The standard bathroom vanity provides functionality to one of the most used rooms in the home. But who says something that's functional can't be chic, sophisticated, and even a bit quirky if that's your style? Style, that's the key factor when considering DIY vanity options and ways to improve both the functionality and look of your bathroom.
Unique and Upcycled
When you desire a unique look for your bathroom vanity, upcycled materials are a treasure. Upcycling doesn't just provide a great aesthetic—it is yet another environmentally conscious decision that many people are making when improving their homes while also thinking about the planet. For example, artist Benjamin Bullins created an amazing bathroom vanity from a vintage bicycle—yes, an actual, real-working bicycle. The stunning vanity features a gorgeous vessel sink, ample "counter" space, and is truly one-of-a-kind.
While a vanity crafted from a bicycle may not fit your personal style or home décor, there are many upcycled material choices that can work for you. Consider antiques or favorite vintage pieces, like a classic dining room buffet. Forget cookie-cutter bathroom vanities with built-in cabinets and go for something that expresses your personality. A dining room buffet can be transformed into a functional, yet eye-catching DIY vanity with just a little work. Paint it, distress it, or finish it to effortlessly coordinate with the rest of the room. Because the traditional dining room buffet offers ample counter space, you'll even have room for double vessel sinks. Take into account the area your home is situated in when coming up with ideas: For example, a vanity that fits a green, natural theme might work well for a home in south east Calgary.
DIY Tip: When upcycling materials, be sure to treat and seal any surfaces to accommodate the plumbing and to avoid water damage and mold issues. All sinks need to be properly caulked to avoid leakage. Trust a professional to handle the plumbing and electrical as needed.
Antique and vintage furniture aren't the only options. A media cabinet makes for the perfect bathroom vanity, complete with storage and an expansive counter area. If the cabinet is set too low to meet comfort height, which typically is 36-inches high, legs can be added to raise the unit. For a sophisticated modern look, have the media cabinet-vanity painted in a high-gloss black or white. Opt for a decorative mirror with gorgeous frame, maybe something with a bit of shimmer and glitz to complete the glamorous look.
Go Bold with Color
Sometimes all a bathroom needs is a facelift. When replacing the vanity is out of the budget, it's amazing what paint and hardware can do to change the look, adding that wow-factor you want. Check out bold color choices from DIY experts like BHG, DIY Network, and Houzz. For a bathroom that's already styled in basic white, white and black, or any shade of neutral, adding a pop of color by painting the vanity is the perfect solution. Looking for a color that's on trend? Consider Greenery 15-0343, Pantone's Color of the Year 2017.
Not Your Mother's Vanity
Traditional bathroom vanities with square design, oak cabinetry, and undermount sink have their place, but isn't it time you had the vanity that matches your style and needs? Step out of the box and consider a vanity that offers function with storage, plus a beauty you can enjoy every time you enter the room. Maybe it's a live edge counter with transparent vessel sink that makes you smile. This type of look can work with a variety of cabinet styles, including upcycled pieces. Another option is to remove the existing doors of your current vanity, refinish its interior, and add glass shelves to create an open and airy look.
The possibilities for a DIY bathroom vanity are endless. From unique countertop materials to stylish sinks and upcycled materials for cabinetry, you can create something special and unforgettable for your home without having to perform a full renovation.