A popular trend in home decor these days is to repurpose antiques as vanities for a bathroom or kitchen. Things that are unique, vintage, or restored are particularly sought after. In the bathroom, homeowners are now updating their fixtures with pieces that do not come from the plumbing aisle of a home improvement store. If you would like to make a change like this in your bathroom, Kew Forest Plumbing, your Forest Hills plumbing contractor can help make it a reality.
Many homeowners are joining the ranks of those who want to turn an older dresser, dry sink, sideboard, or buffet into a bathroom vanity. They see a beautiful piece of furniture at a flea market, yard sale, antique store, or a family member’s attic, and think it would be a great addition to their bathroom. Unfortunately, seeing it in your imagination and transforming it into a one-of-a-kind vanity are two different things.
The item must be modified and fitted for plumbing with both the water supply pipes, drains and fixtures. Then an appropriate sink must be chosen. Depending on how tall the piece is, bowl-style sinks that sit on top of the surface are often a good choice. Then, special care must be taken to protect the wood. Since these pieces were probably never intended to use around water, they need to be sealed well so that they last for several years.
While it can be an involved project, giving an old, discarded piece of furniture new life is a very rewarding venture and worth it in the end. When all is said and done, you will have a vanity, either single or double, that is unlike any other, and you can be proud to show it off to your family and friends. The Apartment Therapy website has a Guide to Using Vintage Furniture as a Bathroom Vanity that features examples.
If you would like to update your bathroom, and live in the New York City area, contact Kew Forest Plumbing. As a Forest Hills plumbing contractor, we can help with all your plumbing needs whether it be retrofitting an antique, repairing a household plumbing issue, or installing a state-of-the-art hydronic heating system.