It’s Week 5 of the One Room Challenge, and I’ve been busy with the Bathroom Vanity Details. This project is going to keep me occupied for a couple weeks, between dry times and material sourcing, so stay tuned in for updates on Instagram or Facebook. For now, I’m documenting the inspo, ideas and materials I’ve been using–or are planning to use. I’ll publish another piece next week to show the steps & processes I’m going through.
The *Plain* Bathroom Vanity
This was the “builder grade” bathroom vanity we installed in here about 9 years ago. With it being our powder room + 3 kids + heavy traffic from friends, it’s actually held up pretty well. Scott was determined we were going to replace it, but I thought it just needed a glow up! After all, we can *always* replace it down the road. I’m all about saving money & giving pieces a second chance!
The Paint Color
Without a window, this space is extra dark. So, part of the plan was to lighten up the color of the vanity with paint. I’ve been eyeing up furniture makeover projects using a clay-like or greige color, so I planned to choose something along those lines. I used the wallpaper pattern to pull color tones for paint options.
I settled on this Wild Truffle color from Behr.
It’s dark enough to contrast and complement, but light enough to brighten the space.
I measured my drawer front and doors to figure out how much I would need. I ended up ordering this bamboo rug set. I had priced out some building materials to see if I could do the look for less, but for $30, this would get me exactly what I was going for.
One thing I knew I wanted to do for the bathroom vanity details was to add trim to the sides and bottom. They tried to add detailing to this bathroom vanity with just a front kick plate, but I’ve never loved it. It was shaped with a cut-out in the front, and we’ve had many little *bits* get lost in there, so I just wanted it to be closed off and wrapped around all three sides. Because of the height of the existing trim, we needed something at least 5.5 inches. I decided on a plain pine board that I found in our garage.
Framing the sides above the trim was essential to upgrade the look. But, I had an issue. The sink/countertop only hangs over the cabinet .25 inch. One quarter inch is a tough area to frame! I spent an entire morning at two different hardware stores, browsing and considering what to use. I finally settled on these lattice pine boards from Menards. I would just have to sand them down before painting.
I had ordered this Brushed Gold Sink Faucet from Amazon–hoping it would have a finish that went well with the Champagne Gold lighting. I was right!
I’m undecided about the cabinet door and drawer pulls. At this point, I’m going to try the brushed gold look to see if I like it–once the bathroom vanity is done. I decided not to order them, due to the variation in color, and I’m glad I didn’t waste my time. I went to Lowe’s and found a collection. Even within the same bin, same UPC, the color variation was shocking. They’re calling it “Brushed Brass,” but wow. They’re was everything from champagne gold to antique brass looks all within that same bin. I rooted through to find three matching pulls. The other option I’m considering is a matte black pull–the same style. Stay tuned to see which ones I choose!
The last of the bathroom vanity details might actually be the most important upgrade! I’m talking about Soft-close hinges. Always say yes to soft-close hinges. When we bought this years ago, I had no idea how much the banging sound of the cabinet would drive me crazy.
The top hinge is the new soft close. The bottom hinge is the old. I’ll be swapping the old for new!
Bathroom Vanity Details: Stay Tuned!
I actually got the chance to prime the cabinet–I’ll be sharing that and all the other details in the next few days.
If you want to stay tuned, head to stories on Instagram–I’m saving everything in the ORC Highlights. Next week will be an exciting mini-reveal, as I’m hoping to have this thing done and in place! (Cross your fingers for me!)
See the Progress: