I live in a 50’s ranch that has one full bath and a powder room. Thankfully I have boys otherwise I’d imagine epic battles over that full bathroom. When my wife and I bought the house many things were original including a retro pink and black tile bathroom. I actually liked it but due to its age we were in eminent danger of falling into the basement each time we stepped into the shower. A complete renovation was in order, we’ll talk about that project in another post but for now it’s on to the vanity project. I have always been a bit of a picker so searching for a unique piece for the base of the vanity was not a chore. Quickly after the search began I found a piece at a local antique store that I was immediately drawn to. The details of this Spanish mission style sideboard would provide the character and proper scale I was after. Re-purposing an antique dining room sideboard was right up my alley and I knew my wife would love the idea.
We selected a classic white porcelain vessel from Kohler that was partially recessed which meant cutting rather large openings in the top of the sideboard. Since the sideboard only had three drawers and no cabinets underneath, we tried to salvage as much drawer space as possible. I wall-mounted the faucets which meant all the faucet plumbing would be contained in wall so that just left the drains to deal with. I centered the sinks over the two outside drawers and then addressed the drains. Determining the clearance I needed for the drains, I removed the back and bottom of the drawer and cut the bottom so it would clear the plumbing.
My next task was to adapt the depth because the sideboard had an overhang on all sides. I shortened the two side overhangs and removed the back overhang completely. I also removed three wood panels from the back that had relief carvings similar to those on the front that can be used as wall hangings. Once the overhangs were modified I began to see the light at the end of this project sanding and refinishing the top of the sideboard. The final step was to attach it to the wall, hook up the plumbing and install the vessels. A little outside the box thinking yielded the desired result, a one of a kind double vanity with character. We won’t be walking into anyone else’s bathroom and saying, “just like ours”.