After my last post, I decided that I needed a new vanity style. The open style that I had planned just wasn’t right for my particular bathroom since I’m using a kitchen sink and a kitchen faucet with a sprayer. I’m so glad someone pointed out to me that the sprayer hose needed to hang freely in order to operate correctly. I had thought about the drain pipe, the hoses for the water, and the depth of the sink, and could work around all of those, but I hadn’t given the sprayer hose any thought. This whole idea of using a kitchen faucet in a bathroom is new to me. 🙂
So I decided that I needed an enclosed vanity that won’t require any special considerations, like false panels and such to conceal hoses. After looking at probably 100 vanities, both locally and online, I finally narrowed it down to two styles. Regardless of the style I go with, I’ll still have to make it since I need specific requirements to fit a kitchen sink.
The first (and my absolute favorite) is a traditional style using turned legs with blocking where the top section protrudes from the bottom section like these…
But of course, mine will be a painted black vanity and not a stained wood vanity.
I know some will say, “But that style doesn’t go with the walls!” I don’t decorate according to “style.” I decorate according to what I like. And my own personal taste is generally traditional mixed with lots of color and a few modern touches thrown in to keep things from looking stale.
In fact, I was so set on building a vanity inspired by those that I spend a couple of hours yesterday modifying these turned legs that I’ve had for years now (that I took off of a piece of furniture that was falling apart, because you should NEVER throw away turned legs 😀 )…
…and adding the necessary blocking to make the vanity.
The ONLY thing that makes me second guess that decision is that the sink I’m using is nine inches deep, so the top section that protrudes out beyond the bottom section will be taller on mine that it is on either of those inspiration vanities.
That may end up not being a big deal, but I’m just having a hard time picturing it in my mind. On the section below, I’d have two drawers, and they would be almost the same height (about eight inches each) as the top protruding section. So maybe the nine-inch height on the top section would be fine. And the top section will only protrude 1.75″ from the bottom section, so again, I may be making more of an issue of it than it really would be.
The other style I keep going back to is this more modern (or at least way more streamlined) style…
That link has a great tutorial for building that vanity. Mine would have a third row of drawers and I’d eliminate the bottom shelf.
That vanity would be very easy to build. And I do really like it, but not nearly as much as the first style. Give me the option, and I’ll choose turned wood legs any day of the week and twice on Sunday. If only I could get rid of this slight twinge of doubt that I can make that style work with a deep kitchen sink.