Hey there Remodelaholics. Welcome back to our DIY channel. We hope if you’re new here, you’ll click Subscribe below to see all of our new tutorials each week. Today, we’re building a small bathroom vanity with our contributor, Scott, from Saws on Skates.
It’s sized to fit a small IKEA sink, so it’s a perfect solution to update a small bathroom or a powder room on a budget. Those two drawers are just faux drawer fronts mounted on a hinge door, so you’ve even got some hidden storage underneath the sink.
Scott stained it a nice deep brown but, this would be beautiful in any wood tone. You could liven up a small bathroom by painting it a bold color. Tell me in the comments what color you’d make this vanity for your home, especially if you are going for a bold color! To make this vanity, you’ll need some lumber and plywood, a pocket hole jig (like a Kreg jig) and pocket hole screws, and two sets of hinges.
You’ll also need a miter saw, a table saw or circular saw for the cuts, plus a drill to assemble. Get the full materials and tools list, plus the cutting details and printable building plan over at our site at Remodelaholic.
com. The link is in the description box below. Cut all of your wood pieces according to the cut list, including cutting the plywood to size for the side panels. For an extra nice touch, Scott made book-matched panels.
Check out the tutorial on his site for how to do that for a professional look. To assemble one side, lay out two legs with a top rail, middle rail, and bottom rail. It’s helpful to cut some scrap wood to use as spacers to keep things properly spaced.
Inset the side panel one-quarter from the face of the legs ,using quarter inch scrap pieces, then apply glue to the ends of the rails, clamp and attach using pocket screws. Then, you’ll flip the side assembly over.
Double check your measurements, then clamp and attach the panel. Repeat this for the other side. Next, cut the plywood boards for the rest of the vanity and begin to assemble the vanity frame. You’ll attach two pieces across the front, between the two side assemblies, then slide the bottom of the cabinet into place and attach.
Then, install the upper back cross piece and the back slat. Again, it’s helpful to cut scraps to use as spacers. To make the lower shelf, you’ll attach an upright slat along the back and then the other three slats (equally spaced) along the bottom to create the slotted shelf.
Here’s a tip from Scott: a scrap piece of 3/4 inch wood with a penny taped to it is nearly perfectly 11/16 of an inch spacing for its slats. Finish the lower with another slat and an upright slat for the front slat assembly to give it a nice finished look and add two small pieces of plywood underneath the front slat assembly for stability.
Now, all you have left is making the drawers and adding the sink. Cut piece of plywood to the size specified in the building plans and then cut two more smaller pieces to the specified size to be the faux drawer fronts.
If you’re looking for those particular sizes, be sure to click on the link below in the description box. Glue the faux drawer fronts to the large panel, leaving a small gap to complete the illusion of two drawers.
Wrap the drawer fronts with molding, mitering the corners, then install the cabinet hinges according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Finish the vanity with a good sanding, a beautiful stain, and three coats of polyurethane for durability.
Now, just install the sink and faucet and show off your handiwork for all of your guests. Thanks for following along. If you liked this tutorial, be sure to watch this video where Scott showed us how to build a beautiful mid-century modern nightstand, and don’t forget to subscribe below.
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