Removing Bathroom Cabinets

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  • 2-4 hours
  • Beginner
  • 50-100
What You'll Need
Basin wrench
Channel locks

Getting rid of old bathroom cabinets is a time-consuming process that can mean a lot of hard work and effort. People often decide to paint their aging cabinets rather than go to the trouble of ripping them out. Changing your bathroom cabinets can seem daunting, but following a few simple steps will help you to get the job done quickly.

Step 1 - Shut Off the Water

The most important step when removing a bathroom cabinet is to make sure that you have shut off the water. Locate the water shut-off valves, which are normally found inside or close by the cabinet. They will be near to the wall, but protruding slightly from it. Ensure that both water shut off valves are closed before you attempt to disconnect any plumbing. You may need a wrench.

Step 2 - Removing the Sink

Once the water has been shut off, you can remove the sink. Lay on your back in the cabinet so you can see the bottom of the sink, the drain, and the taps. Your channel locks, also known as water pump pliers, will help you to disconnect the drain pipe. Place it to the side, then use the basin wrench to remove the basin by disconnecting both of the water lines. Remove the sink and place aside. Unscrew the taps from their base and place them in the sink.

Step 3 - Removing the Cabinet

Once the pipes and water connections have been removed, you can begin to remove the cabinet. Locate the screws at the back of the cabinet which are hold it to the wall and floor. Unscrew them using your screwdriver. Use your chisel to pry the cabinet away from the wall.

Pull the cabinet away from the wall. If it doesn't budge easily, try pulling it gently using the chisel behind the back of the cabinet for extra leverage. Excessive caulking may stick the cabinet to the wall.

Step 4 - Different Types of Cabinets

There is not much difference between the different types of cabinets when it comes to removal. Pedestal sinks are perhaps the easiest, although they will probably be caulked to the floor rather than the wall. As long as you remember to turn off the water and remove the drains, pipes, and water appliances, you should have no problem.