Spa-Slatted Double Vanity

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We redid our master bathroom - we ripped out a soffit, a closet, the old vanity, and we ripped off the HORRID old wallpaper, put up 5' tall beadboard, designed our own trim, designed and built some heavy-duty floating shelves (see pic below) and decided we wanted an open-concept vanity, too. I fell in love with these rectangle porcelain white sinks and with all the white beadboard, and soon-to-be dark walnut stain hardwood floors in there, I thought the vanity should be dark brown stain too.

I used the farmhouse vanity plans to build the frame of the vanity, but i had to design the shelves on my own - I chose to do spa-style slatted shelves - they whole thing keeps the bathroom very open looking and not heavy and closed off. we LOVE it! :)

Required Skill Level: 
Estimated Time Investment: 
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Finish Used: 
General Finishes water based stain dye in MEDIUM BROWN - 3 coats. then 3 coats of water based polyurethane.
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This looks AMAZING! I wish I would have known what I know now before we built our house 2 years ago. I love our master bath, but we could have saved thousands...and I love this open concept with the raised sinks. You did a great job! It will be perfect when it's all done. :-)

That looks great! As someone who also did a version of the Farmhouse Vanity sealed with three coats of poly, I want to share my experience. We have a good amount of water spot stains and toothpaste "dots". I plan to re-seal it with more coats to fully give it water-protection. If yours is still looking good, it couldn't hurt to add a few more coats!

Thanks for the advice - our plumbing isn't finished yet and the sinks aren'et actually sealed into place yet, so I can definitely still take them off and add another few coats of poly! Thanks for the advice!

What a great job.  LOVE your choice of sinks!


I framed out for the slats as you can see in one of the pictures - the outside (trim) is 1x4s and i glued & nail gunned 1x3s on the INSIDE of those, flush with the bottom, to create the edge that the slats would sit on. The slats are just a gazillion 1x2's cut to length to fit to sit on those ledges. I just nail gunned them onto the ledges! Done! :)

OH! and in order to get the spacing between each slat, i put an already cut 1x2 in between each one before i nailed the next one in - that way they are all the same width apart and just the perfect space in between! :)  lemme know how it goes! 

I have a few questions for you.

1. what brand and color is the stain that you used?
2. how tall is the vanity itself and how tall are the sinks?
3. the floor that you put in is so great, what brand and name is it?
4. did you measure out all the slats before you framed out the vanity or did you have any problems with extra space between the slats?
Thank you for this great post

Here are the answers to you questions:

1. the brand of the stain is called GENERAL FINISHED water based dye stain. Here is a link to all of their wonderful colors:  The color we used was MEDIUM BROWN. This stuff is great - there's like no odor and clean up is so easy!
2. the vanity itself is 36" tall. the old vanity we had was only 32" tall and it was ridiculously low for us - my fiance and i are both tall. i am 5'10 and he is 6'1. these are the sinks:  they are 6" tall. so the whole thing is about 38" tall which is great b/c we don't have to bend over to use the sinks. they are the perfect height for us.
3. The floor is Lumber Liquidators pre-finished solid hand-scraped hardwood floors. i think it's called tongue-and-groove. the color is called Obsidian and it is Tuscany Oak. this is the link: http://www.lumberliquid 

4. I did not measure the slats beforehand. I built the vanity first then just cut SOOOO many 1x2s for the slats - i should have started in the middle, but i started nailing them down on one end and there is a space on the one side that i had to cut a special piece to fill it in so it didn't look like a gaping space. but you can barely notice.  my suggestion would be to pre-stain the HUGE 1x2 pieces (6' long) BEFORE cutting, on the top and sides, because it's a pain in the butt to stain them afterward!

I LOVE this and am looking to do something similar for my own bathroom. I am not a fan of exposed plumbing though and you said you were going to box it in. Do you have an updated photo with this done? And any info on how you did it?
Thank you!

I didn't want to create a WordPress account to comment on your blog, but I have to tell you that it looks great! And I'm SO GLAD you found General Finishes (I also get mine at Woodcraft, and just LOVE that store!). The whole GF brand is amazing, from their wood stains/dyes/sealers to the conditioners and prep products. If you can't tell, we share a fave :-p

Hi there,
I did a very similar project for my guest bath. I used two coffee tables anchored on top of each other to reach the desired height. My question is, I used a shallac spray to seal the wood, but I am now wondering if that will be enough to water proof and seal the vanity? Also, to be on the safe side, I'm thinking I also need to anchor the vanity to the wall. Did you do this? If so, any suggestions on how to do it?
I love your vanity and just might do it for our master bath!
Thank you so much for the great inspiration!

What you have posted here looks great, but I can't see the finished project on your blog - is the blog still active?