How to convert a dresser into a bathroom vanity

A couple of years ago this dresser took many hours of my time to strip and refinish into this lovely burnt orange color. (I’ll be posting the full before and after here shortly of her but, for now, we’ll just use her here as a how to 🙂 After being in storage for over a year it was time for this dresser to convert into a bathroom vanity. The dresser cost me a few dollars to refinish (stripper, sand paper, stain and sealant) from there I spent $13 for the sink at our local salvage depot and $15 for the faucet off of amazon. So, all in this whole project was definitely less then $40 from start to finish and I really don’t think you can beat that. We pulled this dresser in from storage and I turned the sink upside down on top of it to get a starting point.

Difficulty Cost Time Age Person Event
$25 to $50
1-2 Hours
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Step by Step Instructions

  • Step 1

    Very carefully measure and cut out the hole for your sink making sure it is small enough to fall beneath the lip of the sink you chose.

  • Step 2

    In this case our sink was a small sink but our dresser was even smaller so we had to modify the top “drawer” (no longer a drawer) so it would close fully and still provide enough room for the sink.

  • Step 3

    We cut the feet off to remove the castors something I am now kicking myself over. We like high sinks and though we left this pretty high in hindsight I liked those old castors and should have just left it well enough alone.


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