20 Upcycled and One-of-a-Kind Bathroom Vanities

Why stick to the norm when you can put your bathroom sink on just about anything? We’ll show you a few of our favorite alternatives for a traditional vanity.

Photo By : Carrier and Company 

Rescued Cow Trough

When New York design firm Carrier and Company converted an old dairy barn into a guest cottage for a client, they saw big possibilities in this soapstone cow trough salvaged from the property. Owner Jesse Carrier and his team added custom hinged wood tops to create one of the most unusual and beautiful bathroom vanities you’ll ever see. The mirror above is made of reclaimed exterior window shutter louvers.
Photo By: Benjamin Bullins

Washup on Wheels

This vanity is a Pinterest phenomenon. “It’s the sink that made me famous,” says artist Benjamin Bullins. “People ask me where the inspiration came from, but it was really more opportunity than inspiration.” Bullins was designing a client’s bathroom, and the client’s mom’s neighbor knew he worked with recycled materials, so she brought over some old bicycles for him to re-purpose. Presto! Note: Bullins had to special-order solid rubber tires for this piece so they wouldn’t go flat over time.
Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn 

Dining Room Redux

This mirrored console table was beautiful as a dining room accent, but it’s absolutely stunning when recycled for the bath. The top was sealed with polyurethane — an important step when re-purposing furniture to accommodate plumbing — and the square vessel sinks were sealed with caulk around their edges. Hardware was added in varying shades of brown and a mix of finishes to preserve the vintage vibe.
Photo By: Benjamin Bullins 

Start Your Engines

Artist and recycler extraordinaire Benjamin Bullins created this vanity from a vintage boat motor for a client’s lake house. Bullins painstakingly gutted the motor to accommodate plumbing; he also routed out the wood counter top surface and embedded an old wood fishing lure in clear resin for added effect. “A lot of my work looks simple, but it isn’t,” he says. “Fabrication and execution can be a real challenge. But I hope I inspire people to be creative — don’t be afraid to take the first step!”
Photo By: Premiere Copper Products 

Water and Wine

If you live near a winery, you may be sitting on an up-cycling gold mine. Real oak wine barrels make beautiful furniture — craftsman John Koering painstakingly refitted this barrel as a vanity for Premier Copper Products, which sells the striking hammered copper vessel sink used here. Prepping a wooden barrel for a humid bathroom requires special care, so don’t go plopping a sink into one without researching the finer points of finishing and sealing.
Photo By: Erin Rodriguez 


100% Recycled

Erin Rodriguez of the blog Welcome Home scored both an old potting table from Craigslist and a salvaged sink from a local shop for her bathroom vanity. The pretty blue finish is another recycling win: it’s from a 50-cent can of mis-tinted paint.
Photo By: Erinn Valencich

Flea-Market Find

This secondhand dresser makes a marvelous vintage vanity. Drawers like these can still be functional after you make room for the plumbing — simply saw a cutout to accommodate the pipes and construct a frame around it that forms the new back of the drawer.
Photo By: Kathleen Perkins 

The Anti-Vanity

Sometimes the best vanity is no vanity at all. A simple marble top on an open framework — a “washstand” in bathroom design parlance—looks chic and gives you an instant place to hang linens. This one is purchased, but the possibilities are endless for creating your own supporting framework.
Photo By: Nick Lorenzoni 


Repurposed Tree Trunk

This onyx vessel sink has found a home atop a salvaged piece of log — courtesy of Ohio remodeling and design firm Architectural Justice. There’s even a bit of embedded barbed wire remaining around the hollowed-out stump. The look is so striking that Architectural Justice is creating a model of the stump to use for other sinks.
Photo By: Architectural Justice 

Pick-Up Sticks

Twigs — who’d have thunk it? Architectural Justice did. They cut salvaged bits of twig to uniform lengths, applied a proprietary adhesive, and voila! Instant rustic vanity. A clear vessel sink was installed so the detail on top would be completely visible.





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