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Vessel Sink Make Your Own

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 5 12

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     For several years I have been restoring an antique home in the Deep South of Louisiana, USA. 

     Just that one sentence conjures up emotions such as: Shock! Panic! Awe! Always wanted to do that! Could I? I wish! Oh, the money! Are you crazy? Inspiration!  How DID you do that! Wow, that is beautiful! This is the hardest thing ever!

     I have felt all of these emotions (and more) and now wish to share my experience of fashioning my own unique vessel bathroom sink.

       Not to digress from my vessel sink, but I have lived in 18th and 19th century apartments in the French Quarter of New Orleans for many a year and from the very first one developed an affinity and great respect for those old time-worn buildings that have withstood hurricanes, floods, and fire with such grace, dignity, and forbearance without blinking an eyelash or a tip of the hat.

     For me, these gracious old ladies have proven the test of time.

     The year before I purchased my old home and now that I think of it - even before I THOUGHT of purchasing my old home - I started antiquing for my, almost certainly, out-of-reach dream of a historic home restoration.

     One day whilst touring a little town (that would later become my town) known for its antique shops, I came across a Hungarian Baby Bathtub dated 1902.  It was the cutest little thing I had ever seen and it matched the legged bathtub I had just put on lay-a-way a few minutes before.

     I had no idea what I would do with it! It could be a plant stand on a porch or serve as an ice chest during parties or BBQ's.  Whatever it would become, I had to have it and promptly put it, as well, on lay-a-way with a down-payment and monthly payment plans.

     The idea for this little baby bathtub to become my bathroom vessel sink came forth after the purchase of my home.  I had already put the claw foot bathtub on lay-a-way along with a high back antique kitchen sink - but my search for the oldest bathroom sink that could be found was not meant to be.

    I brought the little bathtub to a welder friend of mine.  The original stand was bent and flimsy.  I asked him to make a stand for it and shared my idea of making a bathroom sink out of it. "Well no problem", said he.  In no time a stand was welded, a round hole cut in the middle and the original drain, which was on the side, was sealed off. 

     My vessel bathroom sink was born.

Vessel Sink Make Your Own(48655)

     Next I searched the internet for a proper faucet and ended up purchasing an 8 inch kitchen faucet in dark bronze which matched the black iron stand.  It was absolutely unique and breathtaking.

     Approximately a year later when the house was ready for plumbing - the plumber put it into place and as they say, the rest is history.

     To make your own vessel sink: look amongst your things you already have such as a large bowl you really love, a cool looking wash tub or even a large planting pot. An  indented piece of stone or marble would be gorgeous. The ideas are endless and almost anything that can hold water and be successfully cut for the drain can be used as the first sinks that ever existed were just that.  A vessel for holding water.

     Be aware and be sure of the measurements of your faucet as well as the drain when having a stand made for your vessel sink of choice because the faucets need a support built into the frame as can be noted on the side view.  In my case, I chose not to have pipes at all inside the walls of my home (in the event of undetected water leaks) which meant a second trip to the welder to alter the frame.

     Be aware of your design style when choosing your vessel.  My style would be described as rustic-old world and is just perfect for my bathroom.  Ideas for a  modern look would be a glass vessel perhaps.

     Whether you are restoring an older home or updating your current bathroom you will be proud and delighted at the compliments your unique vessel sink will command.

 

 

Vessel Sink Make Your Own
Vessel Sink Make Your Own(48655)

 

  


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Comments

May 21, 2011 10:20am
footloose
How very unique and utilitarian! I would love to be at that place of creating a new room so to speak. You gave great tips, too. Thumbs up.
May 21, 2011 10:50am
Venetia
Thank you footloose so much! I know - it IS throughly exciting to be creating a room(s) from scratch. I appreciate the thumbs up as this is my first "how to".
May 22, 2011 10:08pm
Deborah-Diane
Wow, Venetia! I would love to see some of the other ways you have been restoring your home. This bathroom looks awesome!
May 23, 2011 7:12am
Venetia
What a treat to wake up and drink coffee to! Thank you Deborah-Diane! Yes, I want to share more photos. The bathroom and kitchen are the only rooms almost ready for viewing...as with the exterior paint job everything is still unfinished and taking a long time or as money permits. i do plan to post photos but if you would like some now in progress IM me with your email address. I would love your input. Again, thank you so much for dropping by. Peace today, V
May 24, 2011 11:48am
Lynsuz
Amazing!! Great use of a baby bathtub. I saw one similar years ago, it was in use as a large flower pot. This is a much better way to treat a fine antique.
May 24, 2011 4:40pm
Venetia
Lynsuz: I can always count on you! Thank you so much. Yes, it IS a great use for the little baby bathtub. I need to fashion a shelf or two to hold my things or perhaps hang them from a nail. Still working....Peace today, V
May 29, 2011 2:24am
eileen
That is a terrific idea. It is amazing how you can use a little ingenuity to create something wonderful like this. In our younger days we used to love putting a hammer through walls and creating larger or smaller rooms to suit our imagination.
We recently sold (12 months ago)our home and bought another one and had to do lots of repairs and alterations, we have been away for 3 months and heading back (worst luck) now we will have to do more work on the home. Keep up the good work
May 29, 2011 7:45am
Venetia
Eileen: Funny how things work out...by chance just re-read your Australian Ocean Views - Photo Opt trip (thoroughly enjoying it again) and I come here and find your comment! A good surprise on a Sunday morn with my coffee!

Yes, I agree how much fun it is to create something...study, imagine and obey that call to action. I admire your (and significant other)willingness to buy, repair, alter, live and then sell homes that need serious attention. Personally I doubt I will ever do this again....but I have learned lessons of life that could not have been earned any other way.

Thank you so much for liking my bathroom vessel sink! I adore your zeal for travel and hope that one day fate takes me that way too.
Jun 25, 2011 3:33pm
southerngirl09
Loved this article on making your own vessel sink. So unusual, attractive, and imaginative. I know you are enjoying your home restoration, and I look forward to seeing more of your clever ideas. Thanks for sharing.
Jun 25, 2011 3:58pm
jeni10
I love this vessel sink...just love it! I've never done any remodeling/renovating work, but I love furniture and housing fixtures that are different and unique from others. It would be such a bore to have the same generic sink, from the same store, that everyone else has. That would show no personality and no individuality. Thanks for sharing, "Vessel Sink Make Your Own."
Jun 25, 2011 6:28pm
Venetia
southerngirl09: oh, thank you so much. I do appreciate you dropping by and reading my article. Yes, I am enjoying this home restoration but look forward to cooler days! - you know these southern humid summers - hard to get paint to stick it is so hot....thanks again.
Jun 25, 2011 6:35pm
Venetia
jeni10: This was my first time as well in regards to remodeling or renovating! Well, restoring in this case but suffice it to say, my brother (for one) thinks I am absolutely insane. I do thank you for liking my unique vessel sink. It does get the most amazing remarks from people. The cool thing is it still can be used to bathe a baby quite easily..no bending down into the big bathtub or clearing the kitchen sink, etc....all in all it is just perfect.
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