How to Convert a Dresser Into a Sink Base


Everyone wants an aesthetic that is eye-catching or unusual, and converting an old dresser into a bathroom vanity is an excellent way to achieve this, especially if you are converting an antique dresser. The job needs to be approached with caution, though, because it's almost impossible to repair your dresser if you make a mistake. Be sure that you are willing to sacrifice a well-functioning dresser for this project. Use a dresser that is 30 to 35 inches tall.

Things You'll Need

  • Dresser
  • Vessel bowl sink and faucet
  • Liquid nails
  • Drill
  • 1 1/4-inch drill bit
  • Tape measure
  • Jig saw
  • Measure the height from the floor to the wall drain. This measurement will tell you where to drill a hole in the back of your dresser, allowing the sink to drain to the wall.

  • Measure from the wall drain to the top of your dresser. This will help determine how many of the dresser drawers you must remove.

  • Mark where on the top of your dresser you want your vessel bowl to sit. It doesn't matter if the bowl sits in the middle or off to either side.

  • Measure the diameter of the vessel bowl. Divide this number in half, because it will be used to determine where to drill for the faucet.

  • Remove the faces, or fronts, of each drawer. You may need a jig saw to do this.

  • Line the edges of each drawer face with liquid nails, and set them back into place on the dresser. Wait several minutes for the liquid nails to dry.

  • Drill a hole in the back of the dresser for the wall drain using a 1 1/4-inch drill bit. The height will be determined from your earlier measurement.

  • Drill two more holes roughly 4 to 5 inches on both sides of the hole for the wall drain. These two holes allow access to the hot and cold water supplies.

  • Drill a 1 1/4-inch hole in the top of the dresser where you want the center of the vessel bowl to sit.

  • Drill another 1 1/4-inch hole in the top of the dresser for the faucet. The distance from this hole to the hole for the vessel bowl should be half the diameter of the vessel bowl plus one extra inch. Vessel bowl sinks require specific faucets that are considerably taller than your average bathroom faucet.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wear safety glasses when cutting or drilling.

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