Summers are mad busy around here. Catherine is teaching summer school, which, though it gets out at 12:30, still makes for quite a bit of work over the break. She’s also taking a couple of classes. Jarrett’s working as usual, but summers always seem to fill up so fast. Parties, barbecues, family vacations, weddings…a lot is packed into these three months. And for good reason, too. At least in Chicago. We have a long winter to suffer through, so when the weather perks up a bit, and we can crawl out of our long hibernation, we want to pack as much in as possible.
But, busy summers lead to less and less time to tackle home projects. This weekend was fully packed, but we did manage to squeeze some necessary errands and chores in. One of those involved the bathroom project we’re beginning to tackle. Our goal for the downstairs bath is to finish it as inexpensively and quickly as manageable. We want it to be functional and not break the bank most of all. With that in mind, we turned to one of our standys, IKEA, for the basics. Last weekend, we picked up a few things like a light fixture and some accessories. As we were leaving, we also noticed in the As-Is section, this sink with below faucet already attached:
That’s the Hollviken oval sink and the Apelskar bath faucet. Normally the sink alone retails for $90, and the faucet is $70. We picked up the combo for $75! We looked it over well, and everything seemed to be intact. There were no scratches, dings or obvious loose parts, so we felt pretty sure we could make it work.
What we liked about the sink is that it can also be mounted directly to the wall, which is pretty well a must for our small space. And at less than 18″ deep, it wouldn’t make a major footprint in the room.
Eager to put it to use, I quickly removed the old, non-functioning sink and set to work installing the Hollviken. I knew I’d need some mounting hardware as the sink didn’t come with any. What I didn’t know was how hard that would be to come by. I picked up some mounting brackets for a pedestal sink at the hardware store, but they seemed to be a bit too loose to hold the sink tightly in place. I googled the instruction booklet for the Hollviken sink (available from IKEA as a pdf here), and noticed it came with some pretty specialized clips with an especially tight fitting.
Also, the faucet, unfortunately, didn’t come with any supply tubes to connect the hot and cold water taps. Ordinarily, two supply tubes running from the back of the faucet are included to connect the faucet. Without them, the faucet is pretty useless.
So, maybe that over 50% savings wasn’t quite good enough! There’s no returning these products either, seeing as though they came from the As-Is section (trust me, I tried!). So, it looks like we’re going to have to either MacGuyver a way of using these guys or chalk it up to experience.
Any suggestions? Help, please!