Half Bathroom Update – Sink

My ankle is still swollen, but it’s beenย so pretty outside this week. I needed to get out and about. Do you feel that craving when you haven’t been outside enough? That craving for vitamin D on your skin? I stuck my hand out the window as Kevin and I drove down a new road yesterday. We’ve been here in Pike Road for six months now, but we’re still discovering new routes and residents.


And speaking of being here- someone asked me recently if we missed the “old cottage”. Fortunately, we’re now friends with the new owner, so we do get to visit it from time to time, and we love, love,ย loveย our new, rural surroundings, and living closer to family and friends, so we’re both still really happy that we were able to purchase this (foreclosure) house when it dropped down, down, down into our price range. And even though most of the rooms in it don’t currently reflect our cottage-style lovin’ personalities, we’re so grateful to have a comfortable place to call home while we take our time creating spaces that do speak to our spirits!

And speaking of personalizing- the sunroom was kind of a quickie makeover because there isn’t a whole lot of wall space or room for furniture in there, but we’re making decisions a little slower with our half bath redo. We’re also determined not to make the same impatience-related mistakes we’ve rushed through (and then had to re-do) in the past. (Especially after last week- ugh!)

So it’s not a huge update, but as of today, the upscale, iron pedestal sink is out (we donated it to Habitat for Humanity), and the cottage-y, dresser-style sink is in…

The countertop and faucet came from Home Depot, and Kevin found the old dresser at a local flea market last year. We’ve been excited to use it as a sink base ever since he squeezed it into the back of our car! It was originally too tall to be used as a vanity, but since the feet are our favorite part, we decided to cut it down from the top, versus the bottom. The drawer knobs are from Hobby Lobby. I don’t know what they’re made out of, but they remind me of milk glass, and I love how they tie in with the white hex tile floor.


The drawers are still usable, which is great, and I’ll be including more about that in the video I’m putting together about the whole room redo.

We’ve still got to hang a few more things up on the walls, but it’s been a little over a month since we’ve had running water in there, so for now, we’re just happy to have the toilet hooked back up- ha!

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  1. Shirley says

    Love it!!! Awsome job you two. :) And yes, I to desire to get outside and enjoy that Vitamin D!!! Living in Michigan you really have to get out there when that sun is shining. Otherwise, you might just miss it. LOL

  2. says

    Love the dresser for sink! We did that in our first cottage 25 years ago and it was out fav feature in our bath remodel

  3. says

    Love the makeover! The dresser/sink makes all the difference, definitely gives it more personality than the other sink!

  4. says

    That looks gorgeous! We’ve just gutted our ensuite and your very pretty bathroom now has me thinking of using a dresser instead….. Looking forward to reading more about the new cottage.

  5. Alison says

    You two are so awesome, not only for your design skills but also for donating that sink to Habitat for Humanity. Someone, some very lucky someone, is going to have a sink that they love. Go YOU!

  6. Leslie says

    Love, love, love your half bath. I have been looking for some trim to put around the middle of a bedroom and I really like yours since you have a ledge with it! Have you ever seen JJ Heller’s Boat Song official youtube video? She has some wallpaper just like yours in it!!!

  7. Donna Lohr says

    Hey Layla,
    For some reason you don’t update on my blogroll anymore….any idea why? I don’t think I changed anything.
    I still see when there is a new post on FB most time but I miss you on my sidebar.

    • Donna Lohr says

      And then when I went to the last post I have of yours on my blog roll and keep hitting newer….this one just isn’t there at all….goes right to The Dot post…..oddness.

      • says

        Having the same issue here! Not showing up new posts in Google Reader! Saw this post on pinterest–Last post on reader was from March 5th.

        • Donna Lohr says

          Well, glad I’m not the only one, but I wonder how we fix it….I am pretty sure my last one was about the same date as yours.

  8. Kristy says

    Layla, it’s beautiful. Reminds me of looking up at the sky watching the clouds roll by. Can’t wait to see the finished room. Nice work!

  9. says

    it looks so great!
    i la la loooooove that vanity….and the wallpaper…and the floor…and EVERYTHING!

  10. says

    Love it! Are you going to paint the sink or leave it as is? The reason I am asking is I am having this dilemma in our master bath with an old dresser that I use to store towels in. It is currently not painted, but I’ve got my eye on it, wanting to add a couple of coats of duck egg blue chalk paint. How much painted furniture is too much? Thanks Layla and congratulations on your new home. I didn’t know that you all moved!

  11. Mary Ann Richter says

    I check your blog every day. I just love everything about your style, your decorating and just you in general. You seem like two very loving, caring people.

    • Layla says

      Well thank you, Mary Ann! What a sweet comment! We appreciate you taking the time to leave it! :-)

    • Layla says

      Thank you! I just got back from the doctor- my ankle is sprained, but I do love that wallpaper! ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. says

    Hey Layla- lovely as always. I adore that wallpaper. I think I would smile every time I was in that little room. I have to say I totally agree on the whole Vitamin D thing. I am so craving it right now. My hand would completely freeze if I were to hang it out of my car!! Must be so nice to live in the South and have a temperate Winter. Here in Southern Ontario, Canada spring won’t get going until April….. Last march break was gorgeous with 68F temps. This year 32F. ARGH!!!

    • Layla says

      Oh how I miss spending time in Ontario! We used to go to my family’s lake cabin there every summer when I was a kid! :-)

  13. Cathy j says

    I get your blog through my Yahoo but the last one showing up is the one about touching up photos. I really enjoy reading your blogs especially about the adoption plans. You sound as though you would make wonderful parents. I’m keeping you in my prayers.

