Published on March 16th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


18" Ensuite Bathroom Vanity

Materials: Bekvam

Put off by outrageous prices for bathroom vanities and an awkward space to fill in my ensuite bathroom, I turned to Ikea Hackers for inspiration.

Not to be disappointed, Karen from SFO gave me the great idea to use the Bekvam butcher block as a base for my shaker style vanity with above counter sink.

The materials list and cost is as follows:

- The Bekvam cart: $59.99
- Cabinet door from as-is section at Ikea: $5
- 1 piece of 20″ x 48″ x 3/4″ pine lumber from Home Depot: $11
- 2 hinges: $4
- I used left over paint and stain I had stored in my workshop for the finish.

So total cost for the vanity was 80 bucks. The sink and faucet ran me about $325 at a local bathroom supply liquidator. The manufacturer of the sink and faucet is called “Rubi”.

In a nutshell I used the basic frame of the Beckvam for the counter top and legs. I disassembled the shelves that come with the bekvam and used the wood to create the detail on the sides where the lumber meets up with the bekvam structure. I did the same in the front face where the door meets bekvam. The result is a smoother transition from the existing structure to the add on components (lumber and door).

For the finish I used a very durable oil based melamine paint (2 coats). I stained the counter top and sealed it with 2 coats of varathane and buffed it with paste wax for added protection from the water.

~ Jeremy, Montreal, Canada

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10 Responses to 18" Ensuite Bathroom Vanity

  1. home extensions perth says:

    Nice ensuite bathroom vanity. Great deal and great job as well. Looking forward to seeing updates on your post.

  2. Jeremy says:

    Thanks to all for the positive feedback.

    @ Tony Chang > I was looking at vanities in the $700+ range that included a sink but not the faucet. So for around 400 bucks (faucet included) I came out way ahead.


  3. Tony Chang says:

    Kudos, it looks beautiful! But why spend $325 on sink & faucet and only $80 on the vanity cabinet? Just curious.

    At least the construction appears to be solid wood instead of particle, which would be a very wrong kind of material to put into a bathroom.

  4. eva says:

    what a great job! timely i was looking for a small cabinet like that, that i can put on my comfort room. very unique

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Yeah, this is fantastic – well done! It’s beautiful, functional, and makes great use of inexpensive Ikea pieces.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely FABULOUS!!!

  8. Pacific NW Blogfan says:

    Looks great. Nicely done.

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