Why You Should Consider a Custom Vanity For Your Next Bathroom Remodel
Furniture reveals something about us. In many ways, it tells our story. It gives insights into what we love, what we do, and what we hold dear and important. Our homes tell a similar story. It gives voice to our internal drives, passions, and inspirations. Today’s homeowner is always looking for the most accurate way to tell their story. It’s why custom furniture, custom cabinets, and other high-quality carpentry is a popular choice.
Here at Dominguez & Sons, we know how important quality and craftsmanship are for many homeowners who seek to feel at home and create a space of comfort in every room. Few pieces of furniture have such a history and reveal more about leisure pursuits and changing social customs than the bathroom vanity. So we thought we’d take a deep dive into the history of the vanity and its many versions throughout history.
The Origins of the Dressing Table
Human beings have always searched for ways to appear younger and better looking! It’s not just in the age of Instagram. The original name for the vanity was the dressing table. It was a whole other piece of furniture needed solely to make one snazzier. It was the place where an innate human desire to look attractive and fashionable was tended to on a nightly or daily basis.
Fashion has changed a tad bit from, say, the 16th and 17th centuries. This unique piece of furniture has grown with it. According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the vanity began as a simple box design. Picture a small cube used to hold your beautifying products or paraphernalia. Early cosmetics included wool-wax, butter as a base, and some perfumes. Early cosmetics also include walnuts and chestnuts for dark dyes, the skin of plums for red dyes, and chamomile for yellow tints.
In the late 17th century, high-society in Europe saw the commission of custom and high-end furniture as their new domestic pursuit. In addition to what today might seem like overbearing fashion trends like stiff dresses, corsets, and a million buttons, as well as ornate hairstyles, the “heavy clown makeup” era took hold. Ok, that’s not an actual term but you’ve seen photographs and period films that show the bombastic beautifying habits of this period in England, particularly for royalty and high-end families.
The dressing table came from the poudreuse in France and the low boy Beau Brummel, as well as the shaving table in England. And the first vanity tables had a few recognizable features including a top that slides back as the front moves forward to reveal the vanity mirror and additional compartments.
Early vanities were known as the toilet table. Some of these early vanities had a place for a small water basin, so removing the thick layers of makeup would become easier. Madame Pompadour is a great example of a “pioneer” in the world of beauty-assisting furniture. As a royal lady, she was quite engaged in the day-to-day affairs of France and served as a trusted advisor to the King. The long makeup ritual with a whole crew taking care of her powdering and blushing began to bother her so she commissioned the creation of a piece of furniture where she could carry out these tasks herself and go about her business of helping run a country. Herein the Rococo style vanity was born and was marveled for its artistic and sophisticated approach.
Glamour in Early America and the 20th Century
In America, the early vanities were a little simpler and never quite took the extravagance and ornate characteristics that some of the European models did. Most popular in America was the Chippendale style and other styles taken from older models like the Rococo-style vanity that began in France. During the Art Deco period in both Europe and the States, the luxurious dressing table blossomed into what most of us think of today when we see old period films of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, and the modern versions that exist today in every bathroom.
Nothing says glamour and style like a quality custom-made vanity.
Today, a vanity consists of the vanity base, countertop & backsplash, the sink, as well as the knobs and pulls. Here at Dominguez & Sons, we focus on building and constructing quality custom-made cabinets, vanities, and more. We want to design the vanity to how you want it and with the precise dimensions to fit the space.
So Why Choose the Custom Vanity for Your Bathroom Remodel?
- Get a Work of Art not a Piece of Furniture. The history of the vanity says it all. It developed because we are human beings who seek to be fashionable and presentable. The vanity serves a purpose.
- A functional and beautiful addition. A well-constructed vanity will be functional as well as beautiful. We know that beauty isn’t everything. Our customers want something that lasts, that resists wear and tear, and that will add a sense of timelessness to a room of their home.
- How Custom Cabinets Increase Your Home Value. In addition to adding incontrovertible style and luxury, a vanity will also add quite the sale value to your home. Anything that stands out with quality craftsmanship and style will only be further investment in your beautiful home. If you ever decide to sell your home, a prospective buyer will see these custom features as not only an added luxury but a good sign of a homeowner that cared and loved their home to the fullest.
Here at Dominguez & Sons, we specialize in transforming kitchens, bathrooms, and other rooms of the house with a little bit of carpentry craft. Our team is skilled and experienced in the art of custom woodwork so you can trust that you’re getting the best in town. Call us today and find out more about custom vanities or other wood-work.