HOUSE: Newburgh

Refinished sink & wallpaper.

After six long weeks of waiting, our refinished cast iron corner sink and clawfoot tub were finally delivered to us! (You can see a before picture of the sink here, but that photo hides how bad it really was.) The sink looks amazing. Unfortunately, the tub had a few flaws in the new finish (that’s bad—any entry point for water will quickly lead to rusting), so the powder coating guys had to haul it back to their shop again. This, of course, was only discovered after they had hauled it up to the second floor of the house. (Don’t get me started.) Cross your fingers that it will be back to us by Wednesday, because the plumbers are coming to finish (!!) the job on Thursday and Friday.

The Bindweed wallpaper I ordered from Ferm Living also arrived, and it is even more beautiful in person than I imagined it would be. The white areas match the wall color in the bathroom perfectly, and the gray tones pick up on the color of the veining in the marble floor tiles. I’m so excited to put it up, but I have to wait until the electric work is completed.

We had day-long period of horror after we discovered that the handle escutcheons for the new faucet we ordered are TOO BIG for our weird, special-needs sink. Uh-oh! I was able to place a rush order from Vintage Tub this morning, though, so the replacement should be here by tomorrow or the next day (again, cross your fingers for me!).

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  • Reply susan July 14, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    the good thing about using the vintage sink and tub is they are unique. the bad thing about using the vintage sink and tub is … they are unique. i think it’s all worth it in the long run, though. you’re bathroom is coming together beautifully.

  • Reply Belinda July 14, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    that wallpaper is what dreams are made of!.

  • Reply Kyle July 14, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    I like the wallpaper. Are you putting it up yourself…if you are, I am very impressed.

  • Reply verhext July 14, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    wow, that refinishing job is amazing. i always forget you can do things like that.

    you are going to have the most amazing house ever!

  • Reply woodley park-zoo July 14, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    Ohhhhh I am imagining it all coming together (the hex tiles of love, the wallpaper, the amazing refinished sink)… I want to visit and just stand in your bathroom! It seems that heavenly!

  • Reply Anna at D16 July 14, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Kyle, yes, I’m putting it up myself. I did my vestibule with my mother a while back as well. It’s not hard! Just time-consuming if you have a lot of doors or windows to go around.

  • Reply Adam July 14, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about the tub, I will send out good vibes that it comes back ASAP! I can’t wait to see that wallpaper on the walls!

  • Reply kay* July 14, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    can’t wait to see the finished room…though i’m quite enjoying the process. it’s going to look fab!

  • Reply At Home Redesigns July 14, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    Love that wallpaper. I’ve enjoyed checking out your blog and am adding you to my blog roll so I’m sure to come back…

  • Reply Barb (Australia) July 15, 2008 at 4:21 am

    Love love loving that wallpaper! Can’t wait to see the finished result.

  • Reply megan July 15, 2008 at 8:04 am

    the bathroom is going to look so lovely, anna! sending good tub juju your way…i hope it comes back to you soon.

  • Reply woodley park-zoo July 15, 2008 at 9:02 am

    BTW noticed on the old sink it was separate hot and cold taps — are you going to merge it? I had a sink like that once and I hated it… water too hot, water too cold, and how do you get it warm except filling the sink (which in our gross shared SF house, no way).

  • Reply minxlj July 15, 2008 at 9:28 am

    LOVE that wallpaper, it’s so elegant and will look perfect with those gorgeously beautiful tiles you’ve laid 🙂 You just need some pretty silver accessories and some lovely towels – I’m excited to see it already!

  • Reply lesley July 15, 2008 at 10:10 am

    fingers crossed! LOVE the wallpaper. LOVE.

  • Reply Jaimie July 15, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    We ordered Ferm Living’s Family Tree wallpaper in silver for our bedroom and I can’t wait to see it put up. Their wallpapers are so gorgeous (love the one you chose for your bathroom too).

    I too love the feeling of refurbishing something old that is still structurally sound and pleasing. We took off all our bedroom door and closet doorknobs and had them replated. They have such a charming shape and they look so nice all freshened up! Visitors might not exclaim over the door hardware but we appreciate them.

