Upcycled Bathroom Vanity

Posted by cheree on April 6, 2019 in Bathroom Makeover

We didn’t plan on turning a kitchen buffet into our bathroom vanity, it sort of evolved out of creative desperation. Our initial idea was to run our designs down to the local joiner so they could make up the carcass. Then we would take care of the vanity top and taps. After receiving quotes between $2500 – $5500 we decided this wasn’t a realistic option for us.

Here is the image that started the inspiration and the pain😁 .

Near my gym, there is a well-stocked, second-hand shop. After each workout, I can be found pressing my nose up to the window, eyeballing any new arrivals. Just by chance, I spotted a kitchen buffet in the far corner that with a bit of imagination and a handsaw could become something special.

I was surprised but Paul was fully onboard with this vanity vision. Usually, it takes some pleading with me promising that I will do all the grunt work before he will take on any of my upcycling ideas. This time around, I think he could see if we didn’t do something soon we would still be cleaning our teeth in the kitchen sink come winter.

If Paul had known now what an absolute horror this project was going to be, I don’t think he would have signed up for this one! 

It all started with my tap selection. If I had chosen this lever tap for the basin then we could have found a bowl to sit nicely on top like this picture below.

Since I like to keep our relationship spicy, I chose the difficult option with these taps below. The problem is these taps cannot reach over a bowl. Flowing on from that (bad pun I know) came the issue of finding a three-hole under mount basin that would fit into our dimensions.

After countless hours of research, we didn’t find the solution and ended up compromising part of our top drawers to accommodate the basin. Paul also had to build out part of the vanity just so we could fit in this blooming sink! I love living in New Zealand, but trying to renovate your house in a certain style can really sux the banana! See how mad I am getting!!

The vanity was extended in order to fit the under-mount basin.
All painted up and no joins to be seen – hooray!

Once we accepted our tinsy top drawers we could see this piece was going to be a show stopper.


Three coats of Benjamin Moore, Hale Navy. The brushed chrome handles were imported from Australia.

The white engineered stone top was installed on Wednesday, and we are now just waiting for the vanity to be plumbed in. I almost have to pinch myself with the realisation I am actually going to have a working basin?! So drum roll please…..Here is our finished upcycled vanity:

Cute as buttons these brushed chrome pulls.

I honestly feel like we have run a marathon with this bathroom vanity on our back! Every time I look at her though I feel like a podium winner. For sure, she really tested our endurance, but this was definitely one piece worth running for….

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