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.
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.
What You Need
- 3 1/2-inch square wood posts (4)
- 2x6 boards, cut to size
- Long screws
- Stud finder
- Circular Saw
- Facing, if desired
- Wood cleats
- Countertop material (we used remnant white quartz)
- Sink and faucet
- Silicone caulk, or other countertop adhesive
- Paint (we used Chicago Blues by Benjamin Moore)
Step 1: Prep Wood
Before building, examine all pieces of wood and sand away any rough edges. Then place your posts in desired position.
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.
Step 7: Paint Vanity
Prime the vanity, then apply thin, even coats of paint to the wood surfaces. Let dry.