My list of attractive and affordable building materials includes steel bucket bathroom sinks.
Among the favorite posts here on Atticmag was my piece on a Connecticut farm house Washtub Sink Laundry Room with hidden appliances and a oval galvanized steel bucket used as a sink. So imagine my Eureka! moment when I came across three steel bucket bathroom sinks — the same idea used in bathrooms.
A quick search for “galvanized steel buckets” yields a variety of old-fashioned milk-pail shapes and sizes ranging in price from under $10 to $200. That’s great news for anyone who is budget-minded and has the means to drill the bottom of the bucket so it can be properly fit with a drain.
There’s no conceptual difference between a bucket and a fancier vessel sink in a bathroom. Each must be mounted on a platform, vanity or table. Either a wall-mounted or deck mounted faucet can be used depending on choice and style.
What’s most interesting to me is how a plain old bucket can blend well with several decorating looks. In a hip bathroom of a contemporary barn on the grounds of a Santa Barbara, California ranch [top], the bucket fits in well with the green material aesthetics. Studio Carver designers placed a large sink tub on a polished concrete counter top and paired it with a beefy kitchen faucet. The faucet is mounted on a wall clad with acid-distressed sheets of galvanized steel tacked down between exposed beams. The bucket’s natural color blends well with the concrete and wall surface and the look is a distinctly contemporary industrial with a salvage vibe.
A luxurious suburban home in Piedmont, California is super traditional inside. Yet the pool house bath takes a woodsy turn with a lively sink made from of a steel bucket on a tree stump. Or at least what looks like a tree stump with a sanded, sealed top (it might be another material). The wall mounted faucet is the iconic — Dornbracht Tara — with a vintage-y mirror overhead. It’s interesting to see how the bucket works with a natural material vs the industrial surfaces used in the barn (above).
A full-on country bunk house look gives a bucket sink some true grit. The creation of designer Lynne Barton Bier of Home on the Range Interiors, in Colorado Springs, it works the western vernacular in a wonderful way — from the free-hanging lantern sconces to the hose shoe towel holder and a corrugated tin ceiling. The sink vanity couldn’t be simpler than a plank of reclaimed boards mounted on 2 by 4s. The coolest part, for me is the muscular Waterbridge Waterfall Spout faucet in a rustic nickel finish that has the air of raw pipe plumbing while being something else entirely (it retails for about $1500). Nuff said.
(Source: Studio Carver, Matarozzi Pelsinger Builders, Home on the Range Interiors)
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