Last week, I went to F-W-S COUNTERTOPS to watch the creation of our vanity tops. We are planning to install three bathroom vanities at Hannah’s Hill – each with their own custom top.
Weeks ago, the process started with us dropping off our vanity bases at F-W-S COUNTERTOPS in Carbondale, IL. The three bases are antique pieces which I collected while living in Houston. They are sized appropriately for each of our three bathrooms.
Then, over the next few weeks, we worked with Designer, Lori, to create the perfect design for each top. We designed the tops so they compliment each unique antique base – some have curves, some have straight edges, etc.
Thanks, Lori, for putting up with my many revisions and getting the designs just right for us!
For the tops, we used the slab of marble which Blaine and I hand picked in St. Louis earlier this summer. We chose a 3mm piece of Carrara marble in honed finish.
Last week, the slab we selected was moved onto the wet saw area by Sean.
Then, Sean and I decided where to place the cutting templates. Our slab has fairly consistent veining and coloring throughout, so this made deciding where to place the templates pretty easy.
Sean carefully traced each template with a white