  14. April says

    I just wanted to write a little note and say.. I adore your blog:) It puts a smile on my face every time you update! Thank you for doing what you do!!!

    • Layla says

      Your comment came at just the right time, April, and I appreciate your encouragement so much!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

      • April says

        Aww.. well good:) AND.. love the adoption posts too. Adoption is in the plans for me and the hubs as well… just praying for the right time. I just love to hear about yall’s experience with the process!!

  15. Stacy says

    Could you give the purchase information on your hex tile or was it already there? I am in the process of a master bath remodel and would love any info you could share about the tile.

  16. Linda says

    Such great style. I even went and found that Pottery Barn Pin Striped quilt you had long ago. Love it. I wondered, when you turn a dresser into a vanity, how high is it exactly? Thanks for giving me some sunshine each day!
    Linda :)

    • Layla says

      Thank you, Linda! We just measured the other vanities in our house to determine how high this one should be. I think it ended up being 36″ if I remember right. :-)

  17. says

    Your bathroom vanity is so pretty! I have to say I gasped at the cow pic though. That vision on a nice Spring day would make the whole day worth being–you know what I mean:) It is so great that you can take your time and redo this home to your liking…and hopefully you will have it in order before your adoption day comes. You will be all consumed with your child from then on! Knowing what I do of you and your husband from this blog, you are both devoted, caring, and giving individuals…you will bring such joy to this child’s life!

  18. Amy Y. says

    I really like the dresser turned vanity. So, I get that the drawers are useable but how is it possible with plumbing?

    • Layla says

      Thanks, Amy! I’ll explain/show how that all works in the video we’re putting together! :-)

  19. angela says

    please pray for my family. my dad lost his job. pray that he will get a new job fast and one that will be pleasing to God. thank you for praying.

  20. says

    Layla, that dresser turned into vanity looks amazing! And your newly discovered residents look really friendly as well. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Haha!
    I think you guys really rock in renovating and turning a smile on my face every time I’m here! I even blogged about you guys too, it’s part of a homework assignment of an e-course I’m following recently. I had to list a few blogs that I think are great and why.
    I hope you’ll like the part I wrote about your blog, you can read it all here: http://www.simplyfabulouschic.com/2013/03/8-blogs-that-rock-and-why/

    Much love and a happy weekend to y’all!
    Inge x

  21. says

    It looks so pretty already! I’m looking forward to your video and post on how you did the sink, as we’re doing the same thing in our main bath remodel. We’ve got a wood vanity, and we’ll be cutting a hole in the top for the sink. Originally we wanted a sink that sits on top, but found everything would be too high, then. No option of cutting down the legs.
    Once issue we’re having… Once we center it with the existing plumbing, there will be a gap between it and the wall… it won’t sit nice and tight beside the wall, as yours does in the photo. I’m assuming moving plumbing is expensive… Do you have any ideas for what to put between the wall and the vanity (about 3 inches), or would you suggest moving plumbing over a bit?
    I know you’re crazy busy Layla, so if you have time to answer, great, if not, no worries! xo

  22. Elisa F says

    Just darling, you two! The wallpaper absolutely sings in there (sorry about your ankle. . .)
    I can’t wait for the video! I’ve always wanted to turn a piece of furniture into a bathroom vanity, but I wouldn’t know where to start. That probably sounds kind of silly, because it’s something you’ve known how to do for a long time, but I just can’t imagine how you were able to keep the drawers usable.
    Thanks for being so generous with your know-how

  23. says

    That half bath is turning out so lovely. I love that you used wall paper from a store with “hygge” right in the name. That is awesome.

    BTW – not sure if someone else let you know or if it’s just me, but I have not received any rss updates since your March 4th – touch up photos post, so I thought you were taking a break until I stopped by and saw all those great bathroom posts :)

    Just thought I would let you know in case it isn’t just me…

  24. Angeline says

    Masterfully put together! Love the wallpaper, flooring and sink/dresser! Great work!

  25. says

    I LOVE the dresser sink! I’m wanting to do this in our master bath so I cannot wait for you to give us the deets on this project!

  26. Pamela says

    It’s actually refreshing to see other folks taking similar slower (or more realistic) steps with a bathroom remodel. We have done bathroom remodels in the past, but our current is also taking longer than anticipated. What you show of yours is looking wonderful! Excellent, hard work! I’m sure you are beaming.

  27. says

    it’s so encouraging to see others that make progress in increments! Sometimes I move at a snail’s pace with projects due to time or money constraints — or flat out indecision. :-) Thanks for keeping it real, Layla!! Love the dresser/sink!
    xo Heidi

  28. says

    I dropped a large can of tomatoes on my toe last week so I’m hobbling around too — must have been something in the air. I took it as a sign to stop my insane schedule and lay on the couch on Friday. Hopefully you are getting some rest too! Love the bathroom. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  29. says

    This is a gorgeous vanity and I love that it’s still it’s original colour. Your reno is really coming together!


    • Layla says

      Thank you!!! And I’m looking forward to blogging about the finished bathroom on Monday! ๐Ÿ˜€

  30. says

    I love what you did to this small half bath, but I’ve been looking for the sink you took out!!! I LOVE that sink. Saw it as a display at the Tile Shop. Wish you had donated that to my local habitat ReStore!!!