Decorating one's home is a personal experience that often reflects the personality of the owner. When considering methods for decorating your bathroom, don't be afraid to think outside the box. Today's bathroom decor offers much more than the standard white porcelain designs of yesteryear, catering to more of today's more alternative and shabby chic styles. One unconventional look in bathroom decor includes the use of nontraditional materials for use as the bathroom's vanity.
Yard Sale Leftovers
One of the more unconventional items that can be used for a nontraditional bathroom vanity is an old dresser or chest of drawers that has been purchased from a garage sale or thrift store. To transform your yard sale treasure into a unique bathroom style vanity, cut a hole in the top of the dresser or chest of drawers that has been measured to fit your bathroom sink. Once the hole has been cut and the sink has been placed, cut a hole in the back of the dresser, if necessary, to allow the sink to access the required plumbing, and hook the plumbing up to the sink as you would with any vanity. The extra drawers can be used to store towels, washcloths or toiletries, saving additional space.
Old Metal Desks
Another unconventional alternative to a traditional bathroom vanity is to use an old metal desk in place of a store-bought vanity. Cut a hole in the top of the desk that has been measured to fit your sink. If necessary, cut another hole in the back of the desk that will be used to allow for proper plumbing hookups for the sink. Once the sink is fitted and installed, the metal desk can be painted in a variety of colors to match your bathroom's color scheme or left as is to lend a more urban and edgy look.
For those who consider themselves handy, leftover scrap wood can be used to build a bathroom vanity underneath an already installed or newly bought sink. Start by measuring how far off the floor the sink will stand and measure the wood accordingly, making sure to leave an inch or two for leeway. The wood does not have to match exactly for this style to work, as mismatched shades will lend an earthy and country look to your bathroom. Once all of the pieces have been measured, assemble the wood to your liking and then secure with the appropriate materials, which will include nails and wood glue. Be sure to coat the material with a wood glaze or stain to protect the wood from warping as a result of moisture.
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