November 20, 2009

Repurposed Old Pieces as New Bath Vanities

Primitive zinc-topped console with new vessel sinks. Designed by Ginger Barber. Featured in House Beautiful July 2009.

Even if it wasn't a very green thing to do, I have always loved repurposing old pieces for new uses. A bath vanity is one of those perfect opportunities to turn an old apothecary chest, console, dresser, sideboard or work table into a beautiful new work of art.

Spotted this beautiful old apothecary on Too rich for the budget, but love the painted numbers on the many drawers. A great inspiration piece.

An antique Gustavian cabinet converted into a lovely shallow vanity by Brooke Gianetti.

Rustic wood top conversion of old metal trough-like piece by Carrier and Company.

While I am still busy sourcing the Master Bath vanity, the Hall Bath vanity is already underway for the THE CONCORD GREEN HOME. The back is removed and the prep work begins on converting this old pine chest into an adorable new vanity. It will be repainted in a pale stone color from Farrow and Ball, a naturally non-toxic clay-based paint steeped in historic tradition.

The vanity will have an undermount sink, with this wall mount faucet from Rohl's Country Bath collection, in their particularly gorgeous polished nickel finish, including the lever handles (vs. chrome and crystal as shown).

When reusing old pieces for a Healthy House, be sure that the piece is clean, free of lead paint, mold and any other contaminants that you won't want to bring into your home.


  1. Hi there,

    I just found your blog on Green Building Advisor's website--we, too, are listed in their Job Blog list. I wanted to say that your home is absolutely beautiful and that our visions are so similar! We are also trying to construct a home that harkens back to historical times but that is as modern as possible in terms of energy efficiency and healthy building materials. In addition to overall philosophy, our home is an old farmhouse style with white clapboard siding and a silver metal roof! How funny!

    We initially looked at Connor Homes and fell in love with some of their it is great to see yours go up! Would you mind if I blogged about your house? You can see our blog at

    And congratulations on a beautiful build!


  2. Hi Susan.

    Wow, yes our projects do have a tremendous amount in common. Love your house. It is incredibly charming, and of course I appreciate your choice of exterior materials. :)

    Can't wait to read your entire blog. The photos are looking great. Congratulations to you too!

    I have added your blog to THE CONCORD GREEN HOME Favorite Blogs about Healthy + Green building. Feel free to blog about our project as well. The more awareness we collectively raise, the more likely that others will consider healthy and green building methods for their own homes -- the best reward for all the time we spend blogging, instead of crossing off more on those never-ending "To Do" lists.

    Thank you for getting in touch. I look forward to a fruitful dialog on a vision shared.

    Best to you and your entire team.


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