How to Repurpose a Sideboard into a Sink Vanity

I was thinking I could make something from scratch, but then got the idea to use the sideboard that was in my kitchen in my previous house as the sink vanity. The top cabinet is a separate piece of furniture that sat on top of the sideboard.

When we moved to Lake Murray, the sideboard (bottom section) didn’t fit anywhere in the new house and was sitting in my bedroom until we could figure out what to do with it.

How to Repurpose a Sideboard into a Sink Vanity

I used a sideboard that had 2 small drawers, two cabinet doors and one large drawer on the bottom. You can create a sink vanity with a dresser or desk as long as the piece will have clearance for the sink and plumbing.  I had to remove the drawers so the sink and plumbing would fit. I had painted the piece with chalk paint and a faux Carrara marble technique on the top a few years ago. It is protected by layers of buffed paste wax.

supplies needed: 

  • Sideboard or dresser
  • Sink with sink template – Home Depot
  • Faucet and plumbing connections
  • Jigsaw
  • Circular saw
  • Drill and drill bit
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • 1/4″ plywood
  • Band-It Iron-On Wood Veneer + Trimmer
  • Iron
  • Liquid Nails adhesive
  • Baskets – IKEA
  • Paint and paint brush
  1. The drop-in sink comes with a paper cutting template. To use it, turn the template to the wrong side. Use a pencil to trace over the oval shape. You will be able to see it through the paper.  Turn the template back to the right side.  Place it on top of the vanity and center it. Draw over the oval with a pencil.
  2. . The pressure of the pencil will transfer the graphite from the penciled oval on the wrong side to the vanity top.
  3. Use a drill and drill bit to make a hole large enough to place the jigsaw blade into the top. Cut out the oval with a jigsaw.
  4. It will look like this.  As you can see, the 3 drawers have been removed.
  5.  I also had to remove this center rail that separated the two top drawers.
  6.  I then used the jigsaw to cut out enough space on the back and bottom of the sideboard for the plumbing pipes that connect to the wall.
  7. Ed helped me put the sideboard into place making sure to align the plumbing with the cutout.
  8. Drop in the sink and faucet.
  9. Attach the plumbing. Ed did the plumbing and needed to buy new plumbing fittings. 2 connectors for the hot and cold connections and an adjustable pipe since the previous sink drain was much lower and further back.
  10. Once all the plumbing was attached and working I needed to add the drawers back in. The drawers would not fit since the sink comes down into the drawer space.
  11. Cut the fronts off each drawer.
  12.  Instead of faking out the large bottom drawer, I added a piece of plywood to fit into the space to make a shelf to hold baskets.

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