5 Bathroom Vanity Ideas You Can DIY in a Day | Architectural Digest

When it comes to remodels, creative bathroom vanity ideas are becoming the star of the show—the 2022 US Houzz Bathroom Trends Study found that homeowners are not only prioritizing vanities during bathroom remodels but also opting to make these pieces a major focal point. The style that takes the lead? Transitional, followed by modern, then contemporary. Going custom or semi custom is also in vogue. Why not have a little fun selecting the countertop material? Engineered quartz proved to be most popular, according to Houzz, but coating it with a bold hue is one of the easiest bathroom vanity ideas.

“Vanities are worth the attention, as they can bring a multitude of different looks that will complement your overall space, like bringing in an unexpected pop of color,” says Houston designer Emily Spanos of Emily June Designs. “Many also offer storage, which is always something we can’t get enough of!”

If you’re feeling inspired to give your own vanity a face-lift or introduce a brand-new piece to your bathroom entirely, you’ll want to take a look at the five designer projects below, all of which are chock-full of DIY inspo.

Upgrade an antique dresser

Something old, something new, something blue: A vanity rehab by designer Emily Spanos. 

Photo: Courtesy of Emily June Designs

Spanos recycled an antique dresser filled with character and charm by turning it into a bathroom vanity. “Choosing the right shape is so important and can impact the style you’re looking for,” she says. Spanos suggests visiting antique stores or thrift shops to score the perfect piece. Spanos added legs to her find to ensure it would be functional in its new role. “Dressers come in countless heights, which makes choosing one that will be comfortable for your needs imperative,” she explains. She then reworked the dresser drawers, cutting them to accommodate plumbing fixtures. Next, the piece’s existing wood top and hardware were removed so that it could be painted in a stunning blue hue. “This is a wonderful opportunity to put a bold twist on an antique style,” Spanos adds. Once the painting process was complete, Spanos adhered the original hardware back onto the piece. The finishing touch? A custom marble countertop complete with a sink and faucet.

Jazz up the millwork

Isn’t green the color of genius? A bathroom design by Courtnay Tartt Elias proves that it might be. 

Photo: Julie Soefer

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