Jake and I always joke that we never make it easy on ourselves when it comes to home renovation. So, naturally, when it came time for a new bathroom vanity in an odd alcove space, we decided to design and build our own. The premise of the design was based on a pottery barn double vanity that I had seen on Pinterest, with a few personal modifications. I didn’t want to make it too difficult for Jake but knew that we’d want a double vanity with some type of open storage with some concealed storage as well. I also loved the idea of vessel sinks atop a wooden countertop as opposed to a stone countertop as a means to save some money on this project. We figure that if the wooden countertop ever needs to be replaced, it will not be too difficult to replace the counter with new wood or stone in the future.
We found some really great farmhouse vessel sinks that weren’t too deep, nor too modern. We then went to work tearing out the old vanity and designing the new one.
We decided to center the sinks under the lights and leave extra counter space and some drawers in the middle of the vanity for storage. To deal with the walls being off square (bonus!), we decided that the vanity should not go all the way to the walls, but rather leave some space on either side so that it appeared to be a piece of furniture rather than a built in vanity. When deciding how much space to leave on either side of the vanity, I measured to make sure that my hand and a cleaning rag would fit underneath and on either side! When deciding on a height and depth for the vanity, we stood next to other vanities in the house, measured them, and decided which felt most comfortable to us, allowing for the fact that the vessel sink would add some height to the sink part.
After lots of planning, thinking, and measuring, Jake came up with a plan to allow the sinks to be centered in the alcove under each light fixture, that would allow enough room for the plumbing, and the drawers would be plenty wide enough to put our toothbrushes, my makeup, and Jake’s shaving equipment. (You know a beard that great takes some maintenance) We were so excited.
The next day, Jake began putting together the drawer boxes and installed the soft-close slides.
Jake was able to make the top out of two pieces of 1″ x 12″ oak. He then added a wooden backsplash and cut out holes to allow the vessel sinks to drop in.
Since it was a humid day when we were ready to apply the polyurethane, we brought the vanity inside where we had some window AC units running to help with the drying time. I put about 8 coats of polyurethane on the top of the vanity as we knew it would be in a wet area with lots of use.
After we finished the floor and the trim in the bathroom, Jake was able to install the vanity, glue down the sinks, and install these beautiful Moen wide spread faucets. We are so pleased with this project!
Have you ever designed a piece of furniture from scratch?