DIY- Making a Sink From Furniture

The Laundry Room is not my favorite place to hang out. However if I am going to use it, I want it to at least have some style.

I knew I wanted a sink, but not just an inexpensive, all-in-one in a box from a home improvement store. So, once again I literally took matters into my own hands.

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This is a butcher block table that I have had for a while but will not have room for in the new kitchen, so I thought it would be perfect to turn into a sink.

Unfortunately it was too wide for the space but I did manage to find a smaller version .

My friend Colin has a great store in Nyack, N.Y. with an eclectic mix of antiques and reproductions.

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I found the perfect piece in his place.

His piece was nicer because it also had an attached back very similar to the antique French butcher blocks. I had a copper bowl that I got for a bargain price and it would fit perfectly.

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I traced the diameter of the bowl and cut a hole with a jig saw.

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My friend got the leftover for a round cutting board. Holes had to be cut for the drain pipes to attach to the sink through the shelves.

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The drawer will not be usable, as the pipe goes through it. That is a common downfall of this type of setup, but I didn’t need it. Wooden baskets that came with the piece will go on the shelves.

Next, I siliconed heavily all around the perimeter of the opening and dropped in the sink to dry and get set. I weighted it with boxes of tiles to make sure it sat flush with the wooden edge and have no openings for water to get in.

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After it dried, I cleaned the edges with a single edge razor to get rid of the excess silicone.

The plumber returned and was able to complete the wall mounted faucet set.

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I was now able to complete the sink by attaching the decorative back piece to the wall.

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I couldn’t find a beam so for an extra measure, I put “Liquid Nails” along the edges to ensure it did not come off the wall. (That stuff sticks to ANYTHING!!!)

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Another common motif on the antique versions are the use of bull heads.

I happened to have one in my kitchen so now the bull is in the laundry room!

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My sink is complete and once again, I am happy with the result.

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As the saying goes, “Sometimes the best “man” for a job is a “woman”!

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