Last Updated on June 6, 2021 by Kristi Linauer
My DIY bathroom vanity is finished, and I not only got the thing completely built, but I also made my final decision on colors. Here’s how the vanity turned out…
I had a very hard time getting a picture with accurate color. It’s not quite that orange. Or bright. Hopefully I can get better pictures when this dark, rainy weather goes away and the sun reappears. The bathroom has a window, so it does get natural light on bright days. But this morning when I took these pictures, it was still really dark.
So let me back up a bit. When I last showed you the process of building the vanity, I left off with it looking like this…
If you missed the first post about the building process, you can check it out here…
Almost every part of the building process was done at that point, but I still had two things I wanted to do: (1) add trim around the bottom edge, and (2) dress up the back feet.
For the trim around the bottom, I used a 1″ x 2″ piece of lumber and ripped the thickness in half using my table saw. Then I cut it to fit, mitering the corners using my miter saw, and then attached it with wood glue and 1-inch 18-gauge nails.
That trim gave a finished look around the bottom edge.
I decided against dressing up the back feet. The left one can’t even be seen, and the right one is far enough under the vanity that it doesn’t draw attention either. So I just left them as they were.
To finish up, I filled all the nail holes with wood filler, sanded everything smooth, and then caulked the cracks. Then I used my favorite primer — Zinsser oil-based Cover Stain — to prime the unfinished areas, sanded the whole thing with 220-grit sandpaper, and then painted.
I originally painted it green, which I mixed using Behr Hills of Ireland mixed with Behr Polar Bear…
But I couldn’t make a decision on the wainscoting color that would go with green. Black seemed too jarring. The dominant opinion seemed to be white, but I just couldn’t make myself love it. The white just seemed so dull to me.
So I tried out some of the other options that y’all suggested. First, I did a mock up of a green vanity with the pink used on the wainscoting…
It was cute, but a little too…I don’t know…Mary Engelbreit? I’m not sure, but I just didn’t love it, and the lower walls seemed overpowering in that color.
Then I tried the vanity in black. The black vanity was a hard no for me. I liked the green vanity with the black wainscoting combo about a thousand times more than I liked the black vanity with white wainscoting. I even tried the black vanity with the pink wainscoting, and it was still a no.
Then it dawned on me to try the reddish-pink color (Behr Roulette) on the vanity, and at the suggestion of many of you on my last post, I tried the light yellow (Behr Marsh Marigold mixed with Behr Pure White) on the wainscoting.
That was the winning combo for me! The walls are still far from finished, but I did manage to get the vanity finished, even though it took about three coats to get the black and green covered. I was a little nervous after the first coat…
But after trying to brush the first coat on, I decided to use my Critter sprayer for the next two coats. That made the job so much faster and easier.
I built the vanity to accommodate a standard-size kitchen sink. It’s an unusual decision for a bathroom, but since this bathroom is in my studio, I wanted more of a utility sink instead of a standard bathroom sink. And then I needed a kitchen faucet to go with the kitchen sink. I’m going to love having that big sink in here!
I made the countertop myself using MDF that I painted and then coated with resin. You can find the details on that project here…
The bathroom is coming along, but I still have quite a bit to do in there. Most of it is installing trim — crown molding, window casing, door casing, baseboards, chair rail and picture frame molding on the wainscoting. But the floor is the biggest unfinished project. Before I can finish the bathroom floor (which is still covered in full-trowel wood filler), I have to install the rest of the flooring in the studio, and then rent the big sander and get the whole floor sanded and finished.
Until that’s done, I can’t actually install the sink and faucet plumbing or the toilet. That means that this bathroom won’t be functional until the flooring is done. I should probably concentrate on that next and just get it done, right? Right. 🙂
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