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Friday, April 9, 2010


ylow bckgrnd Okay, you already know that I’m “kinda” strange, so I’m just “gonna” say it…Some of my favorite things in my home are in my powder room! Can you love a sink Shelia – you bet your toilet paper you can (but don’t bet your toilet paper – you might need it!). I found a washstand in an antique store. The top had a really bad spot in the middle (so, of course, it was a bargain), but I thought I would be able to disguise that. Well, I did a little more than disguise it – I had a carpenter cut the bad spot out of the middle and drop a sink into it.vanity



After my husband served his time in the military, he served in the Army Reserves. He went to Army Reserve Summer Camp in Arizona one year, and we went to Mexico for a weekend while he was there. We bought a box of floral tiles. We’ve used them, in some manner, in every house we’ve lived in since then. That was 35 years ago, and when we moved into this house, these few tiles that are on the backsplash were all we had left. We didn’t grout them-just stuck them up there. It’s not easy to grout hand-made tiles, because each tile is a little different size and thickness.


While I was contemplating how to use the tiles (before I had the hole cut in the top of the washstand), I was amazed to find this sink at a flea market. It was a match to our tiles! With a lot of trepidation, I bought the sink. I was just sure that it would have a hidden crack and would not be useable, but I was lucky. Not only did it match the tiles, there has never been any evidence of a crack in the sink. PICNIC BSKT Another favorite thing in this powder room is this beat up, rusty, old picnic basket. Since this powder room is in our sunroom, it is the closest “potty” to the swimming pool, so it is primarily used by swimmers. I keep a beach towel or two and some sun screen in it, and I hang our pink flamingo towels from the lid. (Pink flamingos are a family joke at our house, so family members keep adding to our collection).


The big mouth frog in the powder room is another of my favorites. It was a gift from my friend, Charlie Ann, and it hangs at “grandchildren height”. (That’s why, in this bathroom diva shot, I’m all hunched over trying to take a picture.)  Ooops! I see spots on the mirror.  Have you ever tried to clean inside a frog’s mouth?  Not easy!

EGG HNT MOS I’ll get you out of the bathroom for my last favorite thing of the day – my four grandchildren and their cousins hunting Easter eggs.

I’m so glad you stopped by to see some of my favorite things today. If you are posting about your favorite things, please copy your link in McLinky below. Be sure to go see everybody’s favorite things. Not only do you get to see some great treasures (like my bathroom!), but we gain a lot of insight into a blogger’s personality by seeing his/her favorite things (don’t ask what it says about me that my favorite things are in my bathroom! Aren’t you glad my toilet isn’t one of my favorites? Well, it is when I need it!). laurie


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Laurie, I love your washstand. It is stunning and the tiles and the sink are just gorgeous. Such a perfect piece for the bathroom. The picnic basket is a great idea to hold towels too. Such fun. The pics of your grandchildren are so much fun. Don't they just make every day a thrill. Thanks for the party. Hugs, Marty

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Your vanity is beautiful, Laurie.

I especially like your last favorite thing!:-)

The Charm of Home said...

Laurie you were brilliant to convert that cabinet to a sink. You did a perfect job putting that together. It looks like it came that way.! Your grandkids are adorable.:)

Anonymous said...

You should put that sink and cabinet in a contest in a magazine. You would win hands down.It is so beautiful. So are your grand children. I'm on the road again so I missed Easter with my family. :(


Blondie's Journal said...

I love your washstand!! You find the most amazing things at flea markets! The tiles are very neat, too. Perfect for a bath near the pool! Love that frog mirror!

Hope you have a great weekend!! :-)


Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Now Laurie you know I love the sink in the dresser look...and what a sink you have and to find the tiles to match or other way around WOW!! girl I just loved seeing all the grand babies again its been a while since you show them...I better get my post done to hook up or once again I'll be late to the what else is new with me..I swear I have TB which is tired Butt ha ha!! Love ya girl...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Laurie! Your washstand is so pretty! And how wonderful that you found the sink to match your tiles! It was meant to be yours! Your grandchildren are such cuties! Happy weekend...hugs...Debbie

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Ok darlin, I'm all hooked up YIPPEE!! Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

xinex said...

Oh I love that sink, Laurie. How lucky for you to find one that matches the tiles. How did you glue the tiles? Your grandkids are beautiful, so precious!...Christine

Anonymous said...

