Make a Bathroom Vanity Out of Repurposed Dresser

Edited by Emmanuel M. Lardizabal, Eng, Joely, Lynn and 2 others

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Want to make your bathroom more attractive and glamorous. Consider repurposing an old dresser to bring some glamour to your bathroom.



  1. 1
    Gather the things needed
    1. Old dresser
    2. Plywood sheets (may vary on how many layers you will make)
    3. 1 x 1 boards (may vary on how many layers you will make)
    4. Hammer
    5. Variety of nails (large or small)
    6. Paint or polish (depending on the finish you prefer)
    7. Paintbrush
    8. Pencil
    9. Ruler or tape measure
    10. Cloth or towel (to use for cleaning the cabinet)
    11. Water
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  2. 2
    Choose an area in the bathroom where you will place the dresser.
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  3. 3
    Clean the area where the dresser will be placed.
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  4. 4
    Clean the cabinet using the cloth or towel by soaking it in water and squeezing out the excess.
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  5. 5
    Take the pencil and the tape measure and mark the spot where you will be placing the plywood on the dresser.
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    Be sure that the spacing of your layers does not slant.
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    Take the hammer and nails and start placing the 1 x 1 planks of wood on the marked places on the dresser.
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    After placing the wood, next attach the plywood in a fixed manner to the 1 x 1 boards until you finish placing all that is needed.
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  9. 9
    Clean the dresser again.
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    After cleaning, paint it or polish it.
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    Wait until the paint or polish is dry.
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    Place your finished product in your designated place.
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  • You can also use decorations to make your work more beautiful and attractive.


  • When using the hammer, try not to hit yourself with it.

Questions and answers

Finishing touches to use for a re-purposed bathroom dresser?

One way to add finishing touches for the DIY bathroom dresser is by adding more personality to it and taking measures to make it last longer. Either way, choose to add finishing touches that will represent one's personal taste. Some ideas are listed below, but all of these are optional. If you've decided to repurpose your dresser, then you have to make the most out of it by making it as personal and unique as possible. Finish it with a touch that's uniquely your taste and preference and you're sure to love that repurposed bathroom dresser for life.

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  • Varnish. The varnish is a transparent, hard, protective film used in finishing wood materials. It's one way to help make the re-purposed bathroom dresser resistant to water in order to make it last longer. Colored varnishes are available in stores depending of the type of wood being painted on.
  • Mirrors. A repurposed bathroom dresser won't be complete without the mirror, it's one of the main reason why it's a good choice to use your bathroom dresser. The mirror is a must have for every bathroom vanity.
  • Scented Candles. Adding a scented candle is one way to set the mood for your bathroom. Scented candles always go great with any type of bathroom setting or theme.
  • Lamp. Depending on the theme for the bathroom, the type of lamp to be used is essential to accentuate every bathroom. Good lighting means a good reflection, and a good reflection makes one feel better the whole day. Lamps are a great way to add more lighting and beauty for a bathroom dresser.
  • Beauty Essential Set. Men and women both have beauty essentials that need to be placed for easy access, and that should be placed to decorate the vanity dresser that has been made.
  • Towel Hanger. Functionality is one of the factors that makes a repurposed bathroom dresser special. The towel hanger is perfect when placed on the side, so it serves its purpose for functionality and aesthetics of design.
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