Sunday, January 13, 2013

Old Dresser Vanity

Let me just say, I LOVE my new vanity. I mean really love it. I can't walk by the bathroom door without looking in at it. I stand in front of it to fix my hair or brush my teeth and can't help but admire it. I pull out a drawer to get a washcloth and can't help but smile. It's the vanity of my dreams. It's old, it's chipped, it's funky and it's mine.

When we started our bathroom re-do, I pinned this picture...

Then I started pouring over Craigslist, looking in junk stores, cruising by yard sales. Now and then I would find one that was "close, but not quite..." or one that was just right with a huge price tag. Knowing that I was going to saw a hole in the top of it and quite possibly be trimming an inch or so off the back legs, I wasn't willing to pay too much.

Well, it just so happened that we were in Eugene to pick up a tub and sink at Bring Recycling . While Ken ran into the tool place, I waited in the truck and pulled out my Ipad. And there it was, just listed on Craigslist. Shabby...check. Right height and width? Check. $20.00? RIGHT ON! By the time Ken came out and we hit the highway, I had directions and a $20 bill in my hand.

I was so excited when we drove up and it was even better than I expected. It even had the glass knobs I wanted. I wish I had taken a picture of our truck loaded down with a tub a sink and my new dresser. We looked like the Clampett's I'm sure!

The hardest part of the whole conversion from dresser to bathroom vanity was making that first cut. I measured the space I needed to allow for the pipes to fit in the back and used a jig saw to open up enough room in the back.

Ken turned the sink we were going to use upside down and used it to draw a cutting guide for the center hole. He used the jig saw to cut a hole about 1/2 inch smaller than the sink itself. He also had to cut the backs off the top two drawers (making those false fronts) and the center top drawer divider to make room for the bottom of the sink.
I really liked the way the paint was chipped on the base and showed its layers of color, but I decided that I wanted a smooth stained top. It took Jake and I quite a while, but we managed to strip and sand it down to the wood and then applied several coats of stain and poly to protect it.

Ken kept telling me that we were going to lose the use of all the drawers. The bathroom is very small with little storage and I hated that we were going to lose more. But my husband is one smart boy (not just his last name!) and came up with a great solution....

Another few cuts with the jig saw and some scrap wood and now we have "U" shaped drawers with plenty of storage for all those bathroom necessities and enough clearance to fit around the pipes in the back.

I try to be a bit flexible when I have a vision of how I want something to turn out since often projects don't always go as planned, but this is one project that is exactly what I envisioned. Better even. I just love how the white sink looks against the rich wood on top and the chippy paint on the base...

She's just perfect and I adore her. Such a fun project and one that makes our home even more unique. Watch for more of our bathroom re-do posts. So much more I can't wait to share!


  1. That such a great idea! ;)
    Too bad we're renting.. Hehe
    You will be featured at this week's {nifty thrifty sunday}!
    Thanks for linking up!
    xo! Vanessa

    1. Oh Gosh Vanessa! Thank you SOOOO much for featuring me! Love your blog and I'm thrilled that you liked our project! ~Wren

  2. wren just found you on home talk and signed up to follow on email i love your projects a ton xx

    1. Thank you for checking out my blog. Don't you just love Hometalk? I just discovered it. So excited to share there as well as here. ~Wren


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