Roundup: 10 DIY Sinks and Vanities (and a Tub and Shower Too!)

by on Sep 17, 2013

Metal washbasin converted to a sink in a bathroom.

DIYer’s turning bowls into vessel sinks and dressers into vanities, aren’t new ideas, but the DIYer’s included in this roundup did it right. Also in our list are some ideas that might serve as inspiration for the next big thing in bathroom fixture repurposing. 

Jill bought a bamboo $20 bowl at World Market and turned it into a lovely vessel sink. She wrote up a how-to 5 months after its installation, just to make sure it held up. It does!

A sink sits on a white counter near a mirror and a tan tiled wall.Jill McKeever

Ginger used a resin bowl to make her vessel sink.

Metal bowl converted to a sink next to a faucet on top of a wood stand.DIY Del Ray

An IKEA Hacker turned a $15 BLANDA BLANK salad bowl into a vessel sink. 

Metal bowl with legs near a faucet in a bathroom.Lifehacker

From industrial to farmhouse, this galvanized steel turned laundry tub is so charming it hurts. And I want one.

Galvanized tub on a stand next to a shuttered window.IMGFave

Instructabler CaptainJester tells us how he turned this dresser

A white desser with the drawers missing.Instructables

into this bathroom vanity:

A white bathroom has a black sink countertop.Instructables

This $79 Salvation Army find was turned into…

A brown dresser with backsplash.An Oregon Cottage

this vanity:

"A simple and Neatly Organized Bathroom with sinks and Tub"An Oregon Cottage

For a larger vanity, cabinets, like this one…

A white wooden cabinet with its drawers and shelves removed is strapped into the back of a pickup truck.The Project Girl work great too. 

Bathroom counter with towels folded underneath beneath an oval mirror in a bathroom.The Project Girl

How about a whiskey/wine barrel turned into a vanity? Sure, why not. Those like one from Willowbee clock in around $1,400. However, you can buy brand new oak wine barrels for $525 and flawed barrels for as low as $275 at Kentucky Barrels. You can buy used ones at Kentucky Barrels too, but they might be harder to find. 

A sink made out wood and chrome sink faucetThis Old House

We’ve covered homemade sinks and vanities; now for a diy bathtub. Okay, so it’s not exactly DIY, and it’s for outdoor use—but I could imagine someone using a galvanized steel livestock tank for an indoor tub too. (Note the laundry tub above.) 

Two children are playing in an oval basin outside.Apartment Therapy

Of course, we can’t forget a DIY shower. Again, this one is for outside, but what a great way to enjoy a warm summer day in a secluded spot. The addition of a rustic ladder/towel holder and a stake table to hold soap and a puffy are the icing on the cake.  

A flimsy ladder holding towels leans against a tree.Fine Craft Guild

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  1. Chrissy g.

    Please inform me where I can possibly order the galvanized sink and pedestal ! Love the look for my laundry room!