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In this instructable I will show you how to make a bathroom vanity from an old dresser.

What you need:

Old dresser
5/8" thick MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard)
5/8" this painted OSB (Oriented Strand Board)
scrap wood pieces
leg levelers
counter top
various wood screws

tablesaw or circular saw with a guide
a small drill press is useful but not necessary
crescent wrenches
pipe wrench

Step 1: Find a suitable dresser

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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.
CaptainJester (author)  signalsoldier5 months ago


CaptainJester (author)  CamK15 months ago

I didn't cover it. The position of everything in the bathroom made it almost impossible to notice so it was not necessary to cover it.

Ramos587 months ago

Making bathroom vanity out of an old dresser is such an innovative thing which i would like to appreciate it. Your idea really works well and it looks contemporary in design. Painting it according to our taste adds more fun and enthusiasm.


Wow, it really looks great!!!

CaptainJester (author)  shelba.ellison7 months ago

Thank you.

CaptainJester (author) 1 year ago

Thanks guys.

Una2 years ago
Wow. Gorgeous.
layla hai2 years ago
very great and inspiring tutorial...I was looking for something like this as the vanities in market are so expensive
bobdillard2 years ago
you could have hinged the drawer front from the bottom and added storage compartments to the back side.
CaptainJester (author)  bobdillard2 years ago
Good idea. I will have to see if I can modify mine.

chobbs19573 years ago
Great idea, and good work. I may use this one day....
CaptainJester (author)  chobbs19573 years ago
Thanks. Glad you liked it.