Build Your Own Bathroom Vanity
This traditional design is easily achieved with straightforward building materials and common power tools.
Synopsis: With some common power tools and a slight increase in cost, you can build a traditional Shaker-inspired bathroom vanity that is stronger and more aesthetically pleasing than a production model. In addition, it requires only a couple of weekends to complete. This article includes an exploded drawing that identifies each piece in the vanity’s construction.
The details of a bathroom make a statement, and a vanity is often a focal point that ties those details together. The simplicity and clean lines of Shaker-style furniture appeal to me because they aren’t adorned with excessive trim, appliqués, or other embellishments, yet they are more inviting and comfortable than modern pieces in a starker style. In addition, I think the Shaker style can work as well in a suburban raised ranch as it does in a 200-year-old farmhouse. To build this vanity, you don’t need a cabinet shop, and you don’t need weeks of build time. With some common power tools and a slight increase in cost, you can build a vanity that is stronger and far more stylish than a production model, and that requires only a couple of weekends to complete.
A classic look with a lot less effort
When designing this Shaker-inspired piece, I started with the same height, depth, and compatibility with standard plumbing fixtures that would be present on a store-bought vanity. From there, I added some details that you won’t easily find, such as mortised butt hinges, full-extension ball-bearing undermount drawer slides, a solid-wood top, and a traditional milk-paint finish. Compared to the details on a production-line vanity, these small changes can make a big difference in the overall feel of the finished project, and they aren’t that hard to execute. My goal in building this type of project is to…