How to Build a DIY Vanity for Less

Who needs cabinet drawers? This decorative, easy-to-build vanity takes bathroom storage to a whole new level.

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With their old vanity sold on Craigslist, DIY-savvy homeowners at Our Humble Abode built their own modern console. The vision? A bathroom where containers display daily gear in a pretty way without breaking the bank. The homeowners created a high-end look for less by constructing the frame from basic wood boards and adding a remnant quartz scrap as a countertop. A coat of bold cobalt paint gives the space a pop of color.

Recreating the look in your own home is surprisingly simple—and budget friendly. The homeowners shared their how-to guide, and we've broken the process down into easy-to-follow steps. 

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What You Need

  • Sandpaper
  • 3 1/2-inch square wood posts (4)
  • 2x6 boards, cut to size
  • Long screws
  • Drill
  • Stud finder
  • Level
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Plywood
  • Circular Saw
  • Facing, if desired
  • Wood cleats
  • Countertop material (we used remnant white quartz)
  • Sink and faucet
  • Silicone caulk, or other countertop adhesive
  • Primer
  • Paint (we used Chicago Blues by Benjamin Moore)
  • Paintbrush

Step 1: Prep Wood

Before building, examine all pieces of wood and sand away any rough edges. Then place your posts in desired position. 

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Step 2: Attach Boards

Lay out cut sections of 2x6 boards on top of the posts. Attach boards to each other with long screws. Then, use a stud finder to locate wall studs, and attach boards to studs with the same long screws.

Editor's Tip: When attaching wood, check for level several times. It's easier to fix one unlevel board than it is to rearrange a whole structure. 

Step 3: Attach Legs

Nail vanity legs to the cross boards. If your floor isn't level, now is the time to add filler pieces to make the vanity stable. 

Step 4: Build Shelves

Cut plywood to the size of your vanity. Cut out notches to fit around the legs. If desired, cover plywood edges with facing. 

Step 5: Install Shelves

Add two small cleats to each leg, and install a long support piece across the back of the vanity. Place shelf on cleats. Repeat with step 4 for a second shelf, if desired.  

Step 6: Cut Countertop

Measure and cut a hole for the sink in your countertop material. Install sink and faucet, then secure vanity top with an adhesive. Let dry, then connect plumbing lines. 

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Step 7: Paint Vanity

Prime the vanity, then apply thin, even coats of paint to the wood surfaces. Let dry. 

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