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Build Your Own Bathroom Vanity – Would you believe us if we told you this mid-century bathroom vanity by @holly_valdivia costs only $77? It’s true! She bought the vintage dresser used in the ship’s sinking at an auction. Valdivia completes the high-end look for less with a modern gold faucet and matching hardware.
If you don’t have the time or skills to build a bathroom vanity from scratch, start with a store-bought piece and make some adaptations to fit your needs. That’s what @studio_xtine did with this vanity from Ikea.
Build Your Own Bathroom Vanity
Originally a two-drawer design, she and her husband built only one of the drawers, then turned the excess pieces into a custom floating vanity in their small powder room.
Custom Bathroom Vanities And Cabinets — Simpson Cabinetry
Armed with woodworking knowledge and project plans from @craftedbythehunts, this bathroom vanity, built by @sodini.house, looks like a gorgeous piece from a custom home! Hard to believe it started as a pile of wood. The muted dark green color brings the piece perfectly to life (painted Jasper by Sherwin-Williams).
An antique dresser from a thrift store will cost you much less than a new bathroom. A coat of paint (we recommend oil-based or mold-resistant latex), new hardware and a vessel sink are all you need to transform it into a striking vanity, like this charming example from @mimodfarmhouse.
Here’s another dresser-turned-vanity project, but this one has practical double bathroom sinks. Liv Barnsley of @houseonhorizon recommends a chest of drawers with plenty of storage. Make sure there is enough space to fit the required plumbing, as well as storage space to stash toiletries and other bath essentials.
Of course, not every DIY bathroom vanity requires a jigsaw or power drill – sometimes all you need is a brush! This bathroom vanity by @gisele.blaker got a fresh coat of classic black paint and new gold knobs. The result is a sleek and stylish vanity, transformed in a weekend.
Bathroom Corner Vanity
DIY husband and wife team Hannah and Andrew of @elleandjaydesign built this open shelf bathroom vanity for a family member. Andrew welded the metal base, used a piece of butcher block for the top and cut the wood panels for the shelves. Once finished, all wood is sealed with three layers of polyurethane.
It’s definitely an advanced project (see their full step-by-step instructions), so here’s a similar store-bought vanity as an alternative.
Here’s another painted bathroom vanity by @kellyjalayne. The soft blue brings a welcome pop of color to the neutral bathroom.
When painting bathroom cabinets, preparation is essential. Clean all surfaces to be painted with trisodium phosphate, or a TSP alternative, to remove grease, dirt and product build-up such as hairspray. Then use 100- or 120-grit sandpaper to roughen the surface so the new paint adheres to the wood.
How To Build A Custom Vanity
Cassandra from @loletribestudios found this unusual bathroom vanity using a piece of reclaimed wood found at an antique store.
Here’s how Cassandra described the project: “Waterproofing the wood was about a week-long process of sanding, staining and sealing over and over again (allowing 24 hours of dry time between each coat) to make sure it was fully waterproof [and ready for bathroom use. ] It is mounted on the wall with floating brackets as well as an “L” bracket underneath for additional support.
To add texture and interest to her builder-grade bathroom vanity, @meaganmarquisliving covered the cabinet door fronts with corrugated wood using this bead shape as a shortcut. (Many fluted wood projects use individual dowels, which require more cutting and measuring.) The cabinets, along with the newly installed molding, received a fresh coat of rich green color, Malachite by Decorner.
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How To Install A New Bathroom Vanity And Sink (diy)
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Anyone who has been hunting for a vanity lately knows that finding a stylish option that is also affordable is practically impossible. Anything remotely budget-friendly is usually built from inferior materials or lacking in the style department. The solution? It turns out, creating your own vanity out of a storage cabinet, console, or even a dresser is surprisingly easy and a great way to get the look you’re after at a price point you can afford.
Start by finding a piece of furniture that fits your dimensions. It can be saved or new, whatever your taste and preference. Solid wood furniture is ideal for aesthetic and quality reasons. However, particle board furniture is not out of the question, as long as you take proper care to protect the furniture from moisture by applying a sealer.
To cut the hole for the spool, attach the cutout template included with the spool with tape and slowly cut the hole straight through the paper with a jigsaw (pictures 1-3). This step will vary depending on what type of sink you choose. For our vanity we chose to keep the wood top and a farmhouse style vessel sink. This is also a great time to cut holes in the back of the vanity for the plumbing lines. To do this, mark the center line of the vanity and its position on the wall. Use this line as a reference to transfer the positions of the plumbing on the wall to the back of the vanity and drill with hole saw bits. A puzzle or spade bits also work.
How To Make A Bathroom Vanity From A Piece Of Furniture
Whether using solid wood or particle board, you’ll want to apply a sealer to protect your furniture from moisture. Whenever you use stains or sealers, it’s wise to test on an inconspicuous area to make sure you get the results you’re looking for. Before applying the sealer to the entire piece, test an area on the back and let dry (Image 1). When you are satisfied with the results, remove all doors and drawers and coat the entire piece with sealer (Image 2). Let it dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If you are using a satin polyurethane, as we did here, you will probably need to apply a second and third coat, sanding between coats (Image 3).
Pro tip: Make sure to cut the hole for the sink before you apply your sealer, because cutting it when it’s dry can cause the sealer to crack.
To keep the vanity in place, maintain good moisture protection and minimize stress on the plumbing, it is necessary that you attach the cabinet to the wall (picture 1). If you are able to find bulbs, simply scrape through the vanity and the pieces. If not, drywall anchors will do the trick. Once the cabinet is secure, run a bead of clear silicone adhesive along the joint to prevent water from seeping behind the vanity (Image 2).
Note: Depending on your wall material, you may need to adjust the method above. For example, if you are drilling through ceramic tile, as seen here, you must first drill through the tile with a masonry bit. Make sure the best way to drill into your specific wall material to avoid cracks.
How To Turn A Dresser Into A Bathroom Vanity
When you are ready to attach the sink, carefully place it in the hole and check your alignment with a tape measure (Image 1). Once centered, trace the spool with a pencil, then remove the spool. Put a line of silicone adhesive on both the cabinet top and the corresponding position on the underside of the sink, then carefully put the sink back in place (pictures 2-4). Allow the glue to dry completely before proceeding.
The sink can now be connected to your home’s fire department by you or a plumber. Once finished, all that’s left to do is reinstall the doors and drawers and display your clever creation.
Find out exactly what it took to go from dark, dated and cramped to light, bright and airy in this small bathroom.
Note: Depending on your piece of furniture, you may be required to modify drawers to accommodate the sink and plumbing. In most cases, the easiest way to do this is to remove the front from the drawer and permanently fix the drawer front to the cabinet. With this particular cabinet we were able to cut a “U” shape out of the back of the drawer to fit around the plumbing so the drawer is still usable.
Louise Roe Antique Bathroom Vanity
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