Thursday, August 8, 2013

RV Bathroom Makeover

The bathroom sink in our RV/trailer recently broke when a shampoo bottle fell into it from the cabinet above.  That was a surprise!  It's plastic but who would imagine that it would be that fragile?!
It turned out to be a good thing.  It gave us the opportunity to make some changes.

The bathroom is VERY small and the bump-out section of the vanity took up precious space.
Plus, a replacement plastic sink was close to $40 and small bar sinks were close to $100.
Time to get creative!  Here's the before...with the plastic sink...


Instead of just replacing the sink, we re-created the whole vanity.
Hubby carefully deconstructed part of the vanity and re-built it even with the right side.
For a sink, we purchased a heavy duty, stainless steel mixing bowl for $6.99.
Hubby carefully made a hole in the bottom for the drain.  We also bought a nicer faucet.
And, for the counter, we found a faux granite, laminate counter top that hubby cut down to fit.
Here's the after photo...


We gained 4 1/2" of floor/room space!  That's a lot in a room this small (it's like a closet!).
We also gained counter space!  Even though the depth/width of the counter is less,
the sink is smaller.  That made for more overall counter space.  How cool is that?!

It turned out to be a lot more work than we'd expected and took about twice as long.
But, we love how it turned out.  We're excited for our next trip so we can try it out!

13 comments:

Art and Sand said...

No offense to the first sink, but your solution is much prettier also.

Bernadett Rauski said...

Lovely bathroom.:)

Deborah said...

Ingenious!!! Pretty, too.

Cindie said...

Wow - that's great! RV bathrooms are notoriously small unless you have one of those gigantic rigs. Our small bathroom has a mirror that must have been put in by a 6'5" tall man, I'm just not tall enough at 5"4" to see the bottom part of my face!

Changes in the wind said...

Looks fantastic...great job!

Sandra said...

great fix! And all renos take longer than planned - always.

Quinn said...

Excellent job! Very functional, very pretty, very DIY - doesn't get much better than that :)
One year I lived in a camper van from Spring to Autumn, and really enjoyed the challenges. Certainly I've never been tidier or more organized in my life!

Roxie said...

You totally rock! And yo have a handy husband. What a great solution. Love the new look.

judith said...

That looks great! My dad would do things like that. He once installed a sink into a small built in dresser like thing that was in the back of the camper between the closet and the bathroom. Seems like he used a mixing bowl for the sink too.

benita said...

I love the use of the bowl as a sink. Creative!!

Why is it that everything takes twice as long as you think it will? :)

111 LaLa Lane said...

Great idea! Good job, too!

KarenB said...

That looks great! Nice job making it work!!

Pam said...

What a wonderful idea to move the faucet from behind the sink and offset it a bit to the side! Sometimes breaking traditions create excellent solutions.