Sharing all the details of How Easy it is to Install Wood Countertops yourself to a Farmhouse Bathroom Vanity with DIY instructions including finishing tips, the cost of wood countertops, what farmhouse sink & faucet we chose to go with it & pictures.
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DIY Wood Countertops for the Farmhouse Bathroom
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Farmhouse Bathroom Before
So far we have peeled wallpaper, painted & painted again, made a window covering & now we have new wood countertops, farmhouse sink & faucet.
Notice the red laminate countertop & the brass faucet?
Not really that farmhousie is it?
In a perfect world without a budget I would add a Carrara marble countertop & a vintage apron sink…
Unfortunately we still have three other bathrooms, a kitchen & some bedrooms along with some other things.
Good thing we like to remodel!
Farmhouse Sink for DIY Wood Countertops
I found a sink at Ikea for $55 in the As Is room (my favorite room in Ikea).
We went to Home Depot & picked out some select pine wood boards to make the wood countertops for this bathroom vanity cabinet.
Cost of DIY Wood Countertops
The wood pine boards cost about $35-40. However, in total, the wood countertops, farmhouse sink & new faucet cost us less than $250.
Jason first took out the old laminate countertop & sink & cut the wood for the countertops.
Cutting the Wood Pine Boards, Sanding & Adding a Ledge
Jason cut the boards, sanded them & build a ledge for the back of the wood countertops but it wasn’t what I had envisioned.
Nothing about it said old farmhouse either & at first I wasn’t sure what was wrong.
My conclusion, the wood stain didn’t make the wood countertops look old & the wood back splash didn’t either.
Adding Shellac to our DIY Wood Countertops
Jason sanded down the counter & we used shellac instead from the Shellac Shack.
A shellac finish looks great & has a nice warm glow to it that gives it a similar look to the old pumpkin pine look that everyone loves.
You can actually get cans of shellac at home depot & lowes but shellac naturally has wax in it.
If you are going with a wax finish you can certainly purchase this type and use it.
But places like Shellac Shack sell dewaxed shellac flakes which means that the wax is removed from the shellac.
If you use dewaxed shellac you can topcoat it with any type of durable finish you want.
You mix the shellac flakes with denatured alcohol & let the flakes dissolve (usually within 24-48 hours).
4 Reasons Why We Chose Shellac instead of Stain for our DIY Wood Countertops
1) Its completely food safe & nontoxic.
The hard shell on a lot of candies is made from shellac.
Just don’t go googling where shellac comes from…you might not buy candy anymore. 🙂
2) It dries super fast.
This actually makes it difficult to work with on large surfaces…you just want to work fast enough to keep a wet edge so you don’t have dry lines in your work.
But the great thing about this is that you can add another coat a half hour later.
3) Shellac allows you to really control how dark you want to go.
With each coat the finish gets a little darker.
So you can take your time & just stop putting coats on when you like the color.
There are a different shades of shellac flakes.
We use the garnet colored flakes & Jason put on 5 coats of shellac to get the color shown.
How Many Coats of Polyurethane to Add to Your DIY Wood Countertops
Jason then put on four coats of polyurethane.
He painted out the ledge white & added the new farmhouse sink & faucet.
We bought a chrome one to match the chrome finishes in the sink.
Powder Room Faucet for the Farmhouse Sink
We tried to match the powder room faucet with the new kitchen one.
Here is the link to the faucet we bought & for less than $100 it’s a great deal.
The other great thing about the faucet being tall is its easier to fill my water can for my front porch flowers.
I love the new look of our new DIY wood countertops, farmhouse sink & faucet.
I also painted the oval mirror AGAIN to match the oil rubbed bronze knobs & hooks.
This is the first bathroom finally finished in our new house & I feel like we are finally making progress.
I am thankful that we started with the powder room because it’s literally the first room everyone sees after walking into our foyer & the bathroom that gets the most use.
Update – 6 months later and we still love the bathroom & the wood countertops are holding up great.
For less than $250 I think we did a pretty good job & I hope this inspires you & answers all your questions for how to DIY wood Countertops for your home!.
by Tara Lehman
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