We finally bought the second (and thankfully last) vanity, this time for the master bathroom. And – get this – it has double sinks! How we were able to fit two sink in our bathroom is beyond me. Here’s a picture of the vanity pulled from Ikea’s website:
(Image from Ikea)
I had been looking for a dark wood vanity for ages until this one appeared at Ikea’s website a few months ago. I was immediately in love. It’s from the Hemnes series (one of the better constructed series Ikea has) and it goes very well with the mirror and cabinet we already had. We chose to keep every furniture in the bathroom the same color to keep things cohesive – and also the existing tile is very hard to combine with anything else.
So, with the vanity and double sink purchased (they were running another 10% sale), we were ready to install everything. This time I was busy doing wedding stuff so my boyfriend installed it with a friend (the same one who’s letting us his family’s house for the wedding). First, they removed the bidet from the bathroom, since we don’t use it and it occupied too much space. Then I took out the leaning shelves, and then they built the vanity and installed it in place. I wasn’t paying attention to how they did it but I’m pretty sure it was very similar to the other one. A word of warning, though: while the other one came with everything necessary for the plumbing install, this one didn’t. We had to go out and buy a piece that acted as a splitter for the double sinks. Other than that, it was fairly easy and we only had to use the guest bathroom for a night, since it was already too late to go buy the plumbing piece by the time they realized something was missing, so we went for it the following day.
Here’s a few before shots of the bathroom (there’s no natural light in there so please bear with my photos):
The leaning shelves were functional (and only cost 19€) but I was tired of having all the bathroom necessities in plain sight… you know how they talk about visual contamination? Well in my case I can’t stand it.
Anyway, here’s the after:
The bath seems more spacious right now! And the drawers are huge so we can fit a ton of stuff. They’re still not very organized though, I sort of dumped everything into them. I might buy some organizers from Ikea and see how that goes.
Although the main part of the bathroom revamp is done, we still have a few things to do:
- Add another towel bar to the left of the vanity.
- Hang one of those magnifying mirrors.
- Add a piece of art to the column in order to hide the holes of the leaning shelves (this is what happens when you drill holes into tiles you can’t replace).
- Add covers to the holes from the bidet.
- Purchase or build (with the wood from the leaning shelves) a small stool to go in place of the bidet. I’ve realized since removing the bidet that I actually used it a lot to place things on top of it (e.g. the hair iron or the hairdryer or even the towel) and now I have nowhere to do that.
- Find an easy way to hide the ugly electric toothbrush. Every search I’ve done on this topic involves an outlet exactly behind the vanity drawer and this is something we can’t do. So I’m thinking maybe placing a pretty vase in front of it will help conceal it enough that I won’t go crazy.
So that’s the latest home improvement related project at our house. We’re very happy so far with the huge drawers and the double sinks, and the bathroom definitely feels a lot bigger. I won’t lie to you though, I’m looking forward to less expensive projects now!