Antique furniture is beautiful and timeless but many people do not have room for the large pieces within their homes. One way to incorporate classic furniture is to repurpose it. This project involves retrofitting an antique cabinet to create an attractive bathroom vanity. It will take about one day of your time and cost $100 to $250.
You will need:
Step 1: The antique cabinet should be about 34 to 36 inches high and feature a sturdy top. Selecting a piece with doors rather than drawers will eliminate the need to retrofit the interior. Purchase the sink first, make a template of it, and take it with you when searching for a cabinet.
Step 2: Use the pencil and sink template to trace the sink hole on the vanity. This allows you to plan where the faucet should go.
Step 3: Use the orbital saw to cut the hole in the top of the cabinet. Drop the sink into the hole. Double-check the planned location for the faucet and handles to make sure it is appropriate.
Step 4: Trace the faucet and handle cartridges on the cabinet top to determine what size holes to drill. Use a properly sized drill bit to cut holes for the water faucet and handles for both hot and cold water.
Step 5: Push the cartridges up from under the cabinet through the holes. Attach the hot and cold water handles.
Step 6: Apply plumber’s putty around the base of the faucet that will rest on the vanity. Press the base into the vanity tightly and place the faucet on top of it.
Step 7: Put the cabinet flush on the wall to determine where plumbing will come through from the wall. Cut out the back of the cabinet to accommodate this plumbing. Make sure the hole is large enough to provide convenient access this plumbing.
Step 8: Slide the vanity into its spot against the wall. Working from underneath, screw the p-trap onto the sink drain. This can usually be done by hand but using a wrench helps prevent leaks.
Step 9: Attach water supply lines, using your hands to tighten the fittings in order to prevent them from stripping. Connect the water supply lines to the shutoff valves located on the main water supply piping.