DIY Furniture Style Cabinet

Whew, I have another project crossed off the list in our master bath remodel. Creating a diy furniture style cabinet using the existing builder grade vanity is a great (cheap) alternative to replacing it.


DIY Furniture Style Cabinet with Feet and Decorative Trim-


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

Step 1

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

Step 2

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? Van Dyke’s has an awesome selection and I was able to find just the right style and size. The Greco Roman Square Tulip Foot (affiliate link) on Amazon is similar.

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 easily 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.)


DIY Furniture Style Cabinet- Adding Legs or Feet-


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


DIY Furniture Style Vanity- Legs Attached-


Step 3

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 modified as needed for each section. Then I used my rotozip (affiliate link) to cut the pieces out of 3/4 inch mdf. A jig saw would probably be easier, but I worked with what I have. I primed, then painted with the same semi-gloss latex enamel I used on the legs.


DIY Furniture Style Cabinet- Adding a 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.


DIY Furniture Style Cabinet- Attach 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.


DIY Furniture Style Vanity- skirt attached-


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

Create a DIY Furniture Style Cabinet by adding feet and skirt-


Best of Plum Doodles- How to Give a Standard Cabinet Furniture Style-


With no budget for 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?




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  1. Wow, what an awesome idea!! Painting the back black really gives the illusion of a shadow behind the legs. I’m sharing this on my FB page and I’d love you share it too on our linky party which will be live tomorrow evening.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Phyllis says:

    Thank you for sharing your project—-very nicely done. Your cabinets look classy and unique. I love feet on furniture as they change the look of a room–it lightens the look. Thank you again for the tutorial.

  3. Where did you buy the legs?

  4. OMG! I have been looking for a bathroom vanity…and the ones with legs are just out of my spending budget.
    This is one of the cleverest ideas! Thank you for sharing with everyone!!!

  5. Wow that came out beautiful! Absolutely love how your vanity really looks like a piece of furniture now!

  6. 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!

  7. 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

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

  9. west FURNITURE REVIVAL says:

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

  10. Ann Marie Anway says:

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



  12. 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! πŸ™‚

  13. 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!!!!!

  14. love it

  15. This looks so beautiful! Great job!

  16. 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!

  17. This looks fantastic! What a great idea for a simple, yet beautiful, upgrade!

  18. Amazing transformation!

  19. 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

  20. yay, just saw this featured on facebook, via infarrently creative!

  21. I would have never thought to do this! It really adds to the vanity!!! Great Job!

  22. 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. πŸ™‚

  23. 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!!

  24. 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.

  25. Shannon - aka design says:

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

  26. 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.

  27. I think you did a fantastic job! Love, love, love how it turned out!

  28. Brilliant idea! Way to think outside the box!

  29. That looks beautiful! I’m inspired to do the same in our master bathroom. πŸ™‚

  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. πŸ™‚

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

  32. 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!!


  33. Very clever!

  34. 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

  35. 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!

  36. 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!!!

  37. That is awesome! I would not have even thought that that was the step painted black. Brilliant! And the end product is beautiful. Congrats!

  38. Shaila, I shared your post on the Hometalk facebook page just now:
    Thanks you for sharing your fabulous idea!

  39. 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! πŸ™‚

  40. Emily Woodhouse says:

    That’s a great piece of work. I have a question. Why the legs needed to be cut to different height?

    • 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! πŸ™‚

  41. 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!

  42. 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

  43. 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!!

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

  45. Fabulous, now it looks like a french dresser!

  46. 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.

  47. Your bathroom cabinets look wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

  48. Gorgeous transformation! it’s great when we take something and just adding special elements transforms into something unique.

  49. 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!

  50. 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!

  51. 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”.


  52. WOW! Gorgeous transformation!!!


  53. 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!

  54. 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.

  55. 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.

  56. The legs were good, but the trim makes it really look like a cabinet. I love it. Now I am itching to do mine! πŸ™‚

  57. That looks wonderful! Impressive.

  58. I love this Shelia! I pinned it for my kichen cabinets!

    Thanks for the inspiration!


  59. 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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