Last Updated on December 24, 2015 by Kristi Linauer
Most of the design decisions for my hallway bathroom remodel came together pretty easily for me (oddly enough!), but I’ve had a heck of a time deciding on what countertop material I want to use on the vanity. I have never, and will never, like granite. That wasn’t an option. Marble is my absolute favorite countertop material, but not only does it cost way more than I want to spend on my hallway bathroom, but even if it was in the budget I think I would have a heck of a time finding a marble that would look good with the marble-ish floor tile I chose. I’ll save the marble for my big master bathroom remodel.
So after giving it much thought, I’ve decided on wood.
I used wood on both bathroom vanity countertops in the condo (here and here), as well as the countertop on the living room built-ins and in the condo kitchen. Oh, and also the built-ins I added in the hallway to act as my “laundry room” at the condo. Basically, every single countertop in the condo was wood, so it should come as no surprise that I absolutely love wood countertops.
For a couple of days, I considered using the old oak flooring that I pulled up from the linen closet area to repurpose as a countertop, but I decided to use an undermount sink, and I just couldn’t figure out a way to make it work. That might still be an option if I can figure it out. I think it would be awesome to repurpose that old flooring from the original bathroom into something new that stays in that bathroom.
It seems that wood is becoming increasingly popular as a bathroom countertop material, and you can find it in just about any and every style of bathroom, from farmhouse to elegant, traditional to contemporary. It’s a very versatile material.
So right now, the plan is to use butcherblock , like the bathroom above from Centsational Girl, stained in a medium brown.
I did find butcherblock countertop locally at Lumber Liquidators. They’re fairly reasonably priced for oak and maple, but I actually didn’t like the look of them as much as the ones from IKEA. Sadly, we don’t have an IKEA here in Waco, so I’ll have to drive 90 minutes north to Dallas or 90 minutes south to Austin to get my countertops if I decide to use the ones from IKEA.
In the meantime, I’m going to continue brainstorming about how I can use the old flooring as a countertop with an undermount sink. Something may come to me. But if you have an idea of how to make a countertop using old, solid 3/4-inch oak tongue-and-groove flooring that can be used with an undermount sink, please share you thoughts! There has to be a way that I’m overlooking.
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