The only problems you face when repurposing furniture as a bathroom vanity are the size of your bathroom, the item you have to work with, your own imagination, and the depth of your skills. Homeowners have creatively repurposed items for use elsewhere in the home for decades, but more recently they have turned to antique, vintage or even cast-off modern furniture as alternatives to the cookie-cutter bathroom vanities from off the shelf. Repurposed units can often hold one or two bathroom sinks, while hiding the plumbing and providing extra storage. When you score an old piece of furniture for a few bucks at a thrift store, yard sale or the flea market, you can spend more money on that upscale sink or two you wanted instead.
Dresser to Bathroom Vanity
An old distressed dresser with antique glass knobs works well in a bathroom with a new low-profile sink set atop it. Basically all that is required are holes cut in the top of the dresser to accept the sink’s drain piping and plumbing, and a portion of the back cut out to align with the plumbing that comes from the wall. Simply clean the dresser and coat it with a protective clear polyurethane finish or leave it as-is for a shabby-chic look in your bathroom’s decor.
A console table with a shelf at the bottom presents an interesting repurposed bathroom vanity. Choose a polished metal P-trap to go beneath the sink because you will be able to see it; black or white PVC piping won’t look nice. Cut a hole to drop in a sink with a lip that keeps it in place. Just as with a regular vanity, you’ll also need to cut holes for the faucet and handles. Store towels beneath the sink on the shelf and add a basket to house often-used bathroom supplies. Refinish the table in your chosen stain and finish, or leave it as-is based on your design scheme.
Vintage Mirrored Dresser
An antique mirror dresser gets new life breathed into it when it’s used in the bathroom as a vanity. Since the mirror is already attached to the dresser, you don’t need to hang a mirror, and the dresser provides ample storage for items that would normally be inside the medicine cabinet. Paint the dresser using antique painting techniques, leave it as-is for a distressed look, or paint it black and apply a clear shiny finish to use in a contemporary home.
When you no longer have the table that goes with that inherited dining buffet or sideboard, turn it into a repurposed bathroom vanity. You may have to cut down the legs a bit if it’s too tall for your master bathroom, but adding two vessel sinks atop only requires access for plumbing. Cut the holes for the sink drains, faucets and handles, and open up its back to accommodate the plumbing. The drawers in the middle provide needed bathroom storage, and the two cupboards on either side hide the plumbing while providing under-the-sink storage.