The Elegance and Style of a Vintage Vanity

There’s something truly majestic about a vintage vanity, something that modern vanities simply cannot replicate.  What am I talking about? Let’s take a trip back in time about a hundred years to find out. This was a time before cheap plastic was invented. Among furniure materials, wood still reigned supreme. Since the assembly line had yet to be invented, wood craftsmanship was indeed a very valuable trade.
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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 such vanities had a pride of ownership, a feeling that the vanity was theirs and theirs alone.

I remember a beautiful bathroom vanity from my childhood. It stood about five feet tall, and it had a dark stained finish. The legs of the vanity were designed to look like large bear claws. It was a very unique vanity, and one that I remember vividly. That’s what 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 a vintage vanity with his deft and professional hands.

Don’t misunderstand me. I know the invention of the assembly line allowed things to be mass produced, which gave millions of people access to things they couldn’t afford otherwise. But I do know for a fact that quality was sacrificed in the name of progress for quantity. Having a vintage vanity 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 a vintage vanity. 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. Notably, a vintage vanity gives a bathroom a unique character and style, not just a great new look. The type of personality depends on you and what your tastes are. Bathgems boasts a huge selection of vintage vanity, 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 a stunning variety if you look for a vintage vanity available online today. I have recently browsed several pages on Bathgems and other retail sites and I am happy to report that no two vanities on these sites look alike. 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 vintage vanity catalogs I have ever seen. Each piece is a display of utilitarian artistry that is rarely seen in today’s post industrial-revolution world. Any of these would be well suited to be a prop in a period movie because they are so convincing. I know some who are reading this might be thinking, “I agree that a vintage vanity looks great, but don’t you have to choose between form and function?” The answer is “absolutely not.”

A vintage vanity 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 prefer 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 vintage vanity for you. Each vanity will lend ample character and charm to any bathroom, which will be transformed from “just a room” to a cozy section of your home.

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