DIY Floating Wood Vanity

So I am soooooo close to being done with my major project of the last year.  You may remember me talking about this huge project of turning an oversized guest bathroom into a smaller bathroom and third floor laundry room.  Having the laundry on the same floor as the bedrooms has been a game changer for me.  Plus it has stretched my DIY skills by teaching me how to frame, drywall and mud.  The new bathroom size is 7’ x 11’ and it was 11’ x 11’.  So I had the option of doing a larger shower and smaller vanity or larger vanity and smaller shower.  There was a big difference in size as far as the shower was concerned.  It was either a 36” or 48” pan.  An extra 12” of room is huge in a shower.  Plus I didn’t want to pour a custom shower pan, my DIY skills were already stretched enough . So I opted for a larger shower and a small vanity area.

floating wood vanity DIY

Floating Wood Bathroom Vanity DIY

To catch up on the progression of this project check out:

Bathroom & Laundry Room Remodel Part 1: Demo

Bathroom & Laundry Room Remodel Part 2: Framing

Bathroom & Laundry Room Remodel Part 3: Drywall

Bathroom & Laundry Room Remodel Part 4: Flooring

So I framed in a wall for the shower surround to go which only gave me 29” of space for a vanity.  All the vanities I found were like 24” or 28” and I knew the extra inches on the sides would bug me plus I wanted to have as large of a vanity area as possible.  So I decided to build a floating vanity like you see in higher end hotels.  It was very simple an super inexpensive.


birch or oak plywood (I used birch)

2×8 (ripped down to 6” wide)

2×4 scraps

Kreg jig

2 1/2” kreg screws

nail gun with 1 1/2” nails

Minwax pre-wood conditioner

Minwax Dark Walnut Stain

General Finishes Top Coat

wood filler

orbital sander

clear silicone caulk

white caulk

jigsaw (to cut out the sink)

1. I started by measuring the width of the sink area and then I decided to go a little deeper than standard vanities and went 25” for the depth (plus the face frame made it 26 1/2”).  Using a table saw I cut my piece of plywood to fit that area.

building a wood vanity

2.  Next I grabbed a pine 2” x 8” and ripped it down to 6” for the face frame on the vanity.  I didn’t worry that it is pine and birch mixed.  It turned out fabulous once stained.

wood top vanity

3.  Using the sink template (I purchased this stock sink from Lowes) and a jigsaw I cut out the circle for my sink.  Sand with 150 grit sandpaper with an orbital sander to give both pieces of wood a nice smooth finish ready for stain.

4.  I used a pre-wood conditioner on the pine board since it is a soft wood.  Then I applied my stain.  I used Minwax Dark Walnut.  I had to go over the pine board with a couple of coats to get it to match the birch piece.  I let it dry overnight.

prewood conditioner

5.  With an old t-shirt scrap I applied the General Finishes Top Coat.  I let it dry 24 hours between coats and then I lightly sanded in between coats with 400 grit sandpaper.  I gave it 4 coats.

6.  Then I cut out (3) 2” x 4” pieces.  One board was the width of your vanity top.  Then I cut two more 1 1/2” less than my vanity width.  I drilled two pocketholes on each end of the last two boards I cut.

support for floating wood vanity

floating vanity support

7.  I found the studs and then used 2 1/2” screws to screw the back board in place.  Then I used pocketholes screws to attach the two boards to the back piece. I marked the studs on the side wall and used 2 1/2” wood screws to secure those to the studs.  This gave me a very sturdy base for my vanity top.

8.  At this point I nailed my vanity top to the frame but I could have added pocketholes previously to my 2 x4 boards and attached it that way.  Either works.  But nails did require some touch up stain and top coat.

floating vanity DIY

9.  To add the face frame I used 2 1/2” Kreg screws into the side 2” x 4” supports to attach to the back of the face frame.

floating wood vanity

floating vanity

10.  I used wood filler to touch up the holes.

wood top vanity

11.  I sealed the sink with caulk (I opted for white to match the sink). Then I sealed the area where the vanity top meets the wall with clear silicone caulk.

wood vanity floating

DIY floating vanity

12.  Optional:  I decided to leave the pipes exposed.  Since they were white PVC pipes I taped off the whole area and used RustOleum Steel Metal on them.  I was reminded why I don’t purchase RustOleum.  I loved the color but I got two defective cans and had to go to the store twice to return them.  UGH!  I should have stuck to my trusty Krylon.

spray painting PVC pipes to look like steel

spray painted pipes

I love the way the pipes turned out though.  The color is very authentic to regular pipes as evident by the pipe hand towel bar I made with 3/4” elbows, 1 1/2” connectors, 3/4” flanges and a 6” pipe.

plumbing parts hand towel bar

plumbing parts hand towel holder

wood vanity

The vanity area is small but I think it is perfect for a guest bathroom.  And I absolutely love the dark wood vanity top paired with the gray tones in the Aquaguard flooring and the white trim.  Oh and here is a SNEAK peek of the mirror I made with all scrap wood so it was totally FREE!  More on that soon!

floating vanity DIY

Sources: Light is from Parrot Uncle.  I also sprayed that with the RustOleum paint.  Faucet: Aqua Source Kirkmount Sink: Aqua Source drop in white porcelain from Lowes, Flooring: Smoky Dusk Aquaguard Laminate flooring from Floor & Decor