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? If you want to see the DIY on the spa tray click HERE!

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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  • Sheryl Sheryl on Mar 19, 2022

    I think it looks great! What did you do with the existing electrical outlet? I see the blow dryer is on the other side of the mirror, did you move the outlet?

  • Bry Bry on Mar 19, 2022

    Stunning! What a beautiful bathroom you've created. I LOVE the wood countertop. How thick is it? It doesn't look as thick as the typical butcher block. You've done an amazing job.

  • User User on Mar 20, 2022

    What did you replace the "boob" ceiling fixture with? Or did I miss something?

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  • Michelle Michelle on Mar 26, 2022

    Love the vanity, the wood color, the black accents, but the white mirror does not fit. It should have been wood or something in black to tie it all together. Good job though.

  • Linda Abernathy Linda Abernathy on Apr 13, 2022

    I'm certainly inspired. My husband just put the iron down on my vanity top but I wasn't even upset because I don't like my vanity anyway. You did a fantastic job on it!

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