Once we finished up all the cabinets for our kitchen, I was left with an extra sheet of PureBond plywood. And even though I was always planning on panting my cabinets, I had a touch of sadness that I was losing that beautiful grain. Because PureBond takes stain more beautifully than any other plywood, and better than pine boards. It’s so even and lovely and silky smooth. So I decided to use up the scraps by building a single sink double vanity for Charlie’s bathroom and stain it!
I started by searching Ana’s website for a vanity plan, and found a really great jumping off point with this plan. The problem was that it was for a single sink in cabinet size. But I was looking for something about five feet long that would incorporate a drawer and countertop area so my little miss will have lots of space for makeup and hair products and all those other girly things.
Oooh lala! Who wouldn’t love a drawer that big?
For scale, that’s your typical dishware organizer over there on the left. I wonder how many eyeshadows could be stuffed in there, 750? And that’s just the drawer. There’s also ample space inside the cabinet for soaps and shampoos and lots of toilet paper.
Oh, did you notice the kickplate? I used Ana’s clever idea to make the kickplate into a pull out step stool!
If you didn’t know it pulled out, you wouldn’t even be able to tell! Instead of another drawer pull, I just used the same cutout from Ana’s plan (that you also see on her Vintage Step Stool hiding under the drawer) to use as the grip.
I found the knobs at Hobby Lobby on one of their half off days.
Are you ready to learn how to build one of these for yourself for about $100?
• 1 sheet of 3/4″ PureBond cabinet grade plywood, cut into 22.5″ strips. Save the scrap for your supports.
• 1 – 1x6x8
• 4 – 1x3x8
• 1/2 sheet of 1/4″ PureBond plywood
• 2 – spindle legs
• 4 knobs
• 1 set drawer 18″ slides
From your first 22.5″ wide, 96″ long strip:
• 1 – 3/4″ ply @ 22.5 x 66″ (or desired length)
• 1 – 3/4″ ply @ 22.5 x 22.5″
From the second 22.5″ wide, 96″ long strip:
• 1 – 3/4″ ply @ 22.5 x 22.5″
• 2 – 3/4″ ply @ 22.5 x 32″
From the slim scrap plywood pieces:
• 2 – 3/4″ ply @ ~1.5″ x 22.5″
• 1 – 1×6 @ 38 3/8″ (drawer face)
• 2 – 1×6 @ 24″ (faux drawer face & stool kickplate)
• 2 – 1×3 @ 38.5″ ( drawer side long supports)
• 1 – 1×3 @19 1/4 (drawer side short support)
• 2 – 1×3 @ 34.5″ (drawer box front/back)
• 2 – 1×3 @ 20.5″ (drawer box sides)
• 4 – 1×3 @ 11 7/8 (door frame top/bottom)
• 4 – 1×3 @ 15 5/8 (door frame sides)
• 1 – 1/4″ ply @ 20.5″ x 36″ (drawer bottom)
• 2 – 1/4″ ply @ 9 1/4″ x 16 3/8″ (door backs)
• 2 – spindle legs cut at 32″ tall
Step 1 -
I built the cabinet box based on Ana’s Vanity plan. I started by kregging holes in my two 22.5″ drawer pieces and the supports. I also drilled pocket holes along the top of the two side pieces to attach the vanity top to the cabinet. I attached the two supports at the front and back of the top, the bottom drawer at 5.5″ up from the bottom (or the height of your 1×6 drawer face) and the center drawer 15.5″ up from the top with 1 1/4″ kreg screws.
Step 2 -
Now it’s time for the drawer side. I drilled kreg holes into the 1×3 supports and attached them flush to the outside edges of the spindle legs. I added kreg holes pointing up so they can help keep the top piece flush with the supports and prevent it from warping with the humidity over time.
Step 3 -
Attach the drawer support section to your cabinet at the top with 1 1/4″ kreg screws.
Step 4 -
Attach your vanity top with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws, leaving a 1″ overhang along each side.
Step 5 -
Drawers and doors! For starters, I used glue and nails to attach the false drawer front at the top, flush with the sides and top of the cabinet, just under the countertop. Then I used scrap 1×3 to create a frame for the step stool using Ana’s instructions. I didn’t take process photos because she already did it so well! And if you want to skip the drawer, you can just use glue and nails like the false front, with or without the decorative cutout.
For the doors, I built the face frames with 1×3′s at the dimensions above, with the door measurements at 11 1/4″ W x 20 5/8″ H. I used glue and staples to attach the 1/4″ plywood backing on the doors and hung them with standard hinges, leaving a 1/8″ gap in the center.
I used 18″ bottom mount slides for my drawer. I built the box to the dimensions above and added the slides before I stapled on the plywood bottom. I mounted the slide base directly to the cabinet, and used scrap 1×3 for a cleat to attach the left side slide base. Then I adjusted for fit, and added the drawer face with the drawer attached so it would be straight and even. Then I stapled on the drawer bottom.
For the finish, I used one coat of Minwax Golden Oak stain applied with a rag. I followed it up with three coats of Rustoleum Spar Varnish on the base and five coats on the top. This is an outdoor grade varnish that so far has held up really well to the moisture and water splashing from the sink. I also decided to mount the toilet paper roll holder to the side. This is the perfect vanity for the space, and I’m so excited for Charlie to grow into it! Plus it’s a fraction of the cost of those cheapo particle board ones from the store, and is made from solid hardwood plywood! I love that. I highly encourage you to give PureBond plywood a try if you haven’t already. I’ve used other cabinet grade plywoods and it doesn’t even compare to this stuff. It’s really amazing!