Most of my projects are pieces that can be repurposed within a few days, and require little to no major work. They’re also very affordable and keep my home looking like a million bucks while costing me mere peanuts, so this project was a departure from the norm.
In the quest to make my home the best it can be, I’ve been searching for vanities for months, but every one that was the size and style I was looking for cost around $1,000 which was way out of my budget. Not to fear though, one day inspirational gold struck as I was perusing the local Goodwill. Goodwill is one of my favorite places to go when I’m looking for a new piece. Not only can you find something affordable that you can really make your own, but you help those in need and contribute to your community. It’s a win-win! Plus, if you’re able to squint your eyes, and use your imagination, you can almost always find exactly what you’re looking for, which is how I found the vanity of my dreams.
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I came across this darkly stained, 6-drawer dresser that was the perfect size and style for my master bath, it just needed my magic touch to showcase my style. It was only $60, but I was determined to keep it under $500 after restyling, adding hardware, and fitting it for a bathroom. (Spoiler alert, I was able to keep the whole project under $400!)
I immediately saw an Art Deco style that would be easy to update. First, a good sanding was needed to get rid of the dark color. I decided an Antique White was the perfect color as it’s a great neutral and really brings out the detail of the décor on the dresser. I do love a good contrast, so the top of the piece was kept dark, with a water-resistant finish, using Waterlox Sealer, keeping potential water staining at bay.
Next up was getting the plumbing added. We did have to remove the two middle drawers to make it work, but considering how big the piece is, there wasn’t really a problem with lost space. After getting the plumbing added and the vanity was fitted into the bathroom, I added the new hardware. It was important that it matched the brightened piece, so I found brushed steel, geometric handles and pulls that worked better than expected with the clean lines.
Once it was finished and I was able to stand back and look at my handiwork, I was beyond thrilled. It was exactly what I had been looking for, at a fraction of the price, and with my own personal touch. I imagine this is going to be in my home for a long time to come!
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