how to: dresser to vanity

Thanks for all of the nice feedback on our new bathroom. I just love how it turned out!  I am going to share how we constructed the vanity with you today. There are many tutorials out there outlining how to do this but our approach was a little bit different since we went with an over counter trough vessel sink.

DIY Vintage Cottage Style Bathroom

Many of you who know us, know how things work around here. Typically I conjure up an idea (sometimes crazy) that utilizes salvaged or vintage materials, develop the aesthetic and then get my husband, Ryan, on board to help execute it. Ok, to mostly execute it. I will fully admit that I don’t have the patience to DIY some of the things I come up with on my own. Hello, blue print wallpaper! I like to think of myself as the Art Director and Ryan as the Engineer around here. Do you have self-appointed titles at home? The bathroom reno followed the same suit until it came time to complete the vanity. We called in assistance from my father who is a Plumber. So without further adieu, our Circa Dee/ Marston Mechanical collaboration!

How to Turn a Dresser into a Vanity...and not lose any drawers by Circa Dee

First things first, we started with prepping the dresser.  I mentioned that I had been holding onto this for a while because I knew it was just the right size for this bathroom.  I thought I’d paint it with a fresh coat of white.  My plan was to use MMS milk paint in Ironstone but as we considered the dresser further it actually had just the right chippy look that I was going for, only in latex.  We scrubbed the dresser and pulled off a few of the chipping pieces to find blue/green paint underneath.  Perfect.

Three coats of polycrylic sealed the distressed paint and created a durable top coat so this could be used in a bathroom.  I chose polycrylic because it won’t yellow the white paint like polyurethane will.  Plus it is water based which makes for an easier clean up.  Bonus.

Polycrylic Topcoat - How to turn a dresser into a vanity

Then it was time to bring in the big guns and work around the plumbing. After positioning the dresser in place, we cut out a hole in the back of the dresser to make way for the drainage pipe using a hole saw drill bit.

Plumbing - How to turn a dresser into a vanity

Next we positioned the sink in the center of the dresser and determined where the sink and faucet holes would need to be.  They were cut using the hole saw drill bit too.

  Trough Vessel Sink - How to turn a dresser into a vanity

Next the faucet was installed.

How to Turn a Dresser Into a Vanity...and not loose any drawers

Everything was secured in place with caulk.  The sink was caulked to the dresser. The dresser was caulked to the wall.

Over Counter Trough Vessel Sink

We chose this over counter trough vessel sink for several reasons…

  1. As I mentioned, the over counter trough vessel sink helped to preserve as much drawer space as possible.  We would have lost half of the drawer storage to accommodate for the drop in.
  2. The dresser is small so if we dropped a large sink in it we’d need to cut a large hole in it which may have ruined the integrity of the dresser and made it weak.
  3. We could have chosen a bowl vessel sink but that just didn’t fit our aesthetic. Too modern so we went with a rectangular trough style.
  4. Bonus.  The combination of the over counter sink and the dresser created a nice comfort height vanity.

Over Counter Trough Vessel Sink

After the plumbing was reattached, it was time to figure out what would become of the drawers.

DIY Cottage Style Bathroom

I was fully prepared to lose the top drawer to make space for the drain pipe which means it would just become a facade of a drawer.  Buuuut they were able to salvage about 20% of the drawer  because there was not a drop sink taking up the space.  The short drawer is perfect for storing soap, toothpaste and other small bathroom toiletries.

How to Turn a Dresser Into a Vanity...and not loose any drawers

The deeper bottom 2 drawers only lost about 2-3 inches off the back to accommodate for the pipes. The new drawer backs were cut to width from 1×4 pine boards and attached with a brad nailer.  Then excessive few inches on the back and sides of the drawers were cut off with a circular saw.

I seemed to have missed a picture of the middle drawer.  A 2 inch U shaped notch had to be cut out of the top of the back of that drawer with a jigsaw to accommodate for the bottom of the drainage trap shown below.

