How to Install a Vanity and a Faucet Yourself!

This is a sponsored post about how to install a vanity and a faucet yourself.Brought to you by The Home Depot®, click here to learn more. I recently attended a Do It Herself Workshop at The Home Depot in Manchester, CT.  The workshop I attended was all about how to install a vanity and a faucet yourself….and it was AWESOME.  I’m kind of handy myself, or so I thought. I mean, I’ve assisted my husband in gutting our old house and doing many projects here, but apparently, that does not make a DIY success.  I have one or two things to learn.  Or eleven hundred.  Usually in our house, when it’s a Brett-by-herself-project, it puts my husband on high alert and he ends up coming to help.  (Or maybe it’s part of my diabolical plan to have him do it for me. Either way, right?)

When I first heard I’d be attending the workshop on how to install a vanity and a faucet, some feelings of panic set in.  I kept thinking, for real?  And then you want ME to install a faucet that someone’s actually going to USE?  I was laughing on the surface and inside coaching myself through the anxiety.

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But then I got to the store, and was connected with the wonderful Jay, and after I decided how funny he found me, he quickly assured me that yes, I could absolutely handle the install of a vanity and a faucet on my own.  Which, of course, made me all smiley and stuff, and we were instant friends.  For life.

We were lucky to find a vanity set out on the floor- super convenient, right?  I had no idea that installing a vanity was actually as easy as I’d imagined.  There’s really just a few steps.  And what follows?  This is MY general “take” on how to install both a vanity and a faucet.  The general idea is accurate, from what I’ve seen and learned at The Do It Herself Workshop and watching my husband, father, and father in law over the years.

1. Set vanity against wall

2. Set level on top of vanity

3. Shim bottom of vanity (we use scraps of wood in our house, you can actually purchase shims at The Home Depot if you are more normal than we are).

4. Find where your wall studs are

5. Screw vanity into wall studs.  Be sure your screws are long enough that they really grab into the studs. Don’t screw into sheetrock alone because it won’t hold.  Safety first, my friends!

6. Attach counter (if it’s a one piece with the sink attached, install the faucet first!!  It’ll be a lot easier!)  You’ll need a bead of a good bathroom caulk around the top of the vanity, then set the counter into place.  Then, don’t touch it for 24 hours.  For real.  Just walk away.  This is REALLY hard with kids in the house if you have just one bathroom but do your best). The silicone needs to set and cure- once it does, the counter won’t go anywhere.

VOILA.  Vanity installed.

Now, for faucets, well, they take a little more time and many more steps.  But…I can honestly tell you they make it kind of easy.

The counter/sink we were installing with the vanity was all one piece, so that made life easier. I’m a fan of one piece tops because it means less places for water to find it’s way into and under, you know?

To install a faucet:

PRE-Install

P1. Take faucet and all related materials out of the packaging.

P2. Read instructions. Or rather, re-read.  I totally recommend looking at the instructions at the store so you can plan ahead and buying things you may not have at home to save yourself another trip back to The Home Depot).

P3. Gather your tools and materials needed (you’re going to need some Plumber’s Putty and some hose pieces, possibly a connector- it should all be outlined in your instructions).

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1. Set faucet in place over the holes in sink

2. Secure faucet onto sink

3. Attach hoses for water supply (Be sure to get these tight enough!)

4. Install drain and pop up stopper  (This is where that plumber’s putty will come in handy)

5. Attach drain pipe

6. Attach drain trap (it’s the white pipe in the photo- see the dip in it?)

7. Connect water hoses to the wall

8. Set the pop up (thingy) to the right height and secure

9. (This isn’t in the photo, but Jay emphasized it and I think he’s totally spot on) Once you are all hooked up to the water and stuff, and your sink/counter are secured, run the water.  Not for 30 seconds, not for 3 minutes, but for about 30 minutes.  Open both sides of the faucet and run it at full strength for a while.  (This is usually when we’re trying to pick up the work area and get things back to some semblance of normalcy). You want to do this to really make sure that there are no LEAKS in your beautiful installation job.  (It’s totally ok if there are, just tighten things up and you should be fine. It happens to the best of them. I promise.  But if you don’t check, you can have a slow leak, which could go undetected for a while and end up ruining the vanity, the floor, wall, etc.  Take that 30 minutes and be safe not sorry).

Now, earlier today my crazy, crazy neighbors (bless their hearts) let me come over and install the faucet on their new vanity.  Yes, that’s right, they trusted me.  Mostly.  D supervised my progress but I think I wowed him.  I’m sure of it.  It was totally do-able!! By me!!  You can see all the photos here- sorry if they were dark, K was taking photos with my iPhone. I wasn’t able to 100% finish the job, only because they are having some issues unrelated to the vanity/sink but in the bathroom and will need to be doing a lot more work before they can permanently install. But I DID IT!! Thank you, Jay! And to D and K, for having (on the surface anyway!!) faith in me!!

