I wanted to show you the progress we’ve made in our masterbath. We are converting an antique dresser into our vanity.
Do you remember the antique furniture piece I got at the Habitat Store for $50 back in September?
You can read about my find HERE.
Well, then I showed you some inspiration pictures of turning a dresser into a vanity in this post. We also discussed whether to put one sink or two in our vanity. Though many of you thought we had to have two sinks in the master bathroom. Many of you (and me) thought one sink would look best with this piece of furniture.
I was so excited when one of my readers showed me how she turned the exact piece of furniture into a vanity in her own home.
It really got me excited to see the potential in my little dresser.
Getting a custom cut sink top for our dresser was out of our budget, so we decided to go with a drop-in sink for ours.
So Cy took those pieces off, applied some PL Adhesive to them, and then nailed them back on to the dresser.
He did this on the sides and front of the dresser.
The top of the dresser wasn’t in the best shape, so we sanded it down so we could put a new coat of stain on it. Cy started sanding the surface with an 80 grit, then a 120 grit, and then finished with a 220 grit for a smooth surface.
Cy put one coat of Minwax Walnut stain on the top part of the dresser. Although the dresser was a cherry dresser, we felt like the Walnut stain matched close enough.
Then we did a light coat of Minwax Walnut stain all over the rest of the dresser. The top of the dresser got 5 coats of oil-based satin polyurethane. Cy used 220 grit sandpaper between each coat.
He applied only one coat of polyurenthane over the rest of the dresser.
It was looking better already.
We purchased a drop-in sink from Lowe’s to install into our new “vanity.”
The sink came with a template to cut out to help you fit it into the vanity top.
Once Cy cut it out, he measured the vanity to make sure the sink bowl would be centered on the piece.
As you can see, we had to remove the first couple of drawers to make room for the new sink.
Cy traced the sink bowl template with a pen, pressing hard to create a mark in the wood.
Then he used a drill to create a hole near the cut-out line.
Next, he started at the hole he had just drilled and used his jigsaw to cut on the line.
With a steady hand and just a few seconds later, we had a hole for our sink!
Cy then had to use his jigsaw again to cut out the wood beneath the top of the dresser where the bowl would sit.
We placed the sink bowl in the dresser and it fit perfectly.
Then Cy used a very small bead of silicone caulk to seal the sink around the edges.
He also had to cut out a little more of the inside of the dresser to make room for the plumbing.
The top three drawers will not be functioning drawers. But that is okay. We will be able to use the bottom drawer, the two sides drawers, and the two side doors. There is a ton of room in this dresser/vanity!
Stayed tune to see our vanity all decked out with new plumbing and a new faucet.
I cannot wait!
What do you think about our new DIY vanity?
P.S. If you are not following me on twitter or facebook, you are missing out on the fun stuff. Here’s a pic I share of my boys while we were at Lowe’s last night picking out our vanity sink…