A Black and Timber Vanity (kind of)

Purchased bathroom vanities aren’t cheap, much less a beautiful timber vanity.

By this stage, we were running out of savings, so whatever we did had to be cost-effective and look good enough to stay.  I’d seen heaps of repurposed bathroom vanities on pinterest, and had kept my eye open on gumtree and ebay for some sort of dresser or sideboard or something that could be turned into what we wanted, that, refinished, would be in keeping with our tiling choices.

Plain and sleek.
Plain and sleek – this is the online image.  I assure you, it is NOT what the finished product looked like!

We stumbled across some gloss black bedside tables on ebay that would be absolutely perfect.  They would tie in with the basin we had purchased months before, and the whole glossy black would be broken up by a luscious timber benchtop.  Perfect.

The day came that we were installing benchtops in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry, so I pulled out the drill and ripped apart the first box to begin assembling these black bedside tables.

Yuck.  As soon as I started pulling the pieces out, I knew they were pretty crap.  At $90 a pop, we weren’t expecting top-notch perfection, but we did think that the supplied screws would actually fit, and that the pieces would sit together cleanly, and the whole thing didn’t feel like it was about to collapse.  Thankfully, we ended up getting a refund, but on that day, we needed a ‘right now’ solution so everything was ready for the tiler to get in there and do his thing.

The only solution on a Saturday afternoon, when all the shops are closed, was for Mr Hammer to make something all his very own.  That was the birth of our flat hanging timber vanity.


The plumbing is hidden behind a timber panel, which has been set back from the face of the vanity.  In this little recess will go the handtowel rail/hanger/ring.  On either side of the recess go the drawers.  One is full depth for bottles and larger items.  The other side will be split in two for all the other bathroom junk that gets chucked in a drawer to keep it out of sight.  We also chose some push-to-open drawer runners, eliminating the need to find and decide on handles; plus, it will provide a more classic, sleek finish.



This vanity cloud definitely had a silver lining.  Now that the frame for the vanity has been installed, I think gloss black drawers would have looked out of place. 

To tie in this timber, we will build a couple of floating shelves above the bathtub for displaying bathroom pretties and, of course, for collecting dust.

So far, this is my favourite room in the house.  We are keen to view the finished product!

This one’s still a work-in-progress, but our beautiful timber vanity should be ready for a reveal soon!

What do you think? Reckon plain timber will look best, or do you think some gloss black in there would look better?

Just hangin’ about, getting painty and DIY-ey. Chilling with the kidlets and my amazing husband, playing with hair as a career. Couldn’t really get much better.

I love to make, do and create, and share what I’ve learned along the way. Also love hearing other people’s experiences, so share away!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge