IKEA Hack Bathroom Vanity with Bekvam Kitchen Cart

by Sunday, November 6, 2016

Hey, Homies!

So I am absolutely positively ecstatic to be done DIY renovating our guest bathroom. Like BRUUUH! I am so happy it’s over, and can show the before and after pictures. It was a long six-month journey of lessons learned, disappointments and frustration but I finished it.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH FULL GUEST BATHROOM MAKEOVER REVEAL!

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Most importantly I am very proud of myself for finishing the bathroom all on my own.  Thanks to Pops tutorials, my fellow Home Improvement YouTubers, and FaceTime sessions with my dad I felt confident in completing the bathroom.  I am most proud of my bathroom vanity IKEA hack!

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My original plan was to thrift and restore an antique dresser, but it was getting too difficult to find a small enough dresser to fit in the space.   I found the Bekvam kitchen cart at Ikea and researched on Pinterest to see if other pinners transformed their carts into bathroom vanities. Of course, Pinterest never disappoints, but no detailed tutorials included. That is where your homegirl comes to help out!

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First things first, follow the IKEA instructions given to put together the kitchen cart. The cart comes with two caster wheels, but you won’t be using them. The most important thing to do is measure and cut down the longer legs to the same length as the shorter legs.  Once the legs are cut the table will be the perfect height for a vanity.

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You are going to need:

a dry cloth

paint stick

stain

polyurethane

paint brush

gloves

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I used Minwax Wood Finish in English Chestnut and Polyurethane in Clear Satin from Home Depot.img_3126

Before you start staining, wipe down the table to make sure there isn’t any dust or wood residue. After you open the stain stir the stain, do not shake it. You don’t want bubbles on your pretty table. If you don’t, believe me, read the back of the can.img_3128

Stain the table going with the grain.  Then use a cloth to wipe away the stain that hasn’t soaked into the wood.


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Now at this point, it’s looking good, but now it’s time to protect your hard work.

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Lightly sand the table with 220 grit sand paper and then wipe away the dust.

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Use the Minwax Polyurethane to protect the table from water damage. Apply the first coat, let the table dry then sand again before the final coat.img_3137

DISCLAIMER: I AM IN NO WAY A PROFESSIONAL PLUMBER BUT I am a highly motivated and YouTube educated DIYer.  So please do your own research for your particular sink and faucet installation.  If you are installing a vessel sink and faucet here is what you going to need:

power drill

sharpie

tape

circular drill heads

tape measure

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Measure out the middle of the table and cover with masking tape.

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I used the 2-inch drill head to cut out my circle for the sink and 1 and a half inch drill head for the faucet. Use whichever head necessary for your sink, faucet,and pipes.

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Now you are ready to install the faucet and sink.

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Use 100% silicone around the drain hole and liquid nail on the outer rim of the sink so it will adhere to the table and prevent leaks.

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Follow the installation instructions for your faucet and install.

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Connect the plumbing accordingly. This is when you may want to hire a plumber or YouTube research “How To Install Vessel Sink Plumbing”. I will link all the videos I watched to assist me below.

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Voila!
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Step back and enjoy!

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YouTube Video on Vessel Sinks and plumbing

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3 Responses
  • Savysammy
    November 8, 2016

    This is amazing and very creative. Looks like a piece you’ll see in high and home decor stores. Great job!

  • Amanda W.
    November 21, 2016

    How inspiring! Sometimes when projects seem too daunting, I back off. This motivates me to keep going. You made your bathroom functional! That’s a great accomplishment.

    • Handyhomegirl14
      December 3, 2016

      Thank you very much, Amanda! Yes they can be daunting, but I try to focus on the foundation of my design and come back to the pretty stuff later so I won’t feel overwhelmed

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