Guest Bathroom Sink

Things are moving along with the guest bathroom reno! Since we saved so much money on the clawfoot tub (only $200!) I felt like we could spend just a little more on the sink, so I went to my stone guy (where I bought the black limestone surround for my firebox) and looked in his remnant section for something to make a sink out of. I wanted a white marble with really heavy veining, like a statuary marble. I found this large remnant slab that I really liked but it was polished and I wanted a honed finish. After finding out the stone was only $10/sq ft I felt like I could afford to have the stone honed, which added only a couple of dollars to the price per square foot. It’s White Horn marble and the veining is so pretty!

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I bought a smallish undermount sink from Signature Hardware. The whole sink is 40″ wide and I wanted there to be a shelf and plenty of space on the countertop for putting toiletries, so we decided on something roughly 20″ wide.

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I got the sink back from the stone fabricator yesterday and I’m in love!

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I think it will look beautiful with the tile we chose (that still needs to get installed!).

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The only thing we’re waiting for is the sink base. I found a commercial metal worker just on google maps who was willing to take on side jobs. He was such a nice guy (email me if you want his contact info) and he gave me a great price for the sink base and two side table bases. I gave him a really rough sketch and here’s what he showed me after a really quick work up using 1″ square iron rods. (it’s sitting on a brace here)

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I was mostly checking for shape here and I told him I loved it, but asked for the curve to get shaved down a little to be a little more smooth.
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Then yesterday I stopped by to check on the new curve and the color. I wanted the sink base to be a dark color to contrast against all the whites in the room. He got the iron a really dark but still industrial feeling black in the upper right corner here below. Just what I was hoping for! And the curve is perfect too. I wanted it to feel a little like hairpin legs. It’s hard to see with the shadows, but I think it’s going to be just right. :)

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So after the color goes more uniform and black, the metalworker will build some little tabs to help us connect the sink with the base. Also I’m probably going to have to build some sort of french cleat situation to ensure everything stays where it’s supposed to on the wall, but it shouldn’t be too big of a deal. I’m really happy with the progress so far! Now I just need to get going on all that tile!

  1. Angela

    You're taking it to a whole new level! Congrats on moving from redo to designing custom pieces. You are so talented. :). Thanks for sharing with us!

  2. I didn't even realize creating something like this was possible… I guess that's why I leave it to the experts. Beautiful work!

  3. And THIS is exactly why I wait with anticipation for your posts! So creative. Can't wait to see the finished product!

  4. I love that marble Jenny! The entire thing is going to look so amazing, I can't wait to see it finished! I'm dying to see your kitchen progress too — photos soon?!

  5. Am I seeing a crack in the marble "backsplash" area–or is that just the veining?

    The ideas you have are just amazing.

  6. Barbie

    Looking absolutely beautiful! This reveal is going to be GOOD.

  7. I have goosebumps. This is SO beautiful. Thanks for sharing the progress shots. Can't wait to see this together. Pure art!

  8. I love how you put this together. It looks really different and modern, but still classic. I cant wait to see the final result!

  9. shari

    Are you kidding me?? your design work; that marble; BOOM!! so incredible! You do have the knack!

  10. td

    Ok, that is amazing!! Wish you'd comment on your decision for honed marble.
    Have you considered adding towel racks on the side like old sinks often have. I recently added one to my old sink (on the front) and it's really help cut down on visual clutter and enable me to use my other towel racks for bath towels. ..I'm now thinking you don't have the space, but something for the future.

    I think this is one of your MOST incredible creations.

  11. Joanna

    Wowow that bathroom is going to be SO fabulous.

  12. Jenny, this looks like it is going to be DROP DEAD GORGEOUS. Eagerly anticipating the next update!

  13. Sara

    That truly is a stunning piece! Just…beautiful!

  14. That sink is incredible! And I love your idea for the base. It's all coming together so well!

  15. Love that sink. So incredibly beautiful. This might end up being the most stylish and beautiful guest bathroom ever.

  16. Anonymous

    Love that you were able to find something so gloriously appropriate for your tile in the remnant section. So true to your design ethos. Incredible and creative. Can. Not. Wait.

  17. Kackie

    Can not wait to see this room…and I keep coming back to look at the sink over and over! Just so perfect!

  18. Jules

    If don't mind divulging…..what does something custom like this cost from the stone fabricator?

  19. If these are the things swimming around in your head, it's no wonder you can't live with a builder-grade bath! Just stunning.

  20. Kelly

    My sentiments have been expressed by previous commenters – 'Wow!', 'Amazing!', 'Love!'. Still, I must say that I enjoy your posts so much (that was said too : ). The sink is divine and I enjoy the non-linear way that you reveal things. I totally forget that you were also doing your bathroom with the kitchen, library, exterior, and all the other million things you are doing! You should have a cape as a permanent part of your outfit!

  21. I am obsessed with the marble sink – so gorgeous. Can't wait to see it fininshed!!

  22. Erin

    This is fabulous, and nicely outside the box. I'm so curious to start seeing all the pieces come together!

  23. Dan

    That marble sink is insane! I'm curious to the cost of the whole project when all is said and done.

  24. Anonymous

    Aren't these ads that re-direct you driving everyone crazy?? Can't you just leave ads on the sidebar??

  25. Leah

    Just wow! You are so inventive Jenny. I'm constantly amazed at your fresh perspective and hands on approach to design. why settle when you can create exactly what you want. Really fabulous.

  26. And this is why I have a design crush on you! Simply gorgeous.

    Any chance you're going to share your cost breakdown once the room is complete?

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  28. Mary

    I don't normally leave comments, but your post just amazed me. You are so talented and come up with so many different creative projects that look amazing. Thank you for inspiring all of us.

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