Builder's Grade Vanity Revamp!

I'm really happy to continue working on the many projects I have around the house. I took a nice break but I'm ready to keep on moving, changing, and updating things.
Have you ever felt like that? Only to discover that you don't have that big chunk of money to do everything you want?   Well, I think that happens to most of us.
I have a very long list of projects to do, but a pretty small budget to bring them to reality.
As usual, there are other things more important in life and money has to cover those issues first. Food, health care, housing, etc. That comes first.
But anyhow here I am trying to continue updating my home with the little that is left.
My project today is a bathroom. Not the master bath, I'm waiting patiently, perhaps one more year to completely renovate that one. No.  It's the other bath, the one my kids use. A small bathroom that it's just outdated.
So, I am trying to put it up to date with a simple make-over, beginning with the vanity. 
This is how it looks now:
vanity makeover with paint, shelves and baskets

but this is how it used to look:
vanity before makeover

The usual builder's grade stuff.  Ugly Hollywood lights, gigantic unframed mirror and an oak base cabinet as a vanity!
vanity revamp

Ugly when those doors were closed or open. You can still see the mess I tried to blur out. A little shelf didn't help me keep it organized.

Even worse, this was the first thing you got to see when coming from downstairs :(
OK OK  my plan!  Remember the shelves I wanted to sell but I got no buyer?
Not even staging them. They didn't sell!
Good for me, that's the wood I used for this project.
I still have some leftovers!

That was the material to create a shelf on that base cabinet. The dimensions for the cabinet were 42" long x 20" deep.  Each of the two shelves I was going to use were 10" wide.
First of all, the doors were removed.
Second, a coat of primer was applied.

I spray painted the pipes a silver color, something to make them look better ;) Then, the whole cabinet  was painted the same color as in my kitchen island (BM Tudor Brown).
In order to deal with the plumbing inside the cabinet, one of the shelves was cut, tracing around the pipes like this:

I measured around the pipes, at the exact height I wanted the shelf to be situated.  With the measurements at hand I got the Jig Saw to cut around my marks, as you see in picture above.  It took me about three or four tries to make it fit snugly.
For the shelf that was going to be situated at the front these three simple cuts were done:
These two pieces of board or shelves were going to become only one shelf inside the base cabinet. In order hold them in place, little holes were drilled at the height I wanted my shelf to be located, making sure they were all level.  I placed on each of these holes the brackets where the shelves were going rest.

Here again to show you how the brackets were placed:

A close up at the front shelf cuts, the color of the boards looks extremely reddish in this picture!  By the way they are pretty strong oak boards that I just re-stained.

This is the way the vanity looked at the end of the day. Not bad I think, but still missing something.

I got two towel holders and installed them on a piece of mdf (the only piece of that lenght 42" x 4.5" I had at that time).  Then I attached it to the cabinets with brad nails.

Knowing that my kids will be fiddling with the bars, I placed little washers on both sides of the board for extra strength.

Little feet gave it the look of furniture. I bought two furniture legs at THD but they were too short! I cut pieces of 2x4 and glued them together to make them the correct size.
giving a regular base cabinet the look of having feet.

Vanity makeover - after

towel rods are install in the front of vanity

paint and a shelf transform a plain vanity

The vanity is done :) Next time I will be dealing with something else in this little bath.
before and after of builder's grade vanity makeover

Check the full bath makeover HERE.

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  1. Cristina- It looks so much better. Great idea and great job. It really updated it nicely. xo Diana

  2. you did an amazing job! i luv how to completely transformed it.

  3. Totally AWESOME!!!

    @ Creatively Living

    * I featured your LR at tonight's party :)

  4. Fantastic makeover on the vanity! Love it!

  5. This is an amazing makeover! LOVE it! Good luck with the rest of it!

  6. You blow me away! I am SO impressed at your skills, creativity and vision. I am truly inspired and just may copying this to the best of my ability. I will be pinning this!

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  7. Very Impressive.
    I think it looks wonderful. You did a great job and the FEET made the whole thing look top notch!


  8. This has got to be the best makeover I have seen! Your idea was so creative, but then to be able to do all that stuff yourself just amazes me. It looks great.

  9. Great job done, Cristina.

    Absolutely transformed and 200% better than the b4 one.

    I have a DIY too, soon will finish and will show the b4 and after shots.

    Happy mid-week.

    Greetings from Stockholm,

  10. that is soooooo fantastic!!! beautiful!

  11. You are fearless! Absolutely fantastic Thank you for sharing. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  12. This is fantastic!! Love the open feel - never would have guessed it was the same builder cabinet.

    I am pinning this!

    By the way, I just drove thru DC on my way to Williamsburg last week!

  13. Beautiful redo! You did such an amazing job! I found you through Addicted 2 Decorating and am now following. I look forward to enjoying more of your creative projects!

  14. your kids bathroom is the same layout as mine! I will definitely be copying you in the future:) great ideas!:)

  15. Wow I love it simple but elegant!

  16. Unbelievable! What a great update! It has such a modern feel now.

  17. Great makeover! Replacing those clear bulbs with white ones will lessen the glare of the Hollywood lights (and spray painting the metal wall plate of the fixture with a hammered finish or other metallic paint) is a quick, cheap way to update that light fixture. Well Done!

  18. What a great update! Really pretty and super functional too!

  19. Wonderful! Love the little feet in the toe kick! Great idea. Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  20. I would never have thought of this transformation. I am completely floored. It is a amazing what paint and open shelves with the right accessories can do. Oh and those towel bars? How convenient and lovely! Great job!!

  21. That is an amazing transformation! It brings that vanity up to date - and at such little cost! I love it! I pinned it! :-) I will be eying my guest bathroom vanity now to see if it could be similarly transformed. Great idea! Great job!

  22. Fabulous transformation. I love this idea and painting the underside of the sink just made it totally disappear. This is such a great makeover. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Love it all. Hugs, Marty

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  24. VERY clever! Looks fantastic! LOVE your use of baskets :) Thanks for sharing...

    xo Lynda

  25. Fantastic job! It looks great! I'm now following along...

  26. That is amazing I am sooo doing this to my ugly vanity!!!!! xo

  27. What a wonderful makeover!!! Love how you added the MDF and towel bars across the top.

    Rene' @ Bargain Hoot

  28. This is Fabulous! I was so excited to see you featured on Southern Hospitality! Hope you don't mind copycats, because this is EXACTLY what I wanted to do in our 1/2 bath, but I couldn't figure out how to get a shelf in with that bar down the middle! Use 2 shelves! Ha! You're brilliant! Thanks for solving my dilemma!

  29. This is just the information I am finding everywhere. Thanks for your blog, I just subscribe your blog. This is a nice blog..

  30. That is quite the budget makeover! You really did a great job updating that vanity without spending much money. That's my kind of project ;). I'm a new follower...can't wait to see what else you have up your sleeve.

  31. You did an awesome job working with what you had, My Mom has always liked to "make a silk purse out of a sows ear" and I am the same way, obviously you are too, welcome to the club :)

  32. Wow, I love this! I'm going to try this in my fixer-upper house I'm buying!


  33. You are a genius! WOW what an amazing transformation - I cannot even believe how great a job you did. You are so brave - and inspiring!

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