Sink or Float?

I have been a busy bee over the past few days and I thought I'd update everyone on our bluestone floor reno! All I can say at this point is that it turned into a WAY bigger job than we expected and I actually swore the other day that I never wanted to pick up a tile or mortar again for as long as I live LOL! Okay I already take it back. BUT I am really needing everyone's help on making a certain decision....
SO we ripped out our old contractor's stock vanity and here is the new antique dresser turned vanity we are replacing it with...remember this before picture from our trip to Victoria?

 

Here's her debut with a new coat of paint...the two bottom drawers have a slight mint tint to them and the rest of the piece is a gorgeous cream....complete with pretty crystal knobs...


Now here is my dilemma...I cannot for the life of me make up my mind between the following two sinks...
they look quite similar, but there are a few differences which are really making the choice difficult for me...and I really would LOVE your input on this one!

Here is the first one.


pros about #1: its smaller, so there is more counter space, I have to cut a MUCH smaller hole in the counter top to place this one which will help keep the top of the dresser strong and sturdy
cons: it only has one hole for the taps which means I have a lot less choice for the taps and I cannot have those pretty faucets with two handles, and the inside of the bowl is a modern scoop shape which I'm not loving.


Here is number 2
pros about #2: it has 3 holes so I can pick out a very nice faucet! (which seems pretty important to me for the final look and I have a lot more choice of faucets)
cons: I have to cut a much larger hole in the top of the dresser which I worry will compromise the strength of the dresser. However the wood on the top of the dresser is decently thick and sturdy feeling.

SO which should I choose? The one which will maintain all the strength of the vanity top and settle for a less attractive faucet?
OR pick the sink which involves a larger hole to be cut possibly compromising the strength and get to pick the faucet I want?
If anyone has any expertise on this or has done this before how much does a bigger hole compromise the strength of the counter top?
I SOOOOO look forward to hearing what you all have to say!

19 comments:

Deb said...

hi rebecca,
i love your work on this piece, especially the "slight mint tint". my vote's on #2 - i think the size and shape blend beautifully with the vanity.
say hi to nathaniel.
love you guys, deb

Ms.Cupcake said...

I agree with Deb,
I love #2. What a beautiful piece. GORGE. Thanks for your comments on my blog and the safety tip ;) Of course I stuck with ya in blogland...I think you rock! Talk soon...
Becks

Anonymous said...

I love the vanity, it turned out very nice. I vote for #2 on the sink as far as the way it looks but I unfortunately don't have any advice on the strength of the top. Good luck and I can't wait to see the finished product.
Amelia

Jessica said...

Numba Two for sure! It suits the vanity better :) I can't wait to see it all finished.

Love you

Jess

Jessica said...

Numba Two for sure! It suits the vanity better :) I can't wait to see it all finished.

Love you

Jess

Amanda said...

as all the other lovelies have said so far... number 2, hands down. the first one seems soooo modern compared to the lovely antique dresser. maybe somehow reinforce the top to add to your peace of mind for the strength factor?

can't wait to see it in the bathroom. sure is beautiful so far.

Vintage Home said...

...Hi.. I have to say No2...because the look you have started with ..love the minty bottom!...will be enhanced with the taps you want ( I am pretty sure I know what look you are thinking & I love that look...you will not be disappointed!)...now as for compromising the integrity of the piece....Well..
1. take all the drawers out
2. flip upside down
3. see how you can reinforce the upper shelf with strapping (you have to shave down the top drawer some)
4. or cut a piece of 3/4 " plywood the same size as the inside top...glue & screw in place

I hope you can come up with a solution...everything you touch turns out so wonderful I have no doubt this will too!

Skifty said...

I think number 2. It looks better overall, plus it isn't as deep as the first one...so you might be able to add some supports underneath to help ease your mind about comprimising the strength.

**Frugal Contessa** said...

Another vote for #2. This is going to be so gorgeous! Can't wait to see the finished product.

Deb said...

I like #2 as well and Vintage Home said exactly what I was going to!

Mrs. 5C said...

option #2!

Anonymous said...

Can you please let us know where you got sink #2? I have been looking all over for a similar project I am doing as well! My vote is #2!

Alana said...

Love the vanity and the mint tint! I vote for #2 the style suits the vanity and having faucets is a plus! Can't wait to see the final result!
xxoo

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

I'm going for #2 as well - the cons are not enough to outweigh a pretty faucet!

Urban Farmgirl said...

Wow...number 2 seems to be taking it, and I seem to vote the same as everyone else!

~mary~

Maran said...

There seems to be a theme :) No. 2 for sure! Can't wait to see pictures!!

Rebecca said...

Yay!!! I am so happy I did this post because of the overwhelming votes for #2! Which of course I chose! Oh and for the commenter who was wondering #2 is from Home Depot! I have to say a big thank you to Vintage Home for that awesome step by step on reinforcing the top! Very helpful:)

Hello My Pretties said...

Im no help, but I love the detail on that dresser.

Btw, I see you have my old blog ''Suzy's Sanctuary'' that was long gone 9months ago - you may want to delete that LOL! :D

Anonymous said...

Love your seascape paintings.Where do you find them?