Sorry. Sorry about that title. The only reason I'm getting this post written is because I'm stuck in my house due to the 100 feet of snow outside. Being housebound can really get to you. If you can get past my terrible title, I'd like to tell you the story of the vanity.
The vanity that almost kept us from getting a mortgage, because it pushed the condition of our house over from the pretty awful category into the downright sad category.
Banks don't like downright sad houses.
We thought it was kind of ridiculous that a falling-off-the-wall sink was such a big deal. Maybe the bank knew what was behind that sink though, which we soon found out was definitely a big deal:
It might be hard to tell from this picture, but what you see there is what we were faced with when we took the mirrored cabinet off of the wall. Those are cinderblocks, and in order to install the cabinet into the wall, someone decided to bust through the cinderblocks, leaving about two inches of cinderblock on the outer portion of the wall. Let me be more clear: THAT IS THE OUTSIDE WALL. Someone busted almost all the way through the OUTSIDE WALL of our house to put in their mirrored cabinet. Even I know that's not a good idea.
We were not impressed.
There was no way we wanted to attempt fixing this on our own, so we hired a mason experienced in historic repair to fix it for us.
Now that we were assured that no wall would be falling in on us as we admired our reflections (although that would be a fun twist on Narcissus, no?), we were on the hunt for a vanity to fit in that tiny corner.
Fast-forward through hours of searching for tiny vanities, corner vanities, ANY kind of vanity that would fit in this space and cost less than, oh, I don't know, ONE MILLION DOLLARS? It wasn't happening. So we did what any self-respecting DIY-home owner would do and built one ourselves.
Our cardboard mock-up left a little to be desired.
But it did the trick:
Sidenote: a huge thank you to my friend Becky for helping me pick that paint color there that I am absolutely obsessed with. I think we changed our minds 17 times, but it was worth it for this one. Dark color in small spaces? Do not be afraid! (Vermont Slate by Benjamin Moore if you're interested.)
We topped the vanity with a piece of the same soapstone we used in our kitchen, and finished it off with a clear glass vessel sink. I'm still searching for the perfect mirror.
I think a little side-by-side before and after action is in order here. (Click to enlarge.)