Bathroom Vanity Becomes Cottage Kitchen

4 Materials
2 Hours
My husband and I built our cottage about 2 years ago. We are off the grid, with no hydro or running water but it's still sheer bliss. We're on a tight budget and needing kitchen storage so we purchased this bathroom vanity for $125 from a local salvage store. They through in a lovely pine bench and a door that needed some TLC. What a bargain! Sadly, my before vanity pic. was too small to upload.
There is a lot of clutter as we are still building. You'll just have to imagine that the vanity once had those 80's brass nobs - which is coming back?
I used an egg carton and placed it upside down and put the nobs on top. I spray painted the nobs with leftover BBQ paint because I'm so thrifty. Two coats covered them well.
I cleaned the vanity with Minwax hard wood floor cleaner, then applied antique oil to restore its luster. It's easy to do. Apply in a well ventilated area with a foam brush. Set the timer for 10 minutes then buff with a lint free cloth.
You're probably wondering if I goofed up with my pictures at this point. This is a photo of our kitchen at home. My husband and I installed butcher block counters last year and we had an assortment of remnants. I just had to keep them for the next DIY job! The cut-out piece for the double sink was just what I needed for the cottage.
Those butcher block remnants were the perfect size to hide the oval that was left from the sink. I had my handy hubby router the edges. Then, they needed to be treated with a little butcher block oil. I was thrilled to not have to purchase a new counter top!
It's still a work in progress. Once we've completed all our walls with the pine tongue and groove, we will be making a kick plate on the bottom to hide that melamine. Hope this inspires you to visit a Restore or architectural salvage store, there are so many bargains!
Suggested materials:
  • Vanity   (salvage store)
  • Black paint   (on hand)
  • Antique oil   (on hand)
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  • J.b. kelly J.b. kelly on Dec 31, 2017
    Question ,is about yourhome, what did you put up for backsplash,how come u have quarter round on counter to finish,was it hard to install

  • Pam Pam on Jan 30, 2018
    could the old door work as a countertop , would give you more space ? could it be placed right on top for now?
    as for the white melamine on bottom, what about paint? would be cost effective..and black would make it the look ...i reporpose as often as possible

  • Haymur Haymur on Jan 31, 2018
    Are you planning on running water as i see your sink and faucet

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