gloves
  • Putty knife
  • Screwdriver/drill
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Adjustable pliers
  • Pry bar
  • Caulk remover
  • Caulk
  • Bucket
  • Rag
  • Scraper/chisel
  • Woodblock (optional)

The steps are:

#1 Disconnect the Water Supply

Well, you don’t want to accidentally turn the water on during the process that will only make the process duration becomes longer.

  • If it’s easier for you to work with an open vanity, you might want to remove the vanity’s door with a screwdriver.
  • Turn off the water flowing to your bathroom sink from the valves that are usually located right under the sink. If the valves don’t work. you will have to turn off the water from the main water supply.
  • Once the water is shut off, open the faucet fully to relieve water pressure and let it drains out.
  • Unhook the pop-up stopper by squeezing the clamp in the stopper lever in the sink tailpiece, sliding it back, and disengaging it from the lever.

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#2 Shut Off the Plumbing

Here’s another step that you have to do to make sure everything stays dry from the start.

  • Place a bucket under the shutoff valves to catch water from the line.
  • By using adjustable pliers or hands, disassemble the P-trap by unscrewing the compression nuts at both ends of the trap.
  • Remove the P-trap by loosening the two outermost slip nuts and turning them counterclockwise.
  • Pull the trap down from the threaded ends of the pipes, then carefully remove the trap assembly.
  • You may want to stuff a rag into the open pipe to seal it and prevent sewer gas from flowing into the room.

#3 Remove the Mirror (Optional)

This step is important if you have a mirror that stays on the vanity countertop since it might break when you remove the vanity. However, if the mirror is installed on the wall, you can leave it in place. To prevent break or if you want to replace the old mirror:

  • Use a drill or screwdriver to remove the holder.
  • Place the mirror in a safe place.

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#4 Take Off the Caulk

The fourth step is removing the caulk that unites all parts of the vanity and the wall.

  • By using a sharp utility knife, cut the caulk around the vanity top that meets the wall and along all edges between the countertop and the cabinet.
  • Cut through any caulk where the cabinet meets the wall as well.
  • Clean the caulk residue with a rag or cloth.

#5 Remove the Vanity Top

  • Check underneath the vanity top to see if there are fasteners, clips, or brackets that hold it to the vanity cabinet.
  • Once you find the fastener, remove it with a screwdriver.
  • Try to lift up the vanity top. If it doesn’t work, you have to remove the glue around the cabinet edge by using a pry or putty knife.
  • Remove the countertop from the cabinet and be careful away not to damage the wall surfaces.

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#6 Remove the Vanity Cabinet

  • Usually, the cabinet is fastened to the wall with screws so please ensure by checking inside the cabinet. Once confirmed, remove all screws with a drill or screwdriver.
  • If it’s attached with nails, use a pry bar to remove the nails. You can also place a wood block between the pry bar and the wall to prevent damaging the wall.
  • Pull the cabinet from the wall carefully, especially if it has a back panel with holes that the plumbing valves fit through.

#7 Finishing

  • Clean up the wall from all caulk, residue, and adhesive with a putty knife, chisel, or scraper.
  • Silicone caulk can be difficult to remove but you can soften it with a commercial caulk remover before scraping.
  • Now, you’re ready to replace your old vanity with the new one or bring the old one to your new dream house.

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The bathroom vanity is probably a bathroom feature that receives the least attention from a homeowner because it’s not as important as a bathtub, toilet, or shower. However, in fact, it’s one of the details that is still visible and can be spotted right away.

Removing a bathroom vanity may look complicated but if you like DIY jobs, then this can be a fun yet challenging project to do. So, are you planning to remove your bathroom vanity but not sure where or how to start? We hope that this quick tutorial can help you out. Prepare your tools and challenge yourself now!

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