Guest Bathroom: How To Build a Farmhouse Vanity

Some of you may remember way back months ago when we were doing a bathroom renovation. We jumped on in and tiled the floors (here), put up board and batten (here)… and that’s all you heard about. Until now.


My amazing husband built our vanity for the guest bathroom reno. He built it months ago- I am the slacker in not blogging about it until now.

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He’s amazing. I am so lucky.

There are two absolutely wonderful things you need to know about this vanity:

  1. It was pretty simple to build (so I heard at least)


  1. It costs us a whopping $70 to build (well, the base).

Pretty amazing, right?

So here is how we (meaning by husband) did it.

We measured our space to know what we had to work with. We knew we wanted the butcher block top to hang 1” over on each side. Once you have the dimensions for the top, you work from there.


4 deck posts for the legs

1- 1×3 board for the bottom panels

1- 1×5 board for the top panels

1- 1.5” trim piece for the top

1- 0.75″ trim piece for the bottom

1- Pine butcher block top

1- ¾” plywood sheet for the bottom shelf

Spray on primer

Paint of choice

Circular (or miter) and jig saws

Caulk, wood filler

Nail gun and nails



Tip: To get the lengths of the panels and trim pieces use this: length of butcher block (front/back or side) -2″-6″ (each post was 3″). That leaves you with how long the sides and front/back should be.

Here’s the how-to:

1. Cut the round posts of the top of the deck post (this will become the bottom of the vanity)

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2. Cut off long end to height for legs

IMG_1603 IMG_16053. Using some scrap wood, anchor 2 pieces of 1×3 to what will be the inside of each post so that there is enough room for trim in front of the panels (1x3s and 1x5s). Meaning- set them back enough for the depth of the panel and trim so it doesn’t stick out.

IMG_1609 IMG_16104. Attach panels to “anchors” made in previous step (from left- top sides, top front and back, bottom front and back, bottom sides)


Here are the top panels attached:IMG_16125. Make sure it is all level and square! Attach trim to bottom of top panels and top of bottom panels. We only put trim on our two exposed sides. Then cut plywood sheet for bottom shelf and nail in place


Done with building the base! Yahoo!

6. Caulk and wood fill gaps and nail holes.


7. Spray primer!

IMG_16328. I don’t have photos, but I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint over the primer. I used Aubusson – a beautiful deep blue. I waxed with SC Johnson paste wax.

9. Measure butcher block top 1″ over the sides and cut.

10. Trace sink top and cut as directed using a jig saw.


Ta-dah! It fits! IMG_163511. Stain the top and seal with multiple coats of wipe-on Polyurethane.

12. Caulk sink in place and attach faucet. (We ended up hiring a plumber to do this since he was at our house working on the bathroom sink plumbing anyways)

Whew. Lots of steps. I know it sounds like so much but my husband is quick to confirm it was very basic and so easy to adapt for your own bathroom!


I love the look. It is absolutely lovely. It’s the perfect blend of a rustic, farmhouse piece with the bold pop of color. It’s the statement piece in the bathroom. IMG_2240

Which leaves us here in the bathroom reno…


What do you think? I am just smitten. Our sink was $60, our faucet $43, and the top $35. So the whole thing was $208! Pretty awesome considering it fits perfectly, has a great farmhouse look, and is gorgeous!

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There is obviously some work left to do like patching, painting, hanging the mirror, towel rack, and art.

Hopefully I will be back soon with updates!

Feel free to Pin this to your “Home,” “DIY,” or “Bathroom” boards so you can try it for yourself!

Linked up to Miss Mustard Seed


11 thoughts on “Guest Bathroom: How To Build a Farmhouse Vanity

  1. Beautiful piece! I love that it looks farmhouse but is a little trendy with that color of blue. You made it look so easy with your pictures! Can’t wait to see the rest of your bathroom :)

  2. I love it! I stopped over from Miss Mustard Seed to check out your vanity – and I’m sure glad I did – what a great idea! We’re renovating a bathroom, that actually looks to have a very similar layout as yours, and I’ve been searching for an antique piece of furniture to convert to a vanity, but I haven’t had much luck. This might be a great option, and like you said, it’s completely customizable to fit in our small bathroom. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I love this! I want to make one for my bathroom. What are the dimensions? Can I make it any size? I need to know the hight so I don’t make it too short or too high. Can you help me out with thatplease?

    • Thanks! You can definitely make it any size! For height I measured our existing vanity. I don’t have dimensions because we have moved! You could adjust yours easily though- start with the size of the posts and go from there. And make sure your sink will fit! :)

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