Not to be the bearers of bad news, but renovating a bathroom is not cheap. In fact, you might want to sit down before reading the next sentence: According to Remodeling magazine, the average cost of a midrange bathroom renovation in 2020—including replacing all the fixtures, the tile, the toilet, and the vanity—was $21,377. And that's just the nationwide average. Thankfully, Instagram is rife with DIY ideas to keep costs down, which, as you may have already surmised, brings us to the topic at hand: DIY bathroom vanities.
From low-cost IKEA hacks to full-on DIY projects that require power tools, sandpaper, and paintbrushes, here are 14 bathroom vanities that will have you planning a trip to your local hardware store, stat. Spanning a West Elm dresser that's been converted into a stunning two-sink vanity to a cheap IKEA sink cabinet that's been transformed into a luxe vanity complete with a marble backsplash, we're willing to bet that you'll want to pin each of these DIY vanities to your "Dream Bathroom" Pinterest board.
The Pretty Vintage Dresser Turned Bathroom Vanity
Make like Bri of Burts Bris Please and repurpose a pretty vintage dresser as a bathroom vanity. Slathered in a warm shade of pink, this rustic-meets-modern piece falls in perfectly with the beadboard wainscot-paneled walls and the other bucolic details in the space.
The Charming West Elm Dresser Turned Two-Sink Bathroom Vanity
You'd never guess that this stunning two-sink bathroom vanity is actually a West Elm dresser. Gain inspiration from Chris and Claudia Beiler, the design duo behind The Chris and Claude Co., and scour your favorite home retailer's sale section to find a piece you love at a budget-friendly price.
The Spacious Vintage Dresser Turned Bathroom Vanity
Rather than scrolling through West Elm's sale section, let this bathroom by Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors inspire you to hunt for a vintage dresser at your local flea market instead. Look for one that boasts large drawers to ensure you're not sacrificing storage space for style.
The Small-Space West Elm Nightstand Turned Bathroom Vanity
If you're short on bathroom storage space, take a page from Chris and Claudia Beiler and convert a petite nightstand into a bathroom vanity. Here, West Elm's Penelope nightstand acts as a functioning vanity and offers plenty of space for stashing away bathroom essentials with three spacious drawers.
The Simple DIY Floating Shelf Bathroom Vanity
Even if you're a DIY novice, this floating shelf bathroom vanity by The Merrythought is totally doable. All you need to make it is wood for the shelf and supports (opt for reclaimed wood for a rustic aesthetic), a table saw, drill and screws, and polyurethane. Yes, that's it.
The Full-On DIY Pottery Barn-Inspired Bathroom Vanity
If you've fallen completely in love with a ready-made bathroom vanity that's way over your budget, gain inspiration from Rhiannon Lawson, who modeled this DIY bathroom vanity after a pricey Pottery Barn piece. All in all, she saved over $2750 (!) by going the DIY route.
The Hacked IKEA Vanity With Walnut Cabinet Fronts
To avoid the hassle of building a vanity from scratch, make like Rebecca Plumb of Studio Plumb and outfit an otherwise cookie-cutter IKEA sink cabinet with fronts. Here, the designer opted for a four-drawer IKEA Godmorgon vanity and Semihandmade walnut cabinet fronts.
The Hacked IKEA Vanity With Shaker Cabinet Fronts
Further proving that a semi-DIY bathroom vanity is a viable alternative to making a custom one from scratch, this space designed by Danielle Clemenza Miller of Clementine Interiors features an IKEA Godmorgon vanity with Semihandmade Shaker cabinet fronts.
The Hacked IKEA Vanity With a Luxe Marble Backsplash
Believe it or not, this swoony-worthy vanity is the result of yet another IKEA DIY project. Marisa and Chris of Oak Apple Décor topped a four-drawer IKEA Godmorgon vanity with a luxe marble top and backsplash, brass fixtures, and custom Superfront cabinet doors.
The Hacked IKEA Vanity With Textured Melamine Fronts
This beautiful bathroom designed by Shelley Barraza boasts yet another upgraded IKEA vanity. Complete with a quartz countertop, textured melamine fronts, ornate pulls and knobs, and brass fixtures, you'd never guess that an IKEA Besta unit lurks beneath.
The Hacked IKEA Vanity With Streamlined Cabinet Fronts
For a comparatively pared-back look, turn to this bathroom designed by Anna-Lisa Horton of Horton Design Studio for inspiration. Here, an IKEA cabinet is simply outfitted with light-wood cabinet fronts sans hardware for a streamlined aesthetic that looks thoroughly modern.
The Simple IKEA Vanity With Half-Moon Drawer Pulls
As this simple vanity demonstrates, the right hardware can make all the difference. In this bathroom designed by Tracy Cole of Hello Flora, copper half-moon drawer pulls by Superfront instantly make a simple white IKEA sink cabinet look more expensive than it is.
The Hacked Small-Space IKEA Vanity With Matte Cabinet Fronts
Even small-space dwellers can hack an IKEA bathroom vanity, as demonstrated by this bathroom designed by the real estate developers behind Blu and White Homes. Here, an IKEA Godmorgon vanity is outfitted with supermatte cabinet fronts that correspond with the patterned navy and white floor tiles.