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There’s only so much room in the magazine, but for those who are interested in tackling this project, you might find it helpful to see some additional images to illustrate the finer points of the building process used to create this classic vanity. Get home building tips, offers, and expert advice in your inbox Sign Up × Use a track saw (or circular saw and cutting guide) to create a straight reference edge on each sheet of plywood. Read Justin Fink’s full article from Fine Homebuilding #252Build Your Own Bathroom Vanity Measuring off the reference edge, mark both ends of each sheet to help orient track (or cutting guide) for plywood cuts. A sheet of rigid foam under the plywood acts as sacrificial support for cutoffs. Read Justin Fink’s full article from Fine Homebuilding #252Build Your Own Bathroom Vanity Intentionally cut a bit oversized, each plywood part is then run through the tablesaw to ensure that each piece is consistently sized. Read Justin Fink’s full article from Fine Homebuilding #252Build Your Own Bathroom Vanity After ripping the poplar to rough width, take multiple passes through the thickness planer to clean up the edges and faces of each piece. Read Justin Fink’s full article from Fine Homebuilding #252Build Your Own Bathroom Vanity Use a miter saw to crosscut the poplar stock to final length. Read Justin Fink’s full article from Fine Homebuilding #252Build Your Own Bathroom Vanity A plywood sled holds the leg pieces at an angle, allowing them to be passed over the tablesaw to create the taper on the bottom edge. Read Justin Fink’s full article from Fine Homebuilding #252Build Your Own Bathroom Vanity The front legs are rabbeted by making two cuts on the tablesaw – on edge, and on the face – so that they can mate with the side panel assemblies. Read Justin Fink’s full article from Fine Homebuilding #252Build Your Own Bathroom Vanity Drill pocket holes in the end of the applicable poplar parts. Read Justin Fink’s full article from Fine Homebuilding #252Build Your Own Bathroom Vanity Align, clamp, and fasten the pocket hole joints to create each poplar subassembly. Read Justin Fink’s full article from Fine Homebuilding #252Build Your Own Bathroom Vanity Use the drawer front stock as a guide to size and align the position of the face frame stiles and rails. Read Justin Fink’s full article from Fine Homebuilding #252Build Your Own Bathroom Vanity To establish the location of the bottom rail, cut a spacer block from a scrap of plywood. Read Justin Fink’s full article from Fine Homebuilding #252Build Your Own Bathroom Vanity To accommodate the side panels, rout the backside of each side assembly, making progressive passes with a rabbeting bit to reach the marked depth. Read Justin Fink’s full article from Fine Homebuilding #252Build Your Own Bathroom Vanity Use a sharp chisel to clean up the rounded corners left from the rabbeting bit. Read Justin Fink’s full article from Fine Homebuilding #252Build Your Own Bathroom Vanity Set each MDF side panel into a bead of wood glue. Read Justin Fink’s full article from Fine Homebuilding #252Build Your Own Bathroom Vanity Use a pin nailer to tack in thin pieces of backer wood around each panel. Read Justin Fink’s full article from Fine Homebuilding #252Build Your Own Bathroom Vanity Screw together pairs of plywood dividers in preparation for the case assembly. Read Justin Fink’s full article from Fine Homebuilding #252Build Your Own Bathroom Vanity Attach each plywood subassembly to the continuous plywood bottom piece, using just a few nails to temporarily hold each piece. Read Justin Fink’s full article from Fine Homebuilding #252Build Your Own Bathroom Vanity With the dividers in place, add the shelf support stretchers and top cleats. Read Justin Fink’s full article from Fine Homebuilding #252Build Your Own Bathroom Vanity Only tacked in place, the plywood dividers can be knocked into alignment with the face frame before fastening it in place. Read Justin Fink’s full article from Fine Homebuilding #252Build Your Own Bathroom Vanity Tackle the wood top glue up in stages – first glue together pairs, and then glue the pairs together – to make for a stress-free process. Read Justin Fink’s full article from Fine Homebuilding #252Build Your Own Bathroom Vanity After the glue is dry, use the circular saw to cut the top to length.   