A Modest Vanity

Making a custom vanity with in-stock lumber and parts

by Sarah Richardson,

Webisode Basement Bathroom After - Sarah Richardson Lowe's Renovation

AFTER: After photos of the bathroom

Webisode Basement Bathroom before - Sarah Richardson Lowe's Renovation

BEFORE: Before photos of the bathroom

Episode 6

If you are a handy DIY enthusiast and want to bring an elegant custom touch to your bathroom, while keeping your eye on price, it's easy to make your own custom solution. By strolling the lumber and trim aisles, along with the ready-to-go vanity/sink combinations, you can dream up dramatic results to add showpiece style to your salle de bain!


Whimsy & Style

Add style and sophistication to your pint-sized bathroom with a custom made vanity crafted from in-stock lumber parts. A pair of turned wood table legs can be used to anchor the ends of the vanity base, and you can add a touch of whimsical Victorian-inspired detail by re-imagining an inexpensive piece of pine house trim as a decorative apron below your counter.

Want the look?

EverTrue Country Pine - Item #833


Making your own vanity doesn't mean sacrificing storage. If you install a wall mounted medicine cabinet, you'll get plenty of storage for toiletries and tall items, all at easy to access eye level - and an extra mirror too!

Want the look?

Allen + Roth 30" Surface Mount Mirrored Medicine Cabinet - Item #169525

Countertop & Faucet

Instead of paying for a custom fit countertop, take a stroll through the aisles and see what options are available in stock and ready to go. Once you've selected a counter and know the outside dimensions, you can build your custom vanity to fit perfectly. As an added bonus, ready to use counters also come with a sink installed, and are pre-drilled for faucets.

Want the look?

Estate 49" x 22" Natural Granite Vanity Top - Item #365939

Moen Boardwalk 2-H SRN WS faucetItem #356591


Add a touch of pretty polish to your bathroom, and install a round, porthole-inspired mirror with a sparkly mirror on mirror frame. Adding a circular element to all the boxy elements in a room can be a welcome change of shape!

Want the look?

Allen + Roth 28 3/4" Hollywood Octagon Mirror - Item #111053



Create a layered monochromatic palette of greys by combining a variety of different stone materials in similar tones. Carrera, Cipollino and Iceberg marble all blend well with a speckled granite counter when shades of grey are the common theme.

Want the look?

Faber Stone & Tile. 12" x 12" Polished Iceberg Marble - #4975. Carerra Extra Mosaic Plus - #3932

Classic Coastal Charm

Add a hint of classic coastal charm to your bathroom, and tie in the painted wood details of your vanity by installing beadboard wainscoting on your walls. Solid pine panelling that's finished with a semi-gloss paint finish provides a more durable finish than plain drywall, plus it adds texture and is easier and more cost effective to install than tile!

Want the look?

C&C Wood Products Ltd. - 48 Pine Wainscot Beaded 9.33 sf - Item #261975