Break it Down, Build it Up – Part 2

This is the second of a three part series on our bathroom renovation following the discovery of a leaking sewage pipe. If you missed the first part, you can read it here.

While Daryl was busy rebuilding the floor and walls in the bathroom, I was at work looking for a vanity. The vanity that was in there was too big for the space; when we opened the door we would have to open it quite far just to be able to walk into the bathroom. The problem was that the heating grate was on the floor under the vanity, and if we went with a smaller vanity it would end up sitting on the grate… I wasn’t sure how to tackle this dilemma, until I found an Ikea vanity that only had legs in the front and was mounted to the wall in the back. My hope was that I could find an antique looking dresser to convert into a vanity (with back legs removed), so I began my hunt! What I ended up with wasn’t a dresser, but with something even more unique – a record cabinet! And the best part is that I found it at the thrift store right around the corner from my house, and I got it for a great deal!!!

Here is the shot of how it looked when I bought it (I forgot to take this before I removed the existing knobs):

The vanity pre-makeover

This is what the inside looked like:

Inside of the vanity pre-makeover

I loved that this was a record cabinet, so when I gutted the inside I kept the music category labels in place!

I sanded this baby down to the raw wood, gutted it out on the inside, and went to work painting. After two coats of paint I distressed it with sandpaper, and finished it off by giving the top four coats of varethane to protect it from all of the water that would inevitably splash on it.

After installing this to the wall (with back legs removed), my handy husband installed the sink and the faucet, and voila! We love it, and it fits the space so much better than the previous one. With it’s smaller size, it’s not only easier to walk into the bathroom, but the whole bathroom feels spacious to be in.

Record cabinet turned vanity

New converted vanity

Since our house is so old, we really wanted to give this bathroom some vintage charm. We think that the glass knobs and vintage style faucet compliment this record cabinet turned vanity perfectly!

Another piece of furniture transformed.

Thanks for reading!


“Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Saviour, and my hope is in you all day long.” Psalm 25: 4 & 5

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