Read Justin Fink’s full article from Fine Homebuilding #252 Build Your Own Bathroom Vanity Sand both sides of the top, working through the grit until you reach 220. Read Justin Fink’s full article from Fine Homebuilding #252Build Your Own Bathroom Vanity Use a chamfer bit to ease the top and bottom edges of the counter, which can then be further eased with sandpaper to create a subtle, flattened curve. Read Justin Fink’s full article from Fine Homebuilding #252Build Your Own Bathroom Vanity Before applying any finish to the top, use a jigsaw to cut the opening for the drop-in sink. Read Justin Fink’s full article from Fine Homebuilding #252Build Your Own Bathroom Vanity Use a crosscut sled on the table saw to create the stub tenons on the door rails. Read Justin Fink’s full article from Fine Homebuilding #252Build Your Own Bathroom Vanity Left a touch on the tight side, the tenons are easy to slim up using sandpaper glued to a block. Read Justin Fink’s full article from Fine Homebuilding #252Build Your Own Bathroom Vanity Assemble the doors with MDF panels, leaving the stiles long so they can be trimmed later. Read Justin Fink’s full article from Fine Homebuilding #252Build Your Own Bathroom Vanity Once dry, use the tablesaw to cut the top and bottom edges of each door. Read Justin Fink’s full article from Fine Homebuilding #252Build Your Own Bathroom Vanity A simple T-shaped router jig and mortise bit can be used to create perfect mortises for the door hinges. Read Justin Fink’s full article from Fine Homebuilding #252Build Your Own Bathroom Vanity With hinges installed on the doors, hold each door in the opening and mark where the hinges meet the face frame. Read Justin Fink’s full article from Fine Homebuilding #252Build Your Own Bathroom Vanity After fitting the doors, remove them and drill holes to receive the glue-in wooden knobs. A piece of painters tape wrapped around the drill bit acts as a visual depth reference when drilling. Read Justin Fink’s full article from Fine Homebuilding #252Build Your Own Bathroom Vanity After tacking the drawer fronts in place (or temporarily attaching them with double-stick tape) open each drawer and permanently fasten the front from the inside using screws. Read Justin Fink’s full article from Fine Homebuilding #252Build Your Own Bathroom Vanity Fully assembled, the vanity is ready for paint or stain before installation. Read Justin Fink’s full article from Fine Homebuilding #252Build Your Own Bathroom Vanity Launch Slideshow


BHG.com Bathrooms Bathroom Vanities 14 Ideas for a DIY Bathroom Vanity Refinish a flea market find, update an existing stock cabinet, or upgrade a retail table for a personalized vanity you'll love. Let these stylish ideas for a DIY bathroom vanity be your inspiration. Facebook Pinterest Twitter Google Plus Email Print More Prev View all Next × Prev View all Next Prev View all Next Popular In Bathroom Vanities Modern Bathroom Vanities Must-See Vanity Makeovers Single Vanity Design Ideas Bathroom Vanity Ideas Everything In This Slideshow 1 of 16 Facebook Pinterest Salvaged Sophistication A long media cabinet becomes the perfect base for a trough sink while providing plenty of additional counter space. Glass-front sliding doors on this DIY bathroom vanity make for grab-and-go storage with style. Easy Room Makeover Ideas 2 of 16 Facebook Pinterest Budget Makeover This old cabinet used to function as a dining room buffet but now works perfectly as a double-sink vanity. Center drawers were removed for easy-access storage. Soothing aqua-blue paint coats the base, while the original stained top was kept intact. Clever Storage Solutions 3 of 16 Facebook Pinterest Smart Modifications If a stock vanity is too large for your small bathroom, look to local retailers for a wood table. This weathered, painted piece resembles a pricey European design with its aged patina, open shelving, and X-detail sides. Have a contractor install a wall-mount faucet and recess plumbing pipes into the wall so the mechanicals don't show. Fabulous Furniture Makeovers 4 of 16 Facebook Pinterest Easy Update Give an existing off-the-shelf vanity a shot of Vitamin C with glossy yellow paint and decoupaged doors. Handmade paper in a trendy ikat pattern adds easy DIY sophistication to the cabinet doors. Cut the paper to size and apply with decoupage medium and a foam paintbrush. 