My bathroom has been undergoing a transformation for a while now, but I’m getting to the end. We didn’t want to spend a lot of money in the space so I’ve done my best to use what I have and update what I could! It all started with the faucet and has snowballed…in a good way!
I have a few things left to show you, but today I wanted to share: How to Transform a Builder Grade Bathroom Vanity for LESS! I had originally REALLY wanted to ripe it out and replace it. The thing was…everything I liked was white with a marble top. VERY similar to what I already had.
So I made the decision to keep what we have (at least for a while longer) and just make a few simple updates.
I didn’t do a good job of getting a BEFORE picture but you can kind-of tell what it looked like in the picture above.
I added some hardware, which immediately made a huge difference.
But I wanted it to look more like a piece of free-standing furniture, so I got two chair legs from the hardware store. These were around $6 a piece and I found them with the molding.
I measured how tall they needed to be, then used my chop saw to cut them to the right height. They normally come with a screw sticking out the top so make sure you remove it before cutting!! I didn’t realize how long it was and there were some sparks!!
To attach the legs, use a shim to get it flush with the bottom of the cabinet then screw or nail it from the inside of the cabinet. You will be putting the screws through the top of the leg. Then remove the shim and the leg should be secure. You might need about 3 screws but use your judgement.
The side of our cabinet had some water damage. There was a water leak right before we bought the house and everything was replaced except the vanity. To fix the side panel, I just purchased a thin piece of wood from the hardware store and cut it to fit. If you know your dimensions they can cut it for you at the store. I used my Ryobi cordless nail gun to attach it!
Caulk and paint finished it off and hid all the imperfections!
I got the hardware from Antropologie so it was the most expensive part of this project. Otherwise I would have only spent around $20. (I already had the caulk and paint.)
The simple changes definitely made a huge impact on the aesthetic of the space!
I still haven’t replaced the second faucet (the first one was such a pain..I had to use power tools to get it out!) but that is the LAST thing on my list.
Next week I’ll show you all the final touches and finished space!
What are you currently working on?!?