Bathroom vanities come in all sizes, shapes, and styles, but some features are much more difficult to find than others. Solid wood bathroom vanities, for example, have become increasingly rare as use of particleboard and MDF has become more common. Unfinished bathroom vanities are all but unheard of, and are only really available from select high end manufacturers. But if you’re looking for an heirloom quality vanity with furniture style construction, it can be worth going out of your way to find a vanity that has both.
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These days, most manufacturers use a combination of wood, particleboard, and laminate veneers to create bathroom vanities that look like they’re made of wood, but are lighter weight and less expensive. Attractive, patterned wood is carefully chosen for the exterior of these vanities, but often the structure is made of lower quality materials that simply aren’t very durable. Solid wood bathroom vanities use high quality, solid wood throughout, which means the beautiful exterior of the vanities isn’t a facade, and the internal structure is incredibly sturdy and durable.
While lower quality materials may degrade over time and are more easily damaged, solid wood bathroom vanities are extremely high quality furnishings that are specifically designed to withstand the test of time. It’s the kind of quality you can feel, too, as solid wood bathroom vanities are often significantly heavier than ordinary MDF cabinets. All the solid wood cabinets from James Martin Furniture are made with Grade A solid hardwood that’s kiln dried to help resist warping or other damage from exposure to the humid conditions of a bathroom.
That said, though solid wood bathroom vanities are pretty rare, they aren’t impossible to find. Rarer still are solid wood bathroom vanities that are left unfinished. On one level, there’s a very good reason for this; even the best finished bathroom vanities are still susceptible to damage from moisture without the proper routine care, and putting bare, unfinished wood in a bathroom environment is nothing if not foolhardy. But there are a few reasons that an unfinished wood vanity is desirable.
The simplest one is that natural wood has become an incredibly popular material in home design, and while some laminate bathroom vanities mimic it, it’s incredibly rare to find an actual wood vanity in a very light blonde finish. Opting for an unfinished vanity allows you to seal the cabinets yourself with a clear polyurethane that lets the underlying wood shine. For true wood lovers, this is perhaps one of the best options out there; on a solid wood bathroom vanity, you know the wood is going to be of a very high quality, and a very basic, clear finish allows it to stand on its own for a very natural, neutral look.
Unfinished wood bathroom vanities can also be a huge boon in homes that have a pre-existing, very distinct wood feature, whether it’s an antique wood floor, beams, or even just a dominant trend in wood furnishings. Though there are many, many vanities out there available in a rainbow of colors, it can be incredibly difficult to match a wood tone exactly, particularly without being able to compare them side by side in person, and even a slight mismatch can be very obvious and unattractive. Unfinished wood vanities make it possible to choose your color and stain and seal the vanity yourself for a totally customized look and a perfect match to the surrounding wood decor.
What’s particularly nice about the unfinished solid wood bathroom vanities from James Martin Furniture is that they not only come in a wide variety of sizes and several different styles, but they also come with several add-ons and customizable features. Each of the vanities can be paired with a matching mirror and linen cabinet (made of the same Grade A solid oak and also left unfinished), as well as a pre-cut Grade-A marble or granite vanity top in one of seven different colors. For those interested in unfinished bathroom vanities for their customizability, this mix-and-match setup makes it possible to get exactly the look you want without having to custom source materials or have any furniture custom made.
What do you think of these unfinished solid wood bathroom vanities? Are you looking for a sturdy, high quality bathroom vanity? Let me know in the comments below!