The bathroom is one of the most used rooms in the home. In 2018, Upcycling is all the rage, not only is it great for the environment, it’s also an extremely cost-effective way to achieve a stylish look, which would set you back, hundreds, if not thousands of pounds if purchased new. The below example is similar to a look that can be achieved through upcycling priced at £1,400.
In this blog post, we’re taking a look at how you can repurpose an old dresser to create a stylish vanity sink, providing added storage space and an interesting piece for your bathroom.
Achieving this is easier than you may think.
1. You’ll need to purchase a sink and a dresser unit, providing you don’t already have one that you’re looking to repurpose. Good places to look for these are the Facebook marketplace, eBay, Charity Shops and second-hand furniture shops.
There are many different types of sinks, but for this example, you should look for a self-rimming sink. Self-rimming sinks, (or Drop-in Sinks) have a rolled and finished rim which sits on top of the countertop to keep it in place – these are the easiest to install and can be replaced without having to alter your countertop. Another alternative which can be used is a Vessel Sink. Vessel Sinks sit so that the bottom of the sink is in line with the countertop. However, we recommend using a Self-rimming Sink!
Make sure to measure your countertop ahead of purchasing so that you can get a sink which is small enough to house the sink comfortably.
2. Trace the sinkhole – remove the top drawer and lay a template on the dresser top and trace around it with a market.
3. Cut – Take care to cut the space for the sink carefully.
4. Place the sink in the opening
5. Remove the sink and sand and refinish the top of the dresser – you can varnish or paint if you’d like. Paint the dresser in your desired colour.
6. Coat and Protect the dresser top – using water-based polyurethane apply 4 or 5 coats.
7. Attach the sink to the top – Wait for the coat to dry and carefully place the sink in the hole.
8. Cut opening for plumbing – Be sure to measure and judge where you need to make room for plumbing.
9. Attach the tap and plumbing – Remove the drawers and hook up the plumbing
10. Alter your drawers to your own specifications
11. Attach to the wall – use screws as and where you require them