On the twelfth sink of Christmas …

Or something like that. But seriously, we own12, TWELVE!, sinks.

Our latest one was actually a $30 score at the Habitat ReStore. Or as I prefer, Mecca. There we were, ready to buy two doors for another for project similar to the amazing bookcase of wonder my husband built. And then an amazing porcelain sink just jumped into our cart. Magic.

That was Friday. Saturday, we figured we have a new sink, why not renovate the bathroom! Rightthisveryminute! We’re nothing if not crazy. So we did.

The plan! (See, we had a plan!):
1) Shut off water to the sink.
1.5) Disconnect supply lines and drain.
2) Pull cabinet/counter/sink out and haul outside.
3) Clean floor.
4) Hang new sink from wall and install pedestal base.

Exactly one of these happened as planned.

Reality:
1) First shut off valve snaps right off in Joe’s hand. Can’t turn the stub. Have to shut off water to house.
1.25) Hey kids! Let’s go to grandma’s house! (Thanks for babysitting grandma & grandpa!)
1.3) Buy valves at second trip to hardware store of the day, since we couldn’t see what size pipe we had, and therefore had to buy valves in all the sizes.
1.5) We can’t replace the valves because the cabinet is ridiculous and in the way. So we pull the sink and counter off (which weren’t connected to anything except the supply lines and drain…. definitely not the wall or cabinet). Then we snip the supply lines to the sink. WITH WIRE CUTTERS. I can’t make this stuff up! I don’t know what that stuff was, but plumbing lines? Um, no.
2) We pound on the metal cabinet a bit, break parts of it, determine we should just haul it outside in 1 big, heavy piece.
3) Joe swept up many inches deep piles of rust, with a bag of cotton balls,a match, and someone’s resume thrown in for good measure, and cleaned the floor. The one step that was mostly as anticipated!
3.1) With all obstructions gone, Joe can get access to the broken valve. He gets the stub off. Oh looky, the pipe from the wall is rusted, broken, and full of…..? At least we know what size it is now! Thank God for pipe wrenches. Joe got them both out of the wall, without having to damage the tile!
3.2) Hello again home depot! Return things, buy more things. Forget a few things of course.
3.5) Install new supplies, New shut off valves, forget to replace the flanges (whatever, well get the hinged kind), turn the water back on to the house! No leaks!
4) New sink is still on the floor.

To make things more fun, trying to find a compatible walk mount, short spout reach, three hole faucet is proving challenging, even for my super shopping skills. So the adventure continues!

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Before

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Eeewwww

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Ew. Ewewewew.

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Done!

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