Custom Drawers - How to Turn a Dresser Into a Vanity

 It was so minimal though that it is not even noticeable when the drawer is open.

How to Turn a Dresser Into a Vanity...and not loose any drawers

We finished the vanity off with a set of clear green flower knobs on the top drawer and clear glass knobs on the remaining drawers.

How to Turn a Dresser into a Vanity...and not lose any drawers by Circa Dee

This might just be my favorite room in the house right now…

DIY Vintage Cottage Style Bathroom

did you see

Hey there!  Did you happen to catch the episode of Kitchen Impossible on the DIY Network that my friends were on a couple of weeks ago?  If so, you may be wondering the sources for some of the amazingness that now resides in their kitchen.  See below for deets.

If you are lame like me and missed the ep, don’t fret we have another opportunity to catch it tomorrow, Friday the 18th at 5 pm!  A second chance to see it.

You may remember my ‘before’ post showing the old kitchen.  Well here are the ‘before and after’ pictures so you can really see the amaaazing transformation.  Tune in for the show if you haven’t already to see the ‘during’.  They uncovered some pretty interesting things behind those old walls. 

Onto the eye candy…

Remember the retro red enamel top table? Well, the designers let them keep it…annnnd pretty much created the entire new kitchen around it!

Gorge right?  Let’s see more…the built in AC is GONE! Whew.  Look at all of the natural light that has replaced it!  The old cabinets are GONE too.  The new farmhouse inspired cabinets are a beaut.  They are from Wellborn. 

You will notice that the layout of the room has changed.  That really wasn’t a flaw in the old room so the designers kept it.


Did you see the sink and countertops?? Soapstone!  A soapstone farmhouse sink.  I’m not gonna lie, I am jealous!  They came locally from Stone Masters in Kennett Square, PA – the mushroom capital of the world.

Remember the white appliances?  Check out their fab retro inspired replacements.

The left counter is a butcher block.  The butcher block and flooring are from Totally Bamboo.

Need a closer look at the red appliances?  They are by a company called Big Chill.  Aren’t they cool?  And have you ever seen anything quite like it?

For the big bright wall…it wasn’t so bad before but now it is useful with some cute built ins!  Built ins!  BUILT INS!

I’ve had the pleasure of visiting the new kitchen and it is so perfect.  It is like Rosie the Riveter and Old MacDonald had a love child in the form of a kitchen.  Who knew you could do retro and farmhouse together so well? 

Don’t forget…tomorrow 5pm EST DIY Network. Second viewing.

 

 

 

P.S. The Poppies and Petals giveaway is still going on but you are running out of time to enter to win a package valued at $80! 

 

sunday funday

My friends are reality TV stars.  Like real reality TV.  True story. 

See for yourself on Sunday morning – November 6th.  You can watch my pseudo-celebrity friends transform their kitchen from so-so to fabulous on reality show Kitchen Impossible.  The show airs on the DIY Network  (oh how I love thee) at 10 am EST.  Check local listings for channel and to confirm air time.  Don’t miss it! 

Here’s what you may glimpse prior to the big reno…

An AC built into the wall

 

A love for red appliances…

 

Painted cabinets and laminate countertops

 

A tinted glass cabinet door that I am voting can go

 

Lots of yellow paint and a funky map, I love maps!

 

White appliances…will they stay or will they go?

 

A fabulous retro enamel table…please don’t go!  You can take the laminate floor!

 

Free standing furniture…perhaps they need more cabinets or built ins

 

How will the designers transform this kitchen and will it fit Leigh & Aaron’s taste?

 

I can’t wait to watch but can someone DVR it for me?  I will be selling at Clover Market on Sunday at 10 am when the show airs. 

 

You know what would be the perfect Sunday

Watching Kitchen Impossible at 10 to see how the kitchen is transformed and then heading over to Clover to shop the 75 sellers’ vintage, antique and handmade wares!  Stop by and tell me what you thought of the renovation!

This is the LAST Clover Market of the year!