On Wednesday, I talked about my first idea for our half bath: to make a vanity out of an antique dresser. However, there’s one other idea I have that I’m rather in love with, and in a perfect world, is the route I’d take. But before I dig in too deep, let’s give you a little history lesson.
Back in the 19th century, before indoor plumbing had made its way into homes, people relied heavily on the use of dry sinks. They were pieces of furniture, usually with a recessed top, that were meant to hold a tub or bowl of water, and a pitcher. They were frequently found in kitchens (to do dishes and all that good kitchen sink stuff), and they were also common in bedrooms. If you were really fancy, you may have even had one with a copper basin, like the one you see below.
Dry sinks typically had some sort of storage below them, as well as a towel rack inside their door. Some offered places to store silverware, some had a hutch on top. The victorian ones usually had a flat top instead of recessed, and often had a raised towel bar as you can see below. Again, the fancy pants victorian dry sinks also had a marble top.
Now I’m going to go out on a limb and say you can probably guess where this is going. Why not resurrect one of these dry sinks and turn it into an actual functioning sink? I’m so in love with this idea for so many reasons. First of all, I think it’s so cool that I’d be able to use the dry sink it the way it was originally used (except with the added convenience of modern day plumbing). Secondly, our half bathroom now sits where our big old kitchen buffet (maybe dry sink?) contraption used to sit, so by putting in a dry sink there, it’s a nod to what used to be. Ya follow? Anyways, before I ramble on all day, let’s get to the goods. Hello pretty dry sink vanities:
Like I said earlier, I love this idea. But honestly, it will probably come down to me being able to find one I like. These bad boys are a lot more difficult to find than dressers, and they can sometimes come with a pretty price tag. Moral of the story is I’d be happy going either route (as they both give you a similar look), but you can bet my eyes are peeled for the perfect dry sink.
Let’s open it up to you: which would you choose? The dresser or the dry sink? Leave some love below and let me know!