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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Create Recess for Plumbing in Lower Drawers

For drawers that only need a portion removed from the center back (to accommodate plumbing pipes), measure and mark area on back and bottom that need to be removed. Cut out with a jigsaw. Cut pieces of 1/2-inch MDF or cabinet-grade plywood to create new interior sides and back. Reassemble drawer by tacking sides and back of plumbing recess into place with brad nailer. Glue and clamps may also be used for additional support. Repeat with all other drawers.

Cut Back and Bottom of Dresser

Insert bottom drawer into dresser frame. Trace around recess with pencil onto dresser bottom and back. Remove drawer and transfer measurement to outside of dresser (or drill holes at corners in order to see where cuts need to be made.) Flip dresser over on its front side and cut out marked area on back and bottom with circular saw or jigsaw. Put drawers and sink in dresser to ensure everything fits and there is enough room for plumbing pipes. Tip: It may be necessary to add an additional support along back or bottom of dresser to shore up the frame. In this project, the cross support pieces were intact after cutting, so additional supports weren't necessary.

Install Plumbing

Connect plumbing pipes to sink and faucet. Dry-fit only at this stage, in order to make sure everything lines up properly and further adjustments do not need to be made to drawers or back of dresser.

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