It used to be that a bathroom sink vanity was a fairly plain piece of cabinetry with doors underneath and perhaps a set of drawers for storage on one side. Not anymore. Homeowner’s today are leveraging all sorts of interesting materials to create a custom vanity.
In fact, one of the most popular bathroom styles these days is to forgo a vanity all together by utilizing old-fashioned pedestal sinks. These are great solutions for small spaces, or bathrooms where little storage is needed, like a powder room. Pedestal sinks can be used to create vintage, traditional or modern looks – depending on the style chosen and fixtures selected.
Another trend is to take an old dresser and make that into a vanity. For homeowner’s who have a cherished dresser this is a unique way of integrating it into a modern home. Another option is to purchase a piece of unfinished wood furniture and custom paint it in a color that matches the décor or faux finish it for a truly unusual look. Given the popularity of this style, some cabinet companies are even designing bathroom sink vanities to look like old pieces of furniture that have been transformed. Often these pieces are more of a larger scale and more ornate finish – which best suites a bathroom of a corresponding size.
And yet another style that is becoming more popular, albeit with those who prefer a minimalist look, is simply forgoing a traditional vanity with doors underneath for clean lines and simple shelves. Instead, they place sinks on simple shelves made out of a number of materials. And for storage, a second shelf underneath showcases bathroom towels and toiletries stored in neat baskets.
If you have a recently found a cabinet that you feel would be perfect for a vanity it is easy to convert it. Simply hire a plumber to cut a hole in the top of it for the sink to set into. If you choose a bowl-type of sink that rests primarily on top of the cabinet you will need to install a wall mounted faucet. However, if you choose a sink that sets into your new vanity almost completely, then a counter-mounted sink can be installed.
Haven’t found a dresser but like the idea? Take careful measurement of the space available in your bathroom – as well as how much room you will need for installing the sink and faucet – then head out to the store. Places like Ikea offer inexpensive solutions whereas import shops like Cost-Plus and Pier 1 usually sell unique pieces that will give any room instant character. Or, you can simply go to your nearest home improvement superstore or kitchen and bath showroom and order an all in one solution.
Remember, your home should reflect your own personal style – so don’t feel that you need to install a traditional vanity.