Bathroom sink salvage – you don’t have to add to landfills to have a beautiful home!

Old bathroom sink and vanity....ugly!
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My husband and I are in the process of renovating a 40 year old cabin. We are trying to save/repurpose as much as we can. Keeping that in mind, I was not about to replace the bathroom sink/vanity. Even though it was ugly!  I started by painting the cabinet with charcoal chalk paint and a wax finish. Then I gave the original knobs a quick coat of pewter rustoleum.

For the countertop, I removed the formica covering, which had been glued to a wood base. I was careful not damage the wood. Mostly I used a razor blade and scraper. Wear eye protection because some of the tiny pieces were really flying around.

I chose these small circular white procelain tiles because I don’t have a wet saw and only picked up one of the small procelain tile cutters, which worked great and was only $17 at home depot.  I will definitely be using it again :)!

circular tiles were used to replace the formica topThese tiles come in 12 x 12 inch sheet, so the spacing is not an issue. I applied tile adhesive to the wood, then placed the sheets of tile on, which I had pre-cut to fit around the sink. Then I used my tile cuter to make half circles to fill in around the sink and edges. The sides were just as easy, but a little more difficult once it was time to do the grout. In the end, I mixed the grout slightly thicker for the sides. I am using subway tiles for my kitchen back splash, so I thought it was a good way to tie everything together for the edging on the wall. After the grout had cured for a few days, I covered it with polyurethane to protect the rounded grout edges.
I am so happy with the updated sink. Easy and affordable!  Total cost for materials:  $50  Time to complete: 3 to 4 hours
Beautiful after pic of sink and vanity upgrade...salvage don't add to the landfill!!
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Bathroom sink salvage - you don't have to add to landfills to have a beautiful home!
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Bathroom sink salvage - you don't have to add to landfills to have a beautiful home!
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My husband and I are in the process of renovating a 40 year old cabin. We are trying to save/repurpose as much as we can. Keeping that in mind, I was not about to replace the bathroom sink/vanity. Even though it was ugly!  I started by painting the cabinet with charcoal chalk paint and a wax finish. Then I gave the original knobs a quick coat of pewter rustoleum.
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22 thoughts on “Bathroom sink salvage – you don’t have to add to landfills to have a beautiful home!

    1. Hi Diane, you can tile over formica, but the adhesive to glue the tiles down works better on wood. In this case, the formica was so old it had started to peel in a few places and was fairly easy to remove. Where the formica is firmly attached, I would sand/rough up the surface before attaching the tiles. Cheers!

    2. Hi Diane – yes, you could tile over formica but I would scuff / rough up the top edge to add to the grip of the adhesive. If you can get the formica off easy, it is best. Good luck.

    1. Hi Rhonda, it was actually a hypoxy. Very easy to do over the grout because it is thinner than polyurethane. Cheers!

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