Friday, January 19, 2018

Sinking Deep

I'm just full of ideas. And because of that, so is my house. This organizing spree has had it's merits: knowing what I have and reacquainting myself with those ideas. It's also had it's drawbacks: knowing what I have and reacquainting myself with those ideas. Um, yeah. So what to do... I know! Start actually making the ideas come alive! Starting with sinks...


Believe it and gasp, but the above photo includes enough stuff to make 26 sinks. Okay, vanities really, but with all sorts and varieties of sinks in them. Bathroom sinks, kitchen sinks, bucket sinks, bowl sinks, butler sinks, farm sinks... You name it, I have an idea for it. So rather than dwell on why in the H. E. double toothpicks any sane person would have stuff for 26 sinks, I'd rather just get cracking on turning the stuff for 26 sinks into the 26 sinks.





I had to start someplace, so I decided to begin with the Barewood wash stands I picked up from Minimum World while they were on super sale - like under $5. They are fun to nuke in the microwave, pull apart and rearrange or finish in imitative ways. I'm turning these three into rustic modern bathroom units with galvanized bucket sinks and pump faucets.

The buckets needed to recess into the sink tops, so the following steps are how I made the holes for them without a Dremel hole saw attachment.



I found a Woodsie that was the same circumference as the bottom of the bucket. I found the center of the sink top and drilled a pilot hole. Then I drilled another pilot hole into the center of the circle. Then I lined them up by pushing the drill into both pilot holes and traced around the circle onto the sink top. 



I drilled holes around the inside edge of the circle, then continued drilling holes until I had a very rough hole.




Then sanded and sanded until the bucket fit as deeply as I wanted.






I scribed boards into the sink top with a stylus and straight edge. Then I applied an undercoat of stain followed by several coats of chalk paint. Since this piece has a functional drawer, I had to cut a section from the back of the drawer so that it could slide past the bucket. Like many old and retrofitted wash stands, there won't be much drawer space, but some.

The back of the decorative backsplash on this piece had a recess. I decided to turn it to the front and fill it with tile. I measured, found a tile I liked, resized to fill the space then printed them onto cardstock.


I mounted it onto a 1/8" piece of soft balsa, then scribed the grout lines into it.



Then coated with several layers of Mod Podge gloss. 





The next steps will be to settle on finishes for the other two, age and rust up the pumps, decide on hardware and such. I also enclosed the bottoms on the two unfinished pieces to create a fake drawer. Theirs had opened bottoms and no drawer. I thought a little more detail, even if it didn't function, would be nicer. Hey - after these ones are done I'll only have 23 more sinks to go!



I drilled holes into the bucket bottoms and added eyelets for drains, I also attempted to make a silicone mold for drainpipes. I have so many to do, I thought I might try to make them myself. I have yet to cast them, as I could not budge the lid from the hardener bottle. It's been sitting in a drawer for a LONG time! Need bigger pliers!



Because of the shape of the pipe, I had to slice the mold to remove it. The masking tape is my attempt to hold it together long enough for the resin to set up. There will be sanding.

My attempts to bend copper, aluminum and brass rod to form my own drainpipes is still unsuccessful. They all seem to split past 90 degrees, heated or not. My future experiments will include solid rod. Hopefully, I'll have good info to share on that.

And finally, a recommendation. I received the Ric Pierce Techniques Book for my birthday last month and highly recommend that anyone who did not have the opportunity to attend his classes go get one! Your mind will expand, then explode with ideas! My daughter is coming over to work on our 1/48th scale fairy houses tomorrow, and I feel a whole new direction coming on!


Hope all of you are finding ways to turn your ideas into something marvelous!

xo xo
Jodi

39 comments:

  1. Wow, Jodi, that is a lot of sinks! But so far they are looking great! I can see these in a potting shed or flower shop, or a farm-stay b and b, or a forest get-away. So many ideas! Haha! I keep looking at that book, and his beautiful photo book, thinking I need to get them, even though I was fortunate enough to do one of his workshops (we ran out of time to do a lot of techniques). Enjoy your weekend. X

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    1. Thanks Shannon! I know right - so many ideas! If only I could stop them all and catch up!
      I am really excited about trying so many of the things in the book! I will share all I can get to right here, and will be happy to give any info about my experiences and answer questions so fire away! He lives so close to me, about an hour and a half away, but I don't think I ever got to meet him back in the days attending and selling at the Seattle shows. Maybe someday!

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  2. Your IMAGINATION and CREATIVITY knows NO BOUNDS Jodi! I LOVE your new/old washstands Jodi especially the one with the tiles and how Clever of you to countersink the buckets! I also love your method of centering your hole for the top- I'm going to have to remember that.
    I have thought about ordering the Rik Pierce book for some time now although it is an investment, but it's good to learn that it gets a HIGH 5 review from you!

