Make Your Own Vanity: 12 Inventive Bathroom Rehabs

The centerpiece of any bathroom is the vanity. It not only holds the sink, but it also provides valuable storage. Its finish and style often help set the palette for the entire room. When you're choosing this all-important component of your bathroom scheme, you don’t have to settle for what you can find in the stores. There are unique DIY bathroom vanity projects that can replicate the many different vanity styles common in today's bathrooms, from large wall-to-wall units to small statement pieces. DIY bathroom vanity possibilities range from simple upgrades using paint or fun drawer pulls to inventively upcycled dressers or vintage pieces. Need some ideas? Here are a few fine examples of DIY vanities to get your creative juices flowing.

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Mid-Century Modern

Shara from Woodshop Diaries built this impressive midcentury vanity herself—and you can too. Using pine wood and birch plywood for the base and custom-cut granite for the counter, Shara cut, assembled, and stained the vanity for a classic cool look.

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Dress Up

Upcycling an old piece of furniture into a bathroom vanity is an excellent way to save money during a bathroom remodel. Lolly Jane took a vintage dresser and transformed it with some paint, new hardware, and a marble countertop. Rather than spend upwards of $2,000, this blogger created the look for just $200.

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Perfectly Proportioned

You don’t want to skimp on storage—or style—if you have a small bathroom. Angela Marie Made shares her tutorial for a slim vanity that still has plenty of space to hide away toiletries and other items. The modern farmhouse design looks good and only cost about $65!

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Go With the Flo(at)

A floating bathroom vanity is ideal for small bathrooms. You gain surface area for cosmetics and toiletries without the visual bulk of a traditional vanity, leaving you with an airier, roomier vibe. Erica from Designing Vibes shares her how-to for creating this modern and stylish vanity in her teeny powder room.

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Starting with an old dresser from the Salvation Army, An Oregon Cottage created a beautiful bathroom vanity. She picked out a sink, cut the hole for it, and then installed plumbing. She finished the look with fresh paint and a protective seal. 

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Step Up

Convert a vanity’s toekick into a pull-out stool that gives kids a boost to reach the sink. After you remove the toekick, build a simple plywood box and install it using drawer slides so it is easy for little ones to maneuver on their own.

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A vanity with a lot of drawers might look great, and you may even assume it means you get tons of storage, but the reality might not be so rosy. Drawers take up space, can only fit items of a certain size, and often have to be cut in special ways to fit around the plumbing. That’s why Shara from Woodshop Diaries came up with an ideal solution: faux drawers that are actually cabinets. You get the look, but have more space to keep towels, cleaning supplies, and other necessities. 

Gold With Envy

If you are looking for a fast upgrade to your existing vanity, don’t underestimate the power of paint. Chelsea at Lovely Indeed painted the legs of her vanity sink gold. It was a simple project with major payoff. 

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Modern Luxury

A luxurious modern bathroom remodel might not be out of your price range after all—if you do some of the work yourself. Shara from Woodshop Diaries shares the tutorial for this sleek vanity with an additional counter for getting ready. Visitors will be super impressed to learn you built this on your own!

Pretty Simple

Simple doesn’t mean boring. This stunning vanity from My Love 2 Create is beautiful and refined. The natural look compliments many decor styles and makes for a lovely focal point. 

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Farmhouse Favorite

This vanity duo from Ana White is the perfect fit if you’re looking to achieve modern farmhouse style. While it’s not the ideal project for a first time DIYer, it’s manageable for those who feel more than comfortable with a jigsaw and brad nailer in their hands. 

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Build Better

Sometimes the best plan is to work with what you already have. Kate from Centsational Style took her builder-grade vanity and completely transformed it into a bright, glamorous floating vanity by removing the base and raising the vanity by a few inches. 

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