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Bathroom Remodel: Part 6, DIY Sink from Typewriter Stand

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!


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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Vintage Metal Bench Restored

Vintage Metal Bench Restored

Mom’s metal bench was a fixture at my grandmother’s house for as long as I can remember. It was eventually turned into a swing, after someone had drilled holes into the armrests to run the chain through.

I was asked by Mom if there was anything that could be done with it.  Well, thankfully, I had already done some metal furniture which also came from my grandmother’s house, so I knew what had to be done. Here is what we started with. You can see the holes in the arm rest in the last one. Vintage metal bench beforeBack of metal benchArm rest of bench

I took the bench to my local headstone/monument place, which also does sandblasting.  They are the same people I used for the patio furniture I inherited. It took them about an hour to sandblast the bench because of the curled pieces on the seat. The sandblaster did mention just putting a clear coat over it and saying it was shabby chic, which I thought was funny. It was more on the shabby part, than the chic part.  Sandblasted metal bench

After I picked it up, the bench got its first coat of Rustoleum’s Clean Metal Primer.  It was November, so I was spraying that in my garage.  I wouldn’t recommend it, since I now have a fine layer of white dust all over everything. I put two coats on the surface.Primer on Bench

I also tried to figure out what I was going to do with the holes in the arm rests.  I have no experience in metal work, welding, or bonding agents, so I took the easy way out.  I just bought washers that were big enough to cover the holes, and fastened them with a bolt and nut.Nut and bolt to cover holes

After I figured that out, and got the arm rests primered, I got to finally see the first coat of color as I was spraying the bench.  The rest of Mom’s patio furniture is black, so we thought we would stick with that color. I used Rustoleum’s Black.First coat of Black paintBlack paint on back of bench

Once the bench was painted completely, and dry, I used Rustoleum’s Clear Enamel in satin to give it a nice clear coat.  Hopefully that will protect it from some of the elements outside. In this picture, you can see the clear enamel newly sprayed on the right side.  Also this picture provides a view of how pitted the metal was from the rust. Clear coat enamel going on metal bench

I couldn’t just have a black bench, so I decided to give her some lipstick.  I painted the arm rests Colonial Red, and loved how they turned out. I also painted some additional washers to go under the bolt that holds them on to the bench, so hopefully it will make the others look like they were there intentionally:) red arm rests

And here she is all put back together.  She turned out so pretty!Finished benchFinished metal arm rests

Now, because it was spitting ice pellets with a 30 mph north wind when we took it back to Mom’s, I don’t have a true finished picture.  That will have to wait till spring.

However, in the meantime, we couldn’t figure out why it sat so low to the ground, with the top of the seat at 13″.  I did some research, and it looks like it might have once been a glider, like in the below picture that I found on the internet. Some other metal BenchThat would actually make sense, since there are two perfectly drilled holes on each side, and why it was made into a swing later. I have some ideas to add some height but it will have to be in the spring.  I’ll edit this post to add new pictures.

For now, here’s a before and after.  A shocking change, if I do say so myself. Before and After

Edited to add:

This is what we finally ended up doing to get the bench up to a height that was perfect for the bench to be used. Basically, we bought some concrete blocks with holes, some treated lumber, and some u-shaped clips. We just slipped the lumber through the concrete blocks, and attached the clips to the back leg.  This made the bench usable again.

We also bought some extra concrete blocks, which we used to create side tables.  We ended up turning those around to give them a flat surface for people to put drinks, but after this picture was taken. 20160514_132159a

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IKEA Hack to Add Legs to Old Trunk

IKEA Hack to Add Legs to Old Trunk

I’ve had an old green trunk for a while now, and I have picture albums stored in it.  I’ve wanted to add legs to the trunk since I got it, but I couldn’t find any that really wowed me.  However, since it has pictures in it, I wanted the trunk up off the floor, so I knew I had to come up with something.

One day, I was searching the internet for something totally different, and came across the IKEA Hackers website. I saw the Capita brackets, and it just clicked that I could use those for the trunk legs. They seemed like they would be really cool for this trunk.

This is what I started with.  Just your basic trunk.  Unfortunately, this is not a great picture, but you can get the idea.  Someone had taped the latch, which I ended up removing. I saw why they did that, since it would be really easy to lock this one, and there is no key.01 Trunk before legs

This is what the inside looks like.  Old, glued-on paper and a divided tray.  There is even one stay that is still attached and working, and all three leather handles are still on it!Inside of trunk

Double D finished this when I wasn’t home, so I didn’t get any pictures of the process of attaching the legs. Basically he positioned the legs in line with each other, and drilled a hole where he wanted them. I told him that I would like the outer side of the leg to match the outer side of the trunk. Also, most people use the rounded part of these brackets as the bottom, but I liked the look of the square, so he turned them around.IKEA capita Brackets

We probably could have cut the bolts off so they don’t stick up as much. However, the albums fit just fine, so we decided it wasn’t worth the hassle to cut them off.  This is what they look like from the inside of the trunk.Holes drilled for Capita bolts

Once Double D got all four legs on, he got this picture of the bottom side of the trunk.  Very cool!All four capita brackets installed

And here is the finished trunk, now on legs.  I love how it turned out, and I figure that I can always paint them later to match the black metal pieces on the trunk if I want. For now though, I’m just happy to have it up off the floor.Finished Green Steamer Trunk

Thanks for looking!


If you’re interested in trunks, feel free to check out my other trunk revamps:

flat-Top Steamer Trunk Redo

Everwear Trunk

Humpback Steamer Trunk Redo

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