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For Vanity's Sake; Upstairs Bath remodel; Part 4

19 October 2009

Wet Your Appetite: Part 1
Got Paint: Part 2
Tile With Style: Part 3

The continuing story:

In my quest for affordable remodeling, reusing things is a must.  The bathroom vanity doors usually match the kitchen cabinets and can therefore be used elsewhere, like we have done before.  My other train of thought is, that I am sick of the boring, stock vanity cabinets that are usually used in cookie cutter homes like mine.

While I was drawing up the plan, at first I thought I would find 4 new doors that matched at the Habitat Re-store.  Then, I realized that might be impossible.  My next option was to remove the base cabinet doors altogether and only have to find one large door, or two smaller doors for the cabinet Justin is building to go over the toilet.  This is the option I chose to go with.

But what to do with the vanity?  I didn't want to rebuild it, or have to remove the counter top which is in fine shape for a kid's bath.  Here is what I came up with, and I love it so much, I plan on trying it downstairs as well.

These are some before shots, to refresh your memory: 

We were lucky enough to have a friend give us his old kitchen cabinets, last fall.  We installed them into our garage. (pictures coming someday...)   What was left we dismantled and saved in pieces.  This is what we used for the whole bathroom remodel, vanity, mirror and new cabinet, free!

You just remove the existing doors, and add a new face frame, patch and paint!

Here are the sketches we drew to build them.  The front was created in three pieces.  The two legs and the arched skirt.  We simply nailed it to the existing frame, and then nailed a quick nail through the base of the skirt into the new legs.  Patch and done!  (we didn't add to the existing shelf on bottom, but could have)

The side was a little more involved and not completely necessary.   I just wanted it to look a little more interesting.  It had two legs, a skirt and base with a shelf to match the front existing shelf.

Here is the front view of the finished cabinet.  I had the boxes from our old house's master where we installed a new table base cabinet (pictures are here and here).  You'd be vain if you looked this good too!

I am so happy! 
Do you guys like it? 

It is seriously one of the cheapest, easiest updates we have ever done.  And, you have my permission to use this awesome idea, but please, if you blog about it, link to my blog, and let me know what you did.

Here is the link to Mirror Mirror on the Wall: Part 5


J and C October 19, 2009 at 1:26 PM  

I love this new bathroom. Cass has done a great job with it. I can't wait until I can finish the cabinet and show it to ya'll. It is going to look amazing.

Heidi October 19, 2009 at 1:59 PM  

You make it sound so easy! I look at your pictures and think....i have no idea how she just did that!! It looks awesome! I love how you took the cookie cutter standard vanity and made it beautiful and so fun! I seriously wish I lived closer to you!

One question...if you and Justin could pick one tool that is mandatory for an at home fixer-upper, what would it be?

Tricia December 30, 2009 at 1:06 PM  

I just stopped by from TLC and wanted to say that your vanity redo is GORGEOUS! What a frugal and fantastic project. What vision you had.
Great job.


Cha Cha December 31, 2009 at 3:22 PM  

So pretty, I love the design that is not standard. THANKS FOR SHARING AND HAPPY NEW YEAR

Funky Junk Interiors January 2, 2010 at 1:09 PM  

Oh my gosh. You'd never know it was the same vanity! I LOVE this. And wouldn't that curved front look awesome as well on a tall bookcase? Thinking here..

Thanks for linking up to SNS!

FJ Donna

Anonymous,  January 2, 2010 at 2:14 PM  

Wow!!! Yes I do like it. Wow!!! Great job.

I am having an apron GIVEAWAY on one of my blogs. I would love for you to check it out.


Jennifer March 4, 2010 at 9:50 PM  

Oh wow... that looks fantastic!! Great job! :)

Adrianna March 5, 2010 at 1:10 AM  

I love the arch! This looks so chic + cute. I can't believe you found a box that fits nicely (and adds a nice touch of color) underneath.

Low Tide High Style March 5, 2010 at 9:44 AM  

Well it may have been cheap to do, but it sure doesn't "look" cheap! I love this!

Kat :)

Prior March 5, 2010 at 4:27 PM  

Great job! I did something similar with bead board on mine. Really makes a difference. Lezlee

Meredith March 5, 2010 at 6:26 PM  

I don't know you but I love you!!! This is exactly what I need to do in my bathrooms - maybe both of them! My kids bathroom would be just like this. I could do it in my master too. Oh, the possibilities!!!

Miss Mustard Seed March 10, 2010 at 8:08 PM  

Is there anything you can't do? This is such a smart fix for the common vanity. I am always impressed by your work.

MamaBug March 13, 2010 at 7:03 PM  

Love the helpful hints. We are struggling with what to do in our bath on an almost non-existant budget. This gives me some good ideas on what I might be able to do. Thanks for following my blog (from FF) I'm following you, too.

Shelbie April 18, 2010 at 2:34 AM  

Hello! Found your blog and I'm happy I did! This bathroom idea is brilliant. I have been racking my brain on what to do with mine that is almost exactly like yours. I thought about getting the doors from habitat for humanity too but thats a pain. This is what blogging is about. It's so nice to stumble upon someone who helps solve a problem! nice job chica!~

Jennifer June 17, 2010 at 7:01 AM  

I am not a fan of the exposed plumbing look, but I do like it! I think that the arch looks kind of plain though, maybe there is some sort of wood applique you could put there? Nothing too gaudy, and of course it would just be painted the same as the rest. Also, I think a basket would look cooler underneath than a box.

I think it is awesome that you are able to do something this nice on a low budget and it is great to recycle...wish more people would!

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