Step 7: Start Slapping Down Some Glue.

We used a thin set mortar called Versabond. It has anti-mold properties (they probably all do). Mix it with water, don't inhale the dust and use rubber gloves. You will need a specific trowel with notches cut out depending on what size tile you choose. I think it's the smaller the tile, the smaller the notch (for example, 1/16th"), if you're laying 12" tiles on a floor, you'd probably need a deeper notch (more glue).

You had to work fairly quickly, as the open time (the time before it sets) was around 15 minutes. We did this in sections. Glue (thin set) on one quarter of the counter top, then with clean hands, place the tiles. Then more thin set and more tiles. Working quickly, we placed the tiles, then had just enough time left to work them around, wiggle them into place so that it wouldn't have that 'factory made' look. Again, we didn't want people to look at it and be able to clearly make out the foot sections of tile.

Following the directions on the label, leave to dry 24 hours.
&quot;You need a special grout squeegie (can't remember the name...trowel?) that has rubber on the bottom&quot;<br><br>This tool is called a float. Trowels are the metal tools used to mix and apply the mortar or glue. <br><br>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!<br><br>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!
<p>I sure would hope you found a home for those, especially if they were mid-century. I probably would have looked for a mexican sink that had some purple in it. </p>
Wow, purple? In 22 years I've never seen a purple set. Might want to try selling those on eBay. Someone may want them.
such a pretty idea :)
Yeah idea is really good. A person like me can only guess how it would have been made.
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. :)
sink doesn't match tile<br> <br>
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<br><br>Thanks for and excellent ible.<br><br>
yep excellent job thank you for the instructions
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
beautiful job
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
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.
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.
Wonderful work, well done I don't think I would have done it any better considering that I am a handyman and Mexican.
By the title I thought it would be about making the sink...not the vanity. Nice job though.
Nice! I love those sinks. I was thinking of making a copper pot into a sink.
Sweet--- Nice Job
Very nicely done! Thanks for sharing.
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.
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.

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