MONDAY MAKEOVER – 7 TIPS FOR TURNING A DRESSER INTO A BATHROOM VANITY
March 3, 2014
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A good bathroom VANITY is the..ANCHOR…OF YOUR BATHROOM
OF YOUR BATHROOM! EVERY extra step you take to find the right piece at the right price will pay off…and here are………………
7 TIPS FOR TURNING A DRESSER INTO A VANITY
1. HEIGHT – ANY HEIGHT BETWEEN 30-36″ WILL DO. ALMOST ANY DRESSER OR CREDENZA OR TABLE WILL WORK…BUT HEIGHT IS IMPORTANT. MAKE SURE YOUR VANITY IS THE RIGHT HEIGHT FOR BENDING OVER AND WASHING YOUR FACE!
Long before we began our Master Bathroom renovation..I had envisioned an old dresser converted to a vanity. That seemed really the only obvious choice given the age of our house, our budget and the fact that most off the box store ones did not suit my vision. I will never forget the day I was wandering though my favorite used furniture store…and stumbled upon THIS beauty which someone had already converted into a vanity….
2. STABILITY – While almost any piece will do it helps to have a good solid piece of
furniture. One of the reasons I love older pieces is that they truly do not “make them like they used
I painted the accents a BM color called “Pristine.The hardware is the original that we polished up…
3. VARNISH AFTER YOU PAINT – I painted the dresser BODY in
“Coventry Gray” , THE interior in “Coral Gables” and accents in a lovely pale pink called
beadboard backsplash. Even in you choose to add a custom made top, varnishing the body of the
dresser with protect it from moisture.
ONE YEAR LATER….the vanity top is completely intact!
4. SINK – Look for a sink that complements the style of the vanity. You can take a giant kitchen bowl with a hole in the bottom and make it a sink. Anything can be your sink..on top as a ” sink VESSEL” or below as a “drop in”…” DROP IN” is a great choice but only if your dresser interior can be modified like I did…if not, you may want to consider a “VESSEL” sink.
The Drawers were adapted for the pipes and are perfect for holding extra towels and linens…
….the interior is painted Benjamin Moore “CORAL GABLES”
The sink is a Kohler “Archer” drop in sink and I love how it mirrors the arch of the Vanity Bow front.
5. THE “3 F’S” FAUCET, FIXTURE AND FINISHES – There are so many faucets out there. You could spend the rest of your life looking at all the choices…and then there are the “finishes….Oil Ribbed Bronze, Polished Nickel, Brushed Nickel, Polished and brushed brass…Chrome…My RULE OF THUMB in this HOUSE is to find a fixture which was appropriate for my home and the vintage of the vanity. A slick modern faucet would look out-of-place with my 100-year-old vanity. I CHOSE Chrome because Chrome could have been here 100 years ago and will look appropriate 100 years from now…Chrome also is compatible with the brass light fixtures I have.
My favorite website for Great TIMELESS fixtures is VINTAGE TUB
6. AVOID MATCHY MATCHY – YES, COORDINATE YOUR FIXTURES BUT NO, BY ALL MEANS YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE ALL MATCHY MATCHY…!
I chose the SUSSEX line of Bathroom Fixtures from Pottery Barn…THEY look appropriate without being too matchy matchY