I've been lucky enough to move into a postwar apartment with 40's era bathroom tilework intact. However, the original sink has been gutted and replaced, resulting in the sink and vanity combo you see here.
I'm trying to bring the bathroom back to its original glory, or at least find a way to make the tiles shine. New lighting and paint are in the works, but that vanity is a real eyesore....
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This is a rental, so I can't just rip it out to make way for the pedestal sink I really want. I already plan on changing the pulls, and I'd love to hide the ugly white formica as well. I am allowed to paint, refinish, or otherwise cover it up as long as the result is an improvement. Is there a way to do this without a chintzy result?
First of all you must tell us the genesis of your name. We feel that you represent a lost Indian tribe that long ago paddled down river and now resides in an apartment in NYC. Is there any truth to this romantic notion?
Aside from that, we don't think there's a lot you can do here besides start over. We would change the pulls as you suggest, and you could replace the tap hardware as well, but we wouldn't touch the formica as it will only make it worse. There is a company that will replace the fronts of cabinets, NuFacers, but we're not sure that anything you changed it to would make it better. Just keeping it white and neutral is your best bet.