Well, there you go. See what you end up with here -- a clean hole on the side that you began with, and also a clean hole on the exit side. That's a pretty good fit. Now you’re going to have to deal with the drawers. Obviously with that sink hanging down like that, the bowl of the sink -- this drawer can't go in anymore.

So we're gonna have to modify this, also probably this drawer down here below too, but let's start with the big one here.

I've transferred the shape of the sink bowl onto the back of the drawer for Roger to cut out with a jigsaw. I've also traced a clearance slot for the drainpipe that Dominica needs to cut out of the drawer bottom. The, the main thing here is just, the blade is going to move up and down, yes, at a rapid rate.  But you control how fast you move forward.

DOMINICA THOMPSON:
Okay.
RON HAZELTON:
So just take your time.
DOMINICA THOMPSON:
All right.
[DRILLING SOUNDS]
RON HAZELTON:
Hey, not bad.
  DOMINICA THOMPSON:
Yes.
  RON HAZELTON:
Was it?
DOMINICA THOMPSON:
No.
RON HAZELTON:
Okay, very nice job by the way, very nice job, okay. Hey, hey, we did a pretty good job, huh?

Our new countertop will be three inches deeper than our washstand. To make our washstand depth the same as the countertop, we're attaching a couple of oak strips to the rear edge of the sides.  Back upstairs, we've removed the old pedestal sink and water valves.

Now guys, you want to transfer the location of these water supply lines to the back of our cabinet.
DOMINICA THOMPSON:
Okay.
RON HAZELTON:
We normally just measure those, but these are coming out at an angle. That presents us with a little bit of a measurement problem. So, do you have that lip stick I asked for?
DOMINICA THOMPSON:
Yes, is it your shade.
[LAUGHTER]
RON HAZELTON:
You think.
DOMINICA THOMPSON:
I think it's the real you.
[BOTH SPEAK AT ONCE]
RON HAZELTON:
You're probably wondering why I wanted this, right? This is a, this is just a great marking technique. You can use this kind of a technique for putting stripe plates on doors, whatever. So I've put the lip stick on the end of these dowels.

I'm gonna slip them up inside the pipe like this and push them in, okay. Now we can set the --
DOMINICA THOMPSON:
-- so it like kisses it.
[BOTH SPEAK AT ONCE]
-- cabinet back in place. It does kiss it.
DOMINICA THOMPSON:
Yeah.
RON HAZELTON:
Oh, that's very nicely put. I wouldn't have thought you'd use that word, but okay now, put  this in our, in position.  You guys let me know when you're ready and now we're good. Now, I'm gonna reach down here, I'm just gonna pull this dowel out until it contacts the back of the cabinet.

I'll twist it a little bit, transfer the lip stick to the cabinet. That's where we want to drill our hole. Now this is how we're gonna attach the cabinet to the wall. This line right here is the inside of the cabinet. I put the L bracket up here, and a couple of marks for these holes and now we're gonna drill using a masonry bit.

This is actually a block wall right here, okay? Now into those, we'll put a couple of plastic anchors.

We screw the brackets into place and now we're ready for the cabinet.

All right, folks, we're ready to set this in place. So, ah, you see those ears we put on the wall here?
DOMINICA THOMPSON:
Mm-hmm [AFFIRMATIVE].
RON HAZELTON:
After drilling pilot holes into the cabinet, we insert screws through the brackets and secure the vanity in place.

Now, we're about ready to put our countertop on. This is a special adhesive just for this quartz material and I'm gonna put just about five dots of this. Okay, guys, you can bring the countertop in now.
ROGER THOMPSON:
Okay, coming.
RON HAZELTON:
A little more here. The reason we're not putting more on is, should they ever want to take this off, it can be kind of popped up. All right, there you go.
DOMINICA THOMPSON:
Okay.

RON HAZELTON:
All right. Just set it right in place there. Okay, let it down slowly, slowly, slowly. Okay, now you can slide it around a bit. Well, our template worked.
DOMINICA THOMPSON:
Yeah.
RON HAZELTON:
Huh.
ROGER THOMPSON:
Beautiful.
[BOTH SPEAK AT ONCE]
DOMINICA THOMPSON:
Something is working great.
RON HAZELTON:
Good job, Good job. That was a great templating job, both of you. Excellent. Okay, let's get the sink.
DOMINICA THOMPSON:
Yeah.
RON HAZELTON:
Okay. This is a sealant here, Roger. I'm just gonna put a bead of this around the edge of the lip here.

Being careful not to touch the adhesive around the lip of the sink, Roger and I slowly lower it into place.

Okay, this is warm water, Roger. I'm gonna put just a little bit of liquid dishwashing detergent in there. Mix that up and this is gonna make this water just a little bit slippery so that I can now -- my fingers wet in this, kind of go around here and just take off the excess material.

After wiping off the excess adhesive, Roger installs a new pea trap, hooks up the water supply lines and our vanity conversion is complete.

So you like the countertop.
DOMINICA THOMPSON:
Love this countertop. It's gorgeous.
ROGER THOMPSON:
Very nice.
DOMINICA THOMPSON:
This is -- lookit.
RON HAZELTON:
I think you're gonna be really happy with this. I've used this material before, this quartz. It is non porous, won't stain, very tough. But even more important I think, to me, it looks like it belongs here.
ROGER THOMPSON:
And it really looks like stone. It's really nice compared to the other tops that we looked at.
DOMINICA THOMPSON:
And it warms up the bathroom, makes the bathroom look a lot better.
ROGER THOMPSON:
Goes with our towels.
DOMINICA THOMPSON:
Goes [LAUGHS] --
RON HAZELTON:
That was my inspiration.
[LAUGHTER]
ROGER THOMPSON:
All along?
RON HAZELTON:
All along. I didn't want to tell you that, but it was.
[SEVERAL SPEAK AT ONCE]
DOMINICA THOMPSON:
Just to match the towels.
ROGER THOMPSON:
So much trouble finding something to go with our towels.
RON HAZELTON:
Well, whether it's because it matches the towels or all the other oak features, our new custom made vanity looks like it truly belongs in this beautiful century-old home.

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Transcript

Learn how to convert a dresser into a bathroom vanity; includes tips on selecting a dresser and installing a drop-in sink.

In this HouseCalls project, Ron replaces a pedestal sink with an oak vanity created from a genuine antique piece of furniture. To make it appropriate for bathroom use, the top of the vanity is covered with a custom fabricated marble or granite-like countertop with a cutout for the new sink.

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