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 Now, don’t you feel all excited and motivated and wanting to go see what YOU can learn at the next Do It Herself Workshop?  The next one is August 15th- Chore Charts and Mail Storage Ideas Inspired by Pinterest.  I would be there in person learning it but I have to work so I can’t attend. I’m hoping that someone will attend and then share their knowledge with me- I’d love to make a chore chart that looks pretty that we can hang on the wall- and I’m ALWAYS wanting storage ideas!!! 




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134 comments… add one
  • I did this with our last remodel and it turned out well and we saved a ton of money!

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  • That looks easy. Everytime I hear someone saying they’re going to install or fix something in the bathroom I think of the Golden Girls when they tried to fix the toilet.LOL!! My dad is the contractor in the family so I would never attempt to do this. I live in an apt so I don’t have to worry about any of this stuff. Great post though :) Very helpful

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  • I’m a home remodeler and find home depot gives great information, most of the time, for home owners.

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  • I really enjoy the Home Depot free workshops! You can always learn some great do it yourself techniques which is always good for me since I tend to do everything myself.

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  • Your reminding me of all my projects. One of these days we need to change all the faucets in our house. They’re all looking bad. This gave me courage. :)

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  • I wish I’d read this post earlier; we had to deal with a new faucet and it makes more sense to see it as you picture it than what the manufacturer had on their insert. Ha! :)

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  • Great to see how it’s done can save us a lot of money next time it breaks down and we have to head out to buy the parts to replace it

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  • I think I could do this! You have a great site!

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  • I like how you have pictures for each step. Makes a big difference than just reading a usual tutorial online.

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  • I agree I love Home Depot overall, and their workshops are great. The first one I went to was how to build a birdhouse, and my 8 year old…who is now 28 built one and was quite proud of himself.

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  • That looks relatively easy unless your house is 50+ yrs old lol.

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  • Hmmm. I need a new sink and thought I’d have to get it installed. You make me think I can do it myself.

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  • They make it look so simple but I’d still mess it up lol

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  • watching this video, i want to try installing certain things myself

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  • I love that they have these workshops. For me I am a visual learner and this makes projects so much easier

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  • You make it sound so easy. I love the Home Depot’s free workshops.

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  • It doesn’t look too difficult. You are pretty brave to try it on your own. I have not attempted anything like this myself. Then again I am not the most mechanically inclined person.

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  • I am very impressed! A friend of mine is redoing her kitchen and I was admiring all of her work just last night. I need to learn how to do some of this stuff!

    Maureen
    maureen.tenney@gmail.com

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  • Love it!

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  • It looks very beautiful. You did an amazing job.

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  • Good job! I installed the bathroom faucet in my sink upstairs by myself and it is just following one step at a time and having the right tools. I needed a basin wrench to get to the old nuts holding the old faucet in but had the other tools. A pipe wrench is usually necessary as well.

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  • i still think I couldn’t do it myself, but you did an awesome job!

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  • You did a great job, made it look easier than it would be for (me) lol. Good job.

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  • Well, you made it LOOK easy LOL. Super job. I’m not sure I could do this :)

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  • That is awesome! Who says women can’t install it themselves? By the way, Jay is a cutie!

    I think you should be a professional sink installer! LOL

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  • Great job! I need a new faucet to.

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  • Thank you for the tips! We will be changing ours soon.

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    • Let me know how it goes, Emmy.

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  • Way to go, I doubt I could install a faucet unless someone was there telling me step by step instructions. Doing DIY projects sure save money.

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  • You did a super job! I replaced our very old vanity and sink about 2 years ago and it was a challenge but finally got it done. Think of all the money you saved doing it yourself!

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  • Oh wow you did great!
    Yes women need to know how to do more things.

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  • Way to go! I love Home Depot! We recently did an entire bathroom remodel, and got all our supplies from there. I love their DIY Workshops too!

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  • AWESOME! I think more women do nto do things like this because it might be complicated. Thanks for showing that yes they can!

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  • Great job! I need to take a do-it-yourself workshop!

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  • So proud of you Brett! And now I know who to call when it’s time to replace. Either Home Depot – or YOU!

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    • haha Bonnie!! I’d maybe call Jay. LOL

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  • Wow – I’m impressed! I’d love to take some of their workshops, but this might be too much for me since I have to mostly do the work alone.

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  • I’m really impressed with your faucet skills! And I like the idea of women’s home improvement workshops. I saw there’s a tile one in September, maybe I’ll give it a try.

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  • Wow! Great post. I really learned alot. I actually think I could install a faucet myself now. No kidding!

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  • I’m so going to impress my husband by doing this the next time he is out of town. Thanks for the instructions! Much easier than I would think :)

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  • Wow – How cool that you attended the workshop and learned to do this by yourself! Good for you!

