Steps // How to Build a Vintage-Look Dresser Vanity
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Build a Vintage-look Dresser Vanity

 
Step One // How to Build a Vintage-Look Dresser Vanity

Build a Vintage-look Dresser Vanity

build a vintage-look dresser vanity
Illustration by Gregory Nemec

You can turn an old dresser into a vanity by reconfiguring the top drawer, drilling holes for the plumbing, and installing a new top and sink

 
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Convert the Drawer

 
Step Two // How to Build a Vintage-Look Dresser Vanity

Convert the Drawer

convert the drawer
Illustration by Gregory Nemec

Pull out the drawer and detach the drawer face. Set aside the back, sides, and bottom. Attach a new tip-out tray to the drawer front.

 
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Remove the Top

 
Step Three // How to Build a Vintage-Look Dresser Vanity

Remove the Top

remove the top
Illustration by Gregory Nemec

Unscrew the wood top from the dresser carcass by accessing the fasteners through the drawer opening.

 
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Cut Plumbing Holes

 
Step Four // How to Build a Vintage-Look Dresser Vanity

Cut Plumbing Holes

cut plumbing holes
Illustration by Gregory Nemec

Scrape white chalk onto the cut ends of your bathroom's existing plumbing, then push the dresser against the pipes to mark their locations on the vanity back. Cut holes with a drill/driver fitted with the appropriate hole saws.

 
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Install the Top and Sink

 
Step Five // How to Build a Vintage-Look Dresser Vanity

Install the Top and Sink

install the top and sink
Illustration by Gregory Nemec

Set the new stone counter in a bead of caulk, which is enough to keep the heavy top from shifting. Install the undermount sink. Attach the new drawer with tray hardware. Change pulls and hinges if desired.

 
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Connect the Plumbing

 
Step Six // How to Build a Vintage-Look Dresser Vanity

Connect the Plumbing

Connect the plumbing
Illustration by Gregory Nemec

Run the piping from the wall through the back of the dresser and connect it to the sink and faucet.

 

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