Each corner of Racheal’s Washington home features something she and her husband have crafted themselves, from one-of-a-kind murals to walls dressed in unconventional materials (Legos!). But there was one DIY that really caught my eye while I worked on her home tour earlier this year: her bathroom vanity. The piece looks so well crafted I initially thought it came from a store or local furniture maker, but Racheal proved, yet again, to be the mastermind behind the memorable look.
Today, she’s breaking down the steps and tools you need to give your own existing vanity a refresh using birch plywood. While I haven’t tried this project yet, it sounds rather simple once you familiarize yourself with the necessary tools. Scroll down to see how she did it, and get ready to roll up your sleeves. Good luck! —Garrett
Photography by Racheal Jackson
- Birch veneer plywood
- Circular saw
- Staple gun
- Cabinet hinge drill bit
- Cabinet hinges
- Measuring tape
- Masking tape
- Boiled linseed oil
Remove all the old cabinet doors, hinges and drawer faces.Step 2
Sand down the base of your vanity, removing all varnish or stain.Step 3
Measure the vanity base and determine the sizes of your new drawers and doors.Step 4
On your new birch plywood, mark out the lines for your cabinet faces using masking tape. (This isn’t strictly necessary, but I found that skipping this step means that your plywood faces can chip while sawing. This ensures a smoother edge.)Step 5
Using a straightedge, draw lines demarcating your new cabinets (over the tape).Step 6
Use your circular saw to cut along these lines. You now have your cabinet and drawer fronts!
Sand the fronts of the boards.Step 8
Take your cabinet doors and turn them to the backside to install the hinges. Using the guide that comes in your cabinet hinge drill bit kit, mark the center point for your hinge and the accompanying screws. Carve out the holes for the cabinet hinges using the drill bit, and drill pilot holes for the screws.
Attach hinges to the doors.
Attach the doors to the cabinet frame.
Staple your drawer faces from behind onto the existing drawers. Here you have the option of putting wood glue in, too.Step 12
Using boiled linseed oil and a work rag, oil the new wood fronts.Step 13
Add the hardware of your choice, admire your work and give yourself a massive pat on the back!