Slight goof during a bathroom remodel - the vanity we got won't sit tight to the wall due to the trim molding.

Obviously one option is to return the vanity and get a new one (ugh!)

Or I could let it be as-is, and live with the small gap between counter and wall.

Or I could cut into the trim to seat the legs further back, and hope that the eye isn't drawn down there much (it's not in a major sightline for the bathroom).

I am favoring the latter, I think. What do you think?

Wall GapFloor trim

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    I think my fix would be a backsplash. A single row of tile might look nice, or just a faux marble strip. It's not important that the cabinet be tight to the wall--just the counter.
    – isherwood
    Dec 31, 2020 at 17:52
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    That said, this is a design/decorating question and therefore off-topic.
    – isherwood
    Dec 31, 2020 at 17:52
  • Id just some type of backsplash is necessary regardless of gap or water will sit against the drywall as caulk/silicone tends to be neglected until its too late
    – redlude97
    Dec 31, 2020 at 18:00
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    How about filling the gap?
    – Mast
    Jan 1, 2021 at 12:51
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    If the backsplash is wide enough, attach it to the wall, not the cabinet.
    – Mattman944
    Jan 1, 2021 at 13:08

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If that leg can be unscrewed and moved over 1/2 inch, that would be my first choice. If not, then I'd get a coping saw and cut the leg to fit the trim.

  • Great ideas, did not even think of either of those. I will check if it can be moved. Dec 31, 2020 at 17:52

I would cut the trim back a little so it ends just before the leg. It shouldn't look too bad, especially if it isn't in an obvious place for the eye to notice.

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    I absolutely would not do that. It'll look atrocious.
    – isherwood
    Dec 31, 2020 at 17:50
  • The room is much more permanent than the furniture in it. And you'd still have to finish the bottom of the wall with something to cover the ends of the wall cladding, and the edge of the flooring. Removing all the skirting board/trim and replacing it with something thinner might look OK, but thats a lot of work for one cabinet.
    – Criggie
    Jan 1, 2021 at 13:37

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