Warning: This post is pic heavy!!
I was a little bummed today after I found out there were some technical issues with my blog, and my last post about our new farmhouse dining table disappeared. But I’m so excited about my new vanity that nothing can hold me down!
A few months after we purchased the house, I actually bought a mirrored vanity table.
As much as I love how glamorous the mirror facing is, this table annoyed the crap out of me. The drawers were small and only opened halfway. What you don’t see is all my makeup just crammed in, stuff hiding in the back. At one point in time, I literally found 3 tubes of UD Primer Potion and 3 tubes of IT Bye Bye Undereye that I didn’t know I had! Not to mention, the table was weirdly low – I actually cut the legs of that chair down to fit under it.
If you’re wondering what happened to my Hollywood Vanity Mirror from my Past Projects post – I sold it. As much as I loved that ridiculous thing, I never used it. The bulbs got wayyy hot, and I have terrible vision, so I always ended up using my small lighted mirror to do my makeup up-close.
So lately, I’ve had this terrible obsession with Instagram, and came across these beautiful vanities by a company called Impressions Vanity. As much as I admire their products, I could never justify spending $550 just for a vanity top. Not to mention, I moved my little makeup station to a weird corner of the room that requires a custom-sized table.
You see where I’m going with this, right?
I’ll give you guys a run-down of this project, but I would definitely recommend only attempting this build if you’re an intermediate to advanced builder. I honestly wouldn’t even put my skill level that high, but I think having a good baseline will make it easier for you to:
- Know what the heck I’m even yammering on about
- Adjust measurements/materials to suit your needs
- Build (working) drawers
I decided that I needed a narrow table…at most, 17″ wide and about 48″ long. Now, I’m usually vehemently against using particle board in any builds, but I just happened to find this pre-cut shelf (15.75″ x 48″) at Lowes for only $8! That meant that I wouldn’t have to buy a new piece of plywood (which I hate doing), and risking either me, or the guys at Lowes, ripping it unevenly.
For the tabletop, I used 1×6’s to build up the sides. The back piece was cut to the length of the particle board (48″) and the sides were cut to 15″. I measured out how wide I wanted the drawers, decided on two larges ones on the ends and a smaller on in the middle, and attached the sides using pocket holes/screws/glue. Never forget the glue – you’d be surprised at how much strength it adds! The sides were then attached to the particle board shelf with a TON of glue and screws. Keep in mind that screws can rip out of particle board rather easily.
After some deliberation, instead of sealing the edges and joints on the L/R sides with just some caulk, I decided to trim them out using 1x2s. I’m glad I did – it added a much cleaner finish!
Now, I’m not going to pretend like I know how to build drawers. This is my first time EVAH building real drawers.
Anywho, these 3 drawers took 2 whole hours to build (I was nervous, okay?), using 1×4’s for the sides, and leftover 1/2″ plywood that I found in the shed (score!) for the bottoms. I made them about 14″ long front-back, and cut to fit the width of each drawer after putting the drawer slides in, to see how much room I had left. Attached the sides of the drawers and plywood using pocket holes/1″ pocket screws/glue.
The drawer faces are made of 1×6’s – cut individually to fit. Added some trim around the edges for a more polished look.
This is where things started getting hilarious. I had originally planned to build the legs from 2×2’s and spray paint them gold for a little extra glam. Wellllll, it just so happens that I found these chunky “legs” in the shed. Score x2! These so-called legs are actually posts from an old footboard (that went along with the headboard used in the Entryway Bench from a Headboard project). They were previously used as table legs in our Laundry Room Makeover, until the termite guy hit a pipe, and we had to remove everything. The tabletop now just sits atop the washer and dryer.
I also happened to find some leftover 2×2’s and 1×6 from a previous project to build the base – a little unconventional, yes, but it did the trick! I cut the legs to 27″H, and though they could stand to be a little shorter, I’m happy with the height – it really helps to give vertical balance to a room with high ceilings. The width and depth of the base I kind of just finagled to what looked good.
I attached the top to the base using various length screws. Once everything was put together, I gave all the cracks/joints/seams a once over with spackle and caulk and sanded it all down.
When it comes to finishing, I have two words: paint sprayer. As you can see, I have a really fancy setup for spraying pieces. I did about 6 coats on the body of the table, and about 4 coats on the drawers and faces. My favorite Valspar white – Ultra White, of course.
I know, I know. BUT, I like white, it matches with a lot of stuff in the house, and it’s easier to sell later on.
As far as drawer slides go – I would definitely recommend ball-bearing slides. I got the full extension ones, which seemed much sturdier than some of the other options in-store. This post from Build Basic helped so much with installing these things.
I used a scrap 1x as a shim to make sure that all my slides were installed at the same height.
Here are all the drawers installed, in their full glory!
I attached the faces with glue and my nail gun. Filled the holes with spackle, and gave it another once-over with paint to blend it all in. My favorite part was installing these purty knobs that I got from Hobby Lobby for half off!
Although I originally planned to have a piece of glass cut to fit, I ended up getting a piece of 0.25″ acrylic/plexiglass because it was more affordable (though it still cost $60, ugh!) and sturdier. The nice man at Lowes cut/snapped it for me (16″ x 48″). They only do rough cuts though, so I had to go back with a very fine piece of sandpaper and smooth out the edges. Although acrylic isn’t scratch resistant, I have found it to be fairly fingerprint and smudge-resistant in comparison to glass.
Here she is, upstairs in her home.
Look at all the stuff I can fit in here! I don’t have a ton of makeup, but there’s actually more towards the front of each drawer that you can’t see in the photos. S.T.O.R.A.G.E!
And these knobs…ahh.
One of my favorite parts about my new table – I can pull each drawer all the way out, instead of having to reach back into a dark abyss and grab at things.
Is it okay to be obsessed with something you made yourself? I feel so vain. But if I was being real with you guys, I literally jumped up and down for like, 10 minutes, after everything was put together.
I love it. Though it didn’t end up being as difficult as I originally imagined, it was a TON of work! I’m sure any skilled wood-worker could have this thing built fairly quickly – I’m just glad I don’t have to do it again anytime soon!
Although I used a LOT of scrap wood and materials (screws, paint, caulk, etc) I had on hand, here’s the remainder of the cost breakdown:
- Acrylic top: $60
- Drawer slides: $15 x 3 = $45
- Particle board shelf: $8
- Drawer knobs: $13
- 1 – 1×6 : $12
- 1 – 1×2: $3
- 1 – 2×2: $2
- Decorative trim: $6 x 2 = 12
Total Cost: ~$155 –> roughly 1/4th cost of those Instagram vanities!
’til next time!