Hi Laurie! Oh, what a beautiful vanity and love your story behind it. The tiles and sink are so pretty! I love this kind of sink and have one too!
Now look at you snapping!! I love this. Don't think we've ever had anyone snap in a frog's mouth before!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

GardenOfDaisies said...

Laurie that is a gorgeous wash stand and sink!! Did you have to do anything special to the finish on the wood to protect it from water?

Debra@CommonGround said...

Hi Laurie, Amazing how you found the sink to match those beautiful tiles! The cabinet is just gorgeous, what a find! Thanks for hosting the party. Have a wonderful weekend,

Natasha in Oz said...

I can see why that would be one of your favourite rooms-it is lovely! I adore that beautiful flowery sink!

Thanks for having us again, Laurie. It is always fun thinking of our favourite things!

Best wishes and happy weekend,

Kifus said...

Love your washstand and sink Laurie. I've had the idea of doing something similar but I still can't find the right (and bargain!) dresser.

Your grandchildren are so cute. Have a great weekend!

Nancy's Daily Dish said...

Laurie, I guess I'm kinda strange too...actually I know I am...I love my powder room too! I think it's always one of my favorite rooms!

I am in love with your sink and the cabinet...I can't believe you found such a perfect match to the tiles at a flea market! That's unreal! It is so pretty!

Cass @ That Old House said...

LOVE what you did with that washstand; it looks grand! And how wonderful to have those tiles to bring back sweet memories. Lovely!

Kathleen said...

Holy BAT hroom, Laurie! I love that sink, and how amazing you found it to match the tiles!
Looks like a wonderful Easter at your house with those adorable bunnies!
Thanks for hosting!

vignette design said...

I love your bathroom sink Laurie! I've always wanted to do that: find a piece of furniture and use it for a washstand. Your tiles and painted sink really make it even more special!

Kathysue said...

Laurie, I can see why these are your favorites. I think several of my favs are in my bathrooms also. Bathrooms are my favorite room to desgin11 Love all the kiddos hunting for eggs, that is the best ever! Happy Weekend, Kathysue

Sarah said...

Laurie, you are one lucky lady. Imagine finding the perfect match for your tiles. The sink is wonderful. I always like the idea of transforming a piece of furniture into a cabinet for a sink. Great job!
Love the photo of the "egg hunt". Your grands are darling! I think I'll go ahead and link up the lavender to this meme too. It does include many of my favorite things. :-)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You really got lucky finding the sink to match the tiles.
What a great looking bunch of children!
I am behind (what is new), will try to get a post ready and linked up shortly.

Cass @ That Old House said...

Me again -- I forgot to say how amazing it is that you found that sink -- it looks as if it were custom made to match the tiles. Wow.

Coty Farquhar said...

Hi Laurie,
It's so nice to see your grandchildren having such a wonderful Easter.

My two are too old for that now, but I did still play the Easter bunny late at night and put chocolate eggs on their beds while they were sleeping.

I love the photo of you in the frog's mouth, it's great!!!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

xxxx Coty

Tardevil said...

How cool that you found the sink to match the tiles. You KNOW that was meant to be! :O) Not that we need alot of signs or anything, do we? Love the frog photo, and the kids of course! Hope you had a happy Easter. This sounds like a fun meme. I'll have to play along sometime.

susan said...

Laurie-You are the BEST shopper! And, of course, you were meant to have that sink :) It's really neat to have had that tile used in different homes! My mother collected frogs and would have had a fit over that mirror. I bet the children (who look so beautiful in their Easter finery) love it! I need a washstand for my powder room, so send any info my way :)

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

I love your bathroom. I can't believe you found a sink to match your tiles. That was definitely serendipity!

The Tablescaper said...

What a wonderful wash stand.
The tiles to match were an amazing find!!!

- The Tablescaper

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Amazing find with that sink! Love all you've shown us -- Laurie, I think you must have the most fun household on the planet!

Susan (Between Naps On The said...

Hi Laurie,
I love seeing a beautiful piece like your washstand turned into a sink. And how amazing that you found a sink to match!!! Your mosaics were fun seeing all those lovely treasures from Blogland. :-)

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Laurie~I love the tile work! I've always had a passion for sinks that are set in a furniture piece. I wasn't fortunate enough to find the right dresser sizes for the remodels in our other home, so I had to settle for a faux style. It was a vast improvement from what we had before, so I'm content in that fact.

Sweet wishes,

Terra said...

That is so perfect that you found the sink that matches those tiles that are a family treasure.
This is my first visit here, so Hello.