We decided to upgrade our small sink to a sleek Ikea Godmorgon & Braviken: a 2-drawer vanity and 2-faucet sink, respectively. Here is a picture from the IKEA website:
After spending several days thinking over how to install the sink, it appeared I had to spread different tasks over several days:
Step 1: Upgrade our water shut-off valves
Step 2: open drywall, install 2×6”, close the drywall & make it look nice again
Step 3: install everything
But first of all, the Ikea instruction manual for the Godmorgon contains too little information. One key measurement that’s missing is the clearance between the drawers and the wall. If the plumbing coming out of the wall (i.e. the shut-off valves and the waste line) exceed that measurement then the drawers won’t shut close.
So here it is: the clearance is 3 3/4”. The very first thing I had to do was shut-off our main water line and shorten the cold water supply copper pipe by about 1”. For that I needed a small tube cutting tool (cf. photos below), two adjustable wrenches, a bucket and lots of rags.
Then something I hadn’t thought of and that the Ikea instruction manual wasn’t about to tell me was that I needed to upgrade our shut-off valves from single outlets to dual outlets, since we were going to install two faucets. Duh. So I bought two Brasscraft CR1901LRC1 from Amazon.
Next episode: reinforcing the drywall
Photos: after removing the old sink & vanity it appears that the right pipe (cold water) protrudes by about 4”.
I cut 1” off with a tube cutting tool I bought at Ace hardware.
I put back our old single outlet instead of the new dual outlet because I knew I just couldn’t get it all done in one day. Then I put the old vanity and sink back and waited until next weekend for part 2.