If you think you’ve met the most handyman person in this world, you’ve not met my husband…
Our bathroom vanity makeover all started with a $40 thrift store hutch. My husband transformed the top portion into a tea cabinet for our dining room (as seen below).
I won’t go into details about the Tea Space as you may already read the post. If you haven’t, you can read it HERE. OMG, Axel was a peanut at only five months old at the time!
The bottom portion of the hutch remained in storage for about one year after we completed the Tea Space. During this time, the hubs continued to work on one of our bathrooms. He completely demolished it, added heated marble floors, installed a floor to ceiling marble wall on one side, and applied wallpaper to the other. Granted, he did have some help from family members (we are so grateful) but ultimately did most of the work by himself.
My husband is a rare breed. He’s a perfectionist in every single way and the type of person who knows how to do everything. It’s a little scary.
Currently, the bathroom is 95% finished with a clawfoot tub, newly installed toilet, and a ‘new’ vanity. Below’s where we planned for the bathroom vanity.
Our main bathroom is unfortunately tiny. The space is very narrow so we didn’t have much room to play with. Decorating and planning out a small space is always challenging because you don’t want to crowd the space and make it feel even smaller.
Soo…going back to the $40 hutch. The bottom portion was magically converted into our bathroom vanity! The hubs removed the extra level of drawers and cut out the back to make it less deep. We wanted to maximize our tiny bathroom with pieces that weren’t so bulky.
After basically rebuilding the vanity, he installed the sink, brass faucet, and made a custom marble backsplash to protect the wallpapered wall. Don’t ask me how the man did it. I’m guessing that his background in engineering played some part in all the madness.
Paint color for the vanity is Decorators White by Benjamin Moore.
Finding a sink that was going to fit on top of our narrow bathroom vanity was not easy. The specifications had to be perfect- sleek, minimal-appeal, not too high or deep.
As far as a decorating theme, we had something in mind- that was to bring the outdoors in. Lots of natural light, indoor plants, and finding a wallpaper that reminded us of a garden. The one that we chose was absolutely perfect. It was a white washable (and paintable) vinyl type called Large Damask by Graham and Brown (c/o). The vinyl material made it ideal and the flowery pattern added a vintage elegance feel to the space. You can find it on G&B’s site HERE.
I love using acrylic trays and containers for organizing and displaying items. They have the look of glass but don’t break which is great when you have two toddlers in the house.
Organizing bathroom essentials on an acrylic tray.
Zoey loves playing with mommy’s girly things.
The window shutters are my dream. We salvaged them from an old house that we visited last year. Somehow, it fits our window almost perfectly. The hubs had do some minor adjustments but otherwise, they fit like a glove.
I think we did a great job with the bathroom considering how tiny it is. White, light, airy and everything feels so harmonious. I will share the rest of this space on a later post when it’s 100% complete. You will die over our clawfoot tub!
I hope our ‘little’ bathroom makeover sparked some ideas for your next renovation project.
You might wonder who the heck has the time to do such major renovations to their house. Welp, somehow between his professional duties as a physician, medical director, businessman, and professor at Harvard Medical School, my husband does! I told you he was a rare one…
Thanks hunnie for everything you do for our home and family. We love you to the moon and back.
And, daily tidbits on my Instagram: my love affair with some favorite things, Zoey’s taking her karate lessons very seriously, and marble shopping for our kitchen counter (another major home reno in the works!).
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20 thoughts on “DIY Bathroom Vanity Makeover”
Could you refrain from calling your husband “hubs”. It sounds so middle schoolish.! Thanks.
Actually no. I like referring him as hubs. Thanks for your suggestion though. 🙂
I noticed there is only one faucet?????
We’ll be tackling a second bathroom remodel this year. Your ideas are wonderful! I really like your choice of wallpaper. And wow, the way you split the hutch is genius. I love your elegant style, Kellie.
Thanks so much Julia! Good luck on your reno. Best, Kellie
wow looks amazing, so clean and stylish:) /Mary
You definitely have such a dream home! Boston must definitely be your fate! Living in my college apartment just makes me long to own something this beautiful. But baby steps, then bigger steps…
Your home is beautiful! I can’t stop looking at it!! X
Oh wow! How amazing is life right now ?!
I absolutely love it! You forgot to mention how handsome your hubby is!!!! You guys are doing a wonderful job! Xo
P.S. I LOVE THAT WALLPAPER!!!
Stunning! I love how light and airy it is, and that vanity is such a gorgeous custom job! While Boyfriend still isn’t all that handyman-like, we are really lucky that my dad is! He’s done all the remodels in our house and is currently working on our master suite!
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Looks stunning. What lovely choices that you’ve curated. The sink looks amazing.
Wow!! It’s gorgeous!!! Congrats 🙂
This looks awesome! great job you two! We also have a clawfoot tub that we salvaged from the original house and are excited to incorporate into our new design.
Wowee! Love it!
I’ll let you in on a perfectionist secret, though: perfectionists are not actually amazing at everything. People think we are because we pick and poke at things, even things that are new to us, until we get them juuuust right. And when they turn out wrong we bury the evidence in the garden. At least I’m a perfectionist and that’s what I do. :p
You are lucky hubby knows how to renovate with such class. We have a long ways to go..my doctor husband has no idea about anything domesticated. We are still learning that you don’t put screws in walls to hang pictures, they’re called nails. Aye..
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Hahah. It’s not as bad as one of my friend’s husband who once asked “Does the egg go in first or the oil?” when it comes to cooking! Sigh…
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I love how this turned out!! We live in an old farmhouse (built in 1850). We are looking to update our master bath, while still keeping a few farmhouse touches. This looks perfect!