DIY or BUY? IKEA Hack Master Bath Vanity Tutorial

I’ve mentioned DIY vanities in a few of our other projects, and I finally managed to control myself and take some picture throughout the process of our most recent master-bath vanity DIY so that I could share it with you!

Since I was placing an IKEA kitchen order anyway, I figured I’d see what they had in their Hemnes line that could work for our master bath.  I love that the Hemnes pieces are made of real wood, and previous items have stood up to multiple moves without falling apart- so I feel good about the quality and robustness.

The dressers weren’t quite the right size for the space we needed to fill (right about 5 feet), but I finally found this sideboard/buffet that I immediately knew would be perfect!  The middle drawers with cabinet doors to either side would make accommodating plumbing WAY easier than with full drawers, and the look is exactly what I was envisioning when browsing similar vanity styles for inspiration.  At $299, I was definitely thrilled with the price as well.

hemnes sideboard
IKEA Hemnes Sideboard

That settled, the next part was ordering the vessel sinks and faucets- both of which I found on amazon for about $50 each.

I knew the hardest part would be figuring out what to do with the top.  My back-up plan was always to just leave the top as is, and just add an extra seal coat to the top that came with the sideboard.  It’s a lot of white, though, and not an ideal bathroom surface.  I kept my eyes peeled for some salvaged tile or granite that might work in the space, and after a few months of checking our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore, my patience paid off… bigtime.


We found a GIANT slab of leftover absolute black granite- which is exactly what my inspiration piece featured, and the material that I had really been hoping for- for only $100! I was giddy.  Mike was less so, since he was already thinking ahead to “how on earth are we going to move that thing?”.   The fun part was loading the thing into the truck (we needed pretty much the whole staff to help us!) and then cutting it (in the back of the truck!) into manageable pieces.  We used a circular saw with a diamond blade, and somehow managed to cut it into 4 pieces- with only one area cracking on a part we don’t currently have a plan for anyway.  Whew!  Once chopped up we were able to carry each portion between the two of us- it was a little bit of a workout, but definitely manageable.

Once we had the piece we needed cut to size, it was time to drill holes for the sinks and faucets.  I first cut the original Hemnes top to use as a guide.  Since the vanity sits flush against the wall, I cut down the overhang on that side.  I also cut down the front to be flush with the face of the vanity, so that the only overhang in the front is the granite.  The whitewash finish was easy to replicate by just painting the raw-edge with one good coat of primer, which soaked in and looks the same.  Watered down white paint would also work.


I then drilled 1.75” holes in the wood top where the sinks and faucets would go, and clamped the wooden top over the granite to both help stabilize it, and serve as a guide for the diamond bit.  I purchased a 1.75” diamond corer for $65 to drill the holes in the stone.  We kept water on it (it started raining, which actually made things simple!) while drilling, and had a piece of wood underneath the stone as well to stabilize it even further, and prevent any chipping/cracking from the underside (we hoped!).   We weren’t sure how things would go, and were glad we had another similar-sized piece in case we messed up.  Considering how inexpensive the stone was, we were a little braver, I think.  Our worries turned out to be unfounded, and the bit drilled through quickly, easily, and without chipping.  Yay!

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Once done, I installed the original top on the vanity we had assembled earlier, which will support the granite (our piece is thin; with a thicker piece of stone the wood support may not have been necessary, but I’m fine trading the wood support for less weight to carry up the stairs!) using the hardware provided. We used some liquid nails (check the label to make sure it’s good for both wood and stone) on top of that, and placed our piece of granite on top.

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After allowing the glue to dry, we installed the sinks, faucets and drains/plumbing according to their respective instructions, attached the doors and drawers, and we were done!  This is the first time we’ve worked with a stone top, and with the vessel sinks it was much easier than I was expecting- once we got going we easily had the whole project done in a weekend.


DIY Ikea-Hack Vanity Budget Breakdown:

Hemnes Sideboard: $300

Remnant Slab of Granite: $100

TOTAL vanity only: $400

Porcelain Vessel Sinks: $100

Faucets w/pop-up drain: $100

Final project TOTAL: $600

Compare to my inspiration piece:


Signature hardware 60" Lovell vessel sink vanity with black granite top
Signature Hardware 60″ Lovell vessel sink vanity with black granite top

Signature Hardware Lovell:   $1861.95 *(sinks and faucets sold separately)

What do you think of our IKEA-hack results?  Would you consider DIY-ing over Buying for your bathroom vanity? Or have a DIY vanity of your own?  Let us know in the comments!

4 thoughts on “DIY or BUY? IKEA Hack Master Bath Vanity Tutorial

  1. Very cool! I’d love to do this but I’m concerned about the height of the vanity? It seems like it would be too tall for a shorter person (5 ft 2 inches) considering the buffet is 34 5/8 plus the tall vessel sinks. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

    1. Sorry it took me so long to get back to you!! I find the height is good for me (5’4″)- a bit on the taller side for a bath vanity, but it’s around the same as my kitchen counter so it still feels natural. If you felt it was going to be too high for you, I think that it would be an easy fix to cut down the legs on the buffet a little bit so that it would sit a little lower. You could also choose a vessel sink that has a lower profile as well. Hope that helps, and good luck if you try it! I’d love to see the results!

  2. I’ve purchased the Hemnes sideboard for a replica project as it’s the only thing I could find that would fit my space AND be a reasonable price (THANK YOU for this post btw or I wouldn’t have thought of it). Do you know the dimensions of your sinks? I’m looking at the selections on Amazon and most of the rectangular-shaped vessel sinks are around 14″ deep and I’m wondering if that would leave any room for the faucets. Yours looks plenty roomy in the photos… Did you cut your granite top deeper than the 18 1/2″ of the standard top?

    Thanks for any recommendation you can provide!

    1. Eek! I don’t know how I missed this comment- I’m so sorry! You’ve probably already finished your project (I hope oit turned out great!) but, just in case: we did use 15′ round vessel sinks, and we cut our granite to 19′ to have a little extra overhang. We had plenty of room for the faucets, and it feels just right! 🙂

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