DIY Modern Floating Vanity
Table saw (circular saw will work just fine)
Kreg Jig screws
Kreg Jig hole drill kit
4 x 8 3/4” plywood (preferably a maple or cabinet grade)
Double sided tape (optional)
Starting off you will need to prep your workstation. For me, this usually means finishing the laundry and cleaning up the mess my work table becomes in between projects. HAHA, mom life. I love to do all of my cutting outside if the weather allows keeping the dust out of the house.
Building the shell of the vanity I start by ripping down the 4’ x 8’ board into the widths I need then cut them down further into the correct sizes. Leaving me with my top and back supports, both sides of the vanity shell, the amazing drawer front and the drawer we will need later!
Organize yourself! I love to label everything with just a little masking tape so I know what piece goes were and to what part. Also helps wonders when your kids keep pulling you away and you have to start stop a ton just to get one thing done!
Organize all of the cut boards into two sections, vanity cabinet in one and drawer and front panel in another.
Join everything together with Kreg screws and clamps (clamps are your best friend). I like to start from the top down. Put one of the sides face down and take the top support. Screw this into the top front corner of the side panel and continue doing this all the way around. Readjust the position and keep going with the second side panel. Getting closer to having an amazing floating vanity!
Attaching the bottom panel! Drill some pocket holes into the panel. Put the board in place and using claps attach and crew the boards together! Always exciting to see the cabinet come together!
Edge banding is the name of the game. You are welcome to use a board that is solid wood if you prefer, but I love to keep costs down and use some edge banding on my boards to give it a nice finished look. Simple enough to apply and makes the build feel that much more finished. Apply to both the cabinet front and the drawer front.
Time to build the drawer! This is a fairly simple drawer build. soft close drawer pulls fit nicely into the cabinet by taking off 1/2" on either side.
To simplify this drawer we are using the pocket holes on the front and back rails as well as the bottom board.
Take all of the cut pieces you have set aside for the drawer and start drilling your pockets! Simple enough to do! When you start to assemble all of your sides the most important part is that it is all 90-degree angles! The bottom board should side right in and attach with pocket holes on the bottom of the drawer. And you have it! Ready to assemble drawer for this beautiful vanity.
Now that you have everything assembled it's time to put the finish on it! Yes, you want to do this before you put it all together. For me I want this to be a light natural wood so I applied a whitewash stain to energy piece. To finish it off I used my paint sprayer to lay on the water-based Polly I got from the store to give it a protective finish especially since this is more than likely going to see what at some point (also I have kids and they somehow get so messy). I do three coats on to everything and get ready to assemble!
Put everything together! I love to start with the slides. attaching those about 1/2" up on either side is a great way to make sure you won't have too much trouble assembling. Once you have them in place attach your side rails to the drawer that are all nice and finished! You can do this by following the instructions from the manufacturer you purchased. I like to have my drawers sit about 1/4" off the base of the cabinet, with some simple math you know that you need to move the drawer slides up by 1/4" from the bottom of the drawer. When this is complete push it in and you have a drawer!
Putting the face onto the drawer! I find that putting some double-sided tape onto the drawer is best to hold the front in place while I screw the front in place from the inside of the drawer.
AND THERE YOU GO A WORKING VANITY CABINET!