Published on November 8th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Norden Sideboard hacked into bathroom vanity

Materials: NORDEN Sideboard, vessel sink, faucet, marble countertop, RIBBA frame, custom mirror

Description: I remodeled my small bathroom on a budget – it was pretty difficult to find a shallow vanity (only 16″ deep vs standard 21″+). The Norden sideboard fit the bill perfectly, offering lots of countertop space and some storage shelves on the bottom – for only $149 and a little bit of DIY.


I started by assembling the skeleton of the sideboard and figuring out that I wanted to only use the lower shelf. The middle shelf would get in the way of the plumbing from below the sink and faucet. I also trimmed about 4″ off of all the legs to make the countertop a more efficient vanity height (typically 32″ max).

I ordered an inexpensive vessel sink (also shallow) and faucet online, then traced and cut the hole sizes they required on the top counter.

The next challenge was trying to make the 2 drawers still usable, despite the plumbing going right down the middle. There’s a support bar underneath that I got rid of. I also cut down the sides of the drawers to make room for the pipes. I also screwed some nicer looking drawer pulls over the open-style handles (they were pretty ugly to begin with). However, with a jigsaw and some wood glue I got them sized down and usable.

The countertop fabricator easily cut the holes for the sink and faucet and caulked the marble on top of the Norden tabletop, which provided some good support. The bullnose covers up the Ikea tabletop so all you see is marble.

I also changed my medicine cabinet door to a custom cut mirror inserted into a black Ribba frame. With some hinges and magnets it works great and matches the black color of the vanity!

I am so happy with the way this hack turned out – it was fun conceiving the idea and seeing it through!

~ Jeffrey Y, United States

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4 Responses to Norden Sideboard hacked into bathroom vanity

  1. MyFuZZyButtZ says:

    It looks so much better! You did a good job and I like it! Now you have to figure out a mild color for the walls and a window treatment! Good Luck with that.

  2. Artie says:

    Jeffrey – is this house in Los Angeles? Near Pico? It looks exactly like the bathroom of a house that was for sale not too long ago in my neighborhood. Then again, double-faucet sinks, glass knobs, contrast tile, and narrow bathrooms are still dime-a-dozen in this area…

  3. How modern and stylish. The new bathroom upgrade has clean and simple lines and looks so classy :)

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