This little vanity makeover is the perfect glamorous touch for Madison’s pretty bedroom redo. DIYing the legs let us customize the height and it saved us a bundle of cash!
Madison knew she wanted a vanity area in her new bedroom so it was a priority on our shopping list. Unfortunately, everything we saw that would work was pretty pricey, especially the antiques and vintage pieces which is of course what she really wanted.
However, we did see this child size vanity that had the vintage glam feel Madison was going for, and was priced really well, $549 less than the adult sized option. Unfortunately it was short. Like really really short. Can you tell how shot that is in the picture? Like you could sit on the floor to use it, it’s so short! So we kept looking, but after a couple of days of shopping and scouring Craigslist, we circled back to this vanity dresser combo. Madison had fallen in love with their vintage glam looks, and the price was great. Definitely worth the fiddle factor of adding some height.
Pretty Bedroom Vanity Makeover Supply List
- New Legs (we got ours at Lowe’s)
- Thick and Quick Wood Glue
- Paint color matched to vanity
- Dark Stain
We were hoping that the legs were screwed into the vanity top. No such luck. Our legs were secured with glue and very securely attached. So I used a sawzall to cut off the old legs. We recycled the leg pieces to help create the posters on the bed makeover. Free handing the cuts made the surface slightly uneven, but I did my best to get it straight and even. Next I secured the Vanity to the wall through a structural cleat. If the vanity had not had the cleat, I would have glued one onto the back of the piece. I used 3 in wood screws and made sure that they went into the studs.
Next I measured and cut the new legs to the correct height so that they would be tight between the vanity and the floor when installed. I created a little two sided shim jig that I secured to the leg with a small pin nail that held the leg plumb and level while I cut the leg on a chopsaw. Then I used the Thick and Quick wood glue to attach them to the vanity. The glue gave me just enough time to adjust the legs so that they were plumb in all directions before it bonded and held the legs securely.
Once the legs were secured I gave the glue a good 30 minutes to dry. Then I rubbed a dark stain in areas on the legs that I wanted to distress later. I let the stain dry completely and then I rubbed a thick layer of wax onto the stained areas. Then I used Fusion Mineral’s Buttermilk Cream that was a near perfect color match to the original vanity paint, to pint the new legs. The hide was great, I only needed one coat, and the paint went on so smooth and creamy. It dried really fast and flat–have I mentioned how much I love this paint? Once the paint was dry, I rubbed, scraped and sanded until the finish on the legs matched the distress on the vanity.
Then it was done–it probably took about 2 hours total to revamp the vanity and we saved over $500–not bad! The added bonus of this vanity is that it is only about 15 inches deep, so it doesn’t protrude into the room very far but still gives plenty of storage. This is a huge plus in making our small room design work well.