Dark and Handsome

Hey, hey, hey!  Guess what?  Aside from a few small tasks (replacing the broken light switch plate and perhaps getting a runner), our master bathroom remodel is done.  Finishing the vanity was our last job, and it’s ready to rock.


Ben built everything, and in a similar way to our old kitchen cabinets.  (If you have questions, feel free to ask!)  After talking to a custom cabinetry shop, he did make a few tweaks.  The custom shop uses white melamine for the cabinet box and Blum Tandem Plus drawer glides, so that’s what we used.  Because these glides are designed to be ‘hidden’, the drawer bases have a 1/2 inch lip around the sides and front.  No visible glides on the sides:


Ben used his table saw to cut a channel for the MDF to fit into.


We wanted a wooden vanity to add some much-needed warmth to the room.  American Walnut is a favorite of mine, with its deep, rich color.  After joining the boxes together, we, um, Ben faced the fronts with walnut.  I came by after and filled the small cracks and nail holes.


One of the reasons we chose a vessel sink was to have usable, full-sized top drawers.  To make this possible, Ben ran all the sink plumbing down the 5 inch center of the vanity.


An access hole inside the cabinet is usable with the drawers pulled out, if we ever need to work on the sink.


For a simple, modern look, we kept flat panel drawer fronts.  (Sorry for the terrible lighting, I took these at night).


For the finish coat, I decided to experiment with Teak Oil.  I love the ability to recoat without having to completely sand down the wood.  And the oil looks amazing, bringing out all the beautiful grain and color.  See the right stack, without oil?  Ashy and blah.


After a full day of dry time, the vanity was almost ready.


Modern cylinder handles finish it off.  To mark the holes, I put pieces of tape near the center then measured and marked on the tape.  Ben drilled and pulled off the tape.  Worked like a charm.


Hey handsome, do you come here often?  Oh, you do?  Wanna come home with me?


Of course it took me two seconds to start organizing the drawers.  Here’s Ben’s side:


And my top drawer:


When the sun cooperates, I’ll snap a ton of pictures to show full before and afters.  I’m pretty sure, no, completely sure, this is our fastest full remodel.  We demo’d mid November and I’m calling it done today; only 2 1/2 months.

53 thoughts on “Dark and Handsome

  1. Manda, you’re amazing. I love it. Can’t wait for Seamus to see it. And do you hire out??? 😛 I have a pink and sea foam bath waiting for some TLC… lol… you’re working up my master bath envy (in a good way of course). Lots of love, lady. Keep it up!

    1. Aww, thank you for being so, so sweet, Mallory! I wish we could hire out and travel around. 🙂 If you want help with your bathroom, I’m always happy to offer advice and planning.

  2. Wow this is a really nice vanity. Great job. I have a question. You said the drawers were “covered” in Walnut. Does this mean that Ben used Walnut veneer over wood or that he used 3/4″ thick walnut boards? What about the exterior carcass of the vanity? Is that Walnut veneer? If so, Where did you buy the veneer sheets? How expensive are they? I’m building a bachelors chest for our bedroom and I was considering using Walnut plywood and veneering the exterior of the drawer boxes. If veneering the entire exterior is a cheaper option, I’d certainly consider it. I live in Michigan and any quality lumber has to be special ordered.

    1. Hi Ayisha!

      Thank you so much for your sweet compliments on the vanity. Ben used 3/4 inch thick American Walnut for every visible piece, including the side panels. If I remember correctly, walnut plywood is about $105 per sheet, so you could use that instead of the solid walnut. Because the solid walnut was $6.50 per square foot, it was actually cheaper for us to use pieces instead of plywood because we needed less than half a sheet. Hope that helps, but I’m always happy to answer questions. 🙂


    1. Hello Alysse!

      Yes, the stainless steel counter does get scratched, but isn’t super noisy. Think of it like a stainless sink. It’s a non-porous surface and easy to clean. Let me know if you have more questions!


  3. Hi, Amanda-

    It’s uncanny how closely your bathroom resembles what I’ve been planning to do with my own (at least as to color scheme and overall feel– my bathroom is TINY!). I found some fabulous 5 inch hexagonal slate tiles and I’m still trying to decide whether to use white wood– either beadboard, planking like yours, or board and batten– or just go with while subway tile. I think I’ll be doing the upper walls in Benjamin Moore’s Flint, which is, I think, a tad bluer than Wrought Iron. I had given up on finding a walnut vanity in the dimensions I need but yours is an inspiration. Would you be willing to share plans/instructions? I’ll have to alter the dimensions but I was totally afraid of trying to build something myself and can’t afford custom.

    Thanks a million!

    1. Hi Lauren!

      Wow, they are super similar!!! I love the hexagon idea. So fun. As for the cabinet, it might be easiest to buy a basic cabinet, then add the walnut yourself. That way you’re skipping the majority of the building, and can just do the pretty part. Feel free to send me an email at ourhumbleabodeblog@gmail.com and we can discuss building and/or facing a stock cabinet. 🙂


  4. I love your bathroom. I was wondering where you found the arrows on the wall. I am hoping to recreate this look!

    1. Hello Greer!

      The arrows were passed down from my father-in-law, but you can easily find some on Etsy and Ebay. Antique shops have them occasionally, too. Good luck in your search.


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