Rustic Bathroom Vanities

Submitted by Ana White on Sat, 05/18/2019 - 19:04
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Add a rustic wood update to your bathroom by building your own bathroom vanities.  Made from all common wood boards, these vanities features three drawers built around plumbing, and a farmhouse sink.  

We've been using these vanities for a couple years now, and love how they function and look.  The free plans include step by step diagrams.

You can check out our entire rustic modern bathroom tour here, and find more vanity plans here. 

rustic modern bathroom vanities with three drawers and white farmhouse sinks
farmhouse sink on rustic wood vanity
two bathroom vanities rustic dark wood stained with three drawers each
bathroom vanity with drawer open showing custom drawer fit around the plumbing

Do you need rustic bathroom vanities for your home?  You can DIY your own bathroom vanities and save a ton of money!  We built these from just common whitewood boards!

It was difficult to find that perfect bathroom vanities for our master bath - especially since I needed a custom depth and wanted a top mount farmhouse sink.  And, of course, I wanted solid wood vanities.  After much shopping around, and even buying a vanity, installing it, and taking it out, I knew I had to build my own.

I spent about $150 a vanity (including the sink) to build. These ones are a little more complicated, because there are so many pieces (that is what makes them beautiful) but well worth the effort!

I customized the top two drawers so they fit around the plumbing.  This gave me so much more storage, and I love the compartments - the longer one is perfect for a curling iron, the smaller ones great for hair ties or even cosmetics.

The hardware was a big deal on this piece!  The pulls are Liberty Hardware Soft Industrial Cup Pulls.  I seriously went from thinking maybe this project is a mistake to maybe this project is my favorite ever after adding the pulls.

The faucet was also a big deal.  It is the American Standard Serin.  This thing is beautiful.  American Standard is a great product for DIYers because you don't have to be a master plumber to hook it up - our faucets came with all the supplies and pieces and even a wrench for tightening.  I find it more cost effective to buy a high quality faucet like this, than a cheapo one, and pay a plumber to hook it up and make a zillion trips back to the hardware store for parts and pieces.

The stain is Varathane Dark Walnut -

It's a true dark brown, very neutrel in tone.  I'm loving it right now!

The plans follow, but I do want to warn you, this is NOT a beginner project, so please don't tackle as a first project.  But it's not difficult, just alot of pieces and a need for precision when cutting and assembling.

Enjoy and please share if you build!

XO Ana


PS - Check out our completed Master Bath Tour + Sources here!

diagram image showing dimensions of bathroom vanity with three drawers and planked wood design
Dimensions shown above


Shopping List

5 - 1x6 @ 8 feet long

3 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long

2 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long

2 - 1x4 @ 8 feet long

48" x 48" 1/4" plywood panel (for drawer bottoms)

3 - 16" Euro Style Drawer Slides - I used these Drawer Slides from Liberty Hardware

3 - Back sockets that match the drawer slides

3 Bin Pulls - I used these from Liberty Hardware

Common Materials
1 1/4 inch finish nails
Cut List

Cut list is per ONE bath vanity


6 - 1x6 @ 31-3/4" - side panels - cut three from 8' long boards

4 - 1x2 @ 18" - side trim

2 - 1x3 @ 32" - back supports

2 - 1x4 @ 31-3/4" - front legs

2 - 1x3 @ 26-1/2" - front face frame, top and bottom

2 - 1x2 @ 26-1/2" - front face frame, middle

2 - 1x6 @ 31-3/4" - back 

2 - 1x2 @ 31-3/4" - drawer slide supports

2 - 1x2 @ 35" - front trim - cut to fit



4 - 1x6 @ 16" - larger drawer sides

4 - 1x6 @ 23-3/4" - larger drawer front/back

2 - 1x4 @ 16" - top drawer sides

2 - 1x4 @ 23-3/4" - top drawer front/back

3 - 1/4" plywood @ 25-1/4" x 16" - drawer bottoms



Build to suit your sink


Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander


Step 1

Build the two side panels by laying three 1x6s down on a flat level surface, ensuring tops and bottoms are even.  TIP: I glue each 1x6 together, edge to edge and let dry to hold in place.  Attach the 1x2 trim on top of panels, overhanging ends by 3/4".  There is a 2-1/2" space under the bottom trim (see diagram in step 3).

Step 2

Drill two pocket holes on each end of the back 1x3 support boards.  Attach with pocket hole screws, pocket holes exposed on back of cabinet.

Step 3

Build the front face frame on a flat level surface with 3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws.  Once complete, nail and glue to front of cabinet.

Take a second to ensure your cabinet is square - you can do this by taking diagonal measurements from opposite outside corners of the top of the cabinet, and adjusting until the diagonals match.

Step 4

Nail and glue back pieces to the sides and top/bottom supports.  The purpose of these guys is to give you something to attach the drawer slides too, while still providing a finished edge (no plywood edges exposed on the back.

Step 5

Step 6

Finish the front trim - measure and cut to fit and nail and glue in place.

Step 7

For full size drawers that don't need to be cut around plumbing, construct as shown here with pocket holes.  Nail and glue bottom plywood on.

Step 8

If you have to build drawers around plumbing, keep the same basic cuts, just install the back where it passes the plumbing and box out corners as needed.

Step 9

The drawer slides are installed attached to the 1x2 cleat at front, and with a end socket on the back.  

Here is a really good video from Liberty Hardware on installing -

And I also did a video explaining how I do this too -

Step 10

For the top, I used 1x boards and pocket holed them together, leaving an opening for my sink.  For my sink, I used 1x4s on front and back, and 1x12 pieces on the sides.


Bryan in SoCal

Sat, 05/25/2019 - 14:23

These are great plans and I am starting construction this weekend.  Question, where are the dimensions for the drawer faces or did I miss that?