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Turning a Dresser into a Bathroom Vanity

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The end is near on the bathroom remodel.  I can almost hear angels singing!  I am not sure why, but this project has been a rough one.  I think we are just tired.  And old.

By far my favorite thing about the bathroom is the dresser we bought that I repurposed into a bathroom vanity.  I love the Restoration Hardware look of the refinished wood, I like the wood top- that we have covered with a million coats of marine varnish to protect it from water, I now have better storage in the vanity, and I like that it looks like furniture in the bathroom.

It went from looking like this:

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to this beauty:

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It was tough finding a solid wood dresser that was 72 inches long.  I paid too much for it ($200.00), but after a month of searching this one spoke to me.

As hard as getting the dresser to look the way I wanted was, getting it to function as a bathroom vanity has been more of a challenge.  There just are no instructions for how to make plumbing work for a piece that was never designed to have pipes run through it.  Every one is different.  We did look at these websites for ideas:

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Domestic Imperfection

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DIY

 

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I could not find any that were crazy enough to put TWO sinks in a dresser.  I think that should have given me a hint… but I am a stubborn sort of girl.

Hubby cut the holes in the top of the vanity for the sinks while I was at work one day.  I was so excited with how they looked!

 

Step one was to remove the old vanity without destroying the plumbing.  A rotozip took care of getting the back board cut out.

Step two was to get the new vanity in place.  A 72 inch vanity will fit in a 72 inch opening with some sanding. It will fit in a 71 1/2 inch opening with a saw.  We forgot to think about the 1/4 inch hardboard we installed on the two side walls.  We also had to cut out a large section from the back to accommodate the plumbing and drain.  Every sink is different, so it is my recommendation if you really want to use the area under your sink for drawers, get a drop in sink for the top of the dresser and make sure it is fairly shallow.  We chose this beauty from Home Depot.  They were less than $80.00 each, which was better than I expected.(They are no longer in stock.)

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Step three is to move the dresser into place, drop in the sink and connect the plumbing.  All the drawers will be out, we took a section of the back of the dresser off where the plumbing would go and even had to remove a few cross bars that will have to be reinstalled or reworked when we are finished.

Step four is to begin the process of fitting the drawers around the plumbing.  Once again we looked online for how to do this and saw several potential plans:

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HGTV  (HGTV recommended dismantling the drawers.  No, thank you.)

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An Oregon Cottage  (A more common sense approach.)

We opted to do a sort of modifed version of what An Oregon Cottage did.  The bottom drawer just needed a cut out scoop on the very back.  The middle and top drawers needed to be L shaped in order to miss the plumbing.

Here is what our  dresser looked like inside once the drawers were cut out to go around the plumbing:

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It isn’t pretty, but I have a ton more storage than before.  I am going to get it all stained and sealed soon.  I pinky promise.

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We removed one drawer from the middle section to allow for taller items like cleaners.

 

 

Here is the finished product.  I am so very happy with how it turned out.  Enjoy.

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The color is off in this shot but you can see the finished look.

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This is the best shot of the dresser and the mirror together I can get in the narrow space.  Love the pieces together.  The light will change.  I just have to find the right one.

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The sinks look amazing.

 

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You get the best representation of the finish on this shot.

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We have the most amazing natural light in the bathroom.  I love how it reflects around the room.

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Thanks for putting up with my way too long bathroom reno.  I hope you like the look as much as we do.  I still have doorknob towel holders to add and a little touch up paint to do before we can call it DONE!

I hope you enjoy the look as much as we do and our struggles inspire you to try something out of the ordinary at your home.

Blessings,

Karen

 

 

 

An Unconventional Kitchen Island

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When we reviewed the blueprints of new house I noticed that an island in the kitchen had been an option that the first owners did not choose to put in. I knew that I would want a space to use as a baking and prep area.

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I also knew I wanted it to be something unique. In my Craig’s List searching I saw an oak dresser on sale that would fit the bill.

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We removed the top of the dresser and saved it in case I change my mind down the road. The mirror has been hung on the wall in case it ever goes back to being a dresser. This disclaimer was inserted for those of you who don’t love what I do to furniture. (Although I still am not sure why you read my blog.)  Man, I sound cranky,  Sorry folks.  I promise not to let the haters get me down again.

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The hardware was shot.  I did find some hardware that will work with the kitchen knobs which are oil rubbed bronze.

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veneer sides out of oak.

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We took a trip to Ikea for a butcher block to add to the top of my dresser island. After doing some research we found that they have least expensive butcher block . It still is not cheap but compared to the cost at other places it was a deal.  We used half of the length of the butcher block and we are selling the other half to a friend for their kitchen.

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Hubby cut the butcher block down to size and we used the brackets included to attach it.
You have to treat butcher block with mineral oil. This one has three coats rubbed in.

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The back was really ugly so we covered it with beadboard that I painted Behr Innocence- an ivory color.  The back is  going to get hooks that are going to hold pot holders and dish towels.

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This is going to be a great spot for prepping food close to the stove.  I never claimed to be a chef, but this will help me to at least not be as unorganized.

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