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Finding the Perfect Antique Bathroom Vanity
October 4, 2019
Guest blogger Liz Elliott of Franc & Eli is back this week to share her thoughts on transforming antique furniture into a beautiful bathroom vanity. Liz is currently renovating her over 100- year- old house and she has some great money saving and stylish tips for any bathroom! Let’s learn more about her thoughts on DIY bathroom vanities.
Guest blogger Liz Elliott of Franc & Eli is back this week to share her thoughts on transforming antique furniture into a beautiful bathroom vanity. Liz is currently renovating her over 100- year- old house and she has some great money saving and stylish tips for any bathroom! Let’s learn more about her thoughts on DIY bathroom vanities.

I’m a huge fan of recycling old furniture, saving money, and fusing together old and new styles – which is why I am on the hunt for an antique piece of furniture to turn into a bathroom vanity for my next bathroom renovation!

I’m a huge fan of recycling old furniture, saving money, and fusing together old and new styles – which is why I am on the hunt for an antique piece of furniture to turn into a bathroom vanity for my next bathroom renovation!

Creating the Perfect Space For Your Bathroom Vanity

Creating the Perfect Space For Your Bathroom Vanity

If you have an awkward or uncommon bathroom space, it can be difficult to find the perfect vanity to fit nicely since new vanities only come in a few set sizes and shapes. A great solution to this is using antique dressers, side boards, or side tables to create a unique bathroom vanity. If you need (or want) something different, this is a great option!

If you have an awkward or uncommon bathroom space, it can be difficult to find the perfect vanity to fit nicely since new vanities only come in a few set sizes and shapes. A great solution to this is using antique dressers, side boards, or side tables to create a unique bathroom vanity. If you need (or want) something different, this is a great option!

Check Out Our Porcelain Vessel Sinks Here!
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Check Out Our Porcelain Vessel Sinks Here!
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A common vanity size is 42 inches, however, for my bathroom, I can go anywhere between 40-45 inches. I want to squeeze two sinks onto one vanity, creating a “Jack and Jill” bathroom, so finding large enough antique furniture is easier than a “ready to go” vanity. This is also a cheaper option because finding a vanity top and custom drilling holes into the stone or marble can get very costly. Finally, you can customize your antique vanity by painting, refinishing, and adding custom hardware to make the piece even more unique.

A common vanity size is 42 inches, however, for my bathroom, I can go anywhere between 40-45 inches. I want to squeeze two sinks onto one vanity, creating a “Jack and Jill” bathroom, so finding large enough antique furniture is easier than a “ready to go” vanity. This is also a cheaper option because finding a vanity top and custom drilling holes into the stone or marble can get very costly. Finally, you can customize your antique vanity by painting, refinishing, and adding custom hardware to make the piece even more unique.

Choose a faucet finish that matches your hardware!
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Choose a faucet finish that matches your hardware!
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Finding the perfect piece to DIY can be time-consuming, but if you have the patience, you can get a gorgeous vanity for a major deal! Some places I go to in order to find stunning antique furniture include Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, estate or yard sales and my favorite – driving around for some curbside treasures! I’ve found two of my all-time favorite pieces of antique wood furniture from the side of the road.

Finding the perfect piece to DIY can be time-consuming, but if you have the patience, you can get a gorgeous vanity for a major deal! Some places I go to in order to find stunning antique furniture include Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, estate or yard sales and my favorite – driving around for some curbside treasures! I’ve found two of my all-time favorite pieces of antique wood furniture from the side of the road.

Keep the following in mind when choosing your antique vanity, sinks and faucets:

Keep the following in mind when choosing your antique vanity, sinks and faucets:

Even though the vessel sink sits on top, you’ll need some space underneath the vanity top for pipes – so make sure you have enough room! You do not need to take away too much of the interior functionality (shelves, drawers, etc.) in order to make it work with the plumbing. Check with your plumber to confirm you will have enough space.

Remember that your vessel sink will sit on top of the vanity – so consider those extra few inches when choosing the height of the vanity.

Leave room for the faucet! If you are mounting your faucet on the vanity (as opposed to the wall), you’ll need to account for the space it takes with the sink as well.

Make sure you properly finish your vanity with paint or polish that can withstand water and high levels of humidity.

When choosing a faucet, remember that it will need to be high enough to make it over the vessel sink, even though it will be mounted lower than the top of the sink.

Here are some great vessel sink and faucet combinations:

Even though the vessel sink sits on top, you’ll need some space underneath the vanity top for pipes – so make sure you have enough room! You do not need to take away too much of the interior functionality (shelves, drawers, etc.) in order to make it work with the plumbing. Check with your plumber to confirm you will have enough space.

Remember that your vessel sink will sit on top of the vanity – so consider those extra few inches when choosing the height of the vanity.

Leave room for the faucet! If you are mounting your faucet on the vanity (as opposed to the wall), you’ll need to account for the space it takes with the sink as well.

Make sure you properly finish your vanity with paint or polish that can withstand water and high levels of humidity.

When choosing a faucet, remember that it will need to be high enough to make it over the vessel sink, even though it will be mounted lower than the top of the sink.

Here are some great vessel sink and faucet combinations:

Whether you’re working on a full bathroom renovation or just want to replace your sink, the combination of a vessel sink and an antique vanity can be a simple switch with one-of-a-kind results! Now to begin your search for the perfect antique furniture…Happy hunting!

Whether you’re working on a full bathroom renovation or just want to replace your sink, the combination of a vessel sink and an antique vanity can be a simple switch with one-of-a-kind results! Now to begin your search for the perfect antique furniture…Happy hunting!

Follow Liz at @franc_and_eli on Instagram or read her blog for inspirational home decor and lifestyle content.

Follow Liz at @franc_and_eli on Instagram or read her blog for inspirational home decor and lifestyle content.