Bathroom Renovation: DIY Vessel Sinks

I don’t know a lot about vessel sinks, or at least I didn’t when I started looking at them. I do know that they come in a variety of shapes and materials. They’re also pretty expensive and local hardware stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot don’t really carry much of a selection.

The vessel sinks that I really liked were stone or concrete like this one.

concrete sink

When I was out shopping for storage containers for the vanity, I found wooden bowls that were a perfect size for a vessel sink. And, because the bowls were wooden, I would be able to drill a drain hole without worrying about cracking them.

The bowls were $19.99 each and the concrete is something that I already had at home.


I drilled the hole before applying the first layer of concrete skim. I had to do a Google search to see what size the hole needed to be. There were too many experts saying not to drill a hole until you have your drain, so I was stuck. Once again I couldn’t move on with the project I wanted to do because something else needed to be done first.

I headed to drop kiddo #2 off at baseball and found a faucet and drain set (they are not always sold together) that I liked at Home Depot. I went up to customer service and had them open the faucet box for me so that I could put the drill bit up to the drain. I wasn’t going to risk having to go back. I wanted this bathroom done! The drill bit was also going to need to be drilling pretty deep through the bowl and the countertop. It needed to be steady, unlike what a paddle bit would have ended up doing. I think this is called a core bit.

core bit.jpg

Okay, the bowls had their drain holes drilled out and I was ready to concrete. I used a spatula to smear it around. It took about 30 minutes to dry enough for me to sand it down a bit before applying a second coat.


You can see that a bit of the wood showed through after sanding the first coat down.


The concrete that I was using is fast drying skim coat or what some call feather finish. So far, I used it on my kitchen island, my old bathrooom sink, my bathroom floor and now on my vessel sinks. If you’re looking for tips and tricks, you can check those out!

I was ready to set the bowls on the vanity, insert the drill bit to go through the bowl and through the countertop. After that, I also drilled a hole for the faucet and was finally closer to finally getting the plumbing hooked up! It had been quite a few weeks since I first started this bathroom demolition and although I had power, I was still brushing my teeth in the kitchen. 😀




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