A vessel sink sits on top of the vanity surface.  You have probably have seen these in home shows and hardware store setups and they are gorgeous and maybe thought “too expensive for me”!

The best part is that you really don’t have to invest in an expensive vanity and sink top you can make one yourself using your favourite piece of furniture or one of those finds in the second hand or antique shop or garage sales.  Our local Salvation Army has a thrift shop and I found a piece of furniture to upcycle in there for 25 dollars!

This is a great way to recycle or “upcycle” as it is now known.  Basically reusing a solid piece of furniture that is looking tired in the bedroom or dining room and instead of kicking it to the curb, you recycle it into a really one of a kind, cool bathroom piece.

Using a Vessel Sink

Since the sink sits on top of the piece, you really only need to accommodate the drain, so depending on your piece of furniture you may lose the front drawer if it won’t accommodate the drain but keep the rest of the storage.  

Getting Started

Measure the area in your bathroom that you want to sit the piece of furniture in and then go shopping either in your own home to find that old sideboard or dresser or out to garage sales, second hand stores, or antique stores.  Note:  It is best if it is solid wood of some kind.  Totally ignore the finish because you can always change that.  If it has a lot of scratches you can get them for very cheap.

Make sure it is well built and useable but ignore scratches, color and finish.  This can all be changed quickly.

Video - How to Make a Vanity with a Vessel Sink

I am a visual person and find instruction best when in a video, so I have found this video that should get your creative juices flowing.  There are also so many different types of vessel sinks on the market that come with matching faucets and more.  Shopping online is a great place to start.  The video should get you started but there are so many different styles of vessel sinks on the market, you don’t have to stop at plain.

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Luxier CS-013 Bathroom Porcelain Ceramic Vessel Vanity Sink Art Basin
Amazon Price: $199.00 $79.95 Buy Now
(price as of Oct 16, 2016)

Find Your Vessel Sink

Find the right sink for you, there are loads to choose from.  Everything from a surface trough to a round glass bowl, this is your personal choice.  Personally I like the larger ones as I splash a lot of water, but this part is your choice and since you are not spending a ton of money on the vanity part, you can splurge a little on the sink and faucet!

Oversized Rectangular Vessel Sink

I love this one.  It reminds me of a trough and great if this is your main sink and will get lots of use.  It will contain more of the splashes.  This is your typical porcelain which is easy to clean with your favourite cleaner.

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Art Deco Tempered Glass

If you want this piece to be a show piece of art, this is beautiful.  Just remember you cannot use harsh chemicals to clean tempered glass, but it does look gorgeous.

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Luxier CS-001 Bathroom Porcelain Ceramic Vessel Vanity Sink Art Basin
Amazon Price: $199.00 $99.95 Buy Now
(price as of Oct 16, 2016)

Rectangle Artsy Look

This is another porcelain rectangle model but the sides are more graduated compared to the first example for a more chic look.  

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Tempered Glass Vessel Bathroom Vanity Sink Round Bowl, Clear Color
Amazon Price: $150.00 Buy Now
(price as of Oct 16, 2016)

Clear Glass Bowl Vessel Sink

This measures 16.5 inches in diameter and can blend well into a bathroom.  My only peeve is that you have to keep the glass bowl clean for it to look its best especially the clear version, but if you have soft water, this would look awesome too and is affordable.

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Gorgeous Blue Tempered Glass Vessel Sink

This particular one comes with everything you need including the modern and chic faucet.  The bowl is an oblong shape and is tempered glass but I love the gorgeous color!  This would be the focal piece in your bathroom.  I would paint the dresser a light cream just so this would stand out.

Painting a Dresser

You don’t have to sand it down to bare wood if you are going to paint it.  Take off all the hardware (handles etc) and then first give it a good clean with a degreaser house cleaner or your favourite cleaner, then sand it lightly to knock off any serious shine. 

Take a damp cloth to it to get rid of dust, and then using a high adhesion primers such as Zinsser brand (my favourite!) give it a good couple of coats letting it dry in between.  This will give the surface a good tooth for holding the paint of your choice.   Use at least 2 coats of paint either with a brush or with spray cans (best done outdoors if you can).

De-Stressed Look

If you love that look of old world, and the piece is an older style, you could de-stress it a bit by taking some steel wool and lightly going over the corners and edges to take off some of the paint.  (As they did in the video).

Top it with a sealer or varnish to protect the painted surface. 

Install the Sink drilling for the faucet and the drain (follow the vessel sink instructions as to how big a hole you will need and the measurements) have your sink onsite with the pattern or measurements they give you with the product. 

If your dresser has a top drawer that is very shallow, you may have to create some room for the drain and just not have that drawer open, but some are deep enough you don’t need to do this.  You can usually get creative and work with your piece.   You will need to open the back a bit to allow for water pipe and drain connection.

Add the original hardware back to the piece or purchase a different style.  You now have a new “upcycled” vessel sink vanity.