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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

eBay is Always the Answer

I know the placement of the sink is a little awkward. Too much space around it or something. The Home Improvement Ninja suggests an old vanity or dresser with a hole cut in it for sink.

Something like thiiiis perhaps? How much do I love eBay?

The only trouble is all the good furniture on eBay is in some faraway place like Ashland, Ohio. I don't want to pay $360 to ship the thing here, thanks.

At the same time, the thought of cutting a big round hole in a perfectly good Eastlake dresser makes me feel a little queasy. That's why this one on eBay appeals so much - the damage has already been done. All I'd have to do would be enjoy the benefits.

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HomeImprovementNinja said...

that's EXACTLY what i was thinking.

Instead of ebay, why not try a few other places. There is a place in DC (eastern market) that has a lot of people who make (or refinish old) furniture and sell it to the public for a lot less than an antique store would. There's probably something like that in your area.

Also, if you are worried about cutting a hole in your dresser, do what I saw on WoodWorks. Use a piece of MDF or other scrap wood cut to the size/shape of the top and make a practice cut on it and drop the sink in. If you like the placement, use the scrap wood as a template to mark the placement of the hole on the vanity.

And thanks for the link back to my site :)

10:34 AM  
amanda said...

Kristin,
I looked at an inexpensive Eastlake dresser on ebay that was in Frederick for this very purpose. It seemed like the dealer had a few things available. If you happen to find something on ebay from the Frederick dealer, I'd be happy to pick it up and store it for you. I have to go to South Carolina to pick up some furniture in the next few months, so we could meet there for you to pick it up. Just an offer!

2:15 PM  
deb said...

that's a nice choice, but i was thinking you'd go with a wider, possibly a double dresser, not so much like a tall boy which might look too small in such a large space. and you may not want the mirror attatched incase you were thinking of a medicine cabinet built-in type thing.

check out flea markets and auctions in your area for great deals with no shipping charges! lol!

2:24 PM  
Jenne said...

Kristin,
Last weekend I went to _2_ farm sales, and at both, there were EAstlake Dressers, with marble inserts. You could get one, and just pop the insert out.
I think they went for around $40...lemme know if you want one, and I'll keep an eye out...then you could find some way to get it down south to you.
Jenne

12:18 PM  
Peggy said...

use a vessel sink and you will just need to cut a drain hole. Also check the goodwills and thrift stores for a used dresser. I actually found a dry sink at one.

12:47 PM  
Kristin said...

Thanks for all the assistance! You guys are the best. There's a great auction in a town close to us that often has bargains. I need to go, but it's always at a bad time for us. Soon, soon ... I'm on the lookout now!

4:32 PM  
Anonymous said...

I think the thing on eBay is neat. Pedestal sinks were often placed where there is little space. If you've got a lot, something with storage built-in to a vanity would seem to me to make more sense. But it's your bathroom!

– Texas T-bone

4:45 PM  
JimmyJames said...

that's what we did in our bathroom.
restoringthecharm.blogspot.com

we just took the top off ours, replaced it with ply and cut the hole for the sink we bought in mexico.
it's really coool, u should do it.

I'd stay away from the above counter sinks, i've heard they're super hard to clean around.

12:41 PM  
Kristin said...

I read in an article that vessel sinks will probably be quick to go out of fashion. I want something with staying power, which is why I'm considering everything soooo carefully.

11:52 AM  

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