Published on May 19th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


From Butcher Block to Vanity for Two

Materials: Groland Butcher Block Island

Description: When we moved into our condo, the one not so great feature was the tiny master bathroom – 45 sq. ft. total! In order to shoehorn in a 2 sink vanity (and not break the bank in doing it), we decided to make our own.
(1) After assembly of the butcher block island, we cut two sink holes in the top. This was no small feat since the top is a real butcher block about 2 inches thick!

(2) We stained the whole piece w/clear lacquer to protect it from bathroom moisture;
(3) Spray painted side of butcher block and lattice shelf (for a li’l pop);
(4) We hand-tiled the whole butcher block top with li’l iridescent glass tiles (which match the shower accent tile);
(5) Installed two drop-in stainless steel sinks and single lever/hole faucets.
(6) Had a plumber hook up a T-line junction from the one existing water line/sink drain and voila!

We had our own custom 48″ 2 sink spa style vanity!

~ Mel Jenkins, Los Angeles

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10 Responses to From Butcher Block to Vanity for Two

  1. Dianne says:

    Thanks, Mel! How is the lacquer holding up after a few years? What diameter sinks did you use to squeeze in 2 bowls in the Groland? Thanks.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Wow totally amazing !!! Good idea A+++

  3. Anny says:

    That’s great, and looks so familiar…oh wait, it’s because our bathroom sink was hacked the same way (not by us). Apparently my landlord is a secret IKEA-hacker!

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  5. Anonymous says:

    I really love it!!

  6. Jenn says:

    This is really very cool. And a good idea I might do in the future. We have a smallish bathroom in our condo too and I’d love to make the 1 sink too. I also don’t like the enclosed cabinets under our sink, they are off the shelf and ugly. I’d rather have something more like this.

  7. DreamCatcher says:

    nice job! my favorite hack so far, too!

  8. Cara says:

    Wow, that looks really cool!

  9. this might be my favorite hack so far! gorgeous!

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