where's the sink?

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So, like I said before, we were a little surprised when we walked into the bathroom and discovered that there was no sink.  The tap just ran onto the floor, making this Asian wet style bathroom always wet.  After a few days, of washing our hands while getting our pants and feet wet at the same time, it got pretty old.  DSC_3823

So, we started with this.  A basin on top of a stool on top of a stool.  Pretty cool, hey?  Pros – it kept the water off the floor… sort of.  Cons, it wasn’t quite high enough, so water still splashed around, and the kids couldn’t reach the tap.  So, I was still constantly in the bathroom, helping everyone wash their hands.  We lived with it like that for a while, until Ryan came up with another idea.DSC_4603He bought some cinder blocks and put them as a platform under the tall red stool. DSC_4593

That put the basin at a better height, and freed up the little stool for standing on.  Perfect?  Far from it.  At least it’s functional and working for now.  DSC_4594

Yay for independent hand washing!  Well, at least until the basin gets too full and has to be dumped into the toilet.DSC_4811

We also managed to squeeze a large basin between the “sink platform” and the step to use as a tub.  With the temperatures plummeting, and the voltage in our house too low to support the electric hot water heater, we had to find a way to bathe without getting hypothermia.  So, we heat a big pot of water on the stove and it makes a lovely bath for the girls.  There’s also a chance that adults in our home have bathed in this tub out of desperation.DSC_5328

We found this groovy pink metal vanity in another room and decided it would work lovely in the bathroom. (Maybe lovely is too strong of a word?)DSC_5329Bonus: you can sit on the toilet and get fixed up! It’s easier with the seat cover down, though.

Have you done any bathroom upgrades lately?  What would you do if you had running water, but no sink?  Do you have any other ideas for us?  Leave a note in the comments.

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