Bathroom Beauty

Bathroom Beauty
I loved this ‘bathroom beauty’ from the moment I first saw it in the auction room.


A very pretty and unusual, early century carved oak sideboard. I could immediately visualise how it would look when finished as a bathroom or bedroom vanity and was determined to win the bid for this one! The bidding went fairly high, but I felt it was worth paying that little extra to secure such an original piece of furniture.

The style is charming and the carvings so pretty.  The shelf is perfect for displaying bathroom or beauty bits and bobs and/or scented candles. Unsightly bathroom products and medicines can be hidden in the drawers and there’s plenty of storage for towels in the cupboards.

I was so excited to start this lovely piece.





First (as always) I sanded and cleaned the cupboard inside and out and in the process I discovered some old prescriptions dated 1937! I love little finds like this, it adds to the interest and history of a piece.

After a couple of hours work, it’s already looking better.


Then followed the very important coat of primer. You can now really start to appreciate the pretty floral carvings.



I then painted the cupboard with several coats of my own mix of blue chalk paint, painted the top bright white followed by a couple of coats of matt varnish and arranged for the basin and tap to be fitted (I’m not quite experienced enough to tackle this job well enough myself… yet!). So now it’s ready for plumbing in.

I love this shade of blue.  The black and bronze antique style tap adds a little charm to this bespoke piece of furniture.

Just the handles and knobs to be fitted now…

Vanity unit blue 1

And here it is! A beautiful bathroom vanity. Probably my favourite piece to date. I can imagine this vintage piece of furniture in a period home. It would look as stunning in a white bathroom as it would a vintage styled bedroom.  If I had the space I’d certainly be keeping this one!

Bathroom Vanity

Counter top basin

Vintage vanity

It’s not often you come across a piece of furniture that is as functional as it is pretty, and this one was certainly a pleasure to work on.

I hope you love it as much as I do.

Love Jo x