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How to Convert a Buffet Into a Bathroom Vanity

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Convert a buffet into a bathroom vanity to get the look and functionality of a custom-built vanity for less money. Use a buffet that you don't need in the dining room anymore, or search for one that will complement your current or planned bathroom de

How to Convert a Buffet Into a Bathroom Vanity

Convert a buffet into a bathroom vanity to get the look and functionality of a custom-built vanity for less money. Use a buffet that you don't need in the dining room anymore, or search for one that will complement your current or planned bathroom decor at estate sales or flea markets. Look for a buffet that has cabinet doors in addition to drawers, since you will lose some drawers to make space for plumbing. A vessel sink will take up less of the valuable storage area beneath the vanity's countertop, and it will make a very fashionable addition to your bathroom.

Skill level:Moderate

Things you need

BuffetScrewdriverPlywoodWood glueWood screwsTape measureVessel sinkFaucetDrillPaddle bitJigsawPattern wheelClear silicone adhesivePolyurethane finishPaintbrush

Instructions

1 Mark the placement for the faucet connection holes and the vessel sink's drain on top of the buffet, using the manufacturer's dimensions and spacing recommendations. Mark the placement on the back of the buffet for the hole or holes for the water and drain lines.

2 Determine if any of the buffet drawers will interfere with the water and drain lines. Remove those drawers and cut the fronts off.

3 Unscrew the top of the buffet and remove it. Measure the area that will hold the sink and faucet. Cut a piece of plywood to fit this area and serve as reinforcement. Run a line of wood glue around the edge of the plywood and attach it to the underside of the buffet top with wood screws. Allow the glue to dry and reattach the top to the buffet.

4 Bore the holes for the faucet through the buffet top and the plywood reinforcement using the paddle bit. With a regular drill bit, drill a hole large enough to insert the jigsaw blade and cut out the drain opening if your vessel sink will sit above the counter. If your vessel sink will be slightly recessed, tape down the template that came with the sink and trace around the outline with the pattern wheel. Cut through the top all around the outline with the jigsaw. Cut out the opening for the water and drain lines in the back of the buffet using the jigsaw.

5 Move the vanity into place. Hook up the hot and cold water lines to the faucet, following the manufacturer's recommendations for sealing and tightening.

6 Place the vessel sink's mounting ring and washer in the drain hole. Apply clear silicone adhesive to the areas on the bottom of the sink that will touch the drain opening or countertop. Lower the sink into place and attach the drain mechanism, sealing and tightening according to the sink manufacturer's specifications.

7 Run a thin line of wood glue around the inside edges of the drawer fronts you cut off. Attach the fronts to the vanity.

8 Apply two coats of polyurethane finish to the countertop to protect it from moisture.

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