Repurposed Bathroom Vanity

Repurposed Bathroom Vanity

If you’ve shopped for a bathroom vanity lately, you know they are crazy expensive! We’ve been needing to replace the 80’s vanity in our hall bath since we bought the house 7 years ago! It was just one of those projects we kept putting off. When the house flooded a few months back, the flooring had to be ripped out so this was the perfect opportunity to work on the vanity. It’s a small bathroom that is mainly used by my boys so I had to have something sturdy. I shopped around and was not impressed with anything I could find locally. I just could NOT make myself pay $400 + for a pressed wood vanity with no character! So, it decided to convert a piece of furniture into a vanity!
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Repurposed Bathroom Vanity

In order to give this remodeled Atlanta bathroom one-of-a-kind designer flair, a dining room console table was repurposed as a dual sink vanity. Although many designers suggest repurposed case goods into custom vanities, there are important factors to keep in mind before doing so.
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Repurposed Bathroom Vanity

I’m so inspired by all of Debbie’s refreshing and restyling that I thought I’d share one of my favorite bathroom design repurposing moves: the vanity. Just say no to that builder’s grade boring vanity cabinet and open your eyes to using a unique piece of furniture instead. You can use a table, desk, bureau, cabinet, or many other pieces in place of the traditional bathroom furnishing; as a matter of fact, my downstairs vanity is an antique icebox. To get you inspired to think outside of the standard cabinet, here’s a look at three different vanities that bring unique patina and style to a bathroom, and offer an old piece of furniture a whole new life.
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Repurposed Bathroom Vanity

One of the most important steps in ensuring longevity of a repurposed bathroom vanity is the proper sealing of a dresser, console or chest’s top. All that’s needed is a quart of polyurethane and a 3 to 6 inch paint brush. With the surface properly wiped and dry, add two coats of polyurethane evenly, allowing at least one hour drying time between each coat. Polyurethane is odorous and sometimes takes up to 5 days for proper deodorization. Excellent, non-odorous or less odorous options include shellac and a polyurethane/acrylic blend.
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Repurposed Bathroom Vanity

Many of today’s bathroom accessories are re-chargeable, and it’s wise to keep them hidden from view until ready for use. What better place to store them than inside of the vanity? Consider relocating or adding an outlet box along the wall directly behind the repurposed dresser, console or chest. Furniture without back panels involves the outlet box being installed directly to the wall. Those with back panels will require a jigsaw to cut through the wood or metal so that the face plate can be screwed inside of the cabinet and also attached firmly to the outlet box.
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Repurposed Bathroom Vanity

When changing hardware on a repurposed dresser, console or chest, be sure to keep in mind how its finish will coordinate with other elements within the bathroom. Designers often recommend sticking within the same color or material family, yet letting the finishes vary slightly for a layered look. This vanity was outfitted with brown-toned hardware in a variety of finishes: aged bronze knobs, a raw steel mirror frame, and oil rubbed bronze accessories.
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Repurposed Bathroom Vanity

