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Bathroom Remodel Using An Old Dresser For Vanity. Reuse, Redo Don't Buy New.

Updated on January 18, 2016

Bathroom Remodel Using An Old Dresser.

We bought an old farmhouse. It was not in good shape. The house needed remodeling. We had to tear out the old bathroom because the placement of it was in the way of building better staircases. The staircases going to the basement and the second floor. The stairs in this house were like ladders, not stairs.

We took out the old bathroom built new stairs where the bathroom had been. There was a bedroom behind the stairs so we split the bedroom in half. We added a laundry room on one side and a bathroom on the other side.

I just hate not using what we have. We checked vanities for the bathroom, they were expensive. We did have an old dresser we never used. I think we bought it in the 60’s or 70’s. I didn't care about the age, it was still pretty and I wanted to use it for a vanity. We worked it into the bathroom and we just bought a laminate top for it and we got the sink free from someone. We cut a hole in the top of the dresser the size of the sink. We also had to cut a sink hole in the laminate. The doors on the dresser opened up and there are three drawers inside. We had to remove the drawers to make room for the pipes for the sink. We still have lots of storage where the pipes are. The other side of the dresser has doors which open up with three drawers inside. The drawers hold so much stuff I put all my make-up and hair stuff in the drawers and they are now full. The dresser also had a large mirror on it. We would have liked to put double sinks in, but I didn't want to lose the drawer space.

Above the dresser, we had to buy lights. The antique lights we got from our daughter are not bright enough for the dresser. I have bad eyesight so I had to have better lights above the dresser. I wanted to use them but in this place above the dresser, we just couldn't.

Dresser
Dresser | Source
Wall and Mirror
Wall and Mirror | Source
Front Of Dresser
Front Of Dresser | Source
Lights
Lights
Closet Doors
Closet Doors | Source
Old LIght
Old LIght | Source

The Bathroom

We built a closet in the bathroom to hold towels and anything else needed to go in there. The doors for our closet were in the barn. I don't even know where they came from. We just painted and installed them, we had enough doors for the bathroom and laundry room. We added tile to the floors and we put in a shower. We also put in a window which I love. I can't stand closed in bathrooms.

The shower was our only mistake I think. I miss having a bathtub.

We needed a light for the entrance to the new bathroom, so we used the antique light we got from our daughter. I’m not much on everything matching so I will use anything that's handy.

This bathroom is eclectic. I believe the dresser is Spanish style and the light fixture is Victorian.

I had to put a vintage wire trash basket and my Indian rock in the bathroom. The trash basket works great for extra toilet paper.

The little aqua bench bought at a yard sale.

I have a handy husband he did all the work, the plumbing, and the wiring the whole thing. I just come up with ideas.He wishes I wouldn't have so many ideas.

I added old family photos in the bathroom, photos of family members at the beach or lake. I was watching Hoda and Kathie Lee. They were arguing about whether family photos should be in the bathroom. I believe they can be. You shouldn't put the originals in, the moisture might ruin them.

Above The Shower.

We also built a little cubby above the shower and put baskets in the cubby. You would not believe how much baskets can hold. We need all the extra storage we can get in this old house.

We put hooks on the back of the door to hold towels or robes. We also put a hook beside the shower to hold a towel. We also put hooks inside the closet doors.

Any place we could get extra room in there is what we did.

The floor has ceramic tile. I love the tile it is so easy to clean.

We added two towel racks to the bathroom.

Baskets In Cubby
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Old Wire Trash Basket For Toilet Paper.
Old Wire Trash Basket For Toilet Paper. | Source

Would you ever use a dresser for your vanity in the bathroom?

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      moonlake 14 months ago from America

      techygran, Thank you for stopping by I appreciate it. I'm glad you liked the hub. My hubby was very handy and I miss him every day.

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      moonlake 14 months ago from America

      Dolores Monet, Thank you for stopping by and for leaving a comment. Glad you liked the hub.

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      Cynthia 14 months ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Very inspiring what you did with the dresser and you are so lucky to have a "handy husband". I am not complaining about my dear husband, who has done our income tax and other financial things for 40+ years, but I often daydream about what it must be like to design something and have someone happily build it to my specifications.

      I very much like your dangly ornaments and all the pretty pieces of glass. We have a similar taste I think!

