it's here, it's here!!

For months I looked and searched, and finally found what I had envisioned at a fair price. Until I read reviews, and searched deeper. I found a photo of a similar model, proudly shared on Facebook. Gasp! There is rustic, and then there is falling apart. I am SO glad I didn't order. I would have been sooo disappointed. Sometimes it pays not to jump into things.

Just like everything else with this move, patience came into play, I started looking for a barn vanity last Fall, maybe even sooner. Yes, it is Summer. Damn I am picky! I can't help it, I was born this way.  I was looking for something rustic & sturdy. I don't want to have to replace it. How hard can it be? 

I am not materialistic, I do however want to value what we do have. Given, bought, or otherwise. I had all but given up. Finding a reasonably priced sturdy rustic vanity turned out to be (almost) impossible!! If I was a woodworker, I would start making them now. 

Brad tried giving me a deadline (after a career in Marketing, he knows I am deadline driven) he even found a local vanity he thought would work. It would, but it too was cheaply made and wasn't anything special, or even close to what I hoped for. I was in disbelief. I am fairly savvy on the internet, and yet I honestly couldn't find anything locally or online without overpaying. 

Like everything else about this land, it became a waiting game. All the rewards are worth the wait, and this little gem didn't disappoint. Look at the workmanship on our rustic reclaimed wood vanity:

bottom of vanity
top/inside of vanity
Some silly so not important video's of us unpackaging. Best to turn up the volume to hear Brad's funnies:

Our vanity was made in MN, from reclaimed wood that came from a granary in Superior, WI that was built in the 1800's. I am not big into reclaimed wood, but this vanity is *exactly* what I was looking for. The whole experience surpassed my expectations. It cost about the same as the cheaply made one, and quality is incomparable. We still need to add hardware, a top, and fixtures (just like the other one). Oh, did I mention they are making us a mirror *squeal* I love old, 'er new mirrors!! 

barn vanity base reveal
a barn toilet AND a vanity
(wood is not as dark as it looks)
Yes, I am working on finding the rest of the things for the barn bathroom. Will share, when all the stars align again. Don't hold your breath ;)


Grey Horse Matters said...

I love it! It was definitely worth the wait. Can’t wait to see how it looks with the sink and hardware. Great find.

Linda said...

It’s perfect! I love unique details like that, and it has history, too, which gives it even more charm. I can’t say that I’ve ever seen a barn as nice as yours is shaping up to be. I’m being inspired and enlightened.

Shirley said...

I love it! I wish I could make furniture, I need a custom vanity for our upstairs bathroom, which has a sloped wall.

aurora said...

Thanks for sharing in my joy!! It was such a long search, and for something so simple.

Shirley, not sure what kind of vanity you are looking for. I had four requirements, rustic, simple, sturdy and a fair price. The guy that made mine ships all over the US (link above) not sure about Canada. If you are also looking for rustic, during my endless search I saw some DIY pallet vanities. It would have been cool to have something homemade, but Brad doesn't like pallets for anything other then they were intended for (unless it's a bonfire). Also found out you can use most anything for a vanity, like old sewing machine cabinets or other furniture - especially if you like pedestals and don't mind not having cabinets. I bet with your antique/auction experience, you could find something special to modify that fits.