Alternatively, how my $20 sink almost cost us $300.
For the record, I’m kind of wishing I had trusted my gut on this one way back in May of last year. (Yes, we are officially nearing the one year mark of this reno. But we are doing a lot of work, and we’re doing it all ourselves. Read as: Don’t start with me, I will cut you.) Thank goodness we have two bathrooms.
I was so young and innocent when we started this long journey I call the Guest Bath Redux. Ahh, to be 24 again… (but I didn’t look a day over 23, I swear.) Anyway , when I asked the sales guy about the sink I was interested in he told me it was wall-hung. Being that I was new to sink-buying, and there weren’t any pedestals in sight, I believed him. Plus the sink was $20. At that time, for that price I could only have gotten a smaller, used sink from our local ReStore.
Stop me if you know where this is going.
toilet and sink purchases from a local home renovation outlet
$20 sinks at our local ReStore
Last night Robert and I unboxed the toilet I bought from the home reno outlet to see if it was a 12″ rough-in. While we were at it I suggested we slide the tub out of the way and unbox the sink, just to see how it looked in the space size-wise. I had a teeny, tiny feeling that something was wrong with that glorious $20 sink, and I wanted to check it out without saying anything.
We pretty much knew the outcome when Robert picked the box up. That sucker was HEAVY. When we pulled it out of the box we realized it was the basin for a pedestal sink.
Cue me getting all panicky.
Our $20 sink basin is by St Thomas Creations, and appears to be the Sonata line. I’m fairly certain it’s discontinued, which probably explains why the outlet didn’t have a pedestal. Fortunately, after a little bit of strolling around Lowe’s & Home Depot (what, is that weird?) and some iPhone researching, I started to calm down. And then I clicked “add to cart” on this little guy (pedestal only):
image from FaucetDirect
Well, almost whew. I’ll still be nervous until it arrives (hopefully in one piece) and we test to make sure it fits with the basin. Since the matching basin is $181.80, and there is no way to check cross compatibility online (Googling “St Thomas Creation Sonoma” brought up…. nothing).
Oh also, now I’m panicking thinking that my faucet isn’t going to work with the basin. I need to test that tonight, because I’m suddenly having flashbacks to a post by my girl Erin at The Stucco Bungalow.
If it doesn’t fit you’ll find me curled up in the fetal position on the half of the subfloor that is installed.
Anyone else have a story of how something you bought wasn’t quite what you thought it was?
Edit: The faucet fits! And if I’d read the sticker correctly back last May I’d have known it was a pedestal. Oh well, I think it’s going to work out.