Bathroom Refresh- Vanity & Wall

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$150
1 Week
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We wanted, no, we NEEDED a Bathroom Refresh and what better time to do it then while we're anxiously waiting on Springs Arrival!

The BEFORE was pretty bad...oh my!


The old vanity was vintage and SHORT so my husband said he'd build something more to my liking and let me choose the height!

GUT THE BATHROOM AS MUCH AS IS NEEDED

Ripping that ugly vanity out was exciting, lol.

REPAIR & PAINT THE WALLS

After repairing and painting the walls and removing the "boob" light we moved onto the wood for the vanity. We wanted it tall and we wanted it to fit that space exactly.

CUT & SAND YOUR WOOD

This is our cut list although yours may be different depending on your bathroom space.  The vanity height is 36" with the width 67-1/2" and the depth is 21-1/2".


All of the following are cut from 2x4's for the frame:

six 35-1/4"

two 31-1/2"

six 16-1/2"

two 28-1/2"


Then the two shelves have slats that are cut from 1x4's and there are forty-eight total measuring 21-1/2"

CUT YOUR WOOD COUNTERTOP TO FIT

The vanity countertop was a piece of Aspen measuring 1"x24"x6 and we cut it down to 21-1/2" x 67-1/2" and used the cut off piece as the backsplash.

MAKE A CURVED EDGE ON THE COUNTERTOP PIECES

Using a router and a 1/2" fillet bit to create the curved edge on the vanity and the backsplash.

CUT THE SINK HOLE

The cast iron sink we bought (new at Habitat for Humanity!) came with a template which made cutting pretty easy. You'll need to drill a pilot hole to be able to fit the jigsaw blade in.

STAIN ALL THE WOOD PIECES

Grab your brush and a rag! We really love MinWax Gel Stain and it only takes one coat to get the wood the color we want.

APPLY YOUR WOOD PROTECTANT

Since this was a bathroom project we applied five coats of MinWax Helmsman Spar Urethane on the vanity countertop sanding lightly between coats. We applied fewer coats on the slats.

ASSEMBLE THE FRAME

A Kreg pocket hole jig was used to create the holes for the screws to assemble the frame.

CUT THE SLATS TO FIT THE PLUMBING

There will need to be some cutting on a few slats to accommodate the plumbing. You can see here 16 penny nails were used for spacing then removed as each slat was screwed into place.

SCREW THE SHELF SLATS INTO PLACE

Each slat was attached to the frame with a screw in both the front and the back. Then the countertop was attached with L brackets.

ATTACH THE COUNTERTOP & DROP IN THE SINK

Before dropping in the sink he put a bead of silicone caulk on the underside of the sink as a water barrier. Then the faucets were plumbed per the instructions that came with them.

BASKETS ARE GREAT FOR STORAGE UNDERNEATH

Once the vanity was finished I added baskets and flowers underneath and...

this cool spa tray...I'm considering painting in the flowers...what do you think?

COUNTERTOP & WALL DECORATIONS!

On top we added some greenery, jars with Qtips, cups, and cotton balls. On the walls we added a framed picture I made, a bird clock (that bird swings back and forth!) and a nice sized white medicine cabinet.

We feel like we really reached our bathroom refresh goals and happily it didn't cost alot- only about $150 for the vanity!

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  • Kay
    on Mar 19, 2020

    What type of paint did you use for the walls? Was it water or oil based and was it gloss or semi-gloss? The walls are beautiful!

    • Kelly-n-Tony
      on Mar 19, 2020

      The wall paint is Dutch Boy Kitchen and Bath Semi-Gloss (waterbased)

  • Cheryl
    on Mar 19, 2020

    Where is that clock from, I love it

    • Erin
      on Mar 20, 2020

      I found it. If you scroll down the page you will see it. It seems there are different sizes.

  • Susan Hughey Oldcorn
    3 hours ago

    What color did you paint the walls and is the blue on the bottom half painted all the way around the bottom half of the bathroom?

    • Kelly-n-Tony
      11 minutes ago

      The top is Dutch Boy Crisped White.

      The blue is North Haven which is all the way around the bottom

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