A new sink can give your bathroom a whole new look and feel.

The Best Way to Remove the Sink From a Vanity Top

by Maria Magher

When your bathroom sink starts to age, it can become stained, discolored or scratched, which can make your whole bathroom look a little less appealing. Even replacing just the sink once it has reached this point can give your bathroom a whole new look and feel. Replacing the sink in a bathroom vanity top is a relatively simple process that you can complete in less than an hour.

Turn the water off. Simply turn the shut-off valves under the sink in a clockwise direction to turn off the water to the sink.

Remove the P-trap, the "U"-shaped pipe that connects the sink and the wall. You may be able to loosen the screw by hand, or you may need to use plyers or a wrench. Place a bucket under the area to catch any water that falls out of the trap.

Cut the strip of caulk that holds the sink in place on the vanity with a utility knife.

Remove the sink by pulling it straight up and out of the vanity top.

Items you will need

  • Plyers
  • Wrench
  • Bucket
  • Utility knife


  • Get a friend to help you when removing older sinks, which may be heavier and a little harder to handle by yourself.

About the Author

Maria Magher has been working as a professional writer since 2001. She has worked as an ESL teacher, a freshman composition teacher and an education reporter, writing for regional newspapers and online publications. She has written about parenting for Pampers and other websites. She has a Master's degree in English and creative writing.

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