Switching Directions on the Master Bath Vanity

I ordered my master bathroom double sink vanity from Pottery Barn on July 2nd and was told in September it was no longer available.

The Brinkley Demilune vanity
The Brinkley Demilune vanity from Pottery Barn would have been perfect in our master bathroom.

Ever since then I have been on a quest for something similar.  Unfortunately I have not been successful in that vein.

I was attracted to this French Casement double vanity with marble top at Restoration Hardware which, even on sale, was out of my price range.
I was attracted to this French Casement double vanity with marble top at Restoration Hardware which, even on sale, was out of my price range.

Then I opened my mind to other possibilities by visiting Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, and other popular stores.

The bathroom floor air duct on the right of the above photo will blow air from under the vanity.
The bathroom floor air duct on the right of the above photo will blow air from under the vanity.

First issue is that I need a bottom area that with a little manipulation will hide the heat vent under the vanity so something with ball feet or a lot of open space would not suffice.

This vanity comes in other finishes and a variety of countertop choices.
This vanity comes in other finishes and a variety of countertop choices.

I did an image search for “driftwood double vanity” because I like the generally greyish finish of driftwood.  There it was.  A French casement style vanity in my price range in a variety of finishes with a variety of countertop selections.

The ogee edge on 2 cm thick marble.
The ogee edge on 2 cm thick marble.
Eased edge on 4 cm thick marble.
Eased edge on 4 cm thick marble.

I have settled on white Carrara marble since the floor will also be marble but I have 2 choices of thickness:

  1. 3/4 inches (2 cm) thick with an ogee edge OR
  2. 1-1/2 inches (4 cm) thick with an eased square edge. (More like the Restoration Hardware model.)
The vanity comes with integrated undermount sinks. This is the ogee edge.
The vanity comes with integrated undermount sinks. This is the ogee edge.

Pros and cons:

  1. The ogee edge is more decorative but is it prone to chipping?
  2. The thicker piece has a simple edge but is much heavier. (Twice as heavy?)
  3. My dressing table which will ultimately be in the bathroom has an ogee edge.

    The edge of the dressing table has an ogee edge but it is wood, not stone.
    The edge of the dressing table has an ogee edge but it is wood, not stone.
  4. Our bedroom side tables have ogee edges.

    The bedroom side tables have intricate, but I fear, fragile tops.
    The bedroom side tables have intricate, but I fear, fragile tops.

Which would you choose?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

14 thoughts on “Switching Directions on the Master Bath Vanity”

  1. My favorite house in the whole world has French doors with that kind of hardware. It’s a big old run-down white elephant in Atlantic City. It will probably show up on my blog sometime next year. I bet you’d like it too.

    As for the countertop dilemma, usually I go for plain, plain, plain, but the ogee edge seems to make the piece less bulky looking and I think it suits the piece’s other details. If a piece chips off so what? My bedroom furniture has marble tops with chipped corners and it doesn’t bother me at all. And since marble is soft, you can polish off the fractured edges if you want to.

  2. I like the looks of the ogee edge. For some reason chipping seems to me like it would happen easier and be more noticeable on the straighter edge, but I haven’t lived with anything marble. I’m glad you found a replacement. Don’t dither too long!

    1. Oh, Barbara, I must view every angle but right now there is a limited sale so I’ll get right on it. Since we’re saving some money on the tile setter I can commit tout de suite. Jo

    1. Oh, yes I have, over and over again. I even thought perhaps the outlet might have one a state away but it was just not meant to be. I’ve seen things similar but not exactly right in terms of color and quality. Jo

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