How to create a bathroom vanity sink for under £150

Fitting your own solid oak wood bathroom sink unit isn’t all that difficult.  You’ll need some basic (very basic) plumbing skills, some basic tools and a bit of patience.  This little project took a few days to complete but completely transformed our bathroom, taking it from a somewhat awkward, ugly basic sink to a modern, warm pleasant looking sink and storage unit.

Want to try something like this yourself?  Try following these steps:


Without going into too much detail I learned some new basic skills, purchased a few new tools and learnt a couple of important lessons when completing this project.

Basic skills for this which can all be learnt from YouTube:

  1. Basic plumbing skills including cutting and cleaning copper pipe, fitting isolating valves and connecting taps and waste pipes.
  2. Tiling
  3. Fitting and treating solid oak tops.
  4. Gloss painting

I would say the most difficult part of this job was actually the painting.  I used a gloss white spray paint for this and even though i took every care to avoid running paint, it still happened!  I needed to slow down and take my time.

Having never tried any kind of plumbing before I was a little unsure but actually it was very easy.  Most important to note, ensure the mains water is off and each isolating valve is switched to the off position.

When working with the wood top ensure you have treated it with a good few coats of danish oil to protect it from water damage.  you will likely need to apply further coats throughout the life of the wood.

I cheated a little with the doors on this unit by buying a cheap unit off eBay and using the doors.  The waterfall style tap came from Screwfix and the sink from Ikea.  The wooden top was an off-cut from our kitchen work surface, the bit from the sink hole.


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