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  • You make it sound easy enough, LOL! I think I’ll still leave that kind of stuff up to my husband 😉

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  • Thats awesome! I love Home Depot workshops. I always feel motivated and like I can do things like this when I see someone else do them. Our washer broke, hubby bought the part but was working and on call for the next few days so didn’t get to it. I watched a 2 minute youtube video… figured I could do that. Yeah, I apparently got confused on the water on/off controls – hot was off (thankfully) but cold was still on. DOH! I slightly flooded the laundry room… but in the end I fixed the washer (and it only took me 3 hours with clean up lol) and its working great now lol. I need to start going to bed when hubby is on call, obviously.

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    • You Tube videos are great in a pinch- we look for them frequently too!!

      AND…way to go!!

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  • looks like you did an awesome job love DIY tutorials thanks :)

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  • Great job! I like learning new things, but don’t want to let on to the hubby, he might expect me to take over his DIY projects! LOL

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  • Wow that is awesome! I worked at home depot for about a year in the plumbing department. I learned so much and I help my dad with the house stuff. I might have to check out the next Do It Herself session! Thanks for sharing!

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  • From The video & instructions looks easy too assemble the faucet in . I like toog et more handy since we bought our own place now. Thanks for this review

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  • You make it sound so easy! My husband always does this sort of thing being that he’s a carpenter..but I bet I could do it too!

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  • Very impressive tips. Thank you.

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  • We are about to install a new faucet, he makes it look easy! Heck you make it look easy! Come install mine for me :) Oh, and yes you are truly funny. Love your post!

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  • WOW!!! I’m so impressed!

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  • That is so great! I always feel so good when I can do my own home repairs/remodeling. I really like that sink and faucet combo, too.

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  • Wow!!! We will soon be doing the same thing. From the looks of it, your vanity is a similar size to the one we need, so I think that Hubz and I can pull it off. Love your style!

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    • It’s my neighbors style…do you want me to find out where it’s from? It’s a gorgeous looking piece.

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  • Wow!!! We will soon be doing the same thing. From the looks of it, your vanity is a similar size to the one we need, so I think that Hubz and I can pull it off. Love your style!

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  • oooh, good job. Whenever I walk into Home Depot, I always think I should start attending their classes. Sure wish new a new vanity or even a new faucet handles were in my current budget, but not yet.

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  • This post came at a great time, I need to do some plumbing in my kitchen.

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  • You go girl! You made it look and sound so easy! Now I know who to call when I buy a house 😉

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  • I think you did a great job of installing these things. Sometimes when you read directions they may seem confusing, so read again or make sure you understand what to do. Thank God that I have a son who can do these for me – tho it may take awhile till he gets time to do it.

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  • This is awesome! I hope they’re still having these sorts of workshops when I buy my first place!

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  • That was pretty amazing!! Good for you! I love it when I learn new stuff!!

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  • You did GREAT!!I would never try that for fear of causing a flood lol

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  • Wow that’s awesome!! I would never attempt this.

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  • You really did a good job and it looks intimidating to do, but you made it look easy and it sure looks nice! You did a great job! Now you are a Carpenter and Plumber!

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  • While, I don’t need this info right now (i’m in an apartment!) this post made me laugh remembering my ‘job’ as a little kid running around finding studs with the studfinder!

    xx Kait

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    • hahaha

      that’s still my job.

      sigh.

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  • Wow, good for you! You did an awesome job. I couldn’t do it. :)

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  • Oh wow seriously? How awesome is Jay!? That is so cool that they will actually show you how to install a faucet at Home Depot! Thanks for sharing the wealth.. because I am so clueless in this department!

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  • Nice! I’ve never been to a Home Depot DIY workshop. Looks really good and fun. Maybe someday I’ll be able to tackle my bathroom re-do.

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  • You go, girl! I’m really impressed. You may have a new career for yourself here, but please don’t stop blogging! And I agree with Jay that you are indeed wicked funny. You made a post that could have been a dry how-to into a great story.

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  • You did an awesome job! I am horrible at DIY projects. Very impressive!

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  • Thanks for the step by step guide, comes in handy! Seems that it’s not that hard as I thought!

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  • this is great! i have plans to do this, but needed a great tutorial! And I love these home depot courses…Looks like I know what I am suggesting for our next girls night out
    :)

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  • Wow! I’m really impressed with your DIY skills!

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    • oh, thank you! i owe them to my husband, really. he’s like a less furry bob vila

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  • What a great tutorial…and sooo impressed that your helper at Home Depot was able to help, I can never find anyone at my home depot that can help.. LOVE it… I’m ready for a new faucet and will pin this so I can do it myself, too…

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  • Impressive! Thanks for the tutorial. Now, I have some idea on how to do it. Great post!

