Your bathroom should be a place of relaxation. Somewhere to soak the worries of the day away. Arguably it is one of the most important rooms in the house, we visit it first in the morning and last thing before we go to bed. So given that our decor can impact our mood, (that is a whole other blog post in itself, coming soon) it is so worth while investing in this part of your home to create a space that helps you start and finish your day in the best possible way!
My biggest bathroom nono is a basic vanity unit that can be bought off the shelf. You could have the most beautiful bathroom, but fit a vanity like this and you are missing a huge opportunity for a 'wow' moment of bespoke design or an injection of colour to make a real statement in your bathroom. Not to mention those off the shelf jobbys do look cheap! …Read on to find out why an upcycled piece of furniture repurposed into your bathroom vanity, is becoming a really popular choice and why you should consider it too.
Firstly, you can completely customise the finished look of the furniture, including adding mouldings, trims, beading or panelled designs. You could add in a stencil design, white washed or exposed wood or a simple yet stylish paint job! When you commission someone like myself to paint your furniture, the colour possibilities are endless, unlike the limited choice of purpose built/flatpack bathroom vanity units. There are so many paint brands suitable and durable enough for bathroom furniture and cabinetry, in a huge range of colours that are easy to keep clean!
You also have the luxury of selecting handles and hardware that compliment other fittings around your home and bathroom.
Another customisable factor is being able to choose a beautiful sink to sit on the top of your vanity unit. There are so many gorgeous sink options out there, you don’t have to go for a white sink!
In my own bathroom, we opted for a marble grey basin and it adds such a statement that we never would have achieved with a basic, off the shelf vanity. It is definitely the most complimented thing in our home!
This is a bathroom of one of my clients. I had painted this desk in Farrow and Ball ‘Pitch Black’ and my client had her bathroom fitter install this wonderful black and gold basin!
How unique is this!!?
Bespoke vanity units look expensive/high end
Yep! Nothing looks more expensive in a bathroom than bespoke, designed and painted furniture or cabinetry. By customising the vanity to suit the rest of your bathroom it gives the space a curated and cohesive feel. A cohesive space always gives off the impression that it was designed by a professional as cohesion isn’t easy to achieve.
My clients had this sideboard and they came to me to transform it into a bathroom vanity unit. We reused the original top as a shelf for the bottom. I sanded and re stained the wood in a walnut coloured stain and painted the sideboard in Little Greene, ‘Vulcan’ a deep and dark graphite.
My clients had a bespoke piece of marble cut for the top and ‘his and her’ sinks fitted with gold taps to match the hardware on the sideboard.
How expensive/classy/stylish/elegant - all of the above, does this look?! And how gorgeous are those mermaid tiles?!
Better quality and detail
Vintage furniture was built to last, from good quality solid wood, with beautiful detail and craftsmanship. Vintage sideboards, consoles and cabinets are just a few types of furniture that can be repurposed into vanity units for your bathroom. These vintage pieces have details and carvings that furniture in todays modern market simply don’t have!
Because of this, you can be sure when you repurpose a piece of old furniture for your bathroom, that no one else is going to have anything quite like it. You will have a bespoke vanity that is one of a kind, and to me that’s a good enough reason in itself to have a repurposed piece of furniture!!
This is my own bathroom vanity in my en suite. The space is small so we found the perfect sized cabinet to repurpose. The cladded effect cabinet door matches the cladding we installed on the walls. We painted both the cladding and cabinet in Little Greene, ‘Vulcan’ to blend seamlessly. We used scaffold boards for the top and lime waxed them to create a relaxed beachy vibe, which matches other wooden shelves in the en suite.
And my most favourite part - the grey marble sink we fitted. You certainly couldn’t pick this vanity of the shelf in B&Q!!
SOOO, if you’re now sat there wanting a bespoke vanity for your bathroom too and wondering how you are going to make it happen, here’s how… fill out my contact form with some details and I will get back to you to discuss your requirements. I can provide some ideas to you via mood boards, and I can source and customise you the most perfect, beautiful, boujeee, statement, understated, stylish or classic vanity just for you and your bathroom!
Don’t worry if you’re not local, distance doesn’t have to stop you…I offer a FREE courier service to the majority of mainland UK.
FREE courier service to majority mainland UK
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