Well, I have some exciting news to share! If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a sneak peek a few weeks ago. I was commissioned to design and build a new bathroom vanity and wall cabinet for some friends! I am extremely excited about this opportunity, and cannot wait to see the end results. I want to document the whole process from beginning to end, and I also plan on posting a few tutorials (maybe videos?) for some of the processes I’ll be using.
Before I really get into things, I want to share the current bathroom situation, and the new design I’ve drawn up. So without further ado, the before photos (please excuse the phone photos):
I met with the clients a few weeks ago to go over their needs and wants, and take measurements. They have recently replaced the shower and toilet, and aside from replacing the vanity and cabinet, they want a new sink and faucet, a new mirror, new light fixture, new hardware, and fresh paint. As far as the vanity is concerned, they asked for the following features:
- Drawers as deep as the existing ones
- Additional drawer space
- Storage space for hairdryer and hair tools
- Inset drawers and door
- No open shelving
- More character/detail
- All drawer pulls and no knobs
- Less white overall
And when it comes to the cabinet, they want to keep things pretty much as they are, but add 6″ in height so that the top of the cabinet is level with the top of the shower tiles.
They were initially unsure whether they wanted the vanity and cabinet to be stained or painted, but since the space is so small, we decided to keep things white. Color and character will be added by using a stone counter top. All things considered, following are the new designs for the vanity and the cabinet.
Because of the need to keep the depth of the current drawers and the enclosed cabinet space, I couldn’t really play with the layout much. Also, the vanity itself has to stay the same width because of the size of the bathroom. The tile floor doesn’t continue under the existing vanity, and the clients don’t plan on replacing the floor right now, so the new vanity has to have the same footprint.
I plan on using shaker style doors and drawers with an additional 1/4″ trim around the outer edges for a little extra detail. The sides will also be inset panels with a simple trim piece near the top. The sides of the face frame will continue to the floor to provide definition and make the vanity appear as though it has legs.
As for adding drawer space yet keeping the depth of the original drawers, I’ve given the clients two options for tip-out false drawers.
With Option 1, the false fronts would tip out to 50 degrees and a small bin would be installed on the backside to allow for storage of small items, like toothpaste, hairbrushes, combs, etc. With Option 2, the false fronts would tip out to 90 degrees and inserts would be stalled in the space on either side of the sink basin to allow for hairdryer and curling iron/straightener storage. One of the client’s biggest concerns is storage space for her hairdryer, which currently takes up most of one of the drawers.
Finishes & Fixtures
For the counter top, I suggested a type of granite that I think will work nicely with the peachy color of the shower tiles, and add interest and detail. It’s called Fantasy Brown Quartzite or Fantasy Brown Granite. Here are a few samples:
I love the linear grain, and that it’s light yet has brown and grey accents.
For the hardware, either oil-rubbed bronze or brushed nickel (which they currently have) would work, so I picked the following faucets, pulls, and hinges:
As I mentioned before, the only major change to the wall cabinet is a 6 inch increase in height.
The doors will be shaker style with 1/4″ edge trim like the vanity, the sides will include trim pieces, and I will most likely add crown molding to the top. There is one adjustable shelf inside. And, the pulls and hinges will of course be the same as the vanity.
Now it’s time for construction! I’ll be building the cabinet first, I and actually assembled the face frame last weekend. I’m hoping to make significant progress on the rest of the cabinet this weekend, and I’ll be sure to post a few updates on Instagram.
I’d like to share some tips for making shaker style doors with inset panels, and a few other things as well, so subscribe in the sidebar to stay tuned for updates in the coming weeks!