An old dresser can still be put to good use rather than being stored away or junked. With some modifications and a nice paint job you can turn an old dresser into a bathroom vanity, complete with plenty of storage space for the numerous items that can clutter a bathroom counter. Below are the steps on how to make a bathroom vanity out of an old dresser.
- Check out how the sink will fit into the dresser. The sink can either be placed at the center or to one side of the dresser. The position is dependent on where the sink is located. Copy the shape of the sink and transfer it on top of the dresser. Get the measurement for plumbing connections and transfer the measurements to the back of the dresser. Double check all the measurements and the shape of the sink before you cut the dresser. Drill a hole on top of the dresser and use a jig saw to cut out the shape of the sink. Cut out the holes for the water and drain pipes this way, too.
- The top drawers of the dresser may have to be removed to give space for the bottom of the sink and the drain pipe. Separate the drawer parts from the drawer faces. You will need the drawer faces to cover the spaces previously occupied by the drawers. You can attach the drawer faces permanently to the dresser or you can look for smaller metal mesh trays that will fit in the cavities and attach them to the back of the drawer faces. Connect the drawer faces to the dresser with flip down hinges.
- Turn off the water from the main source. Remove the faucet fixtures, detach the drain pipe and remove the sink. Sand the dresser to lightly remove old paint. Use enamel paint to repaint the dresser. Put any decoration you want to add to the dresser before installing it in place. Enamel paint will protect the dresser from the humidity in the bathroom. If the dresser paint is still in good condition and you want to retain it, spray the dresser with polyurethane. It will seal minor cracks and protect the wood.
- If you want to include a marble or granite countertop over the dresser, have the store cut it to the size of the dresser top and cut out the shape of your sink to correspond to the cut out on the dresser. Install the countertop on the dresser. Put silicone caulk around the edge of the cutout part before you drop the sink into the hole. The caulk will seal the edge of the dresser around the sink and prevent the sink from moving. Make sure that you have checked the level of the sink before the caulk dries up.
- Install the plumbing and the drain pipe and turn on the water. Check for leaks and tighten the fittings. If the dresser drawer knobs do not fit the other fittings inside your bathroom, replace them with something that is more complementary or the same as the handles of the other storage cabinets inside the bathroom.
If the dresser is lower than the height of the sink, attach feet to the dresser or build a stand so that the dresser will fit snugly to the sink. A loose dresser may shift while being used and can cause stress on the water pipes. One solution to eliminate this problem is to attach the back of the dresser to the wall.