I've always loved the handpainted sinks we've seen while on holiday in Mexico. I swore that when I owned my own home, I'd have one in a bathroom to enjoy daily! Here I am with our sink Instructable.
We aren't complete newbies when it comes to renovating (we've laid a bit of flooring and done lots of painting, some drywall) but we aren't intimidated though, and if we want to try something, we think it through and go for it! This project, though, is not out of reach for someone with little experience. Why live day in and day out with a white porcelain sink if you could have a beauty like this for roughly $200-300 not including time spent.
Step 1: Find a sink you love.
We were north of Puerto Vallarta in Rincon de Guayabitos in November last year. I planned on finding a sink at a local market, but we were disappointed that much of the goods at the market were China imports. We came home from our holiday and bought this sink for $54 on a large auction website.
Step 2: Build or buy a vanity to hold your sink.
We have a small bathroom and needed a specific size of vanity so the door would be able to open past it. My dad built us one to our specifications. If you are handy, you can do this. Other options would be to find an antique washstand or a dresser that you like. Most large hardware chains also sell vanities. Scour the thrift stores or hit up a few garage sales and you could find the perfect piece there too, for cheap!
Our vanity had a shelf underneath with an open back to allow for plumbing to enter. My dad delivered it primed and the photo shows it painted with the first coat of our chosen colour.
Step 3: Paint or otherwise prepare your vanity.
We gave this three coats of acrylic (water based) paint. Staining a wood piece would be nice too. We picked a blue to match a colour in our sink.