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  • Wow you are way braver than I am! And I want to go to that chore chart workshop!!!!

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    • Me too. Unfortunately I have to work :(

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  • I love DIY projects, but I have to admit I tend to stay away from electrical and plumbing. It sounds like everything went smoothly!

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  • Nice! You make it look so easy. But somehow,I feel like I still would probably mess it up lol

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    • if I did it anyone can!

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  • Wow! maybe I can do this!

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  • Great tutorial.

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  • I have actually done this before the days of the internet. I sure could have used your guide then! LOL.

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    • Oh gosh. WHat DID we do before the internet??

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  • The folks at Home Depot are awesome. I may be a DIY person after all.

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  • This is SO helpful!! My husband and I have been talking about getting a new vanity, but we’re not the “handy” type. This actually looks easy and doable. I’d love to attend one of these events…

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  • Here’s how I would do it one step: Delegate this task to my handy-man hubby! 😉

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  • You made it all look and sound so easy! I love that Jay explained it all. It looks great!

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  • I am saving this post until I need to install a vanity and faucet. It’s a daunting task but this seems do-able now!

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  • I love that they have workshops geared towards women! No more nagging the husband!! :)

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  • I love do it yourselves i will definatly have to try this one day

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  • This was such a GREAT step by step engineer style tutorial!!! Think of how much money people can save just doing this themselves!!!

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  • you did a great job!;)

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  • this is just what i need ty;)

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  • Great job installing the faucet. We just had our second bathroom remodeled.

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  • These are some great tips. However, this is something that I do not see myself being able to do even with the help you have provided.

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  • You did a great job. I would never be able to do that

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  • You make it sound so easy! We moved into our new house last year and there are a few updates like this that we want to make. I think that we can save some money by installing on our own.

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  • I’m bookmarking this page and sharing it with all of my friends. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  • I love women doing it for themselves! Great post Brett! 😀

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  • You did great, I couldn’t do it :)

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  • mmm,,I just posted a note an cant find it,,

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  • im impressed,,way to go you! I don’t know if I could do it,im usually the helper,,but hey I guess we all can learn to do things we are not familiar with if we have too

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    • i bet you could do it vickie!!

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  • Wow ~ what a great job! I don’t think I would have had the courage to install my friend’s faucet after just learning! I did install our bathroom faucets (no vanity) but it was such a pain that I don’t know if I would ever do it again without attending a workshop myself!

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  • You did fabulous and not sure I would have been able to do the same. Seems I always mess something up when trying and I’m certain nobody I know would even trust me in doing their’s. Job well done Brett!

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  • Great job, it looks very nice too! My fiance loves Home Depot.

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  • well done with installation now I know who to call for my plumbing issues :)

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  • If I ever need to install this I will be sure to visit this post again. I bookmarked it and will share as well.

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  • Good job on installing the vanity & faucets. What I need is a lesson on how to install a toilet. (harder, I imagine) That’s the next thing that needs to be upgraded in my house.

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  • Thanks for the info we want to put a new sink and counter tops in our kitchen and it would be so nice to save the money by doing it ourselves.

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  • Wow, thanks for such a detailed guide! Much better than those instruction books that come with the pieces.

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  • Get your butt over to my house and do a repeat. I figure you’re a pro by now. I need your help!

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    • I’m on my way. I’ll be there in like. 4 days. I have to set my GPS to LIZ!

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  • I wish my sink was that nice. I can’t remodel or install something like that ’cause if the complex found out about changes to the apt. we’re in they’d raise our rent :( My bathroom looks like some roadside job, it’s depressing…

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  • OMGosh did you really do this!?! That’s so awesome!! I’d be so so scared to give it a try but you make it look so easy. And PRETTY btw!

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  • We have put in a new bathtub but needing a new sink badly. After reading your post, I think I might try to attempt to do a DIY project with the hubby.

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  • Who knew installing a vanity and faucet could be so easy? What an easy and relatively inexpensive way to give your bathroom an update!!!!

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  • So nice of him to tell you how to install your new vanity and faucet. It looks beautiful!! My son loves taking their weekend classes for fun projects and Home Depot is our go-to place when we need to repair or replace things in our home. Great post!

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  • Great job, Brett! I’m pretty handy around the house myself, which always amazed my mother. However, all it comes down to really is just figuring out what the next right step is to take. Once that’s done, figure out the next one. With all the information that’s available online and elsewhere these days, it’s really not that difficult!

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  • These tips are perfect timing because I’m trying to talk my hubby into getting a new vanity.

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  • Anything home improvement or really DIY terrifies me! I love how approachable, friendly and helpful the Home Depot staff are, you make it look easy too! :)

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  • Very cool! I’ll be installing a new faucet in our kitchen in the next couple weeks!

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  • This is great. I want to redo our upstairs bathroom.

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