Create a centrepiece for your bathroom

Team member Ashlee

Project Overview

Usually dominated by hard, shiny surfaces, bathrooms can benefit enormously from an injection of textured timber. Converting a console table into a vanity is a fantastic way to add warmth and personality, as consoles are usually slim enough to fit into the tight space of a standard bathroom.

Look for a second-hand piece that’s heavy and solid, as this indicates the timber is oak or teak, rather than pine, which is more lightweight. The table we chose stands at 785mm high, slightly too low for a standard benchtop (usually around 900mm), but adding the 120mm vessel basin makes it the perfect height.

Photo credit: Natasha Dickins and Sue Stubbs

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Attaching draw fronts

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Remove handles
2 Sand table
3 Fill drawer handle holes
4 Apply varnish
5 Apply liquid nails and clamp
6 Place painter’s tape to position holes
7 Mark the position for your basin
8 Bathroom beauty!
  • Step 1. Remove handles

    Remove the handles with a small screwdriver, leaving the drawers installed. Use the sander with an 80-grit disc to remove varnish from all visible surfaces, beginning with the tabletop, working down to the apron and drawer fronts and finishing with the legs.

  • Step 2. Sand table

    Smooth over the table again using the sander with an 180-grit disc, removing the last of the varnish and rounding over the edges and corners. Then use a hand-sanding block with 180-grit abrasive paper to finish sanding into the corners and along the joints.

  • Step 3. Fill drawer handle holes

    Use the scraper to fill the drawer handle holes (and any other holes or dents) with wood filler, scrape off any excess and leave to dry thoroughly. Use the sander with a 240-grit disc to smooth over the tabletop and drawer fronts. Wipe away dust with a clean cloth.

  • Step 4. Apply varnish

    Apply varnish with a mohair roller, starting at the top, working around the edges, over the drawer fronts and down the frame, leaving the drawers open. Apply three coats of varnish, letting it dry and lightly hand-sanding with 240-grit paper between each coat.

  • Step 5. Apply liquid nails and clamp

    Take out the middle drawer and remove the drawer front using a screwdriver. (Keep the body of the drawer to repurpose as a tray later.) Apply liquid nails around the back edge and reposition the drawer front onto the table, clamping to hold while it dries.

  • Step 6. Place painter’s tape to position holes

    On the two side drawers, apply painter’s tape to position the handle holes, using a combination square to check they are centred and straight before drilling. Use the multigrip and combination pliers to snap the supplied screws to length, then attach the handles.

  • Step 7. Mark the position for your basin

    Mark the position for the basin and tap with tape. Have the plug, mixer, bottle trap and cistern taps at hand before booking a plumber to install them. Instead of the standard PVC bottle trap and cistern taps, consider matching them to your tapware. 
  • Step 8. Bathroom beauty!

    And you’re done! You’ll see in our project we have sanded and varnished the leftover drawer and converted it into a matching tray.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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