1965 Bathroom Vanity Into Modern Shaker Style
I needed to remodel my downstairs bathroom since it is the most used by guests (even more than the powder room) and the old 1965 look was just not acceptable anymore. While the bathroom took about 3 weeks (just me working) the vanity only took me two days only because the paint needed to dry properly. I chose to keep the original vanity because it was in great shape and it fit the area perfectly. Plus my budget was blown because of a mold issue that took all my project budget and then some. So I had to get creative.
I removed all doors and chopped off the base of the cabinet since it was warped and moldy.
Prep before paint involved wood putty to cover holes and dings of 40+years of use. Don't forget to sand the surface to even out things. I added modern legs to the base.
Next step was to apply 1in x 1/4 in strips onto the door fronts. Simply glue them with liquid nails. Don't forget to sand them for a smooth finish and add wood putty to cover gaps before painting
Here's the painted frame. Looks better already.
Then I painted the doors. Be sure to cover any holes from the old door pulls unless you are keeping it the same.
I chose butcher block as the surface for the countertop because of cost and because I wanted a farmhouse style. Be sure to stain it and seal it with several coats of waterproof sealant to avoid water damage. Be careful when choosing the sealer because some can "yellow" the wood finish.
Here's the final product after I installed the butcher block ($120 only because of the color), new sink (only $30 bucks), door pulls (about $20). Paint (less than 1 qt of semigloss paint-$15). Note: I already had the paint from a previous project.
Here's another angle. The new faucets were my little splurge ($99) but there are some great faucets out there for about 25 bucks if budget is an issue. I hope you liked this project. It was a lot of fun to see the final product.
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