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Upgrading Your Bathroom With a Vanity



Bathrooms get a lot of use and endure a lot of accidents with water spills, so they get to look worn and out of date before rooms that are used less. It is not always possible or necessary to tear out the whole bathroom and start over. Small budgets may simply not allow major renovations. But, simply replacing the vanity and flooring and adding a new coat of paint might do the trick.

Improving a Bathroom With a New Vanity

Since the bathroom vanity is one of the features most likely showing wear and tear, replacing it with a new one can make a big difference. For people who don’t like going to home improvement stores, there are online furniture sources available. Choose a site with good ratings and a good return and customer service policy. When the perfect vanity is found, ask for more photos and details to make sure it will work in the bathroom being updated. Choices from Unique Vanities are numerous and should meet most homeowners’ needs.

Important considerations include the following.

  • The style you choose for your bathroom decor
  • Whether you need a single or double sink vanity
  • The available space for the vanity. It is frustrating to order a vanity and find when it arrives that it is too large for the space by a few inches. Measure carefully before shopping.
  • Taking proper measurements and sketching where the plumbing pipes are and where holes for them need to be in the new vanity.
  • Establishing the budget for the vanity. Be sure to include sales taxes if they apply and shipping costs in that figure. If you need a plumber or carpenter to install the vanity, that cost should be figured in.
  • Checking the item’s stock status and when it will be shipped. No one wants to wait weeks for the new vanity once the renovation starts.

Improving the Existing Vanity

Homeowners with a really small bathroom remodeling budget can consider refinishing the existing vanity. But, the vanity should be of good quality construction and in good condition under the worn finish.

  • Clean the existing vanity and make sure it is worth saving.
  • Remove the hardware, faucets, etc. Then remove the doors from the vanity.
  • Sand all the wood parts so they are smooth and will accept paint. Wipe with a damp cloth and let dry.
  • Choose a good primer and prime all the wood parts of the vanity.
  • Choose good paint for vanities. High-quality, semi-gloss latex paint should work. Asking the paint store expert for advice is a good plan. Apply two coats of paint.
  • Decide if you want to distress the edges and then add a coat of non-yellowing, water-based polyurethane finish. The paint will hold up better if the polyurethane is used.
  • Now, reattach the doors and install new hardware and a new faucet set to make the vanity look new and more modern.

If this sounds like a lot of work, you don’t like painting furniture, or just don’t have any furniture refinishing experience, it might be better to purchase a new vanity and fixtures.

Improving the Whole Bathroom

That new vanity or refurbished one will need a new vanity top, which should be some kind of natural stone for modern standards. Now the rest of the bathroom will need some updating to honor that new vanity. A fresh coat of paint goes a long way. One or more walls covered with a new wallpaper can be striking. Small touches like new towel racks and a new set of plush towels make a big impression.

You don’t need to replace the whole bathtub or shower, but getting a new shower head and faucets will make everything look and feel new. Purchase a new, larger bathroom mirror to make the bathroom sparkle.