How to Make a Bathroom Vanity from a Buffet

How to Make a Bathroom Vanity from a Buffet

Buffets are the best! No, I’m not talking about the restaurant kind…although those are pretty sweet too! I’m talking about the furniture kind. They are beautiful, timeless pieces of furniture that are functional for many different uses: coffee bars, tv cabinets, entry tables, accent pieces, etc.

One of our favorite things to do with an old antique buffet is to transform it into a bathroom vanity. We’ve done two, and never regretted it. They’re elegant, classy, and one-of-a-kind. No one in the world will have one like you! It’s a guaranteed talking piece in your bathroom.

Now, you could spend a thousand dollars hiring a “professional” to complete the makeover, OR you could save the cash and tackle this DIY project yourself. I vote the latter!


 Step 1. Find the Perfect Piece.

Don’t rush this process. Believe me, you’ll be tempted to buy the first buffet that comes your way. Measure your current bathroom vanity and look for a piece within a few inches of that measurement. You’ll be able to fudge a few inches once the countertop is installed.

Look for a buffet that’s split into thirds. The ends will serve as storage space, and the middle will be used for the sink. You’ll lose any middle drawers because of the sink bowl and drain pipes.


Step 2. Remove the Top

Be careful. This isn’t demo day! You don’t want to damage the buffet. If you really want to flex your #gupcycle muscles, save the top for a future project. We chose to use our top to make a shelf for the bottom of the vanity. The top’s front was already contoured to the shape of the buffet. All we had to do was trim the back and sides a little.


3. Sand and Prime.

It seems like every #gupcycle project we do requires some sanding. It’s a step you don’t want to skip. Depending on what you want the finished project to look like, you’ll need to prime or stain. We were going for pure white since it was a pretty small bathroom.

Here’s a peak at the paint job with the unfinished shelf (was the top) underneath.


Step 4. Remove Middle Drawers

We basically cut the drawers off leaving the fronts attached. Essentially it creates a faux drawer. If your particular piece has drawers all the way to the floor, you may not need to remove all the drawers. Only remove the ones that would interfere with the sink’s plumbing.


Step 5. Finishing Touches

We were able to get an incredible deal on the surface top by going to a local granite store. They had some remnant pieces for about 1/2 the price of regular granite. We ended up choosing a piece of quartz that was leftover from someone’s kitchen remodel.

Erin and I came across the knobs at Home Goods. The sea foam color matched our bathroom perfectly. Select a faucet; pick up a toilet paper dispenser; and voila! You upcyled your buffet and upgraded your bathroom!



Have you ever repurposed an antique buffet? We’d love to see what you did! Send us some pics!

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