The most important visual element in your bathroom (not to mention one of the most important, functionally) is the bathroom vanity. Choosing the right vanity, therefore, takes a little thought and research. One style that is particularly striking, especially if your overall home theme is traditional, is the vintage bathroom vanity.
You can achieve a vintage look one of two ways. You could, with some initiative, take an actual item of vintage furniture and convert it to a vanity. This has a few problems, though, since you can’t always be sure that the quality will hold up in a room where moisture reigns supreme. So a better choice might be to purchase a vanity which is actually new, but has a vintage appearance. Selecting appropriately-matching faucets and other hardware will further enhance the vintage look. And by the way, to complete the vintage look, consider putting in a claw-foot bathtub.
A vintage style sink needs to have a vintage style sink basin as part of it. This is another benefit of buying a new vanity that has been crafted in a vintage style: typically, a vintage basin comes as part of the package. It’s possible, though, to incorporate a vintage sink in any vanity you might currently have. Most of the better vintage sinks are made of a heavy grade material such as porcelain, stainless steel or stone. If you have a sharp eye for a vintage sink, you can turn a porcelain basin into a wonderful provincial look. As discussed earlier, though, an important consideration is whether the plumbing can be made to work securely with your modern plumbing and vanity.
Shop around for the best bargains. You’ll be amazed at how economical vintage sinks can be compared to new “knock-offs”. Making the old new again is a fun experience as well as easy on the budget. But, the best part is the top quality materials that last and last from one generation to the next. By adding a bit of design to a plain white vintage sink and replacing the faucets, a completely custom look is achieved. They can be re-glazed in tints to include fresh, subtle colors that add interest and focus to the bathroom. Vintage sinks were built for constant use. As a result, they are easy to clean and maintain.
Of course, it goes without saying, that this style of bathroom should also feature a vintage claw foot bathtub to carry the look to it’s completion.
Whether you’re talking about the main vanity cabinetry, the basin, or faucets, don’t be afraid to ask for advice. You should request maintenance and cleaning information directly from the manufacturer and / or dealer. They’re the best source of reliable information.