Pottery Barn-Inspired Vanity
When the bathroom vanity of her dreams exceeded her budget, this crafty blogger took matters into her own hands and built her own version for a fraction of the cost.
After falling for a Pottery Barn vanity that far exceeded her price range, Nina from Everyday Enchanting decided to craft her own version instead. Read on to learn more about how she completed her vision with this beautiful bathroom vanity.
TOOLS & MATERIALS
– Marshall Island Legs
– Cabinet grade plywood
– Poplar trim
– Kreg K5 Pocket-Hole Jig
– Pocket hole screws
– Finishing nails
– Wood glue
– Poplar 1x4s
– Minwax Wood Conditioner
– Minwax Waterbased Wood Stain White Base
– Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Kona
– Finishing paste wax
We started by ordering four of the Marshall Island Legs from Osborne Wood. Then we began by constructing the side panels. We cut a piece of cabinet-grade plywood down to the size to create the side panel (your measurements will probably vary—we were working with the strange granite dimensions). We glued and finish-nailed a piece of poplar trim to both the top and the bottom of the panel. The bottom piece of trim was offset past the bottom of the plywood panel to create a space to inset the plywood bottom. We made pocket screw holes with our Kreg K5 Pocket-Hole Jig and we used pocket hole screws to secure the panels to the legs. We chose to have the trim at the top and bottom of the panel flush with the front of the legs.
To attach the two side panels, we screwed a nailer to each leg at the depth of the plywood. Then, we cut the plywood to size for the back panel and nailed it to the nailers. The vanity was starting to take shape!
We cut the plywood panel for the bottom support with the corners notched out to match the legs. We attached it to the front and back of the vanity with pocket screws, and to the bottom of the plywood panels on the sides. The trim on the front of the side panel covered up the edge of the plywood bottom perfectly. Here’s a tip on this step that we wished we had followed: Use the bottom piece as a template for your shelf. Your shelf will need the same notches cut in the corners, so it will save you some time later on! We made our shelf out of a stain grade wood panel and attached it just before installation using pocket holes on the bottom.
So, in another blogger epic fail, I was not home when Mack made the doors. However, they are inset and were made with the poplar trim. He created a frame of poplar trim, with a butt jointed frame (not mitered)—the pieces are shorter on the sides and butt up against the top and bottom pieces. He attached a thin piece of plywood to the back, but you can also use a router to inset the panel into the frame evenly. That is what I would have asked him to do if I was home when he did this part of the project.
To achieve the stain for this project, I used leftover Minwax Waterbased Wood Stain White Base (tinted Slate at the paint counter). You have to work extremely quickly with this stuff, or it turns into a paint-like gray finish. I immediately wiped it away after applying it, and worked in small sections.
Once I had covered the whole vanity in the gray stain (wiping it away as I went) I immediately applied a coat of Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Kona. This can and should sit a bit longer than the slate stain. It takes much longer than the recommended minute to saturate the wood. I covered the whole vanity, waited a few minutes, then went back to where I had started and began wiping the stain away. Enough of the gray showed through to give it the rustic aged look I had been hoping for. The legs seemed to soak up the stain a bit differently, so I went ahead and did a second coat. I finished it off with finishing paste wax.
After everything was dry, we went ahead and installed it! Our plumbing oddly comes into the side of the bathroom instead of the back, so we used the jigsaw to cut away at part of the side. I would have preferred to have it further away from the side wall, but obviously that wasn’t possible because of the plumbing. But I am happy with how it looks, and it covers up the unfinished side of the granite perfectly.
Thanks, Nina! For more inspiring ideas, visit Everyday Enchanting.