    I hope that you and your daughter have a entire Day of Fun when you get together tomorrow; and for all we know, you may indeed be headed in a new direction once the 2 of you get started! ;D

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    1. You are too kind, Elizabeth! There are lots of bounds to my imagination and creativity - otherwise I'd have so much more to share! :O)
      Glad my lack of tools and hillbilly ingenuity have given you something to employ later on!
      I will be happy to share my experiences with the techniques here on the blog, without of course, discouraging others to buy the book. It really is wonderful!
      I am so looking forward to craft time with Natasha! We used to spend summers crafting when she was growing up, and it's nice when she (summa cum laude science girl) thinks I know still something! ;O)

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  3. Oh my! Lots of sinks. Lots and lots. I can't imagine how many kitchens, washrooms and laundry rooms you'll need to use them.

    I love the tile and finish for that middle sink. So pretty.

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    1. Probably more sinks than I can use in my own mini houses in my lifetime, but I've got lots of friends! ;OP
      Thanks Sheila! I love the color so much that now I want to make one for my 1:1 bathroom, too!

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  4. wow, jody, now your are really sending it! because you need to make rooms for all these sinks as well ;-). if you have lots of spare buckets - what I have just seen in south africa in a number of places: ordinary galvanized buckets sprayed in white and used as lampshade and seats...

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    1. Oh Marion! I bet they are fantastic! I'd love to make a little one to set on the washstand. Mind spinning...
      As far as making rooms for all the sinks, maybe I can cheat and just make a sink store, lol!

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  5. A sink store. LOL! I bet you'd make it look fantastic.

    Love the bucket sink, I've never seen one like it.

    You need a step bit!

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    1. Thanks Keli! I bet the hubs just might have a step bit in his stash. Whenever he sees my hillbilly solutions, he rolls his eyes because I was not born with a complete download of information on the available tools and how to use them like he was. Makes him feel good when I ask for his help tho!

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  6. I love the bucket sinks!!! You need a set of spade bits for your power drill (which I am sure you own for some reason). :D

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    1. Yes! Spade bits! I know I have seen Russ use them before! So technically, since we are in a community property state, I guess I do own them! ;O) I have so many more sink holes to drill, you and Keli have just made my day! Thank you!

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  7. OoOoo Lol.. I am so with you on too many sinks Jodi.. except my downfall is stoves.. I probably have at least 10.. yikes!
    These little mini, mini projects are the best aren't the? Instant gratification. :) The best kind.
    I'm loving what you are doing here.. your sinks are seriously adorable.. You just need to start an etsy sink store, not a mini one. :D

    I love the finish you have applied to your first sink.. the plank top is fab, and the tiles are perfect.. I always wonder how people size things perfectly on their computer.. I have no idea how to do that.. I'm really glad you posted your drill hole solution too.. I've though about using this method to cut a window hole in the San Franciscan, but have been scared to ruin it. This has given me the confidence to proceed. :)

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  8. Thanks Sam! Only 10 stoves? That's a start, but you can do better, lol! I do love the idea of thinking in terms of days to finish and not months!
    Do you happen to have Word or Publisher on your computer? Is it a PC? I did tech support on Macs, but that was waaaayyyyy back in the 90's so I'm useless there. If so, I can do a little video on how I resize stuff if it would be helpful to you. It's super easy once you know what you can manipulate and where to find things.

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  9. Me ha gustado el como lo has hecho y me ha gustado el resultado . ¡Son muchos lavabos...necesitarás mucha imaginación. Qué pases un gran día con tu hija!!!

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    1. Gracias Isabel! ¡Hay suficiente para cambiarlos cada dos semanas durante un año, jaja! Definitivamente estoy deseando pasar tiempo con mi bebé!

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  10. Genial el resultado de estos tres fregaderos, el del cubo con azulejos precioso,ahora ánimo para el resto.Feliz fin de semana:-)

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    1. Gracias Rosa Maria! ¡Es todo muy divertido y muchos acertijos para resolver que tengo que esperar! ¡Deséenme suerte y resistencia!

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  11. Just drooling around here... *grin*
    Well there's a sink or two to be seen...! Gosh, don't think have seen so many sinks anywhere else besides in web shops selling miniatures 0_0
    Love those white once - especially the smaller in a real dream :)
    Can't wait to see where you put them...

    Lily Luna is driving me up to walls as she points out the once she likes (read wants) and asks why won't I get that kind to her..
    She knows my daughter has moved away from home (not my favorite kind of start for new year, but one has to live with it :/ ) and now all she does is keep asking when do I get my work room back, so I can start making the Blue house for her.. She can be a real pain in the...

