Building A Vessel Sink Vanity

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If there is one lesson I have learned about buying an old house, here it is:

NOTHING is ever going to be square or even.

So what does this mean?  Well, standard sized furniture is not going to fit.  My number one solution to this problem is build it yourself!  That’s right, YOU! With so many tutorials available on the internet, it only takes a quick google search to find something you like.  Keep in mind you may need to change the specs to fit your specific project, but that is a simple task as well.

For this specific project I found some styles on Pinterest that I liked and developed plans to meet my specs.  Most of the plans you will find on the internet involve using a kreg jig.  Now, I don’t own a kreg jig, so I made the decision to use screws on the exposed ends instead.  With a bit of wood filler, you can’t even tell the difference.

Before Starting:

Determine your overall dimensions.  Once you know the size of the top, subtract 2 inches from length and width to get your base size.  For example: I needed my overall/top size to be 14×30.  So my base would be 12×28.  This will result in a 1 inch overhang on all four sides.

Determine your cut lengths. To make this really fun, we will use the equation “a – b = c”.  After all, who doesn’t love math? 

a: total base width

b: leg width x 2

c: cut length

*You can double check your math by using c + b = a*

Simply repeat the math with “a” as the total base length to get your length cut.

Here is what my equation looked like:

a: 12

b: 2.5 x 2 = 5

So……. a – b = c or 12 – 5 = 7

The cut for both side apron pieces is 7 inches.

a: 28

b: 2.5 x 2 = 5

So……. a – b = c or 28 – 5 = 23

The cut for the front and back apron pieces is 23 inches.

Tools Needed:

  1. Miter Saw- Knowing we have a lot of projects coming up, we went out and purchased the Dewalt 12-Inch Double-Bevel Compound Miter Saw.  This saw is user friendly, and great for those who may be a little timid around a loud tool.
  2. Drill and fasteners- The screws we chose to use came with a star bit specifically for them.  
  3. Hole Saw
    • I grabbed the 5-Piece Hole Saw Assortment Kit as I wasn’t sure what size I would need.  You can buy these individually if you know the specific size you will need.
    • WARNING: “Binding” is a very real, and potentially painful thing.  One fat lip, and a bruised cheek later, I can assure you I speak from experience!  When using a hole saw, be cautious and use your leg to hold it still using counter pressure.


Supply List:

-4 Legs:

  • Much to my husbands disliking, I spent 30 minutes scouring the builders section of Home Depot, for something that wasn’t too thick, too thin, or too short.  Just pick your favorite!

-2×6 boards:

  • Amount varies based on dimensions.
    • For mine I used 7″+7″+23″+23″=60″ , and then I needed 3 boards for the top that could run 30″ each.  So 60″ + 90″= 150″.
    • As with any project, get yourself about 20% extra for any mistakes.  I made sure I had about 200″ worth of 2×6’s.  This ended up being plenty!
  • Tip: Don’t fret about not being able to fit it in your tiny Corolla, just ask a pro to cut it in half.

-Fasteners (see tools above)

-Wood filler

-Paint (I used All Surface Enamel in Peppercorn by Sherwin Williams)


-Vessel Sink


Part One: Building the Vanity

  1. Cut the two apron pieces for the front and back
  2. Cut the two apron pieces for the sides
  3. Laying the front apron piece face down on a flat surface, place two legs on either side of it, making sure that the tops of all three pieces line up.
  4. Drill 2 pilot holes through each leg into the apron piece (Tip: I staggered mine towards the top and bottom, so that when I drilled in the short apron pieces I put those two screws towards the center, ensuring that they won’t hit each other)
  5. Insert screws into the pilot holes.  Be sure to counter drill them below the surface level.
  6. Repeat the same step for the back apron piece.
  7. With a helping set of hands, hold the front and back legs upside down on a flat surface.
  8. Position the side apron piece between them, and drill two pilot holes through the outside of the leg into the apron piece.
  9. Insert screws into pilot holes.  Again, be sure to counter drill them below the surface level.
  10. Repeat the same step on the opposite side apron piece.
  11. Position three boards evenly on top of the base.  (Since we needed 14″ depth, I decided to use 5″, 5″, and 4″)  If you prefer to have them be even you could cut them down using a table saw.
  12. Drill two screws into each board at the point where they overlap with the base on the left and right side. I used a 1″ overhang on all four sides to ensure that it would fit around the trim.


Part Two: Fitting the Sink and Faucet

  1. Measuring from each side, mark where the center hole should be located for the drain.
  2. Cautiously using a hole saw, drill a hole for the drain (This will vary based on your vessel sink, simply match the size to the drain hole)
  3. Mark where you want your faucet to be, we positioned ours towards the back right corner, just inside the back right leg.
  4. Using a hole saw that is equal to the size the faucet needs to fit through, drill a hole for the faucet.

Note: Paint vanity prior to actually installing these pieces.


Part Three: Painting the Vanity

Before painting, fill all the screw holes with wood filler and sand.

After choosing your paint color, I suggest selecting a finish that is high-gloss as it is easier to clean than other finishes.

I used All Surface Enamel in high-gloss by Sherwin Williams.


Part Four: Install the Vanity and Plumbing

Once the paint has dried you are ready to place your vanity in its new home and install the faucet and sink according to the included directions.  This is very easy if you are re-connecting exactly as it was prior.

Note: You may also want to consider securing the vanity to the wall, especially if you have little ones who might climb!

Here are some in progress shots:

Take a look at our final product:


The high-gloss paint really makes the vanity stand out (and it is easy to clean!).


Keep an eye out for the upcoming “Guest Bathroom Reveal” for a look at the bigger bathroom project, and as always, if you want to stay up-to-date please follow Damsel With A Drill.

  1. amindfultravellerblog

    August 1, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Looks great Laura. 🙂

    1. Laura Cameron

      August 1, 2017 at 9:39 am

      Thank you! It was a fun little project 🙂 (Except for the bloody fat lip part, of course)

  2. Joan Cameron

    August 1, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Excellent job Laura! In fact I may use this idea for our 1/2 bath, thanks!

    1. Laura Cameron

      August 1, 2017 at 10:15 pm

      Thanks Aunt Joan 🙂 It was a fun and relatively easy project!

    2. da-AL

      August 8, 2017 at 6:11 pm

      Joan – another damsel with a drill? am in awe of you & Laura – while am afraid of taking on such big (to me) jobs, I love seeing work of others 🙂

      1. Laura Cameron

        August 8, 2017 at 7:08 pm

        You can do it 🙂

  3. KathrinS

    August 2, 2017 at 5:03 am

    I love the vanity!! It looks great.

    Kathrin —

    1. Laura Cameron

      August 2, 2017 at 9:36 am

      Thanks Kathrin!

  4. Dwijesh Sharma

    August 6, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    You make this tedious job look so simple! Amazing stuff. Waiting to read more of your ideas

    1. Laura Cameron

      August 6, 2017 at 10:15 pm

      Thank you! Sometimes projects like this can seem overwhelming, but they always seem to come together in the end. I actually like some of the imperfection that comes along with building something myself 🙂

  5. damnimfifty

    August 8, 2017 at 12:48 am

    I like your sense of taste. I can relate to the diy thing. I am working on a one hundred year-old hotel we bought and live in and have spent more than a year just working on getting the building drained and level. Three more floors to go when I finally get done down there.

    1. Laura Cameron

      August 8, 2017 at 7:20 am

      Wow that sounds like an amazing project!!! I can only imagine it will be glorious once it is finished :).

  6. littleswancreations

    August 14, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    This is so cool. Gotta save this idea for when we finally start building. LOVE!!!

    1. Laura Cameron

      August 14, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      Thank you! It really helped us out a lot since we were dealing with an awkward size spot 🙂

  7. Bailie White

    August 14, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Hi, Laura! I found you on today’s community pool post. I clicked around on a lot of blogs today (my first time utilizing the tool) and yours really stuck out to me! Looks like a fun project you’ve got going on, here! I’ll totally be giving your page a follow today!

    1. Laura Cameron

      August 14, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      Thank you so much Bailie, that was very kind of you! I am so glad to hear that you like it 🙂 I will certainly check yours out as well, I have found that the community pool is a great place to meet fellow bloggers and get feedback!

  8. Do it your way

    August 15, 2017 at 6:39 am

    Hello Laura, pizza lover, how are you today?
    Nice blog 🙂

    1. Laura Cameron

      August 15, 2017 at 7:35 am

      Hi there! Doing well 🙂 thanks for checking out my blog!

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