Joanna Gaines’ Bathroom Renovation Tip Will Keep Your Space From Looking Cookie Cutter

published Oct 15, 2019
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A key component of Joanna Gaines‘ modern farmhouse style is repurposing old pieces. Shiplap, barn wood, and anything vintage is bound to end up in a “Fixer Upper” house with a new lease on life.

And that’s exactly what happened in Episode 2 of Season 2—specifically, in the bathroom. One of the biggest design decisions you make when remodeling is what the vanity should look like. With this particular house, Joanna Gaines was on the hunt for something a bit more eclectic and special than a traditional bathroom cabinet. Her idea was to repurpose a vintage dresser.

In this application, she chose to use vessel sinks and wall-mounted faucets so there was very little retrofitting that had to be done to the chest of drawers. This meant the homeowners got to keep most of the storage space and not spend heavily on carpentry labor.  The finished product is a whimsical, bespoke bathroom. 

And it looks like the owners really loved it; when the house was put on the market in 2018, the listing photos showed the vanity looking as charming as ever.

Of course, Joanna isn’t the first (or last) person to retrofit a dresser as a vanity; we have some gorgeous examples from past house tours that prove any style of dresser can work in this application. The example above features a mid-century credenza, while the one below is a more Arts + Crafts era version.

Whatever style you’re going for, it’s a good look. If you are looking to do something similar, be sure to find a dresser that is deep enough (a standard bathroom vanity is at least 21” deep). Plus, old dressers are so useful for more than just holding your clothes or storing your toilet paper; check out other ways to repurpose a dresser here.