Another project crossed off the list in our master bath remodel, giving our standard bathroom cabinet the look of a furniture style vanity. 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 to trim as needed to allow for uneven floors.)
I also knew I wanted the top section of the leg to be square so that it could be easily cut down to the exact height needed. Rounded legs would work fine, but would be harder to hold straight to trim. In the end, all 4 legs had to be cut to a little bit different height.
Next was priming and painting.
After the legs were attached, before we framed the mirror:
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.
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.)
Richard patiently holds up the process while I snap pictures.
First piece screwed into place.
I caulked the gaps and we’re done with one more master bath project.
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. Do you think we succeeded in giving our standard cabinet furniture style?