How to Turn a Dresser into a Bathroom Vanity

We recently shared the bathroom makeover we did at my parents’ house. Today’s post is all about the sink! We’re sharing how we turned a vintage dresser into a bathroom vanity. It’s one of my favorite parts of the bathroom!

I wanted to include some vintage elements into the bathroom design since their house was built in the 1800’s. I thought if we could turn an old dresser into a bathroom vanity, it would be the perfect touch. We found this dresser on Marketplace for $30 and then got to work on transforming it. (You can see a before photo of the dresser at the bottom of the post, and in the video).

bathroom sink vanity wood dresser top with undermount sink

Most of the dresser bathroom vanities I’ve seen out there have a drop in or vessel sink. I really wanted to try and make one that had an undermount sink. I just really like the look, and the challenge of trying something that hasn’t been done many times. (It’s got to be out there somewhere, there’s nothing new under the sun, but it’s just not something I could find when searching).

The trickiest part of this project was finding a sink the right size. The dresser top wasn’t very deep, so we needed to find a sink that would fit, that also wasn’t too small. We ended up using wall mount faucets to help with this as well, we didn’t need to use dresser top space for the faucet. So my advice is to look for a deep dresser!

vintage wood dresser bathroom sink vanity with wall faucet and wood mirror in bathroom
close up of wood dresser with brass and iron handles


  • dresser
  • sink
  • sink mounting hardware (should come with sink if you buy a new one)
  • pry bar
  • drill and screws
  • scrap plywood
  • jigsaw
  • sandpaper/orbital sander
  • clamps
  • router with top bearing flush trim router bit
  • Helmsman spar urethane
  • ultra flat polyurethane
  • painters tape
  • silicone
  • wood for rebuilding the drawer insides (we used 3/4” pine boards)
  • clear silicone

Watch the video below to see how to turn a dresser into a bathroom vanity:

vintage wood dresser bathroom sink vanity with wall faucet and wood mirror in bathroom with beadboard walls
close up of vintage wood dresser bathroom sink vanity with glass soap dispenser and toothbrush holder on it

Here’s the before and after of the dresser into a bathroom vanity:

before and after of vintage wood dresser turned into a bathroom vanity with undermount sink


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