5 of 16 Facebook Pinterest Small But Mighty Combine a purchased cabinet base with a birch plywood countertop for a customized vanity that fits even the smallest of spaces. This DIY countertop's curved shape allows the door to open into the room while squeezing in more storage. A vessel sink and cylindrical faucet found on clearance modernize the look while sticking to a budget. 6 of 16 Facebook Pinterest Best-Ever Small Vanities Don't skimp on style in your small bathroom. These ideas for a small vanity provide ample storage without all the bulk. 7 of 16 Facebook Pinterest Wooded Wonder Often tucked away and short on square footage, the powder room is an understated space that's relatively easy to revamp. This reclaimed pine desk boasts a modest bowl sink and wall-mount faucet for plenty of counter space. Open shelving underneath creates an ideal spot for baskets to hold extra towels and toiletries. 8 of 16 Facebook Pinterest Instant Upgrade Refresh a basic oak cabinet by removing the hardware, sanding the wood, and finishing it with primer and a high-gloss paint. New hardware and a fresh faucet complete this colorful vanity makeover. 9 of 16 Facebook Pinterest Glamorous Allure Save money and inject some personality into your bath by converting an existing dresser into a custom vanity. For a peaceful primping experience, layer a white traditional dresser against crisp white walls. A custom countertop with a fitted sink and faucet change the furniture piece's function, while a faux center drawer hides plumbing. 10 of 16 Facebook Pinterest Dresser Do-Over Repurposing is an inexpensive way to update your home. This old bedroom dresser was painted blue for modern cottage style. The furniture piece offers extra storage and easy customization. Keep the existing surface or add a stone countertop, and install a simple sink bowl. 11 of 16 Facebook Pinterest Boot Strap Towel Rack Add an industrial vibe to your modern and minimalist bathroom vanity with a DIY towel bar. Affix leather straps to your vanity drawer that loop around a waterproof towel rod. This adds a personal and practical touch to your bathroom vanity. 12 of 16 Facebook Pinterest Regal and Red This elegant vanity was sanded, primed, and painted red to achieve an eye-catching look. A white vessel sink continues the neutral bathroom color scheme, while an off-center faucet emphasizes its originality. 13 of 16 Facebook Pinterest Desk Vanity Construct a sink vanity from a desktop and two adjustable-height desk legs. Use a cleat to secure the back of the desktop to the wall. Cut holes in the desktop for the faucet and drain with a hole saw, and secure a towel bar to the underside to keep towels handy and hide sink pipes. For easy-access storage, screw two 10-inch-deep wall shelves together to form an L, paint them, and add casters. 14 of 16 Facebook Pinterest Cottage Creation Refinish an antique table to serve as a sturdy but stylish bathroom vanity. Classic vessel sinks and bridge faucets complete this clean and simple cottage look. 15 of 16 Facebook Pinterest Traditional Taste Traditional with a twist, this bathroom pairs a period-appropriate desk base with a custom countertop and backsplash. The elegant DIY vanity easily mingles with furnishings of both now and then, fine and found. 16 of 16 Facebook Pinterest Next Slideshow Modern Bathroom Vanities Modern Bathroom Vanities Vanities with sleek lines and clean design complement a contemporary-style bathroom. See how to incorporate these creative ideas for a modern bathroom vanity into your space. Begin Slideshow » Related Must-See Vanity Makeovers Single Vanity Design Ideas Bathroom Vanity Ideas