Our bathroom was from the '70's era and since I wanted to renovate it to suit my country decorating style, I got the idea to convert the dresser into a vanity. I wasn't sure how my husband would feel about cutting a hole in the top of his great-aunt's old dresser, but it turned out that he loved the idea! Our thinking was that we could stick the dresser in the basement and use it for storage, or we could put it to use in the bathroom where we could appreciate it every day. So the renovations began.
This is a photo of the old vanity that we removed. Notice that the sink is a 70's blue, but the toilet had been replaced and was more like a 90's periwinkle. It looked purple next to the sink.
When we pulled the old vanity out, we discovered that there was no tile on the floor or the wall where the vanity had been placed. We went to a demolition salvage place, but we couldn't match the tiles. I really liked the ones we had and didn't want to replace them. There's always a solution! We stained a piece of oak veneer to match the dresser and installed it on the floor, and we found some plain ivory wall tiles that matched in color (but not in texture) to the old ones. They are mostly hidden by the new vanity, so we are the only ones who would ever notice the difference.
On to the dresser! I stripped and re-strained again, a repeat from 25 years earlier. My husband cut a hole in the top using the template that came with the bathroom sink we had purchased. Ooh, was that scary!
Any time I have seen a dresser converted to a sink vanity, the top drawers are usually eliminated, and the drawer fronts are permanently attached as false drawers. My husband had a very clever idea. He removed the sides of the drawers toward the center and cut the bottoms of the drawer to fit around the oval shape of the sink bowl. He replaced the inner sides with strips of luan that he scored at 1/4" intervals using a table saw so that he could bend it to shape around the sink bowl.
This is a view looking down through the top of the dresser after the holes were cut in and the compartments were built. You can see the open spaces in bottom drawers for the plumbing and the curved sides of the top drawers.
We were so excited when we saw how nice the dresser looked with the porcelain sink and nickel fixtures in place.
This photo shows the two top drawers with their new curved sides that surround the sink bowl. The drawers are still fully functional.
This photo shows the piece of oak veneer that was laid under the dresser to cover the floor where the tiles were missing after the vanity was removed. We used flat trim to hide the edges of the board and the tiles. You really don't notice it when you walk into the room. Even when you do see it, it doesn't look bad at all.
In this photo you can see the oak board on the floor and the replaced tiles in the corner. They are shinier than the old tiles, but the color matches almost exactly. Because it's low and in a corner, you never even notice the difference. It just goes to show that things don't always have to be perfect but can still look very nice.
Here are some before and after photos of the make-over.
|Before - the 70's sink and vanity|
|After - the vintage country look|
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