DIY Idea: Create Your Own Pottery Barn Inspired Vanity

DIY Idea: Create Your Own Pottery Barn Inspired Vanity

Allison Verdoorn
Jun 6, 2011

Every once in a while I find something in one of those big stores that I just really love, but it kills me to buy something brand new that was assembled half way around the world. DIY Diva has put together a great tutorial that allows you to build your own Pottery Barn inspired vanity, and if you have old or repurposed materials, even better!

For $400 rather than $1,400, the folks over at DIY Diva have a pretty good representation of the Pottery Barn vanity they loved. While I adore the idea of just creating this yourself I really want to see something like this using reclaimed materials and wood with a beautiful patina!

Here's what you'll need:

  • Tile counter – 2 sheets of 3/4″ MDF cut to 24-1/2 x36″ and 3/4″ tile
  • Top piece (front only) – 1×2 board 30-1/2″ long
  • Side panels (both sides) - 2 sheets of stain-grade 3/4″ plywood cut to 18-1/2 x 14-1/2″
  • Doors (2) – made of 1×2 board cut to 13″ long for sides and 12″ long for top and bottom, a 12×10″ plywood panel, and trim cut to 10″ and 12″ for inside of panel
  • Legs - 4 3″ pre-turned legs (from here) cut down to 33″ tall
  • Hinges – 4 straight-mount cabinet hinges with 3/4″ offset (from here)
  • Bottom piece (front and back) - 1×3 board 30-1/2″ long
  • Bottom piece (sides) - 2 1×3 board 18-1/2″ long
  • Cabinet bottom – 3/4″ plywood, 22×34″
  • Back panel – 3/4″ plywood, 14-1/2″x30-1/2″
  • Bottom shelf – 3/4″ plywood, 22×34″
  • Shelf piece (front and back) – 1×2 board 30-1/2″ long
  • Shelf piece (sides) – 1×2 board 18-1/2″ long


  • Saws – I used my table saw for the plywood and miter saw for the 1x and legs.

  • Dowel jig – I made the dowels on the first side of the cabinet manually but it became exponentially easier using a dowel jig. And for $20, well worth the price

  • Wood glue

  • Dowels – I used 1/4″

  • Drill and bits

  • Clamps

  • Straight-edge and small square

Find out what you'll do with all of these supplies over at DIY Diva!

(Images: DIY Diva)

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