  • Reply Anna at D16 July 15, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Ooh, Jaimie, did you get the wallpaper in petrol or silver? That’s one of my favorite patterns!

  • Reply Katja July 15, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    I love that wallpaper! You’re going to have a gorgeous bathroom, I can’t wait to see it finished.

  • Reply Jaimie July 15, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Anna – we got it in the silver. I was very, very tempted by the Petrol (what a gorgeous, rich shade of teal) but I was afraid it would be too dark and would require a total reworking of all our bedroom furniture, linens, etc.

    I love all of Ferm Living’s offerings, though. If I had a little powder room I’d love to do it in the black branch pattern. Dramatic!

  • Reply Sarah July 15, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Your wallpaper choice is great, as usual (love the Orla in your foyer!) Your house is coming along so well–I went back and read every entry! You are a real inspiration, Anna.

  • Reply Anna at D16 July 15, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Oops, WPZ, I missed your question! Yes, we are going with a mixer tap — I can’t deal with separate basin taps, it’s horrible. I grew up in an old house and thought I could handle stuff like that, but I can’t!

  • Reply Beth July 15, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    I love the decor but I need a Bruno and Fritz fix. Quick! (please) Ü

  • Reply Kathy July 16, 2008 at 7:23 am

    Great choices! Good luck with the handle… sometimes I think stuff like that is apart of the process because it always seems to happen! 🙂

    Can’t wait to see it!

  • Reply Linda July 16, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    that wallpaper is amazing!

    would you like to exchange links with my blog

  • Reply Amy July 23, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    Oh wow…the wallpaper is fantastic! After it’s all done, I think I might want to live in your bathroom…it is coming along so so beautifully. 🙂

  • Reply Susan September 9, 2008 at 11:36 am

    That wallpaper is to die for! It looks like an angel trumpet flower (we have them all over in San Francisco).

  • Reply Meghan February 4, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Did you use regular old powder coating to refinish your sink and tub? I am just beginning to research refinishing for a super cool old cast iron kitchen sink that I have and I am really nervous about the chemicals used in some of the processes I’ve been reading about. I’d love to hear your opinion, you seem to have more experience than I do in this department.

    • Anna @ D16 February 4, 2013 at 7:17 pm

      Hi Meghan, I’m not sure what you mean by “regular old powder coating.” I didn’t know that there are different kinds!

      The company I used has website with a description of their coating process, though, so maybe that’s helpful:

      You can always call them if you have any specific questions. Sorry I can’t be more helpful!

  • Reply john smith June 8, 2013 at 8:41 am

    I have a corner sink much taller back splash with both original faucets and original pop up drain in center of faucets if interested contact me

    • Anna @ D16 June 8, 2013 at 11:04 am

      Thanks, but I don’t have any more bathrooms. 😉

  • Reply Emily April 8, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Hi Anna, wondering after 5 years how the sink refinishing is holding up. We’re trying to buy a vintage sink for a bathroom remodel and struggling to figure out whether we should go for the cheaper-needs-tlc sink that would need to be refinished (and we’re looking in to powder coating for that) or go for the MUCH more expensive fancy pants dealer bought vintage sink (4x the price than the need TLC sinks). Trying to weigh the pros and cons of hassle/work/longevity of refinishing vs spending gobs of cash on something that is ready to go.

    Would love your 2 cents based on your general experience with this kind of decision, and with the powder coating.


    • Anna @ D16 April 8, 2014 at 11:55 am

      Hi Emily, the sink, tub, and radiators have all held up beautifully—they look the same now as they did when we first had them refinished. 🙂

    • Jacob Wiles July 30, 2019 at 6:02 pm

      Hi Anna,

      Your post above is very encouraging to me – I’m considering powder coating a unique mid-century tub in my newly purchased house, but I’m somewhat apprehensive about the durability of such a coating. So, I’d like to ask – after 10 years, how’s your finish holding up? If it’s still good, I might just take the plunge 🙂 Thanks!

    • Anna Dorfman July 30, 2019 at 6:08 pm

      Hi Jacob, we sold the house four years ago, but during the time we lived there I never saw any sign of wear on the tub, sink, or radiators.

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