How to remove a bathroom tile vanity top?
Remodeling your bathroom doesn’t mean you need to install expensive products. It’s easy to cover the existing vanity cabinet with ceramic tiles. For no more tiles than you need even for a double sink vanity, you can probably find enough on sale at closeout prices at tile stores and home improvement centers. Before you begin to make a ceramic tile vanity top, remove the old sink and plumbing fixtures.
Remove the Old Vanity Top
The old vanity top probably has a layer of silicone caulking holding it to the wall and possibly to the countertop. Be careful about removing the old caulking. You don’t want to damage the wall or cabinet. The old vanity probably has screws holding it in place. Remove them. The old vanity is ready to go out the door for disposal.
Prepare the Base
Now that you have the base cabinet exposed, it’s time to cut the plywood for the base. Two layers of 3/4-inch plywood fastened to the base with deck screws provides a solid vanity. A layer of cement backer board on top of the plywood keeps the thin-set mortar from seeping into the plywood and damaging it. You also need to cut a hole for the sink. You can trace around the sink or use the template that comes with it for the pattern. A jigsaw is the ideal tool for cutting out the sink’s hole.
Attach the Tiles
Before you install the tiles, place them on the countertop in the pattern you plan to use. It’s a good idea to center the tiles as you face the vanity. Cut tiles can go on the ends and along the back. Tile nippers and a tile cutter make short work of trimming tiles to fit. As you figure out the placement of the tiles, stack the tiles in the order you plan to set them. Spread thin-set mortar mixed to the consistency of mashed potatoes along the front and side edges of the vanity with a notched trowel. It’s a good idea to put mortar on the backs of these tiles as well. As soon as you set the edge tiles, place mortar on the flat surface and set those tiles in place. Let them dry overnight before proceeding.
Grout the Tiles
Finish the project by pushing grout into the joints between the tiles. A grout float is handy for this project or you can use your fingers. After the grout dries for about 30 minutes, wipe any grout off the tiles with a damp sponge. Let the grout dry overnight and then wipe off any haze that remains on the tiles. You can apply sealer to the tiles after the grout cures for several days. As soon as the grout dries, you can install the sink and plumbing fixtures to finish the project.