I have dream mini-loft that I’m building (more to come on that later) and I’m still deciding on which artist’s work will inform my design plan. In meantime, I wanted to try my hand at building a double vanity for my loft’s bathroom. The whole process took me about an 1 1/2 hours and it’s relatively easy to create.
First, you’ll need to gather a few materials. 1) A cutting board, 2) a hand saw with a fine-toothed blade, 3) some wood pieces, 4) wood stain, 5) wood glue and 6) small bowls or containers that will serve as your sinks.
A sink’s base is usually between 30 and 36 inches high. So in 1:12 scale (one inch for every foot) I decided to make the base 2 1/2 inches tall. Measure and mark your lines to cut.
Next, cut your markings with a fine-toothed hand saw. You’ll have to put in some sweat but take a break if you need one and come back to it. Drink some water or sip some wine in-between sawing and you’ll be fine!
You’ll need to cut two pieces that are 2.5 inches tall and one piece that is 7 inches tall.
Next, take some wood glue and assemble your pieces. Leave it for about 20 minutes so that it can dry in place. If your wood pieces won’t stay in place, use masking tape to hold the pieces together until the glue has completely dried.
At the last minute, I found some mirror pieces that I had tucked away in one of my craft boxes. I decided to cut another 7 inch piece of wood to create an attached mirror element to the vanity.
I attached the additional piece of wood onto the vanity table. and it looks somewhat like a foyer or mud room bench! (hmmmmmm….note to self: must make a 1:12 scale mud room bench).
After all of the pieces are firmly assembled, put two coats of wood stain. I like to use the stain and poly blend to avoid that extra step of finishing the wood.
After two coats, let the stain and poly dry for about 10 minutes.
For your sinks, you’ll need to find something that resembles a small basin. I like to use small condiment bowls. I found this perfect condiment bowl at a home furnishing and accessories store.
To attach the sinks, I would recommend using super glue that will adhere to ceramics better than wood glue or rubber cement. Use the super glue to attach your mirrors too.
The sink is now complete and ready to install into your home.
I pulled out one of my room boxes to see how the double vanity looked in it. I also found my “tub” at the same store where I found my sinks. It’s actually a gravy boat! A little creativity goes a long way. Once you start to design small scaled rooms, you’ll find yourself seeing the potential uses of everyday materials to create miniature furniture and accessories. I may do a little bit more to this sink once I actually install it in my loft, but I am pretty satisfied with how it turned out! If you try your hand at making a vanity, please do share your photos with me and I’ll post it. mcb [at] themcbproject.com