In this instructable I will show you how to make a bathroom vanity from an old dresser.
What you need:
5/8" thick MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard)
5/8" this painted OSB (Oriented Strand Board)
scrap wood pieces
various wood screws
tablesaw or circular saw with a guide
a small drill press is useful but not necessary
Step 1: Find a suitable dresser
We were renovating our bathroom and wanted to have a nice vanity to go with it. A lot of the options out there were either crap or too expensive. We had an old dresser hanging around that we thought might do the trick. To make sure that the dresser is suitable, measure your old vanity to see how wide it is. Our old one was 36" and out of sheer luck this dresser was also 36". Perfect match. You also want to make sure that it is solid enough. This one was made out of solid birch and had no cracks in it.
Step 2: Prepare the dresser
Get the dresser ready to start working on it. My steps were to remove the drawers. Since the drawers were also solid wood I kept them to use as scrap pieces. I left in the top divider to help support the false drawer that will be added. Remove the bottom divider to make ample room for access to storage. Paint or stain the dresser to suit your tastes. In our case we painted the dresser white. Since there is not a lot of work done on the outside of the dresser, it does not hurt to apply the finish early. However if you want to be extra cautious you could wait until you are ready to install it. To ensure that the dresser was of the correct height I cut off the legs shorter than I needed so I could later add levelers.