hacking it: our new sink

We literally spent months looking for a new sink for the first floor half bath. After much back and forth between a pedestal (which we prefer) or going with a vanity to add at least a touch more storage, emphasizing storage space or adding floor space, we settled on the LILLÅNGEN sink from IKEA. It was actually an early choice based on availability and price, but we we not pleased with the cabinet, so we wrote it off until I came up with an easy fix. We quite liked all of the LILLÅNGENs, but really liked that the narrowest model would do 3 very important things: add the most floor space, make it very easy for all 4 children to reach the faucet on their own and it covered up the most wall space (as in all of the mismatched tiles left behind when the original sink was replaced). I like the shape of the squarer and deeper models, but, really, the one we chose is the only one that hit all 3 marks. 


The sink is a narrow LILLÅNGEN sink and cabinet that nicely covers all of the mismatched tile while allowing for a big increase in open floor space. The sink make the bathroom seem twice as big plus everyone can reach the faucet on their own, which I love. We want to keep everything as easy as possible for the little ones, so we ended up with the ENSEN faucet because it's short and easy to reach without a step stool. I planned to add black hardware and I really wanted a black faucet, but since the IKEA black faucet pivots and the sink is very narrow, I knew we'd just have floods every 10 minutes and decided to wait on the pretty tall black faucet. The price on the ENSEN is low enough that replacing it later will not be a big deal. 

bathroom still in progress

bathroom still in progress

Now for the big, yet simple fix. We replaced the 2 doors that came with the cabinet with a single BESTÅ TOFTA door in high gloss white.  I really wasn't pleased with the LILLÅNGEN cabinet's appearance- the 2 doors and the material- were not what I wanted and working out building our own cabinet was not something that would happen fast enough. After looking at many door replacement options and while working on looking for a pre-made replacement cabinet, I figured out that the opening dimensions of the LILLÅNGEN cabinet & the one of the BESTA cabinets are the same. As a result there is a BESTA door size that matches up quite nicely and I much prefer the look of the single door. The BESTA door comes with the hinges and we just attached them in the place of the LILLÅNGEN hinges. Works just fine and the BESTA hinges are a bit more substantial which is nice. The high gloss on the door also cleans up quickly and is holding up well despite the constant water sloshing over the sides of the sink now that it's part sink/ part boat basin. No hardware yet, but i'm on to that next. 

LILLÅNGEN sink with BESTA TOFTA door

LILLÅNGEN sink with BESTA TOFTA door