Introduction

vintage-look dresser vanity
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Few vanity styles complement a traditional bathroom design as well as the dresser profile, which handsomely blends modern function with the wash—basin look that was so common before indoor plumbing.

To get one for a bath today, you can choose from the many furniturelike vanities available on the market. Or, if you're handy, you can easily convert a beautiful old dresser—or a modern one if that's your style—into a sink cabinet. You're best off choosing a chest with doors and as few drawers as possible to better to accommodate the plumbing. Read on to see what's involved in making an old bureau into a new sink station, or find a premade unit that suits your space.

Don't want to build it yourself? Then buy it:

Many new dresser vanities mimic fine old furniture; this antique look-alike has the cabriole legs, carved relief, and curved lines of a Louis XV chest. Single-basin vanity, About $950; Belle Foret

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    Tools List

    • drill
      Drill/Driver
      fitted with a hole saw
    • caulk gun
      Caulk Gun
    • pipe wrench
      Pipe Wrench

    Shopping List

    1. Drawer tip-out tray kit (hinges and screws included)

    2. White chalk to transfer the plumbing's location onto the wall

    3. Silicone caulk to attach the sink top to the dresser

    4. Additional PVC or copper piping