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      Dolores Monet 19 months ago from East Coast, United States

      I love how you used the old dresser as a sink base! Economical and sustainable, not to mention so pretty. Great idea!

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Suzanne Day, Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by.

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      You put a lot of work into this. I was delighted to read about the different upcycling of furniture in your bathroom. Makes me want to go buy a farmhouse and do it up myself! Your husband will appreciate your ideas in the end, when the house is full of character (and storage space). Voted up & useful!

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      RTalloni, Thank you and I appreciate you stopping by.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      You have royally embraced the concept of using what's on hand and I know it's so satisfying to have the reworked space to use! Thanks for sharing your ideas with us and enjoy your handyman's handy work. :)

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      starstream, Thank you so much for stopping by. He is very handy but he is elderly now and I can't ask him to do as much now. He never stops he's always up to something even when I don't ask him to things.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      thumbi7, Thank you glad you stopped by.

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      Dreamer at heart 3 years ago from Northern California

      I enjoyed reading about your remodel ideas here. I see it is a very popular subject by looking at all of these comments too. Anytime you are able to recycle in a creative and useful way like this everyone wins! I wish I had a handyman like your husband in my life too!

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      JR Krishna 3 years ago from India

      It is a great idea. Your bathroom looks beautiful. Photos are great..

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      CraftytotheCore, Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Moonlake, I'm so envious that you purchased an old farm house. I've always wanted to, just never had the opportunity. I love DIY projects and repurposing furniture. I repurposed an old dresser in to an outdoor storage bench for planting. Such great ideas.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      DonnaCSmith, Thank you. I'm so glad you stopped by I appreciate it.

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      Donna Campbell Smith 3 years ago from Central North Carolina

      I love your new bathroom. I am a big fan of re-purposing. Thanks for some good ideas.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Barbara Kay, Thank you so much for stopping by. This dresser just happen to work out great for us.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 3 years ago from USA

      This wouldn't work for our bathroom, because we've got an extra long vanity, but it is a great idea. We have an old dresser sitting here right now that we don't know what to do with. We've been trying to think of a good idea. The thing will probably end up at Goodwill. Voted up and useful.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Indian Chef , It's not a huge bathroom. I have had smaller we had a very small bathroom in the house our kids grew up in. Thanks for stopping and for the vote.

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      Indian Chef 3 years ago from New Delhi India

      Very beautiful Bathroom. I live in an apartment so by my standards it looks hugh bathroom. Voting it up and awesome.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Sharkye11, Thank you. 2 foot square isn't a lot of room for a vanity and finding one that small high enough will be a problem but I'm sure it is out there somewhere. Thanks so much for stopping by I appreciate it. Sorry I'm so late anwsering my comments. I have been working on hubs when I have been on to try to get some traffic back but I have now gave up. I can see nothing is going to help.

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      Jayme Kinsey 3 years ago from Oklahoma

      This is awesome. I would love to do something like that, but we only have room for a vanity that is about 2 foot square. Maybe if I could find a tall nightstand! :) Great idea, and the dresser makes a beautiful vanity for your bathroom!

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Au fait, Thank you and thinks for the pin. I appreicate your visit.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      I love your articles on upcycling old furniture and using it again instead of buying new. As I have said so many times already, I think older well built furniture adds so much character to a room and to a home. Came back to pin this hub to my 'Interior Design' board.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      GwennyOh, Thank you and thanks for the vote I appreciate it.

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      GwennyOh 3 years ago from LaLa Land

      Very nice presentation. It is a brilliant idea too. Keep up the good work! voted up.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Bishop55, Thank you and thanks for stopping by. I appreciate the vote.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Indian Chef, Thank you and thanks for stoppinb by. I appreciate the vote and sharing.

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      Rebecca 3 years ago from USA

      I love this! Great hub! Voted up!!

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      Indian Chef 3 years ago from New Delhi India

      Very novel idea. your bathroom looks very beautiful. Voting up and sharing it.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      faythef, Thank you and thanks for the pin, share and vote. I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Faythe F. 3 years ago from USA

      I love the vanity idea....pinning sharing and voting

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      Peggy W, Thank you and thanks so much for the pin.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Pinning this to my Useful tips and ideas board. Nice job on this hub!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Insightful Tiger, Your welcome thanks for stopping by.

