Maybe one of the bathrooms in your home needs a bigger vanity, or maybe you need a new vanity to replace the old, tacky-looking one. Whatever the case, you can easily build yourself a new vanity that will adorn your bathroom for years to come.
To begin with, a bathroom vanity comes in many different styles and designs today. It is not always the same box – shaped, chunky – looking piece that it was once. Storage space is now often replaced with open floor space, and this design can make your bathroom look stylish and more spacious as well.
You will need to decide what your new vanity will look like in terms of how wide and how tall you want it to be, what type of wood you will build it out of, et cetera. Keep in mind that you will need to purchase a countertop to fit your vanity, so the width and length of the top opening need to be a standard size.
The sink top will hang over the base of the vanity by an inch in the front and a half-inch along the sides. This overhang must be taken into consideration when you are calculating your measurements for the base. If you are replacing an existing bathroom vanity, and you want to keep the new vanity the same size, then you can simply measure and use the same width and length for the countertop.
After you have chosen maple, oak, walnut or cherry wood to build your bathroom vanity with, the next step is to measure and lay out the pieces you will need for the base. Let’s say, for example, that your existing bathroom vanity has a molded sink with a countertop that measures nineteen inches wide by seventeen inches deep, including the splash guard on the back. The base of your new vanity will need to be eighteen and a half inches wide and sixteen inches deep.
You will initially need one long piece of wood for the front, and two pieces for the sides, and a piece for the back. For the front and the back, the wood pieces will need to measure eighteen and a half inches long and be five inches wide. For the sides, the wood pieces will need to measure sixteen inches long and be five inches wide. All of the pieces should be about three-quarters of an inch wide too.
You may choose to cut out simple straight pieces of wood, or you may choose a fancier look for your vanity by cutting out the pieces with slots and blocks on the sides. This is known as a “Dovetail Joint” and you have probably seen other pieces of furniture that have the sides connected together in this fashion. It not only looks stylish, but the slot and blocks provide a more secure way to connect the wood pieces of your bathroom vanity together.
No matter how you cut the wood pieces, as you fit and then glue the wood pieces of the vanity base together – the sides onto the back, et cetera – you will need to continuously measure to make sure that they fit together squarely.
Start to build your new bathroom vanity by fitting one of the side wood pieces together with the front piece. Make sure the corner is square, and then glue the joint. You should use wood clamps to hold the pieces together after you glue them.
Then, fit the other side piece onto the front piece, and finally, add the wood back piece on to complete the rectangle-shaped vanity base. Then, allow the glued pieces to dry thoroughly before you add strength to the base of your new bathroom vanity. To do that, you should drill two holes in each side of the corners, and then install small wood screws into the joints at all four corners.
The next step in this project is to install the legs onto the vanity. If your existing vanity is thirty – six inches high, for example, then you will need to use wooden legs that are the same height. You can purchase four stylish legs at your local lumber yard, or, if you know how to operate a lathe, you can make your own from wood.
To install the legs, start by placing one of them in a corner inside the base. Position the leg so it is straight, and so that it lines up with the top of the wood. Now, remove it, apply wood glue, and install it permanently. You should use clamps to hold the leg in place while the glue dries.
Repeat this process with the remaining three legs. Allow the glue to dry thoroughly, then secure the legs onto the base by drilling a hole in each side of the corners. Then, install small wood screws into the joints at all four corners.
Before you install the vanity, you should stain, varnish, paint or finish the wood in whatever way you may choose.
Now that you have your bathroom vanity built to this point, you will now need to install it in your bathroom so you can finish it. The countertop will basically sit atop the base of the vanity with the sink portion sunk into the top opening of the base. You will need to use any hardware that came with the counter top, plus you will finish it up by sealing the sink top to the base of your vanity with a good, waterproof sealant.
Finally, you can add shelves, baskets that pull out, or any of a number of pre-made storage units that you can purchase at your local home supply store.