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Vintage Bathroom Sink

Right before Thanksgiving, we finally had a working toilet in the basement, but no sink (hand sanitizer was provided). It worked out fine, but we wanted to have a functional sink by Christmas.

Around that same time Joanne over at The Box House blog offered up a vintage sink that she garbage-picked in her neighborhood but ultimately decided to part company with.

It looked like it would fit the bill perfectly — I had been casually shopping around for a small wall-mounted sink but hadn’t gone any further with it. Since The Box House is located very close to where we work in Evanston, it seemed destined for our bathroom.

We picked it up one night after Thanksgiving and met Joanne’s very nice mom. Unfortunately we didn’t get the chance to meet Joanne herself (but still hope to someday).

Pete needed a few parts to hang the sink as well as connect the plumbing, but he was unable to find a couple of things at the usual places. I have no idea what those parts were, otherwise I’d tell you. However at least two of the places directed him toward North Shore Faucets as a good source for vintage fixture spare parts. How convenient that it’s in our neighborhood!

Sure enough, Pete was able to find the parts he needed (if possible, it’s best to bring the actual fixture to the store if you are looking for replacement parts yourself). While he was there he noticed that they sell a wide variety of new fixtures and faucets. Our TOTO dual-flush toilet was the same price there that we paid at another place, so I know where I’ll be going in the future.

Of course, our bathroom has a long way to go before being finished, but at least it works!

The sink is the perfect size for the space. Thanks again, Joanne!


  1. Joanne on January 27, 2009 at 4:54 am

    The sink looks fantastic in place. I’m so glad you could use it. We finally, finally got our basement toilet working this week. Like you, we have a ways to go on our basement bathroom, but it’s getting there. 🙂

  2. Renovation Therapy on January 28, 2009 at 3:11 am

    Oh it’s so cute! We have a similarly sized sink and it allows makes me nuts that soap dishes are so big. Eureka. I started using cute sushi/soy sauce plates and small hotel-sized bar soap.

  3. Renovation Therapy on January 28, 2009 at 3:11 am

    allows? oy…that word should be ALWAYS. Past my bedtime.

  4. denise on January 28, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Joanne—yes, we love it! Congrats on your working toilet—that’s definitely the important part.
    Renovation Therapy—what a great idea for the soap! Thanks for the tip.

  5. Nic Macy on March 7, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Where did you find the bathroom faucet. I have a corner sink in my 1960’s house and really want to replace my faucet. I need a stubby faucet set like you have. Can you give me any info on where to purchase one. Have tried locally but no luck.

  6. denise on March 8, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Hi Nic–the faucet came with the sink so unfortunately I don’t have a source for it. You might want to try calling an old-time plumber in your area to see if they have either a source or carry old parts. Or try a salvage company? I wish I could help–good luck!

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