Dream Kitchens and Bathrooms

Turn a Vintage Dresser Into a Bathroom Vanity

Customize any bathroom by using a vintage dresser or buffet instead of a builder-grade vanity. Scour thrift stores, yard sales and flea markets for a piece that is the right size for your space. You may even be able to shop your home!

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Materials Needed:

  • dresser or buffet
  • drop-in sink(s)
  • faucet
  • table saw or circular saw
  • jigsaw
  • drill equipped with drill bits
  • clamps
  • wood glue
  • brad nailer and nails (or hammer and small finishing nails)
  • measuring tape
  • 1/2" MDF or cabinet-grade plywood board (enough to build plumbing recesses in drawers)
  • safety glasses
  • chalk
  • pencil
  • silicone caulk
  • caulking gun
  • clean, damp cloth

Select Dresser and Sink

Select a dresser or buffet suited to space available in bathroom. Piece should be very sturdy and preferably solid wood to support weight of sink and faucet. (Remember, a sink is much heavier when filled with water.) Purchase a drop-in sink that will fit inside frame of dresser or buffet. Place sink upside down on dresser top and use measuring tape to center.

Mark Cut Line for Sink

Once sink is centered, trace outline with a pencil directly on top surface of dresser. Draw a line approximately one inch inside traced line to show where cut should be made.

Cut Sink Hole

Drill a hole (large enough to accommodate jigsaw blade) at each corner of sink, just inside cut line. If using a round or oval sink, evenly space 4 to 6 holes around circle. Insert jigsaw into one hole and cut to next hole. Repeat until entire piece is cut out. Test-fit sink and make any adjustments necessary. If refinishing dresser top, do it after hole is cut, so finish isn't marred. Tip: Double-check measurements before cutting. It's better to make the hole too small initially than too large.

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