One Room Challenge – Week 3

This week, I’m focused on the vanity design for my mom’s powder room I’m renovating for the One Room Challenge… I was very inspired to have a wood vanity in there, let’s take a look at some inspiration photos first…

one room challenge inspiration vanity 1I love the bead detail on this oak cabinetry in a kitchen
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one room challenge inspiration 5Example of a beautiful walnut grain with wallpaper
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one room challenge inspiration 3Love the shape of this vanity
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Here is my first drawing for the vanity… the idea was to have 2 functional drawers and an open space underneath. While I still love this style of vanity, unfortunately since the plumbing was off-center, abnormally low, and it would be visible under the bottom drawers, we’d have to pay a plumber a lot of $$ to open the wall up and move it over/up (and even still there was no guarantee that he could even do it.)

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off center plumbing

So, the next design, is a more closed vanity, with doors instead of drawers which would hide any asymmetrical plumbing issues, and it would be super functional for toilet paper storage which was one of my mom’s only requests (that and no herringbone pattern on the floor)! For this design I added a little bead detail on the edge of each door/drawer as a little design detail. My very handy and lovely husband, who also happens to be the BEST cabinet maker in town, squeezed this project in at the last minute. Literally one morning he said I can have this started later today, and I had to pass it off in a hurry…

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 And here is the final product! I love the vanity, the shape and style. But, if I’m being honest with myself and you, I am not crazy about the rift sawn veneer used for the doors. If I could go back in time, I would spec out plain walnut veneer so we get more pattern and warmth in it! There is totally nothing wrong with this veneer, and in a more modern setting, I think it would look superb. I just think it will look so much better with the other veneer, especially in the design of this particular space. We still might change out… the devil is in the details and this rift sawn might just drive me crazy.

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In other news, my wallpaper hanger is booked until late JUNE! I’m on his wait list and I’m getting a little nervous he won’t be able to fit me in. This week I have to order the toilet and hardware. Timing is tight but I’m loving how this One Room Challenge is really making me move this project forward in a hurry! No time to waste!

Now go check out the other fabulous makeovers happening for the One Room Challenge here!

  • Erin Hatzis

    That vanity is gorgeous! Though I think walnut would be so pretty as well! You are one lucky lady to have a husband who is a cabinet maker ;)

  • I actually love the vanity. I look forward to your reveal. I will keep my fingers crossed that your wallpaper hanger can fit you in. Good luck!

    • Thank you! I think I found a wallpaper installer, fingers crossed he shows up for the estimate tomorrow!

  • Stacey Keeling

    I’m just a little jealous that you can put in your order for cabinets at breakfast and have them later that day. That’s one keeper of a husband. :)

    The bathroom is going to be very pretty. You’ve obviously thought through every detail.

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