One of the design elements I incorporated into building our home was the use of salvaged wood. The warmth and character it can give new construction was the main reason I chose the material. By using it sparingly in several rooms I was able to achieve the clean modern farmhouse aesthetic I was going for. It unified the home design by creating a cohesive element throughout the spaces.
For the master bathroom my vision was to have simple lines and an overall light & airy atmosphere. I designed a floating vanity made with salvaged scaffolding planks and marble counters to fit inside a recessed wall. You can see a before photo of the area in this post. Because salvaged wood can vary extensively, we had to go through each and every board in order to find enough that would work seamlessly together. This was especially important since your eye is drawn down the entire line of the vanity when you walk into the room.
Between the double sinks, the makeup vanity drops down to the proper height for sitting and creates a nice nook that is now used daily. For the honed Carrara marble counter tops, I had our fabricator miter the edges with a 2″ reveal. This creates a more substantial look and hides the seam line. (This same reveal was done in our kitchen to unify the look of the marble surfaces.) The 4″ backsplash on the vanity drops down at the makeup area to create a focal point. The under mount rectangle sinks are by Kohler and faucets are from Signature Hardware.
Above you can see the wood detail and imperfections. To prepare the salvaged planks, they were wire brushed and finished with a matte sealer. Here you can also see how adding a mitered edge to your marble will get rid of that dreaded “cut and glue” seam line I see so often in countertops. And the good news, any fabricator will be able to miter the edge for you.
The three lower drawers are made of solid maple and the wood planks were attached to each front. They have a hidden notch underneath for your hand to pull them out. I felt that adding hardware would have been distracting from the clean lines I was seeking for the space. The two upper drawers under each sink are false fronts.
All of the salvaged planks had makers stamps and the contractors branding on them and I made sure we utilized these details in unexpected ways, so you’ll see every time I open my makeup drawer I’m greeted with this….
At the end of the vanity (right next to our walk in closet door) I hung an Ikea towel/pot rack to hold my necklaces. Really, I could hang these in every room. They’re so incredibly useful. And simple.
There are still a few loose ends before I can consider the room finished. I need to find a light for the alcove above the antique Swedish cabinet and decide on what artwork I want to add. Which is why there’s one propped up. Oh, and have the hardware fabricated so the mirrors will slide out. There are recessed cabinets behind those temporary mirrors. But things are moving along.
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