If you're just starting to dabble in home improvement, nothing takes the sting out of a first try than tackling something easy like installing a new vanity
. This is a project I've tackled before, and the difference was amazing when I finished. If you can handle a little plumbing, you can handle this home upgrade.
Even if you opt for a pre-fab vanity, or if you want to go with cultured marble or granite, the hardest part will be removing the old one
and getting the hot and cold water lines ready for the new unit.
You'll need some standard tools that should be in any garage (let's hope, right?), but a quick trip to a hardware store and some patience (along with the cost of a new vanity, of course) is all this will cost you -- well, plus an afternoon. The first thing I did was replace the double vanity (like the one to the right) in our first home. Having never tackled something like this before, I was amazed at just how easy it was. You might need a friend to help you with the obligatory heavy lifting, but other than that, you can perform this upgrade faster than putting together a jigsaw puzzle, I'd bet.
Tip: leave all that plastic film on the vanity until you are completely done installing it. That, or risk needless scratches.