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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.
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Step 1: Find a sink you love.

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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.

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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.

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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.
Helder4u2 years ago
such a pretty idea :)
AxvoiceInc2 years ago
Yeah idea is really good. A person like me can only guess how it would have been made.
jessandstavro (author)  AxvoiceInc2 years ago
The beauty is, anything will work for a vanity. Shop garage sales, flea markets or thrift stores for an old desk, dresser, etc. Anything like that will work and will look like a million bucks with a sanding and two coats of paint. :)
bajablue2 years ago
pizzaarmy123 years ago
sink doesn't match tile

"You need a special grout squeegie (can't remember the name...trowel?) that has rubber on the bottom"

This tool is called a float. Trowels are the metal tools used to mix and apply the mortar or glue.

BTW, great job. I got one of those sinks with matching tile. My wife and I picked it up in Cuernavaca, Mexico about 8 years ago. I wish I still had the contact info for the store - they did (probably still do) a lot of mail order and shipping to decorators in the USA.
A float, yes of course! I could never remember what the things were called!

We are moving and have picked up a generic vanity to put in place of our Mexican one that's coming with us! No way are we leaving it behind. Three years later and it still looks fantastic. The new house has a lovely purple sink/toilet/tub that are hopefully on the way out!
Wow, purple? In 22 years I've never seen a purple set. Might want to try selling those on eBay. Someone may want them.
vhcl4 years ago
Excellent work and Inspiring to, you got me thinking of doing the same only smaller, and since I live in Mexico i can probably get a good price on the sink

Thanks for and excellent ible.

jammer4 years ago
yep excellent job thank you for the instructions
jammer4 years ago
you just gave me an idea i wanted a bathroom vanity but most are 100.00 now i will find a small dresser and make one.. how much better can it be reuse and looks great too.thanks
rican_babe5 years ago
beautiful job
brizzx325 years ago
Hey I am sorry if I missed something but was wandering where did you finally get that sink at? Can you please get back to me ThankYou Brian
jessandstavro (author)  brizzx325 years ago
eBay! It was around $50.
Oh because I had thought you had said something that you were on vacation somewhere south. So I was just trying to figure out what region that was that they make such sinks. I am sure they make that style over here in the states.
jessandstavro (author)  brizzx325 years ago
We had seen them twice before when travelling on the Caribbean side of Mexico (Cancun area and south) but the last time we went we were north of Puerto Vallarta (Pacific side) and we didn't see any pottery. It would have made for a more 'authentic' sink if we could say we brought it back from vacation, but there weren't any to be had.
hyperuben6 years ago
Wonderful work, well done I don't think I would have done it any better considering that I am a handyman and Mexican.
jessandstavro (author)  hyperuben6 years ago
SurferGeek6 years ago
By the title I thought it would be about making the sink...not the vanity. Nice job though.
LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
Nice! I love those sinks. I was thinking of making a copper pot into a sink.
sgreen6 years ago
Sweet--- Nice Job
uguy6 years ago
Very nicely done! Thanks for sharing.
jostin826 years ago
really, really nice looking piece. Any idea if it would be possible to take an existing white porcelain sink, then paint & seal overtop it to give a similar look? It's not the painting style I'm specifically concerned about, but more the painting & sealing of the sink in general.
jessandstavro (author)  jostin826 years ago
Hmm, I know you can get paints that you then have to bake to set. If you could paint it, I'm sure it would fit in the oven! You are not fooling around when it comes to DIY!! I don't think that kind of paint needs a sealant, but I could be wrong. It's worth a shot! Interesting idea.