Renovating Bathroom Sink

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Old 04-29-13, 09:48 AM
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Renovating Bathroom Sink

I have an older bathroom sink that needs replaced but rather than spend the money ordering a custom sink top to fit the vanity I thought there may be a way to rejuvenate the sink itself. The main option I was thinking of doing would be tiling in the sink, the basin and countertop, is this able to be done? I also thought of painting the sink but i was unsure if the material is able to be painted and there is some cracking around the drain. Any tips on how to tile in the sink or alternatives to tiling aside from replacing the whole sink would be appreciated.
 
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Old 04-29-13, 10:11 AM
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Is the vanity an odd size?

I can't say much about tiling in and around the sink. I would say to really check the sink around the cracks to see if there is any sign of leaking.
 
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Old 04-29-13, 12:58 PM
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Unless it's an odd size (or just huge), I can't see the replacement cost being that bad - have you looked? I think anything you do to what's there would last a short time and then you'd be replacing anyway.
 
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Its around 40 inches long and i've looked and been quoted at around $300+, which to me is a good deal of money as im just starting out, my current idea would be to face the countertop with some sort of tile and for the basin either use a smaller tile to help fit in the rounded surface or to put a drop in sink overtop of the old sink, or maybe even use a vessel sink, my concerns are the tiles durability (especially the tile inside the basin if I go that route) and any complications from my unfamiliarity with tiling and tiling a sink and countertop. Do you think this is a doable project? and how water resistant can tiling be?
 
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No form of paint or tile is going to last for long.
Just not going to stay stuck and will leak around the drain.
Might want to check on Creigs list under materials or at your local Restore. It's where they sell materials to raise money for Habitat for Humanity.
 
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No form of paint or tile is going to last for long.
Just not going to stay stuck and will leak around the drain.
Might want to check on Creigs list under materials or at your local Restore. It's where they sell materials to raise money for Habitat for Humanity.
I've used restore shops a few times and got really lucky with some nice stuff. 40" is big, but not crazy big. You might be able to find something used but in good shape. A lot of folks upgrade just for the sake of upgrading, not because it was needed.
 
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Old 05-01-13, 04:20 PM
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Tiling inside the lavatory almost certainly won't work. You can, however, either reglaze it yourself (tricky to do well) or have that done by a company in your area. It the cracks are only in the glaze, that should get you several years down the road.
 
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