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Bathroom Remodel: Part 6, DIY Sink from Typewriter Stand

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Bathroom Remodel: Part 6, DIY Sink from Typewriter Stand

Getting rid of the old sink was actually the part that I had been looking forward to the most for this bathroom renovation. I’ve extremely disliked the sink and vanity that was in there to begin with, although the sink top was made out of Onyx, and had stood up really well to the 12 years we have lived here. This is what we started with, although we’d already taken the drawers out. Old sink with onyx top

And here is it removed.  We gave it to our local Restore store, in the hopes that someone might want it. Old sink removed

One of the main problems that I had with the sink was the fact that the faucet was only about a foot inside the doorway, which meant the sink bowl went almost to the wall.  It just made me feel like I had no elbow room.  We had ripped the sheetrock off, and our plumber, Joe, said we could move the water lines over to the left.  That’s what we did, and ended up moving the drain lines about two feet down the wall.  The only thing I was concerned with was having enough room to make it around the sink to the toilet, and enough room for the shower door to swing out. At this point, we still didn’t know how everything would fit together. New water pipes ran

Since we’d gotten rid of the original sink, we had to come up with a new one.  Double D and I had gone to all the big box stores, and nothing was just jumping out at us.  One day we were walking through an antique store, and Double D came across this old vintage typewriter stand that had a certain industrial vibe going on.  It was love at first sight. However, someone had removed the original wood top, but replaced it with some freshly stained wood.  Once I saw that, I didn’t feel so bad removing the swinging table part that was attached to it. Since I didn’t get a picture of it, you can see a picture of one similar on PinterestVintage typewriter stand base

Because the top was going to be 48″ long, we knew we’d have to have more support for the sink than just the base. We made legs out of copper, using the base for measurements, so they would line up exactly with that. copper legs built

And I painted them using Rustoleum’s Oil Rubbed Bronze.  If you are wondering why we bought copper just to paint it, we had the thought that we’d distress the copper pipes to match the fixtures for the faucet, and shower. However, we didn’t end up doing that.copper legs painted ORB

Once the flooring was finished, we could set the base where it was going. Even though the legs were going to be glued to the sink top, we also wanted them to be attached to the wall, so Double D screwed a cap into the wall on each side, and then used that to attached the legs. There was a lot of measuring involved for this process, but miraculously everything ended up being right.  No thanks to me at ALL!Connector cap installed for legs

Joe had to come back to install the sink, which he did one Saturday. Again, for the vanity top, we went with the Onyx Collection in 5/8″ Snow Swirl to match the shower.Onyx top installed

Since the faucet is wall-mounted, I wanted something to catch water from our hands, so we also installed an Onyx backsplash. That was considerably thinner at a 1/4″, but it works great. Here he has the holes drilled for the sink drain and faucet.Onyx backsplash installed

Since we were totally making this sink up as we went along, I wanted something unique for the actual sink.  I did a bit of research, and fell in love with this granite sink from LivingRoc. However, I didn’t realize when we bought it just how heavy 100 pounds really is.  I might have gone a different route if I’d realized because after it came to the house, I was a bit worried if the base would support this weight. We are now a couple of months in, and it seems to be fine though.Granite sink installed

And here is a close up of the Trinsic faucet by Delta.  It wasn’t my first choice, as I wanted a waterfall faucet, but I also wanted it to be in the same Venetian Bronze as the shower fixtures.  Delta Vero

At this point we were almost done.  And it was exactly what I had envisioned when we first saw the typewriter stand in the store. Sink finished

The last thing was that we had glass cut to go on the top of the horizontal parts of the legs. This enabled us to have a shelf of sorts, and let us see the part of the typewriter stand that was the coolest, which are the little wheels at the bottom. Glass installed on base

I love how it turned out, and it has that antique element now in the bathroom!

Thanks for looking!

Sarah

Check out the other Bathroom Renovation posts:

Bathroom Remodel: Part 1, Demo

Bathroom Remodel: Part 2, Shower Installation

Bathroom Remodel: Part 3, Drywall and Paint

Bathroom Remodel: Part 4, Luxury Vinyl Tile Flooring 

Bathroom Remodel: Part 5, DIY Exposed Conduit Light Fixture

Bathroom Remodel: Part 7, Mirror and Sconces

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Bathroom Remodel: Part 3, Drywall and Paint

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I learned so much on this project as a whole, but a lot of them had to do with the drywall step.  Basically, I found out the difference between the terms drywall, and Sheetrock.  Had no idea, but Sheetrock is the brand name, and drywall is the process. I also was shown what a hot patch is, and how to do it. I found out that rounded corners exist, and turn out looking spectacular. And finally, I learned that you should really take the time to prime new drywall.

Whew!  That being said, we didn’t actually do anything with this step, except for the primering and painting.  We had someone come out and do the drywall, because, well honestly, we suck at it. Hanging it is no problem, but we get into trouble with the mudding part.

With everything that had to be done plumbing and electrical wise in the bathroom, the room was down to studs on all the walls but two.  Before anything was done, I had removed the wallpaper border on the walls that we thought would be staying.  The rest was no big deal to leave since we knew it would be ripped out.Removing wallpaper

Joe finished up with the plumbing, and we had our electrician friend Jimmy come over to run the wires for the new outlets. Then we had Dave come and start on the drywall installation.  Joe had left the pipes for the sink and toilet water line exposed so Dave installed the drywall around those. Because it is in the bathroom, we decided to go with the drywall that is mold and water resistant.  Hopefully we’ll never have issues, but we wanted to be safe. Drywall put up on sink wall

Dave also showed me how to do a hot patch that was on the part of the wall that we kept.  Unfortunately, there was a hole there where the toilet paper holder was when we moved in, but that took care of it. I could explain it, but you might have to look it up if you’re really interested, since I wouldn’t do it very well. Hot patch

Double D had the idea for rounded corners on the two that are next to the shower, and I’m so glad he did.  I had never seen these done before. The plastic looks just like a regular corner piece, but it’s rounded, which softens everything a bit. Rounded corner for drywall

Once the drywall was up, Dave started taping and mudding.  It went much faster than I thought it would, probably because we would have still been working on it.  Looking good so far!Drywall mudded on sink wallTaped and mudded

Once the mudding and taping was done, Double D and I were left to paint a primer coat on the new drywall.  Because drywall soaks up the paint, the primer helps stop that, and save you a bit of money on more paint. I personally had never done this step, but Dave recommended it.  I have to say it was a much easier process to paint the room after the primer. Primer coat on drywall

And finally we were at the actual painting part.  It was finally beginning to look to like a real room, not a construction zone, and I was so excited to get here. We went with Benjamin Moore’s Palladian Blue.  In the below picture, we still only had one light bulb, and it was a really pretty blue.  With the new light, it actually looks like a green color most of the time, except in the early morning hours when the sun is not full force from the south yet. Either way, I actually love how it looks on the wall, and am super happy. Painted Drywall Palladian Blue

Because I like to see things as before and after, I’m including this picture of one wall for the whole process from new drywall to painted. I guess I didn’t get a picture of what it was down to studs, or I would have added that to the beginning of this one.Drywall up and painted

Also, I had to add a picture of how the rounded corner came out.  I love the way they both look, just because they seem to add a touch of elegance to the room. Very cool! We owe a big thanks to Dave, who made this part of the remodel seem like a breeze! Finished Rounded corner

Thanks for looking! More posts are in the works, so stop by again sometime.

Sarah

Check out the other Bathroom Renovation posts:

Bathroom Remodel: Part 1, Demo

Bathroom Remodel: Part 2, Shower Installation

Bathroom Remodel: Part 4, Luxury Vinyl Tile Flooring

Bathroom Remodel: Part 5, DIY Exposed Conduit Light Fixture

Bathroom Remodel: Part 6, DIY Sink from Typewriter Stand

Bathroom Remodel: Part 7, Mirror and Sconces

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Bathroom Remodel: Part 1, Demo

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So we have had the opportunity to update our main bathroom. This room has had several makeovers since we bought the house in 2005, but this one is by far the biggest, and the best.

We started with a basic bathroom when we first moved in, and over the years, we have changed the paint color, added wainscoting, painted the sink vanity, changed out the window valance, replaced the toilet, and updated the flooring.2005-2013 main bath

It wasn’t a bad bathroom at all once we made most of the changes, but we had a few things that bothered us.  Basically, the toilet was at the wrong angle and the sink bowl was literally 5 inches past the doorway so you always felt like you were standing in the hallway when you washed your hands. 2005-2013 sink

The tub/shower combo was perfectly fine, except that since we were doing a remodel, we decided to remove that, and go with a walk-in shower with some extra water features. We donated both the panels and the tub portion to our local Habitat for Humanity store, as well as the sink and vanity. Main Bath shower

So, we started by ripping off the wainscoting.  I’d forgotten that I hadn’t painted past where the wainscoting covered, so we still had the original gray color too.Demo start removing wainscoting

And we got rid of the mirror that was there.Demo Remove mirror

Yikes.  Here comes the fun part next.  Double D ripped out the shower and tub. We found a false wall built behind that, so we tore that out and actually ended up having more room for the new shower pan.  Win, win. We do wonder if the false wall needed to be built to accommodate the hole in the tub to line up with the drain. Demo removal of shower and sheetrock

Since we wanted to move the sink and faucet down the wall, we had to remove the sink, and rip off the drywall.  We went a bit farther down, since we also wanted to add outlets for the sink area. That bathroom only had one outlet. Literally.Demo removal of sink and sheetrock

And for the final demo, we ripped up the flooring we had put in five years ago. We also removed the toilet, and we cut a rectangle around the toilet pipe, in the plywood flooring to see if we could actually rotate the toilet at all. Our plumber said we could, so we also took out the drywall so we could move the shut off line farther down the wall. Demo removal of toilet and sheetrock

Whew, the demo was finally done, so we could get started on the actual plumbing.  Stay tuned for further posts to see how the bathroom turns out!

Thanks for looking!

Sarah

Check out the other Bathroom Renovation posts:

Bathroom Remodel: Part 2, Shower Installation

Bathroom Remodel: Part 3, Drywall

Bathroom Remodel: Part 4, Luxury Vinyl Tile Flooring

Bathroom Remodel: Part 5, DIY Exposed Conduit Light Fixture

Bathroom Remodel: Part 6, DIY Sink from Typewriter Stand

Bathroom Remodel: Part 7, Mirror and Sconces

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