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Upcycled Vanity Parts into Storage

Do you feel the upcycling vibe? If you have followed me for any length of time, you know I’ll pretty much tackle any kind of junk to turn it into something new (aka. #trashure). A few weeks ago, I was given an unwanted antique vanity and turned it into a whimsical chest of drawers. However, I still have remnants that need a new life and purpose. Let’s create upcycled vanity storage!

Antique Vanity Parts Before Upcycle | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

What you’re looking at above is the center surface and drawer between the original piece of furniture vanity drawers.

Art Deco Dressing Table Before Upcycle | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

There’s no need to toss those parts of this old piece of furniture as they’re solid wood and have plenty of potential Even the knobs are cool!!

Upcycled Vanity Parts with Damage | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Now we have our bare bones, but what to do with them? Well, it only took me a second to know what to do with that curved top piece. Also, I just have to say that it’s always intriguing how these are put together. I love that I found the backside of the wood is notched, steamed, and bent. I’ll show you that in a bit.

LET’S BEGIN

First things first…I turn the piece around to decide how I want this to play out. Instantly, I knew I had just the right scrap lumber to make this into a wall pocket. Not only do I have this awesome vanity piece to work with, but also these leftover legs from my baby crib upcycle. Nothing goes to waste around here!! {{fist pump}}

Reclaimed Crib Legs for Upcycled Vanity Storage Rack | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Then, I just need to cut them to length, fill in the holes with dowel, mark with my pencil, and attach using my nailer with a horizontal placement. Simple, enough, right?

After that, I sand off those scratches and rough texture on the current backside.

Sanding Rack Back from Upcycled Vanity | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

As soon as my prep work is complete, I use my blue paint to give it a couple coats letting cure in between. You know I’m a sucker for this color on a vintage piece. tee hee.

Painting Wall Rack Blue from Upcycled Vanity | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Remember that I said I’d show you a close-up of how the ply is cut and bent using steam? I just love this kinda thing.

Wood Bend Shape in Upcycled Vanity | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Last, I add mounting hardware so it can attach to the wall. While I usually use keyhole hardware, I also have hardware that can hang straight as-is or using heavy duty wire too.

FIRST REVEAL

For my first reveal, checkout my upcycled vanity top transformed into a wall pocket suitable for use in any room in your home.

Reclaimed Farmhouse Wall Pocket Rack from Upcycled Vanity by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy #upcycled

While I’ve staged it with my cutting boards, you can use it for towels, magazines, books, plates…you get the idea. What would you use it for?

Repurposed Wall Pocket Storage Rack by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #diy

Side View of Upcycled Vanity Wall Rack by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #repurposed #kitchen

PROJECT 2

Up next, I need to figure out the new purpose of that center drawer. You can see how I’ve repurposed drawers in the past HERE. I head to my “junk” stash and pull out this magnetic strip and a piece of luan (thin plywood).

Mag Pro Magnetic Rack for Upcycled Vanity Drawer Shelf | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

The magnetic strip is leftover from our kitchen remodel when I installed magnetic spice racks that I just love.

Custom Farmhouse Kitchen Range Hood | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Video Tour of Prodigal Pieces Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel Reveal | prodigalpieces..com #prodigalpieces

However, in order to prepare the drawer, I need to add the luan on the back side for extra strength and durability. First, I glue it on and then drill pilot holes for the screws.

Drilling Wood Panel for Magnetic Strip from Upcycled Vanity | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Next, I use a black milk paint to paint the drawer bottom which is now the back.

Painting Upcycled Vanity Drawer for Chalkboard | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Then, after that I paint the rest of the drawer in the same blue as I did the wall rack. Are you ready to see it complete? I am!

REVEAL 2

Finally, here is the last part of my upcycled vanity parts turned storage.

Upcycled Vanity Drawer with Magnetic Holder by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #upcycled #diy #home

Crafty DIY Magnetic Storage from Upcycled Vanity Drawer by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #upcycled #repurposed

Again, while I have this staged with craft supplies, you can certainly use it in the kitchen, office, bathroom and other nooks. What would you use this for? I don’t know about you, but I store my leftover embroidery floss on mini clothespins with the numbers written on each so that if I ever need more I can find it easily.

Embroidery Floss Tin in Upcycled Vanity Drawer by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #sewing #storage

Repurposed Drawer DIY by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #crafts #diy #storage

Side View of Upcycled Vanity Drawer into Magnetic Craft Organization by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #crafts #diy

With that, I hope you are coming away with inspiration to tackle your own DIY project. Maybe you have something hanging around that you were going to toss that could use new life. Creating is half the fun!

If either of these catches your fancy, you can find them and much more available in my online shop.

  • Hand-Painted Chest of Drawers with Vintage Truck by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | available at shop.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #shopping #furniture
    Chest of Drawers ~ $295

SHARE

In addition to leaving some comment love below, do pin and share my upcycled vanity parts. Many folks let go to waste the remnants of a DIY, but I love to make use of it all.

These upcycled vanity parts become fun and functional storage for your home. DIY by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #reclaimed #repurposed #upcycled

Before you go, be sure to sign up for my FREE newsletter to see what becomes of this vintage bread box. SEE THE REVEAL HERE. Not only will you get your Furniture Buying Checklist, but also a special discount to my shop. Until next time!
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Vintage Bread Box Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Also, more creations from furniture like this upcycled vanity into storage:

Left for trash this broken ladder and upcycled drawers are turned into a tiered stand by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #homedecor #reclaimedDon't toss those broken drawers. Instead create your own home decor. Tutorial at Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #home #homedecor #spring

Comments

  1. Carol says

    I have my Grandma’s vanity that looks almost exactly like this one and you have given me some great inspiration! Love your trashures!!!

    • Larissa says

      Ooh…you have a treasure! They are so much fun to revive in different ways. Thanks for the giggle!

  2. Rebecca - NC says

    Those are both so useful. I can think of a million uses for each. Does your creative brain ever rest or do you dream project ideas?!? 😂💕 You are such an inspiration!!!! 🥰

    • Larissa says

      haha!! You mean nightmares? Just kidding!! It gives me an outlet as well as provides with feeling like I contribute something positive to this world. Hugs and thank you, Rebecca.

  3. Niki says

    Very good ideas Larissa. A wall pocket is always a good thing especially in small spaces. Still have made no progress on my pile of stuff-it’ll probably all get sold at rummage sale in the spring.

    • Larissa says

      Thanks! I often give away my stuff as it feels good to share and resets my noggin’. 😀

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