Bathroom renovations are a popular home improvement project for many Australian homeowners. It's one of the smallest rooms in the home but it's also one that you no doubt spend a lot of time in, so creating an attractive, modern and functional space is important.
If you're planning to renovate your bathroom but you don't have a huge budget, then you're no doubt looking for ways you can save money. An excellent way to do this is to simply replace your vanity top instead of the entire vanity unit. This gives your vanity a contemporary and fresh look without the hefty price tag. Here are three vanity top surfaces that are affordable, modern and attractive.
1. Cultured stone
Stone vanity tops are an incredibly stylish and enduringly popular choice for bathrooms. They work in any style of bathroom, from ultra modern to a more rustic look. Unfortunately, natural stone is also very expensive, which may put it well out of your price range for your new vanity top.
Fortunately, you can get the look and feel of solid stone by opting for a cultured stone vanity top. These are made by using by-products of the stone manufacturing process mixed with filler materials and resins which bind them all together. You can faithfully recreate the look of marble, granite or sandstone for a fraction of the price of the real thing.
2. Modern laminate
If the word laminate simply conjures up cringe-worthy memories of dated 70s countertops, then you're in for a pleasant surprise. Modern laminates are sleek, stylish and come in a range of gorgeous finishes which will enhance and update the look of your vanity unit.
Modern laminate surfaces are durable, low maintenance and provide you with an enormous choice of colours, patterns and finishes. Best of all, they're incredibly cost-effective and perfect if you want to spend as little as possible without compromising on style.
Timber vanity tops have always been a common feature in Australian bathrooms but they've increased dramatically in popularity in recent years. They're a great way to add natural warmth and beauty into an often neutral bathroom palette and provide contrast against materials such as tiles, stone and ceramics.
One of the benefits of timber is the variety of looks you can opt from. From pale, Scandinavian style timber through to dark and rich stains in greys and browns, the choice is yours. Timber also gives you the ability to change the look of your vanity top easily and inexpensively by simply sanding and re-staining or re-varnishing the timber surface.