Antique Bathroom Vanities
While most bathrooms designs go for modern and minimalist approach, antique bathrooms will never be outmoded. This is evident to bathroom supply shops that despite the wide array of modern bathroom pieces, a good selection of antique bathroom vanities are still on display. Antique stores (including online stores) continue to attract homeowners who want to bring a priced piece of antique bathroom vanity home. Also, there are manufacturers that continue to craft antique-design bathroom vanities not only to continue the business tradition but also to serve costumers who have been captured with the elegance and charm antique furniture brings.
Choosing antique bathroom vanity is a serious matter though. You simply do not go in a shop and but the first piece you see. Selection involves factors such as price, design, functionality, type of wood, age, and even the manufacturer.
Basically, when selecting antique bathroom vanity piece, you are caught between this question: “Should I go for the genuine bathroom vanity or should I buy antique design bathroom vanity?
Unsuspecting buyers may think that every bathroom vanity, as long as they look “antique” is the same. The truth however is that both have different qualities.
So what’s the difference between authentic antique bathroom vanity and antique-design bathroom vanity?
First and perhaps the best indicator of the authenticity of the antique bathroom vanity is the price. Authentic antique bathroom vanity can go 10 times more expensive as its antique-design counterpart, or even more. And just like a good pair of jeans, authentic antique bathroom vanity looks better through the years. Antique pieces are often made from mahogany, cherry and oak, types of hardwood that are known to last a lifetime, even more if it is treated properly with wood sealant. A good crafted antique bathroom vanity will not suffer any water damage.
Antique-design bathroom vanity on the other hand is relatively cheaper than its authentic counterpart but is still quite expensive. The price of a single piece can go from $400 to $2,000 depending on its size, design, and type of wood used. While it is not authentic antique, it is designed and crafted to appear very old and to reflect the age gone by – using the same type of wood from which authentic bathroom vanities are made from. One of the advantages for choosing this type of antique bathroom vanity is that you can get it brand new. Meaning, they have the look of all the antique beauty and elaborate designs, but without the wear and tear. Also, your options are almost endless if you choose to buy brand new pieces without spending a lot of money.
Whether you buy an authentic or an imitation antique bathroom vanity, there are things that you have to make sure of. First, buy from a reputable manufacturer or antique store. Second, check the warranties that the company offers whether you buy it online or at your local antique or furniture store. And last, choose an antique bathroom vanity you really like.