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- PlumDoodles.com

 

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- PlumDoodles.com

 

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

 

DIY Furniture Style Vanity- Legs Attached- PlumDoodles.com

 

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- PlumDoodles.com

 

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- PlumDoodles.com

 

Richard patiently holds up the process while I snap pictures.

 

DIY Furniture Style Cabinet- Attaching Vanity Skirt with Cleat- PlumDoodles.com

 

First piece screwed into place.

 

Furniture Style Vanity- skirt attached- PlumDoodles.com

 

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

DIY Furniture Style Cabinets- PlumDoodles.com

 

Give standard vanity furniture style with legs and skirt- PlumDoodles.com

 

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 skirt. Think you would give this a try?

Doodles,

SheilaG

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Comments

  1. I love this transformation! It’s amazing! Thanks for sharing the source of the cabinet legs too. I have looked at Home Depot, bu haven’t found these. This looks great and I love the way you painted behind the legs! I’m on my way to Rockler!
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  2. I love this Shelia! I pinned it for my kichen cabinets!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    blessings,
    karianne
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  3. That looks wonderful! Impressive.
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  4. The legs were good, but the trim makes it really look like a cabinet. I love it. Now I am itching to do mine! :)

  5. Linda Hayes says:

    Once again, I am amazed! Very creative and very classy looking for just a few bucks. You really can add zing to anything.

  6. I am so impressed! I had something like in mind when I did the kitchen, but I couldn’t find any legs. I made some for one section, then gave up on the others. I still have three bath vanities, so I am definitely saving your post. I don’t want to spend the money, either, so I am going to have another go at this. Thanks for the inspiration.
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  7. Lainie H. says:

    This is terrific!!! I’ve been looking for ways to turn my boring bathroom vanities into something that looks vintage. Y’all did it!

  8. WOW! Gorgeous transformation!!!

    Dee
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  9. Linda@Coastal Charm says:

    Looks outstanding…love the feet and the trim!!! I have been thinking about doing this in my kitchen for a few years now…maybe I should just “DO IT”.

    Blessings,
    Linda

  10. O.My.Goodness! This is an awesome idea! Now I am itching to do the same with my bathroom vanity! I need some powertools, STAT! Wonderful Job, Linda!

  11. That is a great update, Sheila! Just the legs added give it that furniture look, I think, but then the scalloped pieces you added remind me of my French dresser. Nicely done!
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  12. Gorgeous transformation! it’s great when we take something and just adding special elements transforms into something unique.

  13. Your bathroom cabinets look wonderful. Thanks for sharing.
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  14. Hi Sheila, this is just an awesome idea! I would definitely not pull it out and replace. This looks like an expensive custom piece. I rent and think this is a great way for me to update my bathroom cabinet without spending alot. Plus if the owner doesn’t like it I could easily remove the additions, caulk the holes, and repaint the piece. And I wouldn’t of even thought to paint the toe kick black. Great illusion. I’m a new follower and saw your link at Feathered Nest Friday and had to check it out. : ) I’d love if you’d link this to my Frugal Treasures Tuesday party going on now through Sunday. This is just the type of thinking my rental renters need to inspire them. Thanks so much for sharing.
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  15. Fabulous, now it looks like a french dresser!

  16. Love it! Such great ideas–I can’t wait to copy them! Y’all did a beautiful job

  17. Oh! I really like this! I added legs to our bathroom vanity cabinet also, but I didn’t think about adding a skirt piece to them… I may be making another change our cabinet!!
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  18. Wow! what a great idea! i like the creativity here and i think i can transform also in
    an elegant look our cabinet. thanks for the share. keep posting DIY

  19. I love this! You actually did what we have been talking about doing to our kitchen cabinets! We have been “talking” about this for almost 8 years now! Maybe if I show someone this, they will be motivated again! Thanks…it’s looks FAB!

  20. Emily Woodhouse says:

    That’s a great piece of work. I have a question. Why the legs needed to be cut to different height?
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    • Our floor isn’t perfectly level, so the height at each spot where I wanted to attach the legs was slightly different. Good question, thanks for asking! :)

  21. This is wonderful! You’ve made your vanity very lovely, and you had indeed achieved that “furniture” look. Good tip about painting the toekick black. My dad taught me that trick 30+ years ago, but I don’t think a lot of younger people know it. Thank you for sharing it!

    Thank you SO MUCH for linking to Grace at Home! :)
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  22. Shaila, I shared your post on the Hometalk facebook page just now: http://www.facebook.com/Hometalk/posts/210425932394216?comment_id=635737
    Thanks you for sharing your fabulous idea!
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  23. That is awesome! I would not have even thought that that was the step painted black. Brilliant! And the end product is beautiful. Congrats!
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  24. Beautiful. That was so smart to paint the toekick black! Love the furniture “legs” and aprons. Seriously smartest thing I’ve seen in a while!!!

