Repairing a Water Damaged Bathroom Vanity

This vanity makeover is going to save me a lot of money!

white bathroom vanity with doors open

If you saw my bathroom mat post then you may have noticed the water damaged particle board vanity in the photo. 

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I sure did!

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white bathroom mat with Garden stenciled on it

This is my daughter's bathroom and you can read all about that drama here

The whole side and bottom of this 20 year old vanity was water damaged... 

it is made from particle board and apparently didn't survive my 4 daughters very well. 

When particle board gets wet it expands and makes a mess!

Today was the day... after seeing those photos I was a little grossed out and determined to give it a makeover. 

I priced out new vanities and while I had no problem buying a new one, I decided to wait until my last 2 girls were finished with college and moved out to spend any big money on this bathroom. 

a Water Damaged  Vanity corner

I used computer paper to create a template of the damaged side of the vanity. 

I traced out the baseboard and the front cut then drew it onto a thin piece of plywood. 

a paper pattern of the damaged vanity

I cut the plywood to the correct shape using my jigsaw then nailed it to the damaged side of the vanity with my nail gun

Plywood added to side of the vanity

The space under the front of the vanity was also water damaged so I cut a 1"x 4" to the correct length and nailed it under the drawers. 

Repainted white bathroom vanity

My carpenter skills are minimal but I'm happy with the way I was able to cover up the water damage. 

Next came the drawers. 

They were in pretty bad shape too. 

Makeup, dirt, and spilled whatever... 

Open vanity drawers

I sanded all the damage on the drawer fronts and cleaned out the inside of each drawer.  

Using an acrylic white paint with a primer, I painted the inside and outside of each drawer. 

open vanity with drawers all opened and painted white

By making these simple repairs, I saved myself $600-$800 on a new vanity. 

completed repairs and painted white vanity

Stay tuned for the rest of this bathroom makeover... 

What I didn't show you were the bright orange walls and white wainscot in this room that was just painted over in a nice neutral color.

pinterest pin for repairing a damaged vanity

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. Susan, you did a great job of repairing that vanity. I might have just bought a used dresser and dropped the sink into it for a quicker fix.

    1. Thanks Sugar! I was thinking of doing that but I really just wanted to see if I could save this one first... luckily I did and didn't have to spend a penny! :)

  2. Your skills never cease to amaze me, Susan!

    1. Truth be told I amaze myself sometimes too! LOL... like when I have a piece of plywood the exact size I need in the basement already!

  3. Wow, you are good, because you did an excellent makeover. Thanks for letting your readers know that just because a piece appears to be a goner, doesn't not mean that it is. You rock!

    1. Thanks Ivory Jean! I was so happy to be able to repair rather than replace this piece. I will buy a new one when my girls move out. LOL


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