This post details how I customized an IKEA SILVERÅN vanity for our newly-remodeled half-bathroom. Because this powder room is in a visible spot on our first floor, I wanted a vanity that looked like a piece of furniture we’d have elsewhere in the house.
As I mentioned in my Bathroom Decision Making post, I was unable to find an off-the-shelf vanity that fit both my taste and the small space. I got quotes from a variety of places for a simple custom vanity, all of which came in around $1k (for the cabinet only – sink not included). I didn’t want to spend that kind of money on such a small piece and decided to take my chances on an IKEA hack.
There are two IKEA SILVERÅN cabinet finishes: white and light brown. The white one is made up of particleboard and plastic. It’s $20 less expensive, but it feels and looks even cheaper. The light brown one is solid pine. I chose this one because it felt sturdier and would be easier to customize. I bought it when IKEA had a 20% off sale on bathroom products, which made it $88. Cheap! And, I reused the existing sink. Free!
To start, I cut the vanity’s depth down to size to fit our 14″ sink. The 9″ SILVERAN was too shallow, so I bought the 15″ version and cut a couple of inches off the side panels. I won’t go into detail on this because I can’t imagine anyone would find it interesting.
Painting the vanity was straightforward: I sanded the wood to rough up the lacquer, then primed and painted. I used Benjamin Moore’s Mopboard Black; it’s part of their Williamsburg Collection, which also includes the Gunsmith Gray color I used on our house’s exterior. I like curated color collections like this – helps me from getting overwhelmed by options.
I wanted legs that tapered on two sides, and Google led me to Osborne Wood Products. I ordered the 5″ tapered feet. I chose the red oak option because it’s a hard wood and I figured it would stand up better to dings than some of the cheaper options would. (Did you know there’s a scale called the Janka hardness test?) Osborne offers a lot of nice furniture feet options – way more than you’ll find at a local hardware store.
The feet were a little chunkier than my mental ideal, so I shaved an inch off both flat sides with my miter saw. Craziness like this is why Jarrod calls me “Particular Palermo.” I assembled the painted frame per the IKEA instructions, and then used both glue and screws to secure the feet to the vanity.
I started by drilling pilot holes into the bottom of the vanity, safely on either side of the cam bolt (but not so wide that there was a risk of the screws coming through the taped side of the leg). Anyone who has assembled IKEA furniture knows this bolt + metal dowel combo is what makes the furniture sturdy, so I didn’t want to mess with that.
On the other side of the vanity base, I used a countersink bit in the pilot hole so the screws would be flush with the wood.
I used Liquid Nails construction glue and clamps to hold the legs in place.
After the glue dried, I drilled in my screws and then painted the legs.
I installed adjustable feet in the legs using these threaded furniture glides.
The vanity is fully wall-mounted, so the legs are mostly just for show, but they do offer secondary support. I can easily twist the adjustable feet to raise/lower them, which lets me slide the rug under!
The screws are barely noticeable when the doors are open. The vanity came with a shelf which I didn’t use because the plumbing didn’t leave enough room for it. This isn’t a problem, however, because there’s plenty of space for the few things I want to keep in there.
I added Tolson cabinet knobs from Rejuvenation.
I didn’t have to wrestle with IKEA plumbing because I used the existing sink and a new MOEN faucet. If you need tips for installing IKEA plumbing, see my previous post: How I Installed an IKEA Bathroom Vanity.
And that’s it! A pretty easy hack for a very pretty vanity.
18 thoughts on “Customizing an IKEA SILVERAN Bathroom Vanity”
Love it! What about installing the shelf (or part of it, if it needs to be cut to fit so that there’s a short bottom area just tall enough for toilet paper, and a regular shelf on top? Or am I too used to city living and needing every bit of space? :)
You better believe that if I really needed the space, I’d be hacking that shelf, too! Your idea would work great. One of the nicest things about having this house is that I no longer have to wring maximum storage out of every space.
Wow, what a transformation, I love the DIY approach to this IKEA product, learning a few tricks here :)
I’d love to know what sink you used.
The previous owner of the house purchased the sink – it’s made by Magick Woods (http://magickwoods.com/), but it doesn’t look like they make it anymore.
This is brilliant! Thank you for sharing!! Quick question – is your sink an IKEA sink that was previously installed?
Thanks, Jess! No, the sink isn’t from IKEA – it’s from a company called Magick Woods, and it doesn’t look like they sell this particular sink anymore.
Did you use a matte or eggshell paint, and did you use a poly acrylic or anything as a protective finish? I love this bathroom! Great work!
Thank you! I used Benjamin Moore Regal Select Exterior paint (because I had planned to also paint an exterior door in this color). It’s the Low Lustre finish. I also used a water-based poly in a satin finish.