Our first major project in our DIY bathroom upgrade was building new wood countertops. We didn’t like the builders grade sinks that were installed, and we knew they had to go! I love the look of wood countertops, and I love that they are fairly inexpensive to install! Here was our process for building the countertops:
- We opted to use an appearance board made of pine to make things easier for ourselves in the long run. We bought 6’x4′ boards that were already pre-glued and sanded and we cut them to size.
- 1in Pine trim pieces
- Miter Saw
- Table Saw
- Wood Stain
- Wood Glue
- Nail Gun
- Drill with Circle Bit
- Liquid Nails
After cutting our appearance boards to size, we laid the board on the existing vanity and measured out where we needed the holes for the sink and the faucet. We used our impact drill and a circle bit to cut the size holes we needed.
We then went to the garage again and cut trim pieces to go on the outside edges of the countertops. This made the appearance board look much cleaner and thicker! It was a nice touch and it was pretty easy to install! We used wood glue and clamps to hold the trim in place while it dried. We then used our nail gun to secure the trim even better.
Once everything was dry, we sanded down the counter with 80 grit sand paper and then 120 grit sand paper to make it ultra smooth and clean. We stained the counter and then sealed it with 3-4 coats of Polyurethane. We let it sit and rest for a few days and then we installed it to the vanity using liquid nails!
The whole process took about a day to build the countertop and then a few days to let it dry. It wasn’t bad and it’s a great beginner DIY project! I recommend this to anyone who wants to upgrade their bathroom!
Check out my video on the whole process below!