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Wow, what a great idea! It looks beautiful and the pictures are great! I especially like that you are reusing. Waste not, want not right? Thanks for sharing.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Deborah-Diane, Thank you for stopping by I appreciate it.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      pstraubie48, Thanks for stopping by. I will be checking out your hub.

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      Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      What a beautiful idea. I think using an old dresser is a fabulous idea for a bathroom vanity.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Great hub. I so agree...use what we have. Your suggestions are spot on. About 20 years ago I was able to buy a 14 room historic home for a song. It needed so much remodeling that we started from the day we moved and until the day we moved out and made some progress. (Our reason for leaving was written about in a hub.) But we used and reused what we had. A dresser in the bathroom just gives a home a special look.

      Thanks for sharing this. Pinned ...

      Sending you Angels this evening. :) ps

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Emma Harvey, Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

      I love ideas like this. We have an old house and I like character and using old furniture. Looks lovely - up and awesome.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      DDE , Thank you we like to use what we can. I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A lovely idea with the dresser in the bathroom and you certainly know how to be creative.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      dahoglund, I understand the energy thing we're running out of it and it takes longer to get anything done around here. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the sharing.

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      Don A. Hoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Very creative. I was renting when I was at an age to have the energy for such projects but it is what I would have liked to do. sharing.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Peggy W, Thank you so much for stopping back by. I also have shells from Tarpon Springs, silver dollar shells from a beach in Fla and shells my Dad picked up while he was in Italy.

      Thank you for the vote and sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Came back to look at the starfish that you acquired in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Nice to know that we both have things in our homes from that scenic town with the history of Greek sponge divers. This time giving it a beautiful vote + sharing.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      tammyswallow, Thank you and thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate it.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      This is gorgeous, and if it involves recycling, even better. I will think of this the next time I go shopping. Very creative!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Peggy I've seen that show I love it. She comes up with such good ideas. Thanks so much for stopping by and thanks for the vote.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      There is a program on HGTV where a woman renovates older homes and she loves to use found objects and things that she already owns. You sound like you like to do the very same thing. Oh to have a husband as handy as yours is in installing things. You lucky girl! Sounds like the perfect combination of your ideas and his labor. Your bathroom is so pretty. Up and useful votes.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Derdriu, Thanks for stopping by glad you liked our bathroom, appreciate your comments.

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      Derdriu 4 years ago

      moonlake, Everything looks so comfortable, inviting, and unique in your bathroom! But like you, I'd have preferred a tub instead of a shower ;-[.

      Respectfully, and with many thanks for sharing and for including your original photos of your innovative ideas -- particularly regarding the dresser -- and your husband's conscientious craftsmanship, Derdriu

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Au fait, Thank you for stopping by and thanks for the votes.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      davidlivermore, I'm glad the toilet paper picture helped. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the vote and pin.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      vespawoolf , Thank you it is very nice that he is handy. My sister complains all the time that her husband isn't handy. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      I think eclectic decor is the best kind and the most versatile. Love the way you utilized what you already had. I think being innovative as you were with this bathroom, adds character and interest to a home. Voted up and beautiful!

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      David Livermore 4 years ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      Funny thing is that I never know how to store toilet paper for it not to look bad. I love how you did it! Voted up and pinned!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      This is a great idea and I think it looks beautiful! I would definitely use a dresser as a bathroom vanity---how unique and what a nice way to repurpose a farmhouse antique. It's nice you have a handy husband who can install all the necessary items, too. I hope someday to use your idea!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Eiddwen, Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment I appreciate it. You also have a great week-end.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      What a wonderful hub and I save as well as voting up and sharing.

      Have a wonderful weekend.

      Eddy.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      rajan jolly, Thank you I appreciate your comments and I so glad you dropped by. Thanks for the vote.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      moonlake, the bathroom looks just awesome with the dresser, the light fixture and the rest of the makeover. Great pics .

      Voted up.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Thundermama, Thank you I appreciate you dropping by.

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      Catherine Taylor 4 years ago from Canada

      I love this as an idea and it looks wonderful. It sounds like renovating your farm house is a labor of love for you. Good thing you're so creative and able to re-purpose so many things. Another great hub.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      viveresperando, Thank you for stopping back by. I hope you find the dresser you are looking for. I'm sure you can do it on your own.

