14 Ideas for a DIY Bathroom Vanity

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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.

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.

Storage and style are must-haves in a small bath. Discover how to get both with these small vanity ideas.

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.

Dresser Do-Over

Repurposing is an inexpensive way to update your home. This old bedroom dresser was painted blue for modern cottage style. The furniture piece offers extra storage and easy customization. Keep the existing surface or add a stone countertop, and install a simple sink bowl.

Boot Strap Towel Rack

Add an industrial vibe to your modern and minimalist bathroom vanity with a DIY towel bar. Affix leather straps to your vanity drawer that loop around a waterproof towel rod. This adds a personal and practical touch to your bathroom vanity.

Regal and Red

This elegant vanity was sanded, primed, and painted red to achieve an eye-catching look. A white vessel sink continues the neutral bathroom color scheme, while an off-center faucet emphasizes its originality.

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.

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.

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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