Guest Bath Redux: Sinking Suspicion

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.

Sad trombone.

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.

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12 Responses to Guest Bath Redux: Sinking Suspicion

  1. AW man!! Why would they sell a sink without a basin!? Uuuugh. Hope it all fits!

    • Cait says:

      That’s what I was wondering! I’m not sure if they’re just a tad dishonest (they also told me 60 cents a tile is cheap for subway tile) or if they just really needed to make the sale, since they’re a fairly small local business.

      At this point, I am going to make that sucker fit if it kills me. Which it might.

  2. How annoying! I hope the new pedestal works out. And don’t even start about how long DIY projects can take…. I have a ridiculous list of things that are taking a lot longer than I thought they would…

    • Cait says:

      Thanks, Kate! I’m glad we aren’t the only ones who have that problem. Hope you get some work done on your list soon!

  3. Definitely has happened to us, but it usually ends up being a “quality” thing rather than a completely wrong piece. We ordered a black sideboard off of an online furniture store. Most competitors wanted $1,000 for something like this, and we found it for $300. We got the piece, and it looks nice, but its made out of composite board and had a few parts that were splintered when it arrived!

    First time to your site. Looks great!

    • Cait says:

      Thanks so much for your comment, Fred!

      I have definitely had the quality thing happen to me, too! I think it’s one of the major downsides to shopping online. After having it happen a few times I started doing a bit more legwork at local stores, zeroing in on what brand(s) I like, and trying to find the best price possible. Sometimes it turns out to be cheaper to buy things locally anyway, which is sort of a happy accident.

      In the case of the sink, if I had had more experience in shopping for things like sinks I would have known immediately that it was a pedestal sink missing its base. I’m pretty confident that the base I’ve ordered will work, but the whole thing has been a bit of a learning experience. Fortunately, I really like the look of the pedestal we went with.

  4. Jennifer says:

    I feel your pain! We just finished a bathroom renovation! It actually took us only 2 weeks, but we worked like crazy to finish it. We ran into every issue you can imagine, our house is 58 years young. The pedestal sink we installed (the only one we could find that would work due to the plumbing) is a “softwhite”, which I never realized until after the install ( could of been from exhaustion). Everything thing else is “white”, to put a long story short, the sink is staying there is no way I’m taking it out :) and it looks as if I’m the only one who notices. Sometimes things just don’t go the way we plan, good luck with the renovation.

    • Cait says:

      I’m glad we aren’t the only ones who have run into issues, Jennifer! Isn’t it funny how there are so many shades of white?

      I wish we had more time outside of work to work on the guest bath. At least all the time spent working at our day jobs has given us time to save up, and find what we want as far as fixtures and supplies go.

      The rest of our house is 57 years old, but the guest room & bath were converted from a carport in the 90s. I’m sure we’ll run into even more issues if/when we renovate the hall bath.

  5. hena tayeb says:

    phew.. glad to hear it was what you wanted and it fits..

  6. Dang, that sucks. I hope it all works out!

    • Cait says:

      Thanks Sara! I need to do another update soon. Fortunately the pedestal has arrived, and it seems to work with the sink. And the faucet definitely works with the sink basin. Woohoo!

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