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      viveresperando 4 years ago from A Place Where Nothing Is Real

      I am back! I am so searching for used dressers now... giggles. Thank you again.. I think I can do it myself with the proper research and planning.. :)

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      prasetio30, Thanks so much and thanks for stopping by and voting. I appreciate it.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      ChristyWrites, I am really glad we put in the closet because I don't know where we would have put anything. This house has very little storage. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate it.

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very informative hub and I got inspired after reading this hub. Great tips my friend. Thanks for share with us. Voted up!

      Prasetio

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Good idea for a closet in the bathroom. I have one and love the storage there and that items are hidden in there too. Good for you doing this reno!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      grandmapearl, We're thinking about changing our sink if we can find what we want an old vintage sink. He cut the laminate with sawzall fine tooth blade. Thanks so much for stopping and for the vote.

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      I have always wanted to use an old vanity in my bathroom. Actually, it's a dry sink, but it would be just right for our downstairs half bath. Seeing your beautifully done transformation makes me want this to happen even more! Trouble is, my husband is neither handy, nor interested. Guess I'll have to learn how to do it myself!

      By the way, what did your husband use to cut the hole in the laminate?

      Voted Up, Useful and Interesting.

      Pearl

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      b. Malin, Thank you. It's nice when you can salvage something in your home and not have to send it to the landfill. Thank you for stopping by.

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      I Loved your Bathroom Ideas Moonlake, especially the dresser/vanity. We wound up painting the vanities, couldn't see getting rid of them as they were large. I also wanted to salvage the mirrors, which were large, so we Framing them in white wood. I too like to mix things up.

      To sum it up, Fun read, and your bathroom looks Great!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Om Paramapoonya, Thank you and thanks for stopping by. I enjoy hearing from you.

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      Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

      What a brilliant idea to turn a dresser into a bathroom vanity! Your bathroom looks great. I also like the antique ceiling lamp near the entrance. It's very lovely.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      aviannovice, Thank you. We have reused many things in our house already and I'm sure we will use more. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Excellent work. In this day and age, it is important to repurpose, to keep all of this out of our landfills. Good work, and keep on doing the same thing with the rest of the house.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      viveresperando, It was not a real hard project. I thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      viveresperando 4 years ago from A Place Where Nothing Is Real

      Oh wow! I am remodeling a little here a little there where time and money permits... the using the dresser and mirror for the bathroom is such a great idea! Can't say I dare do it myself ... yet..... lol. Going to have to see ... great share!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      KoffeeKlatch Gals, Thank you and thanks for the vote.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      AliciaC, Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      kashmir56, Thank you I'm sure my husband will be glad to hear that. Thanks for the vote.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      rfmoran, Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. It can be a lot cheaper to go with a dresser I think.

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I love the look of the converted dresseer in the bathroom. Terrific idea. Up and awesome.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The converted dresser looks very nice, moonlake. It was a great idea to make a vanity from an old dresser!

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi my friend, great hub and such a awesome idea, love the look of that bathroom . Well done !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Russ Moran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

      I once added a dresser to a bathroom and it worked beautifully. Where did people get the idea that bathrooms are for porcelain only? Voted up useful and interesting

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      carol7777, Thank you and thanks for the pin. I appreciate you stopping by.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      hawaiianodysseus, Thanks for stopping by I appreciate it.

      He is talented.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      JayeWisdom. Thank you for stopping by always nice to see you. Yes I am lucky.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      shiningirisheyes, Thank you, your right my husband is more than handy. He can do just about anything when it comes to building. He's working on the living room now. Thanks you for stopping.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I have seen this done before and it is beautiful. I love what you have done. Something different and beautiful. Voting UP and pinning.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Talented hubby you have there! You did a great job of sharing with your readers how you transformed a farmhouse into contemporary rustic.

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Your new-and-improved bathroom looks great! Using a dresser rather than buying a new vanity is a great way to put something to use and save money at the same time. As for your handyman husband, you are very lucky that he can do those types of renovation.

      Voted Up++

      Jaye

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Wow - After viewing the installed dresser I must say, that is absolutely amazing. It looks great and adds so much drawer room as well.

      This is actually a creative idea. I would say describing your husband as "handy" is downplaying it.

      Great job!

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