    Well -I managed to make few Potion-bottle today to fill out the Old Michael's Hutch, not many, but it's a start – so I guess I can keep her mouth shut some time cause I can say I have done something to put in there.. It doesn't always have to be big or what..? *grin*

    Absolutely LOVE the sink you made - tile pattern is so pretty and the color you chose... Just perfect.
    Imaginary name tags are been used again (^^)
    Hugs, Irina

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    1. Thanks Irina! It's a lot of fun to have so many ideas and so many opportunities to try them out!
      I am so sorry that you are missing your daughter. I know how hard it is when the babies grow up and leave the nest. Such a huge adjustment, and we miss being in their daily lives every minute. Sending big hugs to you!
      I am happy Lily Luna is there to keep you busy and looking forward to exciting projects! It's good to hear you are starting to fill the hutch - I can't wait to see it!

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  12. te han quedado unos lavabos geniales!

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    1. Gracias Carmen! Se acumulan en los cajones antes de que te des cuenta de cuántos tienes realmente. ¡Espero poder hacer que cada uno se sienta especial a su manera!

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  13. What a collection of sinks! I love how you worked on the washstand, especially the hole in the center. It looks beautiful with the tiles. Have lots of fun working with your daughter.
    Hugs, Drora

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    1. Thanks Drora! Hugs to you! I think we did more visiting and catching up than progressing on the fairy houses, but we have a date set for next month and made some exciting plans for them! We will get there, eventually!

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  14. Ooh, how I love the colors you picked. And the aging is so pretty. Looking forward to seeing what you do for your other sinks.

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    1. Thanks Morgen! I am looking forward to what I do too - no solid plan, just going to go for it!

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  15. Oh you have fairy hands, everything you touch turns out so wonderfully. I absolutely love your bucket sink, such an amazing and creative idea. Can´t wait to see what´s next. I hope you had a lovely day with your daughter!

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    1. That's such a nice thing to say Alex! I wish it were true but I am struggling with indecision!
      My day with Natasha was wonderful. We talked more than worked on our houses, which is great!

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  16. Hello Jodi,
    Your sink is fantastic! talk about transforming a simple kit into a thing of beauty. I love the finish and the tile job. The bucket was a terrific idea and I love that you used the eyelet for a drain. It is a small detail, but really brings up the realism of the piece. Bravo my friend! I cannot wait to see what awaits those other kits.
    Big hug
    Giac

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    1. Thanks Giac! I am going to stop second guessing color choices and finishes and just start painting. We'll see where that leads!

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  17. Hi Jodi! I have to say your collection of sink kits shows true devotion to an idea! Every possible combination and style nuance can now be explored! LOL!!! I am amazed at the process you went through to achieve that chic shabby sink! Starting with un-building it! (I have never tried the microwave to un-glue things.... too afraid of burning something up! How long do you "cook" it? Don't you have to worry about metal parts... nails, wires....?) You have really given it a "make-over" and it looks fantastic! I am eagerly awaiting some of your other sink versions.... What a fun process to explore the options! As usual... I am taking notes... I learn a lot from you! :):)

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    1. Devotion - that's funny! Tell that to my poor New Orleans! I guess you could say I am the Hugh Hefner of miniatures, because I am never satisfied and have to try everything, lol!
      In my microwave, which is very standard, I go 15 - 20 seconds and then pull the piece out with a potholder. I usually pull things off a piec or two at a time. Second time in usually needs 5 seconds less than the first since the glue is already warm. I always remove any metal parts first because tho it is pretty, a plasma show scares the poop right out of me!
      You don't know how good it feels to me to have MY HEROS say they learn from ME! Thank you Betsy!

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  18. Oh, and I forgot to add that the Rik Pierce book looks wonderful.... where did you get it from? I would like to get a copy if possible! :)

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    1. You will love it! He has them in his Etsy store and you can copy and paste this link:
      https://www.etsy.com/listing/549294108/techniques-by-rik-pierce?ref=shop_home_active_1

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    2. Hi Jodi! Thank you for the link... it makes things so much simpler! :):) I have ordered my copy.... I have eyed with envy his workshops that were never near enough for me to attend...! The book will go a long way to fixing that!!!

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    3. I'm so glad you got it Betsy! And I can't wait to see how you employ the techniques! I always wanted to attend his classes too, but by the time I got back into minis he wasn't giving them. This book really will give us access to all that magic!

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  19. Crumbs Jodi - so many sinks and so little time! I absolutely love your finishes and know just how long they take - firstly there is all that thinking time..... then the painting. Job well done. I have heard of a yard sale, have you considered a sink sale? Marilyn

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  20. Spending many years working on deadlines as I did in the corporate world, letting things develop organically is something I struggle to re-learn with every new idea. Just like wine and women, ideas do get better with time! :o)
    With the influx of new ideas for new projects, and the responsibility of dusting all the old ones, I have considered selling many things to make room for more. But would it be too sad to let them go? That is my struggle...

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