Flattering My Vanity

When I posted the mood board I’d put together for our only bathroom, I showed a GORGEOUS dual console sink.

Little House Big Heart Bathroom Mood Board Gray NavyUnfortunately, that particular sink (and most like it I’ve seen) costs upwards of $1500.  Considering we’re hoping to do the entire bathroom remodel for under $3000 (and most of that will be tile), I don’t think that’s going to happen.

So I started thinking: What was it that I loved about the console sink?

  • It’s open: since our bathroom is so small, I don’t really want a large bulky vanity to make the already tiny space seem even more cramped.
  • It’s narrow: this particular console sink is only 17″ deep, a perfect fit for our tiny bathroom
  • It’s historical: we’re trying to preserve the vintage vibe of our 1940s home, so having a sink that might have graced the house when it was new is a pretty big deal
  • It’s gorgeous: Need I say more? It’s just a beautiful fixture, plain and simple.

That left me with four essential criteria for choosing the perfect vanity for our eensy-beensy bathroom: openness, width, style (historical), and overall aesthetics. Then I started perusing Pinterest to see if I could fine any vanities with these feature that might be more budget friendly.

The first I found is this one:

Bathroom Vanity Console Carrara Marble Top(Via)

This vanity has everything except for the width – it’s too wide for our little bathroom. It does have storage though, which would be a big plus.  I’m not sure where this vanity is from, but I love the Carrara top, the drawer pulls, and how the bottom portion is open, keeping it light.

Next I found this vanity:

Restoration hardware Weather Oak Single Console Sink(via)

It’s basically everything I ever wanted in a vanity. It’s classic, open, has storage, is all-around gorgeous… and is $1250 from Restoration Hardware. It gets me thinking though… I think we could DIY something similar if we found the right piece of furniture and the right vessel sink.

Finally, I found this one.

dresser vanity(via)

It’s not as open as I’d really like, but it has tons of storage. Another downside is it might be too old fashioned: we live in a house from the 40s, not the 1800s. I like the idea though, and it wouldn’t be that hard to find something similar to fit our little bathroom.

We’re hoping to start on the bathroom when we get back from Asia, so deciding on what we want to do here is actually pretty important.  If only money were no object in this reno. Le sigh.

Have you ever DIYed a vanity before? Would you? What would you put in your bathroom if money were no object?

15 comments

  1. Ben @ TheHouseOfLists says:

    What about building one? Take two wall mount sinks (so that the vanity isn’t structural) like these (http://www.signaturehardware.com/bathroom/bathroom-sinks/halden-wall-mount-sink.html) then add a plumbing pipe structure underneath like this table (http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/diy-plumbing-pipe-table-with-downloadable-plans-cafe-cartolina-182631) with either a butcherblock top or maybe find some remnant stone for the top? Obviously marble would look flashiest.

    • Jessica Beals says:

      I actually pinned that table the other day for that very purpose! And I love the idea of using a wall-mount sink (so I don’t have to worry about using that engineering degree I have)!

  2. Alli says:

    Our vanity is the Palisades 50 in. Vanity from Home Depot. We scored it for $200 in store without a mirror and I really love it!

    Before we started the reno, I was so unsure about what to do in the space and then *BAM* a beam of light while we were in HD one Saturday morning. You’ll find the perfect vanity :)

  3. Kim@NewlyWoodwards says:

    I was wondering if you could DIY, too. I think you could even buy pretty legs like the RH version. I badly want Ryan to DIY a vanity in our barn bathroom but it may not happen due to silly things like time.

  4. Betsy Transatlantically says:

    I would never be skilled enough to DIY a vanity, but I’ve seen a bunch on Pinterest that are, like the last one you have here, basically repurposed dressers! you would find one that matches the 1940s aesthetic of your house and take it from there?

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