Any suggestions on turning an old dresser into a vanity?

The dresser I have is longer than the space I have for the vanity. Is it advisable to cut the dresser down? What are the best options for a sink top? Prefer drop in style as opposed to raised bowl. Thanks
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  • Karen McNulty Karen McNulty on Oct 22, 2015
    Lowes hardware has the answer. Definitely can be done. I would cut into thirds making 2 vanities and the center drawer space could go into a corner
  • Deborah Barandiaran Deborah Barandiaran on Oct 22, 2015
    I would be afraid of cutting it, and causing the veneer to splinter (unless it is solid wood). Then if you do cut it, how are you going to cover exposed side? This Old House showed how they re-purposed a dresser and suggested a top sink since it was the easiest. If you went with a drop sink, you would have to find one to fit the within the width of the dresser, which is pretty small. If you could cut away a 1/3 of the dresser and have the rough side towards a wall. That might work. The center door could hide the plumbing. As far as the top install plywood with the sink opening cut out. The use Marble tile to create the counter top, or the glass tile black splash for your counter top. The glass tiles are smaller and work better in an odd sized space. My daughter did this in a bath where the sink was not quite a standard size space for a drop in sink top.
  • Susan Hartline Susan Hartline on Oct 22, 2015
    It will be far easier to find a top set bowl than a drop in due to the very narrow nature of that dresser. You will have to take 3/4 inch ply and cut for the top before cutting a hole for the sink. we did this and within two years the sink was leaning towards the front of the piece due to the depth (or lack thereof) you might be better off finding the base to a china hutch as they have more depth and are not as wide.
  • Z Z on Oct 22, 2015
    Selby, it would help to know the measurements of the area you want to put vanity and the measurements of each section of the dresser.
  • Diane Slater Diane Slater on Oct 22, 2015
    I just refinished a large dresser that we are going to use for our double vanity. We already have the wood top, which I put 7 coats of polyurethane on. The two sides are large enough for two sinks. The middle section would be perfect for small bath items and possibly towels.
  • Rebecca Bender Rebecca Bender on Oct 27, 2015
    I don't think it is impossible to do what you want, but won't your cabinet front look uneven? not symmetrical? What do you plan on doing with the front? Doors, drawers or wood panels? It would be better to have something that fits your space I think. I'm not trying to steer you away from what you want, just point out my thoughts. I have been doing some repurposing myself and those where just my thoughts.
    • Rebecca Bender Rebecca Bender on Oct 27, 2015
      @Rebecca Bender Sorry I didn't answer your question. If you want to cut your dresser down, you will need to reinforce the end you cut, and then finish it with plywood, and I agree with Deborah, that the ruff side should go in the corner. Then you will have to reinforce the top to hold a bowl.
  • SelbyAU SelbyAU on Oct 29, 2015
    Thanks everyone, your input has helped! I have decided to just make a vanity base from scratch so it is the correct dimensions, I have ordered the size vanity top from Home Depot and will construct the base once I have that in hand. If the dresser was shorter and deeper it would have worked better, but all the work it would take to "make it work" I may as well make exactly what I want.