Repurposing a dresser for a vanity adds an unexpected, “upcycled chic” element of decor into a bathroom, with more of a usable furniture appearance than the average ready-made vanity. An old, outdated dresser leftover in a bedroom a slice picked up in a flea market function equally well as vanities. The perfect dresser for a vanity project ought to be in the height range you’d like for a bathroom sink, since the sink will either be set into or across the cover of the dresser.
A major area of the dresser-to-vanity makeover is preparing to get your sink plumbing. When using a sink that’s flush with the dresser top, this needs a large hole cut through the top of the dresser. A countertop-style sink will require a hole through the dresser top for the drain. The back of the dresser also needs holes for pipes. Installing the pipes also entails dresser drawers might require cuts to permit space for pipes, so the drawer fronts might want to be nailed or screwed shut later to avoid mishaps.
The height and integrity of this dresser material come into play when deciding what type of sink to use in the restroom. If the dresser top is the dresser appears to be short, a countertop-style sink that sits on top of this dresser is a feasible option. When using an inset, drop-in sink, then the dresser shirt ought to be made from solid wood or might require bolstering to support the weight of the sink after such a large hole is cut through the dresser top.
Pretty It Up
A dresser makeover is in order when using the slice for a vanity after all, you don’t want it to look like you simply pulled it out of a spare bedroom. Give that dresser a distressed, aged look by banging it up a bit with a hammer along sharp edges, then painting it a vivid base color. Coat it in candle wax, then paint it a second color, and even a third if you prefer. Sanding through the top paint layers reveals that the colours beneath, as if the piece has been used for several decades. If the drawer handles look too much like older dresser handles, swap them out for something more fitting to your bathroom’s decor to make the dresser conversion less obvious.
Because a bathroom environment is more humid than the normal bedroom, that dresser probably requires extra protection from moisture, particularly on top. An actual countertop material could be cut to match the top of the dresser prior to installing the sink, or you could seal the top surface with multiple coats of polyurethane. Sealing the remaining portion of the dresser will even help shield it from water damage. If you don’t like the shiny look of a sealer, make certain to wipe down the dresser frequently having a dry towel after bathing to eliminate the chances of moisture accumulation.