I have more master bathroom progress to share! If you need a refresher for this space, go HERE to see my design plans for the room.
This one has been done for awhile, but I JUST finally got the digital plans finished! Big thanks to Jamison from Rogue Engineer for cluing me into the fact that Osborne Wood has CAD files of all their products on their website (so I could stop agonizing on how to create turned legs in SketchUp)! And a HUGE thanks to Osborne Wood for sending me the turned legs that make this vanity absolutely perfect!
This vanity is basically a smaller version of one I fell in love with from Ana White. It was her Turned Leg Vanity that she built for her Momplex, inspired by a PB one. Even though it looks small, it actually has more storage than our previous vanity that had two long cabinet doors!
Vanity Base Dimensions: 24.5″ wide x 18.5″ deep x 32.5″ tall
Bottom shelf opening is about 10″ high, 18″ wide, 12″ deep
(affiliate links below are what I use)
Electric or pneumatic nail gun (optional) or hammer
4, 35.5″ x 3″ Marshall Island Legs by Osborne Wood in Soft Maple
1, 8′ length of 1×3 poplar
1, 12′ length of 1×2 poplar
3/4″ ply, 4′ x 8′ sheet Purebond birch plywood
1/2″ plywood, 2′ x 4′ sheet Purebond birch plywood
220 grit sandpaper
1 1/4″ pocket hole screws
1″ pocket hole screws
1 1/4″ nails
4 euro style inset hinges
Stain and top coat of choice
4, 35.5″ Marshall Island Legs @ 32 3/8″ (3 1/8″ off the top)
2, 3/4″ plywood @ 12 1/2″ x 17 1/8″ (sides)
1, 3/4″ plywood @ 18 1/2″ x 10″ (back)
2, 3/4″ plywood @ 16 1/2″ x 21″ + notches cut out of each corner – 1 1/4″ x 2″
2, 1/2″ plywood @ 6 1/8″ x 9 3/8″
2, 1×2 @ 12 1/2″ (sides of bottom shelf frame)
2, 1×2 @ 18 1/2″ (front and back shelf frame)
4, 1×2 @ 9 1/8″ (cabinet door frame – top)
4, 1×2 @ 9 3/8″ (cabinet door frame – sides)
2, 1×3 @ 18 1/2″ (front frame)
4, 1×3 @ 12 1/2″ (side trim)
**Remember to measure twice, cut once! and Before attaching anything with screws, use wood glue and clean up excess with wet rag! If wood glue dries on wood surface, wood will not absorb stain.**
Drill 3/4″ pocket holes on sides of 3/4″ plywood (the long sides of the 17 1/8″ x 12 1/2″ pieces) and 1x2s. Attach to 3/4″ plywood to legs, so the top is flush and there is a 1 1/2″ space from the inner corner of the legs to the plywood, using 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws. This will leave a 3/4″ ‘inset’ on the ‘outside’, which will allow the trim to be attached and flush at a later step. Attach the 1×2 to the bottom of legs, with the same inset.
Repeat process for the other side.
Drill 2, 3/4″ pocket holes on either end of the 1x2s for the front and back of the bottom shelf frame. Drill holes of the same size for the 1x3s of the front cabinet door frame, and the back 3/4″ plywood piece. Attach with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws.
Notch out the base of the cabinet and the bottom shelf using the above guideline. Note that you will likely have to dry fit a few times and make minor adjustments so the shelf will fit before making 3/4″ pocket holes and attaching with wood glue and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws. Allow a small inset (1/16″ or less) from the top of the shelf (3/4″ ply) to the edge of the frame (1×2) of the bottom shelf, so that when you attach the screws, it doesn’t go through all the way. Small gaps can be filled with wood filler and sanded smooth.
Turn the vanity upside down when attaching the shelves and attach the cabinet base one first, then the lower shelf.
To build the shaker-style doors, simply drill 2, 1/2″ pocket holes along all four sides of the 1/2 plywood. Then drill 3/4″ pocket holes into the 9 3/8″ long 1x2s. Using 1″ pocket hole screws, attach into the plywood to the 1x2s on either side, allowing a 1/4″ inset on the front. The back should be flush.
Attach the top pieces of the doors, first screwing in the side 1x2s to the top and bottom 1x2s with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws. Then screw the plywood into the top and bottom 1x2s.
Hang the doors in the opening of the vanity, allowing 1/16″ gap on the top bottom and either side where the hinges will attach. Attach the euro style inset hinge by marking, pre-drilling, and screwing into place on both the legs and the doors. Doors should be touching each other so they can stay closed.
Mark, pre-drill, and attach knobs.
Attach side trim pieces so both the bottom and top are flush, using 1 1/4″ nails and a nail gun.
Fill nail holes and gaps with wood filler, let dry, and sand entire vanity smooth with 22o grit sandpaper.
Paint or stain with desired color and apply a durable top coat that is water-resistent, like an oil-based poly.
What a difference between the unfinished and finished, right? The legs are full of character and I can’t get enough of the curves! I chose the soft maple because I knew I wanted to stain it, although they have several other wood options.
I wanted a slate, weathered gray finish, so I used Rustoleum Weathered Gray Stain, and then I dry brushed with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite. Last, I sealed the whole thing with my go-to: Minwax Wipe-On Poly in Satin.
I re-used the old sink top (which was in good condition still) and used an old dresser mirror I had in my stash. This saved quite a bit of money. The faucet is new though.
The faucet is my lover (haha!)…I’ve never been head over heels with a faucet, but there’s a first for everything, right? It is the Delta Cassidy Centerset Faucet in Champagne Bronze.
Can we just get a ‘hallelujah’ for the finish of Champagne Bronze? It takes a pretty, classic design and makes it WOW!
But back to the vanity… I love it. This tiny bathroom and my master bedroom have become my favorite places to be in the whole dang house. And I love my house!
I still have to do a couple finishing touches and I’ll be ready to photograph the whole thing, including the floating shelves which aren’t pictured here.
Notice the tone-on-tone tile… I chose an off-white grout so you could still see some subtle contrast, adding texture, but still clean and bright. I mentioned this before, but we used Fusion Grout which has the sealer built in, so it doesn’t get stained and dirty. Grout and tile were purchased at The Home Depot.
The plank walls match my bedroom wall and were painted with the same color: Benjamin Moore Simply White. My light fixture was on back-order when I took these pics, so this farmhouse style one was my stand-in for the pics. Rest assured the real one in antique brass that is all kinds of fabulous, will be arriving soon and you will see it shortly after!
So what do you think?
P.S. This post contains an affiliate links. I also was provided with the Marshall Island Legs from Osborne Wood and the faucet from Delta Faucet for this master bathroom makeover! I absolutely love the products and would not mention them in my posts if I didn’t feel honest about endorsing them. 🙂