18 DIY Bathroom Vanity Ideas for Custom Storage and Style

open simple blue vanity
Photo: Edmund Barr

Building a bathroom vanity allows you to satisfy your unique storage needs and style preferences. Refinish a flea market find, update an existing cabinet, or upgrade a table for a personalized vanity you'll love.

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Vintage-Style DIY Bathroom Vanity

modern graphic bathroom with natural vanity
David Tsay

This bathroom vanity was custom-built out of salvaged wood for a unique vintage-style piece. The boards were hand-selected from a salvage yard and coated in a matte sealer to protect the wood from water. The countertops are marble remnants and a new trough sink looks old, thanks to a paint treatment intended to resemble aged copper.

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DIY Cabinet Vanity

Eclectic style bathroom media cabinet
Jeff Herr

A long media cabinet becomes a DIY bathroom vanity and a base for a trough sink, while still providing counter space. Glass-front sliding cabinet doors make for grab-and-go storage with style. You might even pair this with a marble slab for a countertop.

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DIY Bathroom Vanity Built From Scratch

open simple blue vanity
Edmund Barr

If you can't find the bathroom vanity style you want, or one to fit an awkward space, make your own. This simple blue vanity was made using wood posts, inexpensive lumber, and a white quartz countertop. Finish yours to fit your style, whether that's using a coat of high-gloss paint or a rustic wood stain.

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DIY Bathroom Vanity in Farmhouse Style

Towels in baskets with bathroom vanity and sink
Nathan Schroder

Make a mismatched vanity and mirror feel like a pair with a fresh paint job. To coordinate this farmhouse-style bathroom vanity, the homeowner intentionally painted the antique mirror in a similar color and style. Using visible brushstrokes of teal paint, the vanity and mirror offer an updated take on rustic style.

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DIY Bathroom Vanity Using Furniture

blue painted dresser bathroom sink
The Wilde Project

Transform a favorite dresser or console into a stunning bathroom vanity with a fresh coat of paint, new hardware, and a little elbow grease. For this custom vanity, we removed the inside frame of the dresser to account for plumbing and reattached false drawer fronts. Opt for any vessel sink that suits your style, and use the intact bottom drawer for bonus storage.

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DIY Bathroom Vanity Update

Gray traditional style bathroom with claw foot tub
Brie Williams

If you love the idea of a dresser-inspired vanity but aren't sure how to build one yourself, try this idea. By starting with a purchased vanity unit, you can create the look of an antique dresser without much work. Prop a traditional vanity up on antique, curved furniture legs. These will mimic the style of a decades-old dresser, and your guests will never know the difference.

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Budget DIY Vanity Makeover

Country style bathroom with repurposed furniture as a vanity
The Wilde Project

DIY bathroom vanity plans sometimes come from other rooms in the house. This old cabinet used to function as a dining room buffet, but now works perfectly as a double-sink vanity. Two center drawers were removed for easy-access storage. Soothing aqua-blue paint coats the base, while the original stained top was kept intact.

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Wood DIY Bathroom Vanity

Eclectic style bathroom with distressed vanity
John Bessler

If a stock vanity is too large for your small bathroom, rework a narrow wood table to hold a sink and storage. 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. Furniture makeovers are a great way to incorporate antique finds into your rustic bathroom.

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Easy DIY Bathroom Vanity Update

Ladder shelf next to yellow vanity
Adam Albright

Give an existing off-the-shelf vanity a lively new look with glossy yellow paint and decoupaged doors. Handmade paper in a trendy ikat pattern provides an easy update for cabinet doors. Cut the paper to size and apply with decoupage medium and a foam paintbrush.

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Small DIY Bathroom Vanity Ideas

Modern style bathroom with cut away vanity for easy access
Gustav Schmiege Photography

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

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Powder Room Vanity Ideas

open wooden vanity oval mirror above
Edmund Barr

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 accommodates 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.

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Colorful DIY Bathroom Vanity

Eclectic style bathroom with coral vanity and grey walls
Marty Baldwin

Refresh a basic oak cabinet by removing the hardware, sanding the wood, and finishing it with primer and high-gloss paint. New hardware and a fresh faucet complete this colorful vanity makeover. Paired with rustic wood shelves and storage, it's the perfect mix of new and old.

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Glamorous DIY Bathroom Vanity

Blue and white bathroom in eclectic style
Werner Straube

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

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DIY Bathroom Vanity Dresser

Teal dresser with green baskets and shiplap walls
Richard Leo Johnson

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

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Industrial-Style DIY Bathroom Vanity

DIY towel-bar modern bathroom
Leslie Poyzer

Add an industrial feel to a modern or minimalist bathroom vanity with a towel bar. Affix leather straps to the top drawer and loop them around a waterproof towel rod. This quick update adds both a personal and practical touch.

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Elegant DIY Bathroom Vanity

red dresser bathroom vanity
John Bessler

Dressers with attached mirrors are DIY bathroom vanities waiting to happen. This elegant vanity was sanded, primed, and painted red for an eye-catching look. A white vessel sink continues the otherwise neutral bathroom color scheme, while an off-center faucet emphasizes the design's originality.

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Rustic Table Vanity

antique table rustic bathroom vanity
Michael Partenio

Refinish an antique table to serve as a sturdy but stylish rustic bathroom vanity. Classic vessel sinks and bridge faucets complete this clean and simple cottage look. Recessed wall shelves keep clutter off the vanity top.

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Traditional DIY Bathroom Vanity

Traditional style bathroom with porcelain vanity
Werner Straube

Traditional, but with a twist, this bathroom combines a period-appropriate desk as the base with a custom countertop and backsplash. The elegant vanity easily mixes with furnishings both new and old. Keep a clean, neutral palette to allow natural light to flood the bathroom.

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