How to Turn an Old Dresser into a Beautiful Bathroom Vanity

Making a a custom bathroom vanity from old furniture is easier than you think. Get the modern-meets-vintage look with our easy how-to.

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A modern vanity is within reach with this clever DIY idea. Using a fresh coat of paint, new hardware, and some interior rearranging, a standard dresser becomes a chic bathroom staple. So go dig up that old dresser gathering dust in the basement, print off our easy-to-follow instructions, and in just a weekend you'll have a brand-new bathroom vanity. 

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What You Need

  • Dresser
  • Sandpaper
  • Primer
  • Paint (we used Restless Sea by BEHR)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Hardware (we used knobs in Golden Champagne from the St. Vincent Collection by Amerock
  • Screwdriver
  • Cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Straightedge
  • Drill
  • Whole saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Wood cleats
  • Sink
  • Faucet
  • Level
  • Drywall screws
  • Clear or paintable silicone

Step 1: Prep the Dresser

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Sand dresser and wipe clean. Prime and paint your desired color, allowing dresser to dry completely between coats. Install desired hardware using a screwdriver. 

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Step 2: Mark and Measure

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Make a template of the countertop with cardboard . Using a straightedge, mark the center of the vanity. This is where the sink will go. Measure and mark where the faucet hole will be.

Step 3: Drill Pilot Holes

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Once you feel good about the placement of the sink and faucet holes, drill pilot holes through the template on the dresser.

Step 4: Widen the Plumbing Fixture Holes

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Using a whole saw, expand the sink and faucet holes to fit your sink and faucet models.

Step 5: Prep and Install Plumbing

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Use a jigsaw to remove the inside frame of the dresser behind the top drawers. Mark where plumbing holes will be on the back of the dresser. Drill holes with the whole saw. Install the sink and faucet according to the manufacturer's instructions.

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Step 6: Create False Drawer Fronts

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Remove the sides and backs of the top two drawers to create false drawer fronts. Add wood cleats to interior side of false fronts. 

Step 7: Attach False Drawer Fronts

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Starting with the top drawer front, attach false front to vanity. Drive screws into vanity through wood cleats from the inside of the vanity. Remove the bottom drawer, then attach the second drawer front. 

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Step 8: Secure Vanity

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Use a level to make sure the vanity is level, then attach it to the wall with drywall screws. Seal top vanity seam against wall with a bead of clear or paintable silicone.

Step 9: Make It Yours

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Though the top two drawers conceal plumbing fixtures, you'll be able to utilize the bottom drawer for storing essentials. If desired, line drawer with decorative paper.

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