How to Convert a Dresser to a Bath Vanity

Beth  Barden

Bathrooms may be small but shouldn't lack personality! Step by step instructions on how to take a dresser and turn it into a vanity.

The bathroom may be the smallest room in your house, but that doesn't mean it should lack style. One easy way to give your bathroom more personality is to forego a standard vanity and create a more unique one from a dresser. Dressers, sideboards and even buffets can work great as a vanity with just few easy steps.


For this project, the dresser was painted before it was turned into a vanity. For this specific project, white paint was preferred, but the dresser could easily be left "as-is" for the transformation or painted the color of your choice.

    Remove Doors and Hardware

  1. Using a screwdriver, remove all hardware, drawers and doors. This will make it easier to maneuver when making measurements, cuts and plumbing connections.

  2. Measure Placement of Plumbing

  3. Using a measuring tape, take down the precise locations of all plumbing. This is crucial for making cuts on the dresser. For this project, measurements from the walls to the pipes and from the floors to the pipes were taken. You will want to measure based off where the vanity will be placed when attached.

  4. Tip

    It may be helpful to sketch up the wall and exact measurements of each individual pipe. This will help to ensure that all cuts are made in the correct corresponding locations on the back of the dresser.

    Transfer Measurements to Back of Dresser

  5. After taking the measurements of the piping, you will need to transfer them to the back of the dresser. Using a pencil, make a mark at each pipe location, and then draw a square around the point. The square should be large enough to allow any plumbing to fit through.

  6. Tip

    Take note of handles or fittings that will need to come through the hole.

    Use a Jigsaw to Cut Holes

  7. Using the jigsaw, cut along the lines you have drawn for each square.

  8. Tip

    Once the squares are cut, this is a good time to double check your measurements. Make sure each square will allow the pipes to fit through and that they line up with the measurements taken earlier.

    Prepare for the Sink

  9. Now its time to prepare the surface of the vanity for the sink. Instructions will differ for each sink. For this project, a vessel sink was used, so it just sits on top of the dresser. This sink (and most others) come with a template that makes for easy placement. You simply trace the guide sheet shape and cut the hole.

  10. Align Dresser with Pipes

  11. Now that the holes are cut, it is time to slide the dresser into place and attach the plumbing. The holes should line right up with the pipes so that the dresser can be semi-flush with the wall.

  12. Tip

    Additional cuts may need to be made if other parts inside the dresser hinder the pipe connections. Small cuts can be made once the dresser is in place and you have a more accurate view.

    Make Additional Cuts if Necessary

  13. As stated above, other factors may require additional cuts. For this project, the dresser included several drawers. The top two interfered with plumbing so they were removed. The bottom two fit fine except for one small area around a water fitting. A small semi circle was cut out using the jigsaw to accommodate this pipe.

  14. Organize Bathroom Supplies

  15. Now that the dresser is in place, it can officially become a vanity housing all of the toiletries and bathroom supplies. Use any remaining drawers for necessities. Plastic bins and small baskets are a great way to corral toiletries!

  16. Replace Doors and Hardware

  17. Once the dresser is in place, the doors and hardware can be replaced. Hang a mirror, find great vanity light and style it with all of your favorite bathroom accessories!

  18. Tip

    The sink will need caulking around the perimeter. Instructions will vary based on each sink model.