DIY Furniture Style Cabinet

DIY Furniture Style Cabinet

Another project crossed off the list in our master bath remodel, a DIY furniture-style cabinet using the existing builder-grade vanity.

Update Bathroom Vanity with Furniture Feet and Skirt-

We have the typical boring cabinets throughout our home- basic, no frills, and probably not much real wood either.

First, I painted the toe kick black to give the illusion of a shadow under a leggy furniture piece.

My next step to aid in the furniture illusion was to add legs to the cabinet. Because you hafta’ have legs on a leggy furniture-look vanity, right? One of my favorite catalogs is from Van Dyke’s. They have a website, but I love thumbing through a catalog and turning down the corners on pages I want to remember.

Anyway, I measured the height of the toe kick on our cabinet in each spot where I wanted a leg, then looked for legs that would be a little taller than the largest measurement. (I wanted to have extra height to trim as needed to allow for uneven floors.)

I also knew I wanted the top section of the legs to be square so that it would transition smoothly to the future vanity skirts. Here is a closeup after priming, painting, and attaching to the vanity. (This pic was taken after we attached the skirts also.)

Bathroom Vanity Leg-

After the legs were attached, before we framed the mirror:

DIY Furniture Style Vanity- Legs Attached-

The cabinet stayed in that stage for several weeks months until I decided on a design for the skirt sections. I first cut the design out of cardboard and adjusted as needed for each section. Then I used my rotozip to cut the pieces out of 3/4 inch mdf. A jig saw would work as well. I primed, then painted with the same semi-gloss latex enamel I used on the legs.

Furniture Style Vanity Skirt-

Because the wood wasn’t thick enough to attach to the vanity flush with the legs, Richard screwed 1×2 cleats on the back of each piece.  (The cleats were shifted up slightly at each end as needed to account for my less than perfect cutting.)

Vanity Skirt with cleat-

Richard patiently holds up the process while I snap pictures.

DIY Furniture Style Cabinet- Attaching Vanity Skirt with Cleat-

First piece screwed into place.

Furniture Style Vanity- skirt attached-

I caulked the gaps and we’re done with one more master bath project.

DIY Furniture Style Cabinets-
Give standard vanity furniture style with legs and skirt-

With home values continuing to head in the wrong direction, I didn’t want to spend money on a new vanity. This project seemed like a good compromise. I think it fits with my love of curvy French country furniture, but of course, you could create any style with different feet and skirts. Think you would give this a try?