Bathroom Renovation // Choosing a Vanity Top

So it's time to discuss vanity tops. A few weeks ago when I shared our marble vanity top I mentioned that I wanted to share about the decision-making process. Choosing a vanity top was a much lengthier and more expensive process than we expected.

If you recall from our original plan, we were saving money in several ways:
Therefore, we knew we'd invest our biggest chunk of change in the vanity and vanity top combination. However, when we actually started getting quotes for the vanity top, we experienced some serious sticker shock. Essentially, any material besides cultured marble, fell in the $800-$1100 price range.

Here's why:
Our vanity was 60" -- which is a standard size -- however we wanted two undermount bowls. We found that having two sink bowls quickly limited the standard options. Since one of our main goals in this renovation was to increase from one sink to two sinks, it made no sense to compromise on that. Of course, we could have chosen cultured marble which was the least expensive material. It still was custom {due to the two bowls} which made the total cost around $500; but Mike and I weren't crazy about the look of cultured marble -- and $500 seems like a lot of money to spend on something you don't really like.

Now -- all of this is kind of complicated and wordy. So, I made my first ever infographic to keep this post from turning into a book {and infographics are fun, yo!}.

So, what did we end up choosing? Well, I'm sure you've guessed from the photos that we chose marble.

We found a wholesaler in Louisville, Kentucky called Builders Surplus and they gave us a "new" option compared to what we had already seen quoted. We could purchase a minimum 15 sq ft slab and that would come with on-site measurement, full installation, all custom cuts, any edge profile, etc. The problem was that our vanity top was only ~10 sqft plus ~2.5 sqft for the back splash and side splash.

So, we decided to add our downstairs bath into this purchase. Our downstairs bath needs a makeover too {it's also covered in wallpaper}. Since we had a new vanity top coming, we got to work on updating the vanity, which I'll share in another post.

I feel weird talking about such big numbers... but I know it's helpful to me when I see what people actually spent. Also, how much or how little we might spend is based on the long term value to our home and what we have available in the bank -- we didn't finance this project. So here it goes...

The vanities were $1400. If you break it up by sqft, about 60% or $830 went towards the upstairs bath and 40% or $560 went towards the downstairs bath. In other words, approximately $65-70 per sqft.

Also, this included some of our "wish list" details like:
Plus, marble is the look that I really loved initially. So, yes we spent more money; but it was better bang for our buck. Now both vanities in our home are complete -- in a material that will age beautifully and add value to our home.

Have you ever purchased vanity tops or countertops? Did you experience sticker shock? What materials did you choose and how did you save money?

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