As promised, a post on our new vanity!
When Jeff and I first viewed our house we saw it through the rose tinted glasses of first love, gone were the nails jutting out of the beams from Christmas decorations past, the clawed up carpet from the adorable cat, the limited number of electrical outlets and finally (and most expensively) the rusted sink in the vanity which had allowed water to drip into the vanity unit. At first we planned to replace the top only and repair the damage to the unit but Jeff developed a deep and abiding hatred of the white cupboard fronts, and as we knew the work was going to happen, we decided to replace the entire set up with the help of the then unsuspecting Paul.
Queue endless trips to various stores, Rona, Home Depot and Lowes, searching for the unit which didn’t cost a fortune but was good quality and nice to look at. There were many, many vanities to look at, some with the perfect shade of wood but feeling like plastic, some with the right look and quality but with very much the wrong price tag, some with the right price tags but wrong counter top. Finally I came across a tutorial on how to use an antique dresser for a vanity and we started our hunt for the perfect antique dresser instead. Spending lots of time in antique stores is far more restful than spending any time in the big box stores! We finally found an antique washstand which we loved; it had graceful hand turned legs, a beautiful solid wood top, and as we stood staring at it we realised that we would never be able to cut a gaping hole into the top of something so intricate, and we knew we needed something with beautiful details which was not quite so decorative.
I finally found this image and knew that this was what we were looking for:
The next day I was trawling Kijiji.ca for anything close and discovered that people from the era I was looking at were either really short or had no problem bending double to wash their faces! Finally I extended the search to the Hamilton/Toronto area, hoping to find something we loved enough to be bothered to make the drive and came across this gem:
I immediately emailed the owner, who is a lovely lady called Emily who runs an antique restoration business http://adelinewoolf.com/ and she got right back to me with the dimensions and the fact that the piece had the most important pre-requisite, which was that it be solid wood. I also noted that even though she was in Hamilton the cost of the piece INCLUDED delivery! Perfect!
In the mean time, I looked through her other pieces and found this beautiful antique washstand, which was another piece I could not dream of drilling into but really wanted. Most interesting of all is the age of the piece at 125 years and still wonderful.
We put down the deposit, arranged the delivery time, and I am so so excited to get the pieces. The best part of the whole situation is that the dresser was significantly cheaper than most of the vanities we saw on our hunt. Now we just have to decide whether we want a full vessel sink or a partially recessed sink. It will really depend on what Paul thinks as far as the structure of the piece but feel free to weigh in with your opinions (especially if you’ve waded your way through this mammoth post!)
Here is an image which shows what a recessed sink might look like for comparison.
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