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DIY Vanity for my Girls Shared Bedroom

In the final months before my first daughter was born, I designed and built a desk for my wife to play facebook tetris on while she was home on maternity leave. We used to facebook tetris BATTLE and loser would have to pick-up late-night-crazy-pregnant-binge foods at Portillos, IHOP or 7-eleven. I wish I was kidding. Well actually now that I think about it it was ME who had to ALWAYS make the junk runs- win or lose! Pregnancy can be so unfair sometimes!

In any case, the baby from her belly is almost five years old now and I decided to cut down the desk so she and her sister could use it as a vanity. Check out the video above for part one of the DIY vanity for my girls shared bedroom and head on down below for part two and the transformation!

Here’s part two of the DIY vanity for my girls shared bedroom where I finish up the vanity and fashion a french cleat to hang the freshly painted mirror.


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Material Cut ListPurchase ListTools RequiredSafetyRelated Posts
2 – 1×4 @ 13″ (side)
2 – 1×4 @ 5″ (front)
2 – 1×4 @ 14-1/2″ (middle support)
4 – 1×4 @ 4″ on 45° (mitered leg supports)
1 – 1×4 @ 15″ (drawer face)
1 – 1×4 @ 25″ (back)
2 – 13-3/8″ (sides)
1 – 14-1/4″ (back)
1 – 14-1/8″ X 14-1/4″ piece from 1/8″ plywood (bottom)
1 – 1/2″ Pine Tabletop @ 30″ X 18″
4 – 4×4 @ 20″
2 – 1x4x8 (Frame)
1 – 1x3x8 (Drawer)
4 – 2x2x30 (Legs)
1/8″ Plywood (Drawer Bottom 14-1/8 X 14-1/4)
1/2″ Pine (Tabletop 30 X 18)
1-1/4″ Pocket Screws
2″ Pocket Screws
2 – 14″ Bottom Mount Drawer Slides
1/2″ Brad Nails (to attach drawer bottom)
Paint & Finish:
Valspar Chalky Finish Paint in “Kid Gloves”
Minwax Polycrylic Semi-Gloss Polyurethane

For the full desk plans to build your own DIY vanity go here.

DIY Vanity for my Girls Shared Bedroom

Here is the infamous facebook tetris battle small space desk. The plan is to cut this guy down so that the girls can safely sit and do their hair and other girl stuff at their vanity. After a bit of google-fu, I decided the proper height for a 2-6 year old is about 22″. So I’ll be taking 8″ off the legs.

My Ryoba Hand Saw made quick work of it. Next I used a sanding block to sand the edges to a nice and smooth 45-degree bevel.

Now that the vanity is cut to height, the girls and I are applying a few coats of Valspar’s chalky finish paint and then a few coats of semi-gloss polycrylic.

I picked up this drawer liner from Target, measured it to size, cut and covered the drawer’s plywood bottom with it. I’ll be adding gray accents into the room so thought this would be a nice touch.

Speaking of which, I nabbed this mirror off our HOA’s marketplace for $10 and gave it a fresh coat of gray paint. It already has picture wire with which to hang it with, but I don’t trust my kids not to pull this down on themselves. So the question is…what to do?

I took a piece of scrap plywood and decided to make a french cleat out of it. Set your blade to 45-degrees and adjust the table saw’s fence until the plywood is centered on the blade.

One piece will be gorilla glued to the back-inside of the frame, while the other will be mounted to the wall. After the glue sets I’ll remove the picture wire from the frame.

The cleat for the wall will get two 1/4″ countersunk holes with my forstner bit (or any 1/4″ bit).

This way the head of the head of the screw won’t be sticking out after I mount it to the wall.

Here is everything I’ll be using to mount the frame to the wall! Looks like I forgot to add the stud finder, so don’t forget that!

First locate your stud and pre-drill into the wall. Next secure the first 3″ screw into the cleat. Check for level and pre-drill and attach the second wall screw. Use heavy duty wall anchor for the other side if it does not hit a stud. And last but not least…hang the mirror!

Secure and level! Just like me at social gatherings! …not really though.

Once the mirror was hung, I grabbed a screwdriver and re-attached the freshly painted gray knob.

Now that the vanity is squared away, I needed somewhere for my girls to sit! My brother-in-law sent out this PB Kids upholstered vanity stool as a better late than never Christmas gift.  I chose gray instead of the pink to match the other accents in the room.

Here’s the vanity all ready to be used! (minus the stool)

And here’s the full shot with the mirror! Check out the part two video for a really fun clip of the girls brushing each others hair, it made the entire project TOTALLY worth it!


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