bathroom decorating

Trend Alert: The Bathroom Vanity Conversion

It's one of Houzz's deign trends, and it gives you a chance to express your style, add a character piece to your home, and maybe even save some money at the same time. It's the bathroom vanity conversion, and it just might inspire you to make a change for the better.

"If you're having trouble finding the right pre-manufactured vanity for your home, try thinking outside the cabinet box," said Houzz. "Many savvy homeowners are finding chests of drawers, old file cabinets, vintage consoles and more, and converting them into one-of-a-kind vanities.

This vintage dresser brings some richness to this bathroom, and it didn't even need a vanity top. A drop-in sink, a mirror in a similar tone, and some fancy light fixtures finishes the look.

Looking to DIY this project? Get step-by-step instructions here.

"Thinking outside the square can turn up a one-of-a-kind vanity with character and function to boot," said Forbes. A garage sale discard can be turned into something spectacular with a little ingenuity and elbow grease, plus a scrap piece of marble cut to size.

A simple sink placed on top of this antique table allows all the character of the piece to stand out.

Or, you can make the sink a focal point. This commercial version brings the right amount of contrast to the rustic table and helps show off all the antique touches in the space.

The idea works just as beautifully with a more modern piece. "This mirrored console table was beautiful as a dining room accent, but it's absolutely stunning when recycled for the bath," said DIY Network. "The top was sealed with polyurethane - an important step when repurposing furniture to accommodate plumbing - and the square vessel sinks were sealed with caulk around their edges. Hardware was added in varying shades of brown and a mix of finishes to preserve the vintage vibe."

The piece you're converting doesn't even have to have a pristine finish. A coat of paint makes any bathroom vanity look fresh while still imparting a distinct feel.

Mid-century modern has been hot for the past few years, and repurposing a piece that has been passed down, or one that you're lucky enough to find at a flea market or antique store, can completely transform your bathroom. "The project required cutting out holes for items such as the marble countertop, sink and faucet, and switching out drawers," said DIY Network.

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Modern Guide To Bathroom Finishes

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Hate the faucets in your bathroom? It's amazing how something so small can make such a difference - for better and for worse.

"For something you touch several times a day, why not pick a finish for your faucet that will make you feel good? People will notice if you put in an unimpressive faucet," Peter LaBau, a Charlottesville, Va.-based architect, told HGTV.

If you're in need of a finish update, you have options. Lots of them. There are some major trends in this area, but there are also classic and tried-and-true looks that can give your loo a lift. We're breaking them down.

Chrome

"This finish being the most common, and probably the most popular, it works well with all styles of homes," said Crawford Supply. "It is inexpensive and very easy to maintain. The only downside of this finish is that it shows water spots and fingerprints. If this bothers you, simply keep a microfiber towel near the faucet, and you have solved any of these issues."

Satin Nickel

"Finish-wise, satin nickel still reigns", Leah Peterson, executive VP of SEN Design Group dealer buying and business development group, told Kitchen & Bath Design News.

Satin nickel is sometimes referred to as brushed nickel, but take care if you're mixing both to make sure the finishes match precisely. The specific difference between the two finishes is in the way they are achieved: "A brushed finish is just that - brushed with a tool to give the metal a matte finish with the abrasions (or brush marks) all following the same direction," said Portals Luxury Hardware. "You can see those brush marks on the finish. "Satin is another matte finish, but it's achieved by chemical process, not brushing. You can tell satin from nickel by checking for brush marks - satin doesn't have them."

The great thing about both satin and brushed nickel is that they are easy to maintain and clean and are less likely to show water spots.

Copper

"Copper is unmistakable and bold. It gives the bathroom a rich feeling, especially when mixed with a subtler material, such as marble on a countertop," said Houzz. It also has "natural antibacterial properties" and develops a beautiful patina over time. The disadvantages: "A shiny copper finish might require a little more maintenance than brushed nickel, oil-rubbed bronze and chrome. It's harder to match accessories and other fixtures to copper, and it's not as durable as other finishes."

Oil-Rubbed Bronze

"A great aesthetic alternative to standard chrome and brushed nickel, oil-rubbed bronze gives the bathroom a more traditional look and feel,"said Houzz.

Brass

Brass is back, but not in the shiny ‘80s finish you probably just got a mental picture of. Satin brass has a fresh, modern feel.

Mixed metals

Who says you have to choose just one? New trends are supporting multiple finishes in one space. "It used to be considered a design no-no to mix metals in a bathroom," said Making Joy and Pretty Things. "You had to have polished chrome or nickel everything. Well, gone are the days where every single finish on everything at to be matchy matchy. And boy does it feel good to see that trend dying. Combining different metal finishes creates depth and adds visual interest in any room. And, it makes the room feel collected and made over time instead of builder-grade (not that there's anything wrong with builder grade, necessarily)."

Matte black

"Matte black stands out against a stark white backsplash, complements charcoal veins in a marble countertop and is cohesive with other black accessories," said Delta Faucet. "But this look isn't just for the kitchen. If you're ready to expand your love of matte black to new spaces, look no further than the bathroom. Delta's faucets and shower fixtures add a dramatic finish to your bathroom. Use them to turn heads and create a strong impression in your contemporary and transitional spaces that leave people raving about your style."

A mélange of trending options

If you really want to be on the forefront of change, consider rose gold. Or maybe gunmetal.

"You're going to see even more finish options for faucets and handles in both kitchen and bath. We've already seen gold and bronze make a comeback in recent years, but now we are seeing the growing rose-gold and bronze tones as more manufacturers are hopping on this train, and some are going in a direction that's a

little warmer or less shiny," said Gerhard's. "In addition to these hues, there's a rise in gunmetal and matte-black finishes."

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