How to build a custom bathroom vanity

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Tools and materials:

Variety of basins

Variety of basin mixers

Variety of handles

Vanity tops with undermount basin x 2

Vanity Unit (900 x 450)

Wooden vanity benchtops x 2

1. Consider your options

Check out your local Bunnings store and take a look at our range of options available in the kitchens section. We’ve got sinks, vanities, mixers and a range of benchtops – the options are endless. There are also lots of different price points. Tap mixers – they start from as low as $28.50 and go right up to top-of-the-range options. Confusing, right – which one to choose? Don’t stress – we have specially trained team members waiting to help you out, so ask as many questions as you need to. Just remember to take your dimensions with you – they’ll help with the rest.

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2. Start with your vanity

Before you choose anything else, settle on the vanity base you’d like to use. We opted for a simple 900 x 450mm white option with cabinet doors and drawers – it’s cost effective and provides a great blank canvas to work with. You’ve also got the option of a wall-mounted, floating vanity vs a floor-standing vanity, which is a lot easier to install. Like everything else, there are a range of options with vanities, so choose the colour and size that suits your space.

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3. Moulded vanity or benchtop?

Once you’ve decided on a vanity, have a think about how you want the top to look. Do you want a traditional vanity with a moulded sink unit? These are a great option – they’re easy-cleaning and really reasonably priced at only $25. Maybe you’re more interested in a counter-top and vessel sink or basin? Perhaps you’d even like double sinks? Once you’ve made your choice, make sure your top fits the dimensions of your vanity - If you’re going with a timber, laminate or stone benchtop, remember you can get these cut to size. Just ask!

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4. Which shade of timber?

Timber is a great way to introduce a natural, warm texture to your space – we decided on timber for our bathroom reno, as it’s fitted with the ‘coastal luxe’ look of the rest of the house. Timber looks particularly good when paired with a plain, white vanity to achieve this look. Darker timbers work particularly well with dark bathroom fittings, providing a modern, contemporary feel. There are lots of different options to choose from – just have your specs to hand.

5. Which bathroom sink?

This is the fun part – choosing a sink! We have a huge range of above-counter basins you can pair with your benchtops. They have rectangular, deep round, square and shallow white options – all are super popular. There are also several varieties in white marble or bluestone. Our personal favourite is the square matte black option – it looks fantastic when paired with a dark timber benchtop. When deciding where to place your sink, have a think about where it will be used. Traditionally sinks are positioned centrally, but if you’re looking to work it into a powder room, you may choose to move it to the side to allow for extra bench space.

6. Pick a basin mixer

When choosing a basin mixer, make sure you get one the right height to fit your basin. If you’re going for an above-counter basin, you’ll need a taller mixer. If you’re going with an under-counter or drop-in basin, you can use a shorter mixer. We have heaps of options to choose from – matte black, contemporary mixers look fantastic with super-modern, minimalist spaces. Maybe you’re going for more of a federation-style renovation? In this case you may want to look at ‘Farmhouse’-style ornate brass options – these look fabulous with claw-foot baths, traditional tiling and stone benchtops.

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7. Fit them all together

Once you’ve decided how you’d like your vanity to look, organise for someone to help you fit it. You could also give it a go yourself! You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to fit your own bathroom vanity – just make sure the rest of your space is waterproofed, plumbed and ready to go. Remember – if you need help installing your new bathroom, the lovely people at Bunnings are more than happy to point you in the right direction. Just ask in store – it’s THAT easy!

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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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