Vanities can be stunning and gorgeous in a bathroom, but often homeowners are given bulky, builder-grade pieces that offer storage but not much style.
These repurposed vanities, however, use vintage furniture to bring sophistication and storage to bathrooms. Designers and DIY bloggers shared how they turned antique and flea market finds and existing furniture into eye-catching elements.
When Kristen Grove’s clients converted a closet in their 1960s ranch-style home into a master bathroom, the designer wanted to create a fresh and modern space with mid-century elements. She didn’t have to look far for inspiration and furniture.
“They had a mid-century dresser that wasn't being used. It was transformed into their vanity,” says Grove, “This dresser fit perfectly in the space.”
The project required cutting out holes for items such as the marble countertop, sink and faucet, and switching out drawers. Any DIYer who has worked with furniture before can attempt this project, she says.
DIYer Jenna Diermann was tired of her 1970s outdated California bathroom with ugly harvest gold countertops. She envisioned a rustic, cottage-style bathroom, which would require removing the vanity and countertops along with all of the tile, shower and floors.
Part of her makeover included refinishing and modifying a vintage buffet she found on Craigslist. She’s found in other projects, like in her bathroom redo, that vintage pieces found on Craigslist and Facebook groups, and at flea markets and thrift stores can generally be of higher quality, cheaper, and have more character and versatility to refinish.
Her new vanity took being creative. She looked at items such as dressers, TV stands, sideboards, hutches and buffets that would fit the space and just need minor modifications. By searching Craigslist for “buffet,” she says she was able to find her one-of-a-kind piece.