  25. What a LOVELY job! I love the update – the detail is perfect! This seems like it was a very time consuming project but it was absolutely worth it. Great job!

  26. Sheila, ingenious! I love how you transformed your bathroom vanity. This gives me some great ideas for my boys’ bathroom. Thanks for joining the DIY Talent Parade
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  27. Very clever!

  28. I would have never thought to paint the toe kick black. I’ve seen posts on how to remove the toe kick and actually use the legs for support, but I like the idea of painting it black better!!
    Beautiful upgrade to your vanity!!

    A

  29. What a wonderful project! Just curious, where did you find the legs?

  30. Great transformation!!!
    Thanks so much for linking up and for linking back! Good luck and make sure and keep checking our FB page for updates on weekly winners. :)
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  31. That looks beautiful! I’m inspired to do the same in our master bathroom. :-)
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  32. Brilliant idea! Way to think outside the box!

  33. I think you did a fantastic job! Love, love, love how it turned out!
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  34. WOW!!! This turned out AMAZING! I so want to do this to my ugly fake wood cabinets now, thanks for the inspiration! Found you via Thrifty Decor Chic.

  35. Shannon - aka design says:

    Oh my goodness! I love this! And may just have to do this in my kitchen!!!

  36. Sheila, this is such a great idea and it turned out lovely on your bathroom vanity! I may need to do this to ours!!

    popping over from House of Hepworths.
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  37. I absolutely LOVE this!! What a wonderful idea! We rent, but I bet I can figure out a way to do something similar so this house can look like mine now, but still be removable later. Thanks SO MUCH for the inspiration!!

  38. I love your bathroom update and the legs and trim are beautiful! How did you attach the legs though? Also, did you put them on while the cabinet was still attached to the wall or did you take it down first? Thanks again for your great idea!

    • Thank you, Karen! We opened the cabinet doors and screwed the legs into place through the shelf, much like attaching the “skirt” trim. The legs and trim were attached while the cabinet was in place. The floor isn’t perfectly level, so all the legs had to be cut a slightly different height. Hope that helps. :)

  39. I would have never thought to do this! It really adds to the vanity!!! Great Job!
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  40. yay, just saw this featured on facebook, via infarrently creative!
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  41. Absolutely wonderful, looks like a custom cabinet. Can’t wait to do this. Painting the area behind the legs black is ingenious. Thank you for a fabulous idea. Laura

  42. Amazing transformation!
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  43. This looks fantastic! What a great idea for a simple, yet beautiful, upgrade!
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  44. Lisa Greenwalt says:

    One more thing on my hubby’s to-do list. I have wanted to do this to all our cabinets since we had our home built, 11 years ago. Thank you so much for making it so easy. I can’t wait to get started!

  45. This looks so beautiful! Great job!
    xx
    Anne

  46. love it

  47. I have been looking for so long for something like this to do up some bedroom furniture cabinets. Thanks so much for sharing. You are definately inspiring. Love it!!!!!

  48. So in love with this idea! So many legs to choose from though is causing me stress trying to find just the right fit. May I ask how high your cabinet bottoms were from the floor? These legs in their original form, if I’m correct ,were 8″ tall. I like the square part you have at the top of the legs you chose because it gives your decorative curves a nice ending point. Also, my cabinets have a corner (they make an”L” shape) I’m trying to find a solution to:( Im hoping mine will turn out as beautifully as yours!
    Thanks for your fabulous ideas!

    • Carla, our toe kick is about 7 1/2 inches high. You’re right- there are so many options to choose from! I specifically chose these legs because I knew it would be easier to trim a little off the square section without losing any of the design. Good luck with your project- I’d love to hear how it turns out for you! :)

  49. WEST FURNITURE REVIVAL says:

    I WOULD LOVE TO FEATURE YOUR VANITY MAKE OVER, IT TURNED OUT BEAUTIFUL, PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF IT WOULD BE OK WITH YOU

  50. Ann Marie Anway says:

    Do you have a template that you used for the skirt?

  51. west FURNITURE REVIVAL says:

    Not sure if you caught the feature , you can see it here, thanks again for letting me show it,
    lauren

    http://westfurniturerevival.blogspot.com/2013/02/revival-monday-99.html#comment-form

  52. I’ve been meaning to do something similar for years and years and years and ………
    Great tutorial!

  53. Hello Shelia!!
    I am trying to figure out how to follow your blog! I am now following you on Hometalk but would like to see what ‘goodies’ you re-do!! Your bathroom cabinet is awesome and need to have my fill of more of your work!! LOL

  54. wow! this is so awesome! It totally changes the look….

    I found it by checking out your current homepage and then the most memorable projects recap!

    I too, am pinning this! LOVE it!
    gail
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  55. Wow that came out beautiful! Absolutely love how your vanity really looks like a piece of furniture now!
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