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A Cottage Style Bathroom Vanity Makeover

May 04, 2023

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I updated a stock bathroom vanity with new hardware, floral wallpaper and fabric to give it a charming cottage style look.

It was a super simple DIY, but one that looks great and functions well.

White Bathroom Vanity Cottage Style

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I got this brand new vanity for my bathroom. I was so excited.

Of course I found it when I wasn't looking. I literally stumbled over it while shopping for our new top loading washer.

Always the way.

All good. I was just thrilled to have it.

You see, when we moved here, our bathroom had a pedestal sink. No vanity at all and when we finally put one it, it was...adequate.

It's not that I have a lot of stuff, I'm a total girly girl, but when it comes to beauty products, I'm a minimalist.

No. The issue was with our plumbing.

Under The Sink Plumbing

Due to the position of the pipes, only the very bottom drawer opened and the cabinet was one big, cavernous waste of space. 

None of which was really an issue, until I hurt my shoulder last year, falling down the basement steps before we installed the runner.

Before that, it was mildly annoying to have to reach down to the floor to get anything I needed, but once that mishap occurred, it was downright painful.

Vanity Drawer That Doesn't Open and on that does below it

And I needed a solution.

Unfortunately, those pipes and the super, teeny tiny size of the bathroom, prevented me from finding a budget friendly model that worked. 

It'd been more than 15 years since I'd purchased a vanity. When we recently renovated our hall bathroom, I updated the old vanity.

Whoa. $1500 for a tiny cabinet? I thought that was insane.

Instead, I tried to deal with what I had...using Dollar Tree baskets to organize and Command Hooks for easier access to my hair tools, but that only lasted for so long with the humidity. And it didn't solve the low drawer issue.

A very messy peek inside a bathroom vanity

So needless to say when I found this vanity, I was jumping for joy.

The configuration was exactly what I'd been searching for, lots of solid wood drawers, a cabinet with a shelf and my husband only had to move one little pipe to make it fit.

Well, maybe not so little.

Vanity removal and pipes moved in a bathroom

But very worth it, because once it was in, it was perfect.

Ok, almost perfect. 

You just knew that this DIYer wasn't going to be satisfied to leave it alone. I mean it was charming, it had a sweet paneled look on the front, but once I had it in the room, I was bored.

There wasn't any decorating drama. Nothing to wow me. It was too bland for this color loving, cottage style girl.

So I decided to give it a makeover to suit my aesthetic.

First, the black and nickel hardware sets included were far too modern for me.

So I ordered new, in painted white metal. Delicate scrolls and flowers were much more pleasing.

You can find the handle here and the knobs here.

White metal hardware on a white vanity

Next, the drawers needed a little prettying up.

That was an easy fix. I just grabbed a roll of the floral wallpaper from the family room.

The same color/ pattern comes in this peel and stick version, if you don't need pasted wallpaper.

Wallpaper Drawer Liners in a bathroom vanity with text wallpaper makes everything pretty

The hard part was the vanity itself.

What could I do to update that stock bathroom vanity and give it some charm?


At first, I mentioned painting it to my husband and he laughed out loud and then said, No

He was right. It was too new for that. I'll keep that option open for a later time. 😉

That's when I set my attention on the door and realized that it was a reversible panel. Again, paint and wallpaper both came to mind. 

Then, while looking for decor for my new family room,  I found a yard of delicious green fabric for $4.99 in the remnant pile and I knew.

I already had shirred fabric on the shutters in there, it would definitely fit in.

So, I used my velcro trick and in minutes, this vanity...

White Bathroom Vanity Cottage Style

Became this vanity.

Cottage Style Bathroom Vanity Makeover with green fabric

How fabulous.

It certainly isn't boring anymore.

Green and White Country Bathroom Vanity

Now, it's my dream vanity, complete with several very organized, rose filled drawers, including two that are way up high for makeup, hair brushes and a cottage sized hair dryer.

Here are the clear storage bins in the drawer

Clear Organization Trays For Bathroom

Plus, it has a cabinet with shelves. I might add paper there, too, but considering it's also a boy's bathroom, I decided to reel the blooms a bit.

For now, anyway.

Organized Bathroom Cabinet Shelves

Besides, it's the exterior I see most.

A far cry from the old view.

Brown Wooden Bathroom Vanity

This one makes me swoon every time I catch a glimpse of it, walking by or through the glass shower doors.

Green and White Master Bathroom Vanity in white bathroom

Or from my bedroom which is now dressed in green and pink, as well.

Of course, I might have to change the artwork, that frame and add some accessories.

Floral Lined Vanity Drawers and flower painting on wall of bathroom

But that's ok, that's the fun stuff.

Oh, and keep your eyes peeled for the full makeover DIYs in case your vanity needs a makeover.

I mean that's what bathrooms are for, right?

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Would you put fabric in the bathroom?

Resources for this DIY:


Cottage Style  Bathroom Vanity  Makeover DIY text over photo of white vanity in bathroom

Happy Decorating Friends!!
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  1. Love it, I two just love red and green Love your site and ideas Also would love to know where the dividers in the drawer are from. . They are just what I need

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    1. Hi Harper!! Thanks so much, you just made me smile!! At the end of the post I listed and linked all the items from this project, including those clear organizers. They really are awesome and I think there's a coupon for them right now!! I hope that helps!!

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  2. So much better, Kim, and I love how you made it your own with the wallpaper and fabric.

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    1. Thanks Ann! It was sweet before, but I'm totally in love with it now. ☺️

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  3. It was beautiful even before you did your magic on it but wow, you certainly took it to a new level! As you do so many things in your home, Kim. You always make me look at things in my house and imagine new possibilities. Take for instance that fabric! I do love that and who can resist pretty drawer liners. I am sorry to hear you had that scary fall down the basement steps. I remember when I did that a few decades ago, head first, carrying a roasting pan full of a big ham on it's way to the basement fridge. I still don't like to think about it and I don't think my ribs have ever been the same. Be careful, girl!

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    1. Dewena, thank you for such a lovely comment. Hearing that my DIYs inspire you just made my day! That fall sounds terrible though, yikes! I literally slipped down the last three steps and my shoulder has been a mess since. The doctors and PTs tell me that it'll be 100% one day, but I don't believe it. In the meantime, yes, careful is the word of the day...especially on those stairs! Enjoy the weekend!

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  4. What a lovely transformation Kim, I understand how hard it is to find a vanity to work with your particular bathroom configuration. I am always looking for organization ideas for storage under the sink. Right now I have a mixture of baskets, and trays, which works well. I love your idea of using the paper for the drawers, really takes it up to a new level! It all, as always, looks amazing!

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    1. Thanks so much, Marilyn and yes, this tiny bathroom really is a challenge. It was nice to finally find something that worked. I always marvel at those home shows where people have double sinks and a huge vanity and complain about the lack of storage. I'm on the other end of the tv giggling...like oh boy, I wonder what they'd say about my house! Haha!!

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  5. It's so cute! I love the look and I know you are enjoying all that storage!
    Great idea to put that paper in the drawers. It would make me smile every time I open one.

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    1. Thanks so much, Mari! I really love that wallpaper, so I was happy to have another place to use it.

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  6. Good job - very pretty and who doesn't love more storage where you need it?

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    1. Agreed, more storage is always good!! And thanks! I love the way it looks now.

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    1. Thanks so much, Deanna! It was so cute, but now I have to say I love it.

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  8. It is a beauty and I love the addition of the fabric in the front. Beautiful indeed Kim!

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    1. Thanks Mary! The vanity and the fabric were both lucky finds.

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  9. You cannot go wrong with more storage. The wallpaper gives added charm. I love the cabinet painted white. Adding the fabric is definitely a cottage look.

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    1. Thanks Linda. I haven’t had a white cabinet in there in years. This one just came with a removable panel that made the fabric addition so easy. I love a DIY that just falls in your lap like that!

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  10. Two great minds think alike! The small downstairs bathroom in my 80's era house has this weird under the cabinet magazine rack, large enough to be right at home in a doctor's waiting room. I did the same thing - covered it with a green curtain. It's too shallow for proper storage, but I can keep toilet rolls there. I also went with a rose motif in the room, which leads to my question - what is the writing on the wall paper? French? Bible verses? Great job with the vanity!

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    1. It sounds like we have the exact same taste and cottage style problem solving brain!! I love what you did, fabric is my true decor favorite. The writing is French! It's a very loose script and very difficult to decipher the words. I'd always assumed it was small poems about the garden, but I took French for 6 years in school, I could read novels and I can't make out the text. I did Google it and the manufacturer says it's French and describes the colors of a rose. So I guess I was on the right track! Thanks for the comment today! Enjoy your weekend!

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  11. I love the peel and stick wallpaper and the fabric on the door is beautiful. Bravo looks awesome. Hugs. Kris

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    1. Thanks Kris! I really do love the way it looks and the fact that I don't have to do a squat every time I want to put some lipstick on!! Hahaha!! Hugs!

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  12. Wonderful job! I would love a scrubbable/washable wallpaper or contact paper as I eventually spill something that needs a mop up; it's not easy being a klutz. Or a cap leaks. I'm not ready to paint my late 80's 4' long vanity--but your remodel was sure a temptation!!!

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    1. Thanks Kathy!! I'm a klutz in the bathroom, too, trust me. So I was excited to have some wallpaper leftover to protect the drawers from...well...me! 🤣 I think painting is an amazing idea, We painted our other bathroom vanity and I love it. It this one worked structurally, I would've done the same...and 4' long...you lucky girl!!

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  13. Absolutely beautiful, Kim! Your DIY skills are amazing.

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    1. Thanks Melanie! You are super nice, but trust me, it’s all smoke and mirrors…and velcro and glue guns. Haha. I went to a yard sale today and I saw a mirror I loved and it was $3.00 but it was a mess. The woman kept trying to convince me to take it, but it was not going to be a quick or easy DIY so even for $3, I walked!

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  14. Amazing display of both taste and creativity! The green fabric insert is absolutely perfect, as well as the handle and pulls are. I'm so jealous there is a shelf behind that cupboard; I may need to get Sailor involved in adding one in our vanity. Also...this probably sounds weird but I keep wanting to hang a clock in the bathroom. I MUST know what time it is when I am in there to make sure I stay on time! I haven't done it yet, but seeing yours inspires me to do it!! Thank you for that little detail!

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  15. Kim, you did a great job with changing around the vanity. I like the new knobs and the lined drawers look great. Adding the fabric is also a unique touch that adds color to the vanity.

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  16. I love it. I love the bright bathroom. We had a dark blue bathroom, and just two weeks ago we painted our bathroom a light grey with a dark grey trim. LOVE IT!!! We are waiting on a mirror.. that may or may not be in stock. ?? Very strange customer service we are receiving from Home Depot. Ha!
    I also like that you have a clock in your bathroom, we do too. ;-)

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  17. I totally expected to read that you painted it, lol, but you surprised me with the fabric! Looks lovely, Kim, and best of all, makes you smile!

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