Fast Fixes: Bathroom

How to Turn a Cabinet Into a Bathroom Vanity

Turn a flea market cabinet into a stylish bathroom vanity with antique charm.

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Step 13: Place Backsplash

You'll want the backsplash to rest directly on the countertop. Using a caulk gun, put several large dollops of caulk on the back of the backsplash material. Push the backsplash against the wall, so that the caulk spreads out and the material is flat against the wall.

Step 14: Install Faucet and Handles

Lay masking tape along the back of the sink where the faucet and handles will be placed. Measure to the centerline where the faucet will be located. Mark the tape for the holes that are needed to hook up the plumbing fixtures. An 8" spread between handles is standard, but it can be as little as four inches, depending on the fixtures used. See the installation guide for information specific to your product. Use a 3/8" drill bit to cut the holes in your countertop. Note: It's a good idea to tape off the area between the counter and backsplash to prevent dust and debris from getting into that area when drilling. Once you're finished cutting the holes, remove the tape from the counter and backsplash.

Step 15: Caulk Seams

Caulk the seams where the backsplash meets the wall and countertop. If you're using a drop-in sink, you should also caulk the seam between the sink and countertop. Tape off the wall behind the backsplash to ensure a straight, even line for the caulk. Painter's tape is recommended for this. Apply caulk with a spatula, pressing down into the seams, then pulling the spatula along the length of the backsplash to smooth out the seam.

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