We left you hanging on Wednesday in the middle of our bathroom vanity makeover and ever since we’ve been up to our elbows in sawdust, stain, and general messiness. As you’ve seen, we were inspired by the Faux Barn Wood Vanity from Rustic Furniture that you’ve seen in our peacock mood board. This is the one-
Of course the price tag of this vanity ranges between $675 and $1350, so ordering this online was a bit out of the question. Dustin’s solution was to change what we already had by doing an overlay of wood right on top of the old oak cabinets. You can read all about his thought process here.
Of course, by the time we had thought of the overlay, it had been painted and repainted until it looked like this.
On our last post, Dustin had covered most of it with cedar fencing from The Home Depot. He just had to figure out the doors and I had to work on the finishing touches.
Dustin used the old doors as templates for the new ones.
He cut 3” strips of cedar for the trim for the edges and then filled them in using planks of wood.
He held it altogether using strips of cedar on the back (where it wouldn’t show or stop the door from closing) and fastened them together using screws before adding some hinges.
While he finished his part, I sampled various Minwax wood stains: English Chestnut, Special Walnut, and Ebony. Oh, and look – Cuties are on sale and I have a coupon. Mental note to pick some up.
While the Special Walnut and the English Chestnut look fairly similar, we ended up going with the Walnut since it had less of an orange tint to it. Before staining, I busted out my brand new Christmas tool: A Designed By Her hand sander made by Walnut Creek.
While both Dustin and I made fun of the fact that someone has created tools for women (as if women can’t use normal tools), I was excited to use it since it boasted of both a “soft grip”, and lovely pink color. I deem it the Easy-Bake Oven of tools, as it’s fun to use, has an element of danger, and due to lack of power I can’t do too much damage. Sadly, these tools still produce sawdust – now that would be a product worth purchasing.
My method for staining was a simple foam brush application followed by a good rag rub. Once Dustin got the doors back on it looked like this-
If sitting and staring at it for hours didn’t involve me on the floor of the bathroom, I’d be here all day. After all our pitiful attempts at making this over, I’m finally in love with the bathroom vanity!
Coming up soon will be a new home-made shower curtain, re-purposed light fixture, and peacock decor – oh my!
Update: Want to see how it all turned out? We’ve posted the final reveal and cost break down for the kid’s peacock bathroom here.
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