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Bathroom Vanity

August 17, 2016

Getting around to posting about our custom bathroom vanity! So here’s the scoop. Bathroom vanities are expensive. You can get super cheap ones for ~200 but they are generally made of particle board, and particle board in a steamy bathroom? Not a great combo. We’ve had a few cheap ones over the years, and they just don’t hold up. Anyways, I prefer solid wood any day, but the good looking vanities that are also good quality are upwards of 500 dollars (and go way up from there.) I did one awhile back for the first cabin bathroom as well, and it was really pretty easy, so decided to modify it slightly and build my own again.

Materials needed:

  • copper sink (I bought mine at Menards but they also sell them on Amazon)
  • 4 6ft 2x4s (plain old construction lumber)
  • 1 8ft 1×6 (for the slats on the shelf)
  • 18 x 36 edge glued wood top
  • sink faucet – I got one of the least expensive ones from Menards
  • wood screws

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I started by building the base. I’ll be honest, I really didn’t plan this out well. I did, however measure the old vanity and planned to make it the same width so the plumbing would line up.

First I made 2 boxes out of the 2x4s. Then I cut the 1×6 into 4 pieces that were the same depth as the box and hand nailed them on. Here you can see me laying them out.

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I forgot to take a photo of this, but then I cut 4 2x4s for the legs at 30 inches, and attached my two boxes. The top box I placed at the end of the 2x4s, and the bottom box with slats about 6 inches off the floor for the shelf.

Next step – cutting out the sink hole. The sink came with a cardboard jig for me to trace, so I just made sure I had enough space for my faucet and placed it in the center of the vanity top. I cut out the oval using a jigsaw. You can see I used the old vanity to prop it up.

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As you can see I drilled a couple holes with the drill to get a starting spot.

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Dropped the sink in.

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Then I placed the top on the base and realized my giant mistake. I based my top measurements on the boxes I built, and forgot to figure in the 2x4s I added for the front legs. I found a piece of scrap cedar and decided to improvise. FAIL. Oh well, I kinda like it. Here I’m test fitting it to make sure it will work. I attached the top using trim screws so they would sort of disappear. You could easily add some wood putty, but this is sort of a rustic look so I didn’t even bother covering up the holes.

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Then, the fun part. Staining. I mixed these two stain colors together, because I thought it would look pretty and because I only had a little bit of each left. The red mahogany is just a little too red for me, so the walnut tones it down and makes it more red-brown. Yes- you can mix stain, but just make sure to mix enough so you have some extra in case you need it for touch ups.


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Here it is stained! The final steps were installing the faucet and then (finally) installing it in the bathroom and hooking up the drain line. I will post more pics once the bathroom is all done. Love how it turned out and the whole thing took me under 2 hours.

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1 Comment

  • Reply John September 12, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    You’re absolutely right: a nice vanity is ridiculously expensive for what it is, and the cheap ones don’t last. I’ve been thinking about doing something similar to what you’ve done here and I like the simplicity of your design. The funny thing is, I combine those 2 stains all the time – for the exact same reasons you said: the red mahogany is too red (almost purple some times) but mixed with the walnut you can get a really fiery orange color. Thanks for posting this.

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