Move over, characterless bathroom cabinets. Step aside, pedestal sinks. There’s a new look in town, one that’s vintage in style but fresh in feel. Repurposing older furniture as a bathroom vanity is nothing new, but lately I’ve been seeing it crop up everywhere. I’m not complaining; it’s a look I love, and I’ve noticed that my clients are increasingly asking for it, too. If you’re considering bringing some vintage style into your bathroom, read on for some things to keep in mind.
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Stuck on a vanity idea? A couple of painted table legs are all you need. (Well, and a framework for support, especially if your countertop choice is heavy.) This BATHtastic! redo pared an overwrought blue-tiled bathroom down to a neutral palette and minimalist vanity choices, leaving the sparkling chrome plumbing exposed underneath.
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Simple end tables are repurposed here as an attractive double set of vanities. With rolled linens stacked neatly underneath, the tables pair well with the vintage clawfoot tub and a set of Botticelli vessel sinks from Kohler, which are made of Carrara marble.
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This mahogany serving table was a dining room piece in its first life. A client of Seattle remodeling and design firm JAS Design Build, which did the bathroom renovation, purchased it on eBay for $200 and had a carpenter convert it to a bathroom vanity by adding a curved marble top. The still-functional bottom drawers offer a place for linen storage.
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Today I am sharing the step-by-step process we used to turn an old dresser into a bathroom vanity. We used this process on two dressers for our master bathroom renovation and I could not be happier with how they turned out. Please keep in mind we are not experts, this is simply the process we used. I’m sure there are variety of ways to get this done, but this was our strategy and I think it was actually fairly simple–plus the drawers on the dresser are still functional, which is a huge plus in my book. I’ll be sharing everything you need for this project and all sources will be listed at the end of this post, so be sure to check that out if you’re preparing to do this in your own home!
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The top surface of your new bathroom vanity is an important consideration; depending on the combination of basin and furniture you choose, you might be forced to choose something new, or you might find the existing surface to be perfectly fine. A piece made of hardwood, for example, especially if it’s been painted or waxed and oiled over the years, can be usable in a bathroom that gets low-to-regular use.
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It’s important to know the height of the dresser, console or chest before considering repurposing it. If the piece is too low, it will be impractical to use with a sink due to having to bend down to reach water. However, if the top surface of a dresser, console or chest is too high, it will be difficult to reach once a vessel sink is added. Two common dimensions which work well are standard vanity height which is 30″, and standard counter height which is 36″. Vanity height is ideal for homeowners under 6′ in stature while counter height is ideal for those over 6′.
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Now, it’s an open spa-like, tranquil retreat. The shower is double the previous size and has a walk-in feature. The tub is a stand alone soaking tub. The vanity was purchased from an antique store and then turned into a vanity. It is a combination of contemporary meets classic with the floor to ceiling marble and the chandelier above the bathtub even the fixtures have a classic yet contemporary line.
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This vanity is a Pinterest phenomenon. “It’s the sink that made me famous,” says artist Benjamin Bullins. “People ask me where the inspiration came from, but it was really more opportunity than inspiration.” Bullins was designing a client’s bathroom, and the client’s mom’s neighbor knew he worked with recycled materials, so she brought over some old bicycles for him to repurpose. Presto! Note: Bullins had to special-order solid rubber tires for this piece so they wouldn’t go flat over time.
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If you live near a winery, you may be sitting on an upcycling gold mine. Real oak wine barrels make beautiful furniture — craftsman John Koering painstakingly refitted this barrel as a vanity for Premier Copper Products, which sells the striking hammered copper vessel sink used here. Prepping a wooden barrel for a humid bathroom requires special care, so don’t go plopping a sink into one without researching the finer points of finishing and sealing.
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Vessel sinks are a natural choice for upcycling a piece of furniture as a bathroom vanity, because they allow you to keep more of an attractive piece’s top intact. Here, a shallow porcelain sink — Kohler’s Conical Bell model — atop a rustic console table is reminiscent of an old-style farmhouse washbasin.
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As wall-mounted bathroom tissue dispensers continue to be replaced by free-standing, roll-concealing towers, finding alternative places to mount them out of sight remains an issue for many homeowners. To keep the dispenser within arm’s reach but out of view, consider mounting it to the side of the vanity closest to the commode using screws and a drill.
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Oh, so inspiring! I’m going to make my bathroom vanity and am definitely into some kind of color. I was thinking a Dijon color, but corals absolutely suck me in. LOVE them! A small tip? When you cut down a drawer, start running across the entire bottom, first. Right to left. THEN cut the rest of the sides. That way, no matter what, you’ll have the correct measurements at the end. It’s easy to fuss up if you cut down the sides first. Then you can finish with jig or circular saw. I cut down a bunch of refrigerator cabinets for a 16′ 10″ wall unit I’m building. Learned the hard way.