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.
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.