11 Ideas for a DIY Bathroom Vanity

Refinish a flea market find, update an existing stock cabinet, or upgrade a retail table for a personalized vanity you'll love. Let these stylish ideas for a DIY bathroom vanity be your inspiration.

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  • Salvaged Sophistication

    A long media cabinet becomes the perfect base for a trough sink while providing plenty of additional counter space. Glass-front sliding doors on this DIY bathroom vanity make for grab-and-go storage with style.

  • Budget Makeover

    This old cabinet used to function as a dining room buffet but now works perfectly as a double-sink vanity. Center drawers were removed for easy-access storage. Soothing aqua-blue paint coats the base, while the original stained top was kept intact.

  • Smart Modifications

    If a stock vanity is too large for your small bathroom, look to local retailers for a wood table. This weathered, painted piece resembles a pricey European design with its aged patina, open shelving, and X-detail sides. Have a contractor install a wall-mount faucet and recess plumbing pipes into the wall so the mechanicals don't show. 

  • Easy Update

    Give an existing off-the-shelf vanity a shot of Vitamin C with glossy yellow paint and decoupaged doors. Handmade paper in a trendy ikat pattern adds easy DIY sophistication to the cabinet doors. Cut the paper to size and apply with decoupage medium and a foam paintbrush.

  • Small But Mighty

    Combine a purchased cabinet base with a birch plywood countertop for a customized vanity that fits even the smallest of spaces. This DIY countertop's curved shape allows the door to open into the room while squeezing in more storage. A vessel sink and cylindrical faucet found on clearance modernize the look while sticking to a budget.

  • Best-Ever Small Vanities

    Don't skimp on style in your small bathroom. These ideas for a small vanity provide ample storage without all the bulk.

  • Wooded Wonder

    Often tucked away and short on square footage, the powder room is an understated space that's relatively easy to revamp. This reclaimed pine desk boasts a modest bowl sink and wall-mount faucet for plenty of counter space. Open shelving underneath creates an ideal spot for baskets to hold extra towels and toiletries.

  • Instant Upgrade

    Refresh a basic oak cabinet by removing the hardware, sanding the wood, and finishing it with primer and a high-gloss paint. New hardware and a fresh faucet complete this colorful vanity makeover.

  • Glamorous Allure

    Save money and inject some personality into your bath by converting an existing dresser into a custom vanity. For a peaceful primping experience, layer a white traditional dresser against crisp white walls. A custom countertop with a fitted sink and faucet change the furniture piece's function, while a faux center drawer hides plumbing.

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    Desk Vanity

    Construct a sink vanity from a desktop and two adjustable-height desk legs. Use a cleat to secure the back of the desktop to the wall. Cut holes in the desktop for the faucet and drain with a hole saw, and secure a towel bar to the underside to keep towels handy and hide sink pipes. For easy-access storage, screw two 10-inch-deep wall shelves together to form an L, paint them, and add casters.

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    Cottage Creation

    Refinish an antique table to serve as a sturdy but stylish bathroom vanity. Classic vessel sinks and bridge faucets complete this clean and simple cottage look.

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    Traditional Taste

    Traditional with a twist, this bathroom pairs a period-appropriate desk base with a custom countertop and backsplash. The elegant DIY vanity easily mingles with furnishings of both now and then, fine and found.

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