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Dry Sink Vanities

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.

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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:

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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!

The Best Dresser Turned Sink Hacks

After a 6+ week break, this past weekend, Noel and I got our hands dirty and started working on the kitchen again.  We were able to finish framing out the bathroom wall, and even though there are only studs right now, I get so happy every time I walk into the room and see it.  Let me tell you, progress is a beautiful thing.


Super awesome side note about the above picture: we were able to salvage the studs from the wall we removed between the kitchen and dining room and use them for the bathroom wall.  Normally this wouldn’t be a big deal, but the nominal dimensions of 2×4’s from 100 years ago are actually different than 2×4’s today.  SO, by reusing existing studs, there won’t be any funny jogs/bows in our drywall due to different sized studs. Hip hip, hooray! 

Now that it’s starting to feel like a real space, I find myself daydreaming about all the different ways we could finish it.  I often encourage my clients that if they’re going to take risks, to do so in their half bath.  I do this for a few reasons – one being it’s normally a small space, so it won’t cost as much to use a funky material in there, and two, it’s a room your guests will use a lot, so if you’re going to pack a punch into a room, why not do it where it will be appreciated.  And since I’d obviously be silly not to take my own advice, you can expect great things in this little room of ours.

Well today, as we were browsing the vanity aisle at Home Depot, Noel learned about one of those “great things.” And as always, he was incredibly enthused.


This is how it went down.  I pointed out a vanity and said to him, “See, I want something that has this shape and looks like that in the half bath….except I want to make it out of a dresser.”

To which he stopped dead in his tracks, turned around, looked at me, and said, “why do you always have to make things 100 times more difficult than they need to be?”

Oh silly Noel, haven’t you learned after 6 years that if there’s a way to do things that’s guaranteed to take us 15 hours longer, that’s obviously the choice I’m going to make?  Yeah.  Cuz that’s basically what’s going to happen here.

Sure, we could buy a vanity, but that’s just too easy for this girl.  Truth be told, I actually have two different ideas for the sink in our half bathroom, and today, I’m sharing the first with you.  So without further ado, I give you some of my favorite dresser/sink hacks:

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What do you think about these dresser vanities?  Is this something you would ever try in your home?  Do you have any guesses as to what my other idea for our bathroom sink is?  Check back on Friday and find out!

The White Plank Wall Trend

Even though we’re still a few months away from remodeling our bathroom, its design is always in the back of my mind.  As I’ve mentioned before, we aren’t restoring the house to its original state.  Instead, we’re drawing influence from its historical qualities, and pairing those with a little modern flair.

One way we plan to do so is through the use of subway tile.  We’re using it for our kitchen backsplash, but due to its prevalence in so many historic bathroom photos from the 1910’s, we’re considering putting subway tile in the bathroom as well.


I originally wanted to just fill the wall behind the clawfoot tub with subway tile, but the more I see these old photos, the more I fall in love with the “subway-tile-around-the-whole-bathroom” look.  It’s just so clean and classic, and it works with so many different styles (for example, you can use marble subway tile for a more traditional and chic bathroom, or use a simple white subway tile with dark grout lines for an eclectic, funky space).

Sidenote: am I the only one getting a major kick out of these old advertisements?  A bathroom named “the Knickerbocker? Or $37.20 for the complete “Perfection Bathroom Outlet”?  $37.20 hardly buys a gallon of paint today!


While I love the subway tile look, running it along the bottom half of the bathroom definitely isn’t the most economical option.  Because of this, I’ve been exploring other options, one of which is wood planking.  Only planking the bottom half of the room would stay a little more true to the bathroom’s original design, but I’m really loving the floor to ceiling planking in the follow photos.

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So what do you think?  Would you subway tile the bathroom?  Install wood planks?  Would you run the wood planks up to the ceiling or just halfway up the walls?  Leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts!

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