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French Country Bathroom Vanity


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French Country Bathroom Vanity

Gorgeous vanity from the 1700's with wood marquetry, gold metal on the feet and ornate pieces under the top and the top made of

A smaller vanity from the 1700's with it's gorgeous bowed front and elavorate handles and metal workmanship on the legs and sides of the piece. The top is a white marble.

Features in a 1700's French Bathroom

  • intricately shaped gold- or silver-finished mirror frames
  • a pedestal sink—attached to the wall and sitting atop a porcelain or metal base
  • hardware tends to be brass or gilt metal; it often features ornate, carved designs of scrolls, flora and fauna

Remember these gorgeous accessories that you might want to add to your next new vanity.

Like this one from Wayfair for $950.00. I's a lot, but to be expected with a piece like with with all of the fine woodwork detailing.

I love how this one as the slight bow in the front of it. Quite simple, but has the look we're after. This is from Home Depot for $630.00.

How about this in your bath? Pretty amazingly gorgeous in my opinion. This little beauty from Home Depot for $640.00.

So now that we've seen vanities at different price points, let's get down to the nitty gritty. Are you with me? Ok, roll up your sleeves and take a look at what I've come up with.

I know your thinking what the heck is this? Well, I'm going to show you how you can make your own vanity fairly easily to resemble the one's from the 1700 and 1800's.

First I found this solid wood cabinet at Ikea for $70.00 and it measures 31 1/2" x 11 3/4" x 32 5/8"

Secondly, I went shopping for granite and because of the size of this cabinet, the granite will need to be custom cut. Unfortunately I couldn't get a price because of this. However, because your only paying $70.00 for the cabinet, I thought you could splurge a little on the counter top.

Thirdly I went shopping for a gold faucet and they were quite expensive. I did however find this one from Wayfair for $196.00. I know - a kick in the pants.

The last thing I want to talk about in doing this project is moulding. You noticed the gorgeous intricate moulding on the two antique pieces above and this is what I want to create on this cabinet. Believe it or not, we can do this.

There's several different ways of making your own moulds. One is with premade moulds and paperclay. Apply the paperclay into the moulds - go over them with a rolling pin - pop out and allow to dry.

There's also wood mouldings that you can purchase. My suggestion would be Amazon because they have more than you can shake a stick at.

These mouldings are perfect for flat surfaces. However the paper clay mouldings I mentioned above for perfect for curvatures.

Representation of what cabinets could look like

I've taken the liberty to create cabinets using the basic $70.00 cabinet, either a single or a double - adding a piece of custom cut granite to the top with our glorious gold faucets. I used the wood mouldings along the bottom of the doors and the paper clay mouldings for the upper sides.

I know that this is something that you can do. It's not that difficult when you take one thing at a time. First buy your cabinets and stain them. Then buy the faucet that you can afford - I would suggest brass or bronze which is going to be less expensive. Buy curved door pulls in the same finish. Then look at Amazon for wood mouldings. Measure your door fronts so you know how wide a piece of moulding you'll need. Also buy very - very small one's to fit onto the curved door pulls.

Save buying the granite for the last thing to do. Take measurements of your cabinet and take these with you.

I'm very anxious to see how this comes out for you. Please send photo's!

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