Repurposed Design

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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Disassemble Drawers

Determine what portion of drawers will interfere with sink and plumbing and transfer measurements to drawers. For drawers directly under sink, cut off back of drawer using table or circular saw. It may be necessary to complete cut with jigsaw if blade is not big enough to cut all the way through. In the case of this dresser, the interior side of two top drawers needed to be removed. Remove drawer bottom and set aside. Gently loosen tongue and groove to remove side that needs to be trimmed. (It may be necessary to cut side off if glued tight.)

Cut Drawer Bottom and Side

The bottom and side of drawers can be reused. Cut removed side so it can fit behind drawer front. Cut bottom and back of drawer to size needed to accommodate sink.

Reassemble Drawers

Assemble drawers first without glue to ensure a proper fit. Make any adjustments necessary. Squeeze wood glue into channel for drawer bottom and slide bottom in. Insert back and sides and glue and/or tack into place with a brad nailer or a hammer and small finishing nails. Clamp together until glue dries. Use a scrap piece of wood between front of drawer and clamp to prevent denting finish. The drawer front has been untouched, so it will appear as a full drawer when closed. Tip: Since drawer is narrower than it was originally constructed to be, it may be necessary to add a runner just under new inside edge of drawer for support.

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