Published on May 5th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Bathroom vanity from chest of drawers

Description: This is a few years old but wanted to share it. I don’t know the name of the Ikea “chest of drawers.” But it is very recognizable to any Ikea fan. I just looked on the site and i guess they no longer sell it?

We drilled a hole for the drain through dresser top and completely removed the rear of the chest so there was plenty of access for the hot and cold water lines etc..
coming from the wall.

The drawers were the hardest part. We removed a section of the back of the drawers and added two pieces of wood for support. Allowing the drawers to open and close “around” the plumbing. Kinda surrounding the drain pipe. The drawer spaces are now U-shaped instead of a square box.

Oh…and we put several coats of clear over the top of the wood so water would not easily mar the finish.

~ Stacy Burket – tagr Design, San Francisco

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19 Responses to Bathroom vanity from chest of drawers

  1. Adornment is exhilarating. The idea of bathroom walls with holes is mystifying, but it is looking fine.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Where can I buy a used IKEA Haddal bureau? I need to match two existing pieces I already own? Any ideas?

  3. Anonymous says:

    This is so nice, I have had to completely rethink my projected bathroom remodel!

  4. Singer Construction says:

    This is a great idea for an inexpensive bathroom remodel. A modern looking bathroom vanity and inexpensive. It gives me some ideas for using ikea cabinets for a Kitchen Remodel we are bidding.

  5. Anonymous says:

    The problem with a clear glass surface would be that any water that spilled would go over the edge and underneath. You would need to seal the edges, and that would be difficult to hide if it was clear.

    Custom cut, tempered, opaque glass would work well, but be pretty expensive.

    Nice hack!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I wonder if you could get a piece of glass cut to go over the top to protect the wood- especially if you have messy family members.

  7. Anonymous says:

    i love the creativity here! stacy – I may need some help with my project and would love to get your help… I’ll get in touch with you through your tagr website.

  8. stacyburket says:

    HADDAL! – thanks robin

  9. stacyburket says:

    Hi guys, It’s Stacy. Thanks for the compliments! Re: GFI – When I stick a paper clip into the outlet with my other hand in the water, it trips, so i guess it’s ok…? Yes, it was a GFI outlet, just cant tell from the picture AND DONT DO THIS IM JUST JOKING! :-)

    @ Nikki – thanks for the praise. I too was shocked at how expensive a decent vanity was, so I gave this a shot.

    no problems with spotty looking sink – I think it depends on the water and the person.

  10. DJinny says:

    Love love love it!

  11. Anonymous says:

    We are currently searching for a bathroom vanity and they are insanely pricey, even for the simplest of designs (I suddenly understand the abundance of the “cheap,” standard Lowe’s-type model, though I’ve always found it so repulsive and unimaginative). The few they now sell at IKEA are more reasonable, but very limited and don’t mesh with our current aesthetic. I’d been looking at some of their dressers and drawer units with exactly this in mind but wasn’t sure we could pull it off… this is SO FANTASTIC! I’m stoked to shop again with a whole new set of options.

    Excellent hack!

    - Nikki
    Seattle, WA

  12. Rebecca says:

    Really nice hack. It looks great, and I love the counter space it gives you.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Brilliant and beautiful.

  14. Robin says:

    HADDAL dresser :)

  15. Anonymous says:

    I must agree that that outlet is a little to close to the spigot for comfort, it also does not seem to be a GFI outlet.

    If you value your lives, then I suggest at the very least getting some outlet covers (you know, the plastic ones with the two little legs), or getting those and replacing the outlet with a GFI outlet with a built in fuse.

    It may save your life.


    Happy Hacking!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Hi! I have a question about this beautiful hack. Where did you get a faucet that plugs into an electrical outlet? I imagine this is very useful when you need a water source and have no pipes nearby. ;) (But seriously though, it’s gorgeous! Thanks!)

  17. Hi–I stumbled across your blog when browsing through blogger’s blogs of note, and have added to follow! What a fun idea–I love Ikea stuff–thanks!

  18. Lisa says:

    1. I’m a little concerned about the location of the electrical outlet in relation to the sink. It doesn’t even appear to be a GFI outlet. :(

    2. DreamCatcher, No, the glass sinks are not easy to maintain or spotfree. I supposed it depends a bit on the calcium levels of your local water supply and what kind of soap and toothpaste you use, but generally these sinks are a LOT of work to keep clean.

  19. DreamCatcher says:

    Hi there Stacy!
    Very nice hacking!
    I have a question regarding the glass sink?
    Is it easy to maintain clean and spotfree?

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