Oak Vanities and Your Classic Bathroom

Oak vanities have been important aspects of any bathroom for a long time now.  Let’s take a trip back in time about a hundred years. This is a time before cheap plastic was invented. Wood still reigned supreme, and since the assembly line had yet to be invented, wood craftsmanship was a very valuable trade. A sense of care and pride went into what we now call antique vanities. While copies of certain patterns were certainly made, because they were not mass-produced each one seemed to have a sense of uniqueness.  The owners of these oak vanities had a pride of ownership, a feeling that the vanity was theirs and theirs alone.

When I was a kid we didn’t have that kind of vanity in our house, but my grandparents did. It stood about five feet tall, and it had a dark stained finish. The legs of the vanity so it still stands out in my memory some 30 years later. That’s Bathroom vanities like this take me back to a simpler timewhat an antique bath vanity is supposed to do. It is supposed to leave an impression in your mind of a simpler time, even as it captures your imagination.

When I walk into a room that has an antique vanity in it, for a moment in my mind, I can travel back to a time when everything displayed a superb craftsmanship, a time where things didn’t have an artificial feel, and everything was real. A time marked by pride in ownership and pride in artistry, when an artisan could build oak vanities with his deft and professional hands.

Please don’t let me be misunderstood here, I am not complaining about the assembly line and its impact on modern production. After all, thanks to assembly lines more people can afford great things like antique vanities. But I do know for a fact that quality was sacrificed in the name of progress for quantity. Having oak vanities helps me feel a connection to my ancestors in a way that simple photographs can’t quantify. It takes me to a place where there are no automobiles, no deadlines, and a man or woman could slow down and enjoy life to the fullest measure.

If you think your bathroom needs something to give it some character, if you think your home furnishings say something about you, you should consider getting oak vanities. A house is just a thing made of wood, brick, and stone. A home is a living thing that you bring life to with yourself, your family, and your furnishings.

An antique vanity doesn’t just change the appearance of a room, it changes its character and personality as well. The type of personality depends on you and what your tastes are. Bathgems boasts a huge selection of oak vanities, so you should be able to find one that will change the personality of your bathroom to what you want it to be.

There is an incredible amount of unique oak vanities available on the internet, and a quick search will yield hundreds of totally unique bath vanities. Some of them have a rustic pioneer type feel to them, while others seem to be fit for a king and queen. It’s the most alluring and cool multitude of oak vanities I have ever seen. Each piece is a display of utilitarian artistry that is rarely seen in today’s post industrial revolution world.

a rich and elegant briar antique vanityThese bathroom features are almost like time machines, and they are often featured in movies as props to bring viewers back to an earlier time. I know some who are reading this might be thinking, “oak vanities look beautiful, sure, but don’t you have to sacrifice function to get such a nice form?” The answer is absolutely not. The oak vanities from Bathgems offer both form and function. If properly installed, water will flow through them and drain from them just as effectively as any other bath vanity, handcrafted or otherwise.

Plus, if you are the type who prefers your antique bathroom vanity to have a wood stain finish, or if you like the black hard wood with the fossil stone counter, or you like an elegant white finish with a marble counter top, chances are Bathgems has the right oak vanities for you. Every vanity has a unique personality. This personality will add to and completely embellish your bathroom’s existing personality, and can bring your entire home together into a cohesive whole.

February 2023
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