Out with the Bathroom Sink!

The biggest and most important part of the bathroom mini-remodel was the new sink.  I wanted a modern vessel sink with a traditional base to tie into the vintage look of the shower curtain.  A vanity/sink combo can easily set you back $500-$1,000 so I knew we were going to need to build this one ourselves.

We surveyed Home Depot and Lowes for sinks and faucets and were not impressed with options.  I did some research and came across some instructions and recommendations on the younghouselove website. We went with their recommendation for both sink and faucet from overstock.com. The Kraus Rectangular Ceramic Lavatory Vessel Sink was priced at $119  and the  Kraus Ramus Bathroom Vessel Sink Faucet was $117.  Even better, overstock.com ships everything for $2.95.

We lucked out and found an accent table during a trip to Home Goods that was the perfect size to accommodate the sink and faucet.  It wasn’t the color or finish we were looking for but at $70, it was a pretty good steal.

With materials in place, we began construction.   We started by painting the vanity and applied two coats of paint with a roller brush followed by two coats of polyurethane.  Warning on the polyurethane, the poly was so strong that it ate through the paint the first time we applied it and we had to sand it down and repaint it.  Make sure you have at least a couple layers of paint, and then apply the poly in thin coats, avoiding globs or thick layers with your paint brush.  I found that applying the poly with a sponge brush worked best.

After painting we measured and cut the vanity to accommodate the plumbing.  This included cutting down the drawers to make way for the P-trap, cutting a hole out of the back and drilling a hole in the top to make way for the drain.  Once all of our cuts were made we installed the sink and plumbing per the sink instructions.  The vanity was about an inch too short to match the existing plumbing so we needed a creative way to gain an extra inch of height.  We decided to use glass door pulls for the home depot, which also added an charming foot to the vanity.

From there it was just minor updates to the vanity like new draw pulls.  We went with the Urchin Test Knob from Anthropologie at $8 each.


And with that, we hooked the plumbing back up and our master bathroom sink was back in business. Here is our final product.

There is more to come on the master bathroom mini-remodel.  I’ll share pics from the rest of our remodel soon!

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6 thoughts on “Out with the Bathroom Sink!

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  3. hi! i know it’s almost 2 years since you posted this, but thanks so much for the info on where you got your sink! we’ve looked at lowes, home depot, etc. and couldn’t find anything in our $$ range that was of any quality. never would have thought to look on o.co and i just ordered this sink! thanks so much! have a great 2012!

  4. For what it’s worth, you can now find lovely vessel sinks and some very nice waterfall faucets on amazon for about $30-40. I just bought an antique washstand in fairly lousy shape visually, cleaned it off and painted it white, installed a $30 tempered glass vessel sink, an $8 or so dollar popup drain, and a $30 waterfall faucet that actually lights up blue/green/red to let you know the water temperature (cold/warm/hot, and flashes red if it’s dangerously hot), all from amazon, I think all with free shipping as well. That’s after looking at one of the $400 jobs at lowes and thinking “man, it’s just a damned bowl with a hole in the bottom, why is this so expensive???”.

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