Re: How to fix a damge done to a cabinet by a leaking sink?
I agree, replacement of the cabinet and countertop will be the easiest method of repair. That cabinet looks like a Kraftmaid type, "kit" cabinet. Kit meaning you buy a box of parts and assemble it yourself, like you would with Ikea furniture. These don't lend themselves to repair very well due to the nature of their assemblage. Even if the cabinet is relatively salvageable (not likely from the extent of the visible damage and the probable damage that is hidden and yet to be found ) reconstruction to this extent isn't really a DIY project for the novice. On top of this, from the extent of the cabinet and top damage, you'll likely find a fair amount of damage to the wall and possibly the floor under the cabinet. You've had a lot of water sitting in there for a very long time.
If you are not comfortable in your abilities to disassemble the sink, faucet, countertop, and cabinet, and then be able to replace or repair the lot, I would recommend you seek help from a professional tradesman. As mentioned, you're probably going to find wall and floor damage as well that will need to be addressed before the new products are installed.
A couple of things. Take one of the cabinet doors off and take it to the store with you to match color and style. If the cabinet isn't too old, you shouldn't have too much trouble getting close. That countertop looks to be post formed, meaning it was built in a cabinet shop. That will make replacement a little more difficult because you'll have to have one custom made to match dimensions and profile. The good news is that you should also be able to match the color fairly well too, so you won't have to replace the entire top, just that side. Be prepared to replace the sink and the faucet as well. From the looks of the video, things are pretty corroded under there and you may not be able to get the old faucet off without damage. The sink retainers holding it to the countertop may also be corroded beyond reuse. Hold downs can be replaced, but if the sink itself is damaged, you'll have to replace it as well.
Last edited by A. Spruce; 04-16-2010 at 12:38 AM.
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