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One-of-a-Kind Vanities UpCycled

Why stick to the norm when you can put your bathroom sink on just about anything? Take a look at a few favorite alternatives for a traditional vanity.

Washup on Wheels


This vanity is a Pinterest phenomenon. “It’s the sink that made me famous,” says artist Benjamin Bullins. “People ask me where the inspiration came from, but it was really more opportunity than inspiration.” Bullins was designing a client’s bathroom, and the client’s mom’s neighbor knew he worked with recycled materials, so she brought over some old bicycles for him to re purpose. Presto!
Farm House

Rescued Cow Trough

When New York design firm Carrier and Company converted an old dairy barn into a guest cottage for a client, they saw big possibilities in this soapstone cow trough salvaged from the property. Owner Jesse Carrier and his team added custom hinged wood tops to create one of the most unusual and beautiful bathroom vanities you’ll ever see. The mirror above is made of reclaimed exterior window shutter louvers.
Buffet Cabinet
Isn’t this gorgeous!This mirrored console table was beautiful as a dining room accent, but it’s absolutely stunning when recycled for the bath. The top was sealed with polyurethane — an important step when re purposing furniture to accommodate plumbing — and the square vessel sinks were sealed with caulk around their edges. Hardware was added in varying shades of brown and a mix of finishes to preserve the vintage vibe.
This next one will surprise you!

Start Your Engines

Artist and re cycler extraordinaire Benjamin Bullins created this vanity from a vintage boat motor for a client’s lake house. Bullins painstakingly gutted the motor to accommodate plumbing; he also routed out the wood countertop surface and embedded an old wood fishing lure in clear resin for added effect. “A lot of my work looks simple, but it isn’t,” he says. “Fabrication and execution can be a real challenge. But I hope I inspire people to be creative — don’t be afraid to take the first step!”

100% Recycled

Erin Rodriguez of the blog Welcome Home scored both an old potting table from Craigslist and a salvaged sink from a local shop for her bathroom vanity. The pretty blue finish is another recycling win: it’s from a 50-cent can of mis-tinted paint.

Flea-Market Find

This secondhand dresser makes a marvelous vintage vanity. Drawers like these can still be functional after you make room for the plumbing — simply saw a cutout to accommodate the pipes and construct a frame around it that forms the new back of the

Re purposed Tree Trunk

This onyx vessel sink has found a home atop a salvaged piece of log — courtesy of Ohio remodeling and design firm Architectural Justice. There’s even a bit of embedded barbed wire remaining around the hollowed-out stump. The look is so striking that Architectural Justice is creating a model of the stump to use for other sinks.

eBay Find

This mahogany serving table was a dining room piece in its first life. A client of Seattle remodeling and design firm JAS Design Build, which did the bathroom renovation, purchased it on eBay for $200 and had a carpenter convert it to a bathroom vanity by adding a curved marble top. The still-functional bottom drawers offer a place for linen storage.

Water and Wine

If you live near a winery, you may be sitting on an up cycling gold mine. Real oak wine barrels make beautiful furniture — craftsman John Koering painstakingly refitted this barrel as a vanity for Premier Copper Products, which sells the striking hammered copper vessel sink used here. Prepping a wooden barrel for a humid bathroom requires special care, so don’t go plopping a sink into one without researching the finer points of finishing and sealing.

Making Ends Meet

Simple end tables are re purposed here as an attractive double set of vanities. With rolled linens stacked neatly underneath, the tables pair well with the vintage clawfoot tub and a set of Botticelli vessel sinks from Kohler, which are made of Carrara marble.

Bali Bath

If you need a unique piece to suit a distinct bathroom design, repurposing a piece of furniture with great character is the way to go — just make sure your piece is wide enough to accommodate the sink you choose with room left over to set practical items on the counter. For this Bali-style bathroom, it’s hard to imagine a better fit than this beautifully carved table with intricate inlay.

Antique Charm

Seattle remodeling and design firm JAS Design Build refitted this small vintage dresser into a vanity as part of a bathroom renovation for a client, who found the piece in an antique shop. The team modified the drawers to accommodate the plumbing and then added a stone top and under-mount sink.

Farmhouse Feel

Vessel sinks are a natural choice for upcycling a piece of furniture as a bathroom vanity, because they allow you to keep more of an attractive piece’s top intact. Here, a shallow porcelain sink — Kohler’s Conical Bell model — atop a rustic console table is reminiscent of an old-style farmhouse washbasin.

Statement Piece

This dining room console outfitted with a vessel sink makes a big statement in the bath. Especially because the piece itself, which has an antique feel, is combined with a giant contemporary mirror framed in an identical tone.

Desktop Model

DIY Network’s BATHtastic! crew helped a frustrated homeowner vanquish a relentlessly purple bathroom and update it with rich wood tones. Here, a re purposed computer desk takes a handsome turn in the bath with the addition of a vessel sink and contemporary fixtures.

Alternate End Table

An up cycled end table is a smart solution for supporting a sink in a small space. If you choose one with a built-in magazine shelf, you can stack bath linens underneath. Here, the faucet is wall-mounted and spills into a Kohler Conical Bell vessel sink.
Which was your favorite? Did one of these inspire you??

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26 thoughts on “One-of-a-Kind Vanities UpCycled”

  1. The wine barrel, the bicycle, and the boat motor are the cutest, but all of them are great! Wait till my husband finally refinishes the top, and then I’ll send you a picture, and let’s see if you can guess what that one is made out of…

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