By Pamela Masin

Published on January 23, 2017

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When the bathroom vanity of your dreams isn’t sold in stores, turn to one of these DIYs to easily build it on your own. Your bathroom renovation budget will thank you, too! Here are some ultra-inspiring ideas—from repurposing antique furniture to small bathroom vanity hacks—that are far beyond builder grade.

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Photography by YAMAZAKI

The Minimalist’s Dream Vanity

A cut-to-size barn door supported by chic black piping makes for a gorgeous, yet simple vanity that looks anything but. Add reglazed vintage cast iron sinks for a stunning finished product.

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For the Bathroom That Needs a Little Extra Sparkle

While not technically a vanity, sometimes all your bathroom needs is a gold pipe frame to add a little extra pizzazz to a basic white sink. No DIY experience or carpentry skills required for this easy bathroom update.

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Lovely Indeed

The Filing Cabinet Transformation

Now that paperwork is practically obsolete, a filing cabinet can find a new home just down the hall in the bathroom. The deep drawers are especially handy for the woman who loves to buy in bulk.

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The Style Files

The Surprising Antique That Thinks

Out-of-the Box

For a creative twist on a traditional vanity, use an antique sewing machine to add instant charm to your bathroom. Rest a vessel sink right on its surface, and call it a day for a vintage-inspired look, or give it a slight update with a new countertop and an eclectic or contemporary basin.

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Houzz

The Modern Farmhouse Vanity

A buffet table or sideboard provides plenty of surface space when transformed into a bathroom vanity—and has loads more character than something mass-produced. Just look at how Jenna Sue of the blog Jenna Sue Designs transformed this Craigslist find with a not-so-pretty red-varnish into a French-country-inspired vanity that oozes elegance. Low profile plumbing painted in black matte chalk paint makes the pipes pretty much unnoticeable if you don’t like the exposed look.

Find out more on how to sand and repaint an antique piece of furniture.

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Jenna Sue Designs

The Low Maintenance Vanity for Your Tiny Bathroom

With only five items needed to build it, this floating vanity from The Merry Thought doesn’t require any advance skills or tools—but we’ll keep that just between us. The super simple design and distressed wood work with any decorating scheme. Plus, keeping things open underneath the sink will visually expand the look of your small bathroom.

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The Merry Thought

Dresser Turned Bathroom Vanity

Goodbye cookie cutter cabinets. Antique dressers make incredibly gorgeous vanities that give the room lots more character than traditional bathroom décor. And the drawers provide plenty of storage space to hold your essentials even after plumbing is installed. If you want to give it a more modern look, replace the hardware or paint the piece in a bright, high-gloss color. Follow these steps for turning a dresser into a bathroom vanity.

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HGTV

The Open Shelf Vanity Fit for a Spa

The warm natural wood vanity and mirror frames set the mood for a relaxing bathroom that Karah Bunde, of the blog The Space Between, says was inspired by the teak furniture found in luxury spas. The slated open shelves add visual interest without being too busy, and lovely bins and baskets provide a functionable place to put fluffy white towels and bath salts.

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The Space Between

The Budget-Friendly Vanity That Looks Triple The Price

Our Humble Abode’s beautiful bathroom vanity scores major points for being equal parts stylish and affordable. The dark walnut-stained wood, flat panel drawer fronts, and modern cylinder handles create an incredibly sleek look, while budget-friendly stainless steel serves as a hardworking countertop to give the contemporary piece some edge.

Get the complete tutorial for the project here.

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New Home for a Bedside Table

Side tables or nightstands look right at home in a bathroom that’s tight on square footage. Retrofitting a store-bought item will not only save you a pretty penny, but it also allows you to customize your countertops and sink parts to exactly your liking.

Here’s how DIYers Sheri and John Petersik of Young House Love got it done.

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Young House Love

The Shocking Bathroom Vanity We Swear Isn’t From a Catalogue

You’d never guess this floating vanity was actually built from scratch by Gemma Adams of The Blackbird for under $300. Raw and white-painted plywood work flawlessly together to create a bright and airy minimalist aesthetic. DIY leather cabinet pulls help bring the understated look together.

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The BlackBird

The Repurposed Item from Your Parent’s Home

If you lean towards contemporary interiors with clean lines and sleek finishes, a Mid-Century Modern media console will fit right in with your aesthetic. Uncluttered countertops and a simple white backsplash add to the luxe look. Install an offset sink like Kristen Groove did in this bathroom so the plumbing only has to take away half the drawer space.

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Simply Grove

The Vanity Where the Sink Steals the Spotlight

Like a certain ceramic bowl that’s not meant to be a sink? Don’t let that stop you. Drill a hole into the bottom (or consult a professional to have them do it for you if it’s a delicate item). A daring detail will transform any ordinary vanity into an eye-catching one.

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Charlotte Turtle

The Shocking Builders Grade Makeover

You don’t have to completely gut your builder grade vanity to turn it into a desirable—and modern—bathroom feature. Kate from Centsational Girl used a few easy tricks to make the best of what she had. First, she moved the vanity higher off the ground to give it an of-the-moment floating look. Then, she reversed her cabinet doors so the inside shaker style appeared on the outside. A fresh coat of paint and new hardware finish off this incredible makeover.

Get her complete step-by-step guide to a builder grade bathroom vanity makeover.

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Centsational Girl

The Tiny Vanity That’s Big on Style

This one’s perfect for all you tiny home renovators—or just a homeowner with a tiny-home-sized powder room. A small piece of salvaged wood creates a picture-perfect base for a farmhouse Ikea sink. Note the addition of black spray painted bolts, which elevate the rustic charm.

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Remodelaholic

The Pottery-Barn Inspired Idea

Blogger Nina Hendrick adored a certain Pottery Barn bathroom vanity, but since it was double the cost of her entire remodeling budget, she decided to get crafty and replicate it herself. With gorgeous granite countertops and a mosaic backsplash, we deem her DIY a success.

Get the complete build plan here.

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Nina Hendrick

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