2016Oct IKEA Bathroom Remodel by Willis Chung
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The bathroom to be replaced, dates from the 1970s

Built in cabinet 71 inches wide, and the tile floor goes up to the bottom of the cabinets, not under it. Big countertop as well. None of these items is standard at a Home Depot or Lowe's
Capture Date: Oct 15, 2016 08:13 AMViews: 2360

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Woah! Modular cabinets at IKEA! Three of the 23 5/8 inch cabinets fill the space!

Spotted at the Centennial, Colorado, USA IKEA
Capture Date: Oct 10, 2016 05:08 PMViews: 2543

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I always liked vessel sinks, and I can cut a kitchen countertop down to size.

Capture Date: Oct 10, 2016 05:10 PMViews: 2155

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Cleaning out the old cabinet, I found this many bottles of glass cleaner!

The old mirror has to go, there is an area that has lost it's silvering. It is small, about 1/4 inch in diameter, but it is low and in an area that is easily seen. You can't not see it once you've spotted it.
Capture Date: Oct 15, 2016 08:18 AMViews: 2143

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Doors off the old cabinet.

Can you spot the unsilvered part of the mirror on the lower left? It looks like there is a black spot on the edge of the door trim closest to the countertop. Now try not finding that spot in the other photos.
Capture Date: Oct 15, 2016 05:45 PMViews: 2128

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Marble backsplash hammered off.

Did you find the spot on the mirror?
Capture Date: Oct 15, 2016 06:05 PMViews: 2090

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Countertop with molded-in sink removed. That was very difficult to haul downstairs.

Capture Date: Oct 15, 2016 06:26 PMViews: 2097

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Cabinet frame removed. I am leaving the base in place for now.

I am not sure how the new cabinets will sit on the base, so I will build one to test fit in the space before making a decision on the base.
Capture Date: Oct 15, 2016 06:45 PMViews: 2129

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At IKEA, the goodies are purchased and then brought home.

Capture Date: Oct 15, 2016 08:58 PMViews: 2187

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Test fit of cabinet shows that platform needs to be narrower and higher.

The original cabinet and countertop were way too low. By raising the new countertop to the bottom of the edge of the mirror, the vessel sinks will rise up enough to make it comfortable for an adult to use the sinks.
Capture Date: Oct 16, 2016 12:51 PMViews: 2378

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Wood platform from base taken off, raising cabinets by width of a 2x4 will do the job

US wood stud standard dimension is 2x4 inches before finishing. It becomes 1 5/8 x 3 5/8 inches once finished.
Capture Date: Oct 16, 2016 01:10 PMViews: 2571

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Now to cut the EKBACKEN countertop to the right length and width

I used all the tricks for cutting laminated MDF: 1) the circular saw is going to rest on the unfinished side so the teeth rip upwards into the laminate, 2) tape on the cut line, and 3) heavily score the cut line with a utility knife.
Capture Date: Oct 16, 2016 02:46 PMViews: 7064

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Deep score along cut line of finished surface

Used the old marble backsplash finished edge as my straightedge.
Capture Date: Oct 16, 2016 02:56 PMViews: 3695

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Getting set up for long rip cut. Measure twice, cut once...

I am just about to make a bit of a mistake that you will see in the later photos.
Capture Date: Oct 16, 2016 05:01 PMViews: 3635

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Cut completed! The cutoff piece is going to be the kick panel at the front of the base.

The mistake I made was not supporting the cutoff piece. When I got to the end of the cut, it rotated downward and pulled off a piece of the finished surface of the countertop!
Capture Date: Oct 16, 2016 05:16 PMViews: 3634

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