Hacking Ikea Kitchen Cabinets for a Bathroom Vanity | 2019 Spring ORC Week 2

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We’re finishing my parents’ lake house master bathroom for the Spring One Room Challenge! Come see how my parents are hacking some Ikea kitchen cabinets into a beautiful custom vanity for their space.

It’s One Room Challenge time again! This time, my parents are finishing up their beautiful lake house master bathroom over the course of the six weeks! I’ll be sharing our progress along the way, and on May 9th make sure to stay tuned for the final reveal of the room. Have you seen my parents’ beautiful lake house? You can read all about it right here.

Last week, I introduced the space to you and shared the Classic Cottage Master Bathroom design plans and mood board.

Today I’m sharing an update on how the bathroom is looking so far and how my parents are creating a vanity from Ikea kitchen cabinets!

My mom researched a ton of options for their 6′ wide bathroom vanity, and ultimately decided that customizing some Ikea kitchen cabinets was a cost effective way to go. Mom & Dad cut Ikea kitchen bases back 2 1/8″ to make them vanity depth and still be able to accommodate the full Ikea kitchen drawers.

The wall behind the cabinet was also painted, and the cabinets were installed and modified for the bathroom plumbing.

After that, my parents were able to measure and order a gorgeous Wilsonart White Carrera laminate countertop (from PF Countertops in Edmonton). The eased edge and beautiful design of this counter looks just as pretty as quartz or marble, but it’s at least a $1700 savings in cost!

To continue the budget friendly theme of this renovation, my parents decided to spray paint some discount 100% Ikea doors for the vanity, and they’re deciding between painting them this lovely warm grey (Behr Dolphin Fin – top paint chip) or white (Behr Ultra Pure White – bottom paint chip). What would you do?

Here are some doors Mom’s already spray painted in the grey for their other bathroom. It’s definitely soft and pretty, but white is always a classic!

Also completed this week? A pocket door to the toilet room was installed along with a door to the walk-in closet. Now, we’re ready to plumb in sinks and spray all the cabinet doors!

Now tell me: What do you think of the bathroom so far? What colour would YOU paint the cabinet doors?

Make sure to follow along here on the blog every week as I share the progress of the space, and make sure to visit the Spring 2019 One Room Challenge link-up to see what all of the other designers & guest participants are doing this season! I love getting inspiration from everyone as they work on their spaces over the course of the six weeks.

See you soon!

Week 3

DIY Custom Board & Batten

Come see how my parents are making some DIY board & batten and a custom vanity shelf for their space.

Week 4

A Gorgeous Marble Shower

Come see how my parents are created a gorgeous shower area with marble mosaic tile and a custom niche.

Week 5

White on White on White

If you like the look of white tones on white tones on even MORE white tones, you’ll love how my parents’ lake house master bathroom is looking on this second last week of the One Room Challenge!

Week 6

A Gorgeous Spa Master Bathroom | 2019 Spring ORC Week 6 Reveal!

It’s reveal time for the 2019 Spring One Room Challenge! I’m so excited to share my parents’ finished lake house master bathroom with you. It’s chock full of gorgeous DIYs and cottage style bathroom design inspiration.

Traditional Cottage Spa White Master Bathroom Design


  1. Thank you so much for posting this. I live in a country that does not typically have cabinets/surface at the sink and I have been missing it since moving. We used your parents hack for our bathroom and the results are amazing! Thank you especially for mentioning the measurements, I was really stumped on how much and how to.

  2. I’m curious how the bathroom turned out. we’re looking to update the bathroom and thinking of ikea kitchen in the bath…was curious how the custimzing and altering the depth of the cabinet all workout out.

      1. Yes, I found your blog because I was searching “Ikea Sektion make shallower”. Thanks for sharing–so helpful! We are also modifying the our Sektion to vanity depth and I wanted to know how much we could safely cut off while still using standard drawer depth!

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