A popular trend in luxury bathroom cabinets is for the vanity to look like real antique furniture. Typically these bathroom vanities are quite pricey, often starting well north of $500 and frequently going over $1000. But here's one way to save and have an authentic antique furniture look: Use antique or old furniture. If you hunt around, you can find perfect pieces with plenty of character at estate, moving, and even garage sales.
I created one for a powder room with a dresser I found at an estate sale. This isn't quite an antique; I figure it was from the late 1940s or early 1950s. It was a bit more than I had hoped to spend, but I fell in love with it. Now, I have a custom, one-of-a-kind vanity that really dresses up a small powder room. I protected the wood top and preserved the shiny finish with a specially formulated varnish.
My friend, Sandy Hamilton, did it one better. She got a real antique dresser from her mother-in-law. Notice how she stuck with the old-fashioned theme with a sink that resembles an old wash bowl and a pump style faucet. It's completely authentic, unique, and unmatched. And considerably less expensive than the pricey vanities that try so hard to look like old furniture.