As we’re making (slow, but) steady progress in the garden unit, it was an exciting day to finally get to the point where we were ready to install the vanity! While the reglazed tub, new fixtures, and re-installed toilet were starting to make the space feel like a bathroom again, it wasn’t until our adorable new vanity went in that it was actually ready for hand-washing duties.
IKEA vanities feature a unique plumbing configuration that allows for extra-deep drawers and TONS of efficient organization options. We’ve been super happy with our GODMORGON vanity in our master bathroom, so we decided that a slightly smaller IKEA unit would be the obvious choice for the garden unit. We landed on the HEMNES in gray, which has more of a color washed effect; the grain of the wood still shows through, and it was just enough contrast to stand out against the white walls.
The cabinet base attaches simply to the wall with a couple of adjustable anchor points, and the front legs help to bear the load of the sink/backsplash combo. A thick line of clear silicone caulk holds the sink in place, and after 24 hours of cure time, we caulked the seam between the sink and the wall with white silicone.
As I mentioned earlier, IKEA vanities utilize a unique waste line and p-trap that hugs the underside of the sink from front to back and allows for the full length and depth drawers, allowing for maximum storage (a huge plus in this small bath!). The included plumbing kit also utilizes a sliding horizontal tube (pictured underneath the large black round gasket below) to help eliminate tricky measurements and avoid unnecessary cuts. Here’s an exploded diagram of how everything will hook together top to bottom:
We began by working from the top of the sink surface and dropping in our faucet (IKEA units are compatible with any brand) then threading in the overflow elbow and trim ring. A rubberized key tool is included to help you snug this contraption up extra tight!
Following a quick dry fit, I made some measurements to ensure that the plumbing would line up, then I marked our cuts with blue tape. I used a rotary tool with a plastic cutting disc, but nearly any saw or serrated blade will make short work of the thin PVC pipe. Make sure to sand down any rough edges for a watertight seal.
Even Kim was surprised at how quickly it all slips together! I’m confident that if you can read IKEA directions and have a small serrated blade on hand (almost any configuration will require minimal cuts), anyone can complete this task. Promise! As you can see below, the slim profile allows the waste lines to snug right up against the underside of the sink and back against the wall. The extra drawer space this allows for is a huge perk! Since living with the deep drawers in our master bath for well over a year, we personally find units with drawers a heck of a lot more convenient and organized than an open cabinet free-for-all.
Now for the test! Once our supply lines and waste line are connected, I always let the water run for a few steady minutes to check for leaks.
To add a bit of our own flavor, we nixed the small plastic knobs that came with the vanity, and instead attached these bin pulls for a classic look. Kim ordered the brass TP holder from Etsy, but just a heads up that it looks like the shop will be taking a break in July. (This guy is similar!)
Now that the bathroom is finally usable, it’s incredibly handy to have a place to wash our hands and help keep dirty fingerprints off of newly painted walls and door knobs. (You can only imagine how happy this makes Kim!) The bathroom is nearly complete and after a few more finishing touches, we’ll be ready for the final reveal shortly!