Budget Style: Vintage Vanities

July 30, 2012

It’s hard to believe that we’re halfway through summer vacation already! While we’ve had plenty of fun and a whole lot of R&R going on around here, we have yet to complete the lagging renovation of our master bath. Now, “master” bath sounds quite grand but ours is more of a cubby hole! The shower was the guilty source of the nasty leak that inspired the demolition, but the vanity is a builder basic that really just needs to go. I think I’ve finally convinced Brad to rip it out but will have to get really creative when finding the budget-friendly replacement. And when I say budget, I mean as cheap as possible because this reno was definitely not on our radar for this summer! I love the idea of a vintage cast iron wall mounted sink and have seen several at the Bellingham Habitat for Humanity store for around $50 apiece. It would take some reinforcing for the supporting wall, as I’d imagine they weigh a tonne, so I’m open to re-jigging a vintage dresser or table instead…if I can find the perfect piece! Here are some lovely examples…

Better Homes & Gardens

Photo by Virginia MacDonald for Canadian House & Home

Photo by Kristin Sjaarda for The Marion House Book

Photo by William Waldrun for Elle Decor


Ellen’s Album

Feldman Architecture via Desire to Inspire

Photo by Laurey W. Glenn for  Southern Living 

Photo by Andrew Grinton for Canadian House & Home

I know that there are a few new vanities in this mix but I do love their simplicity, especially when paired with rustic and reclaimed wood elements. Isn’t that wood-slatted shower floor above fantastic? As I cruelly hinted at on Thursday, I’ve got a certain big project in the works (will just have to keep you hanging a wee bit longer!) so we’ll have to hustle and get our ensuite finished. The novelty of sharing one bathroom between all 5 of us has definitely gotten old too! Off to the beach now but have a wonderful Monday!


1 Will @ Bright.Bazaar { 07.30.12 at 1:35 am }

I kinda of love a rustic country feel to a bathroom. I still dream of having one big enough for two sinks!! Have a great week :)
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2 Birch + Bird { 07.30.12 at 10:29 am }

I agree Will and two sinks would be divine…especially with 3 kids who will one day be teenagers!

3 Nadia { 07.30.12 at 7:04 am }

What a lovely post! I am actually hoping to get a new vanity soon so the inspiration helps! x
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4 Tan { 07.30.12 at 9:44 am }

That shower in the last photo is incredible! I love the wooden flooring
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5 Amelia Partridge { 08.04.12 at 2:17 pm }

Loving this look – shabby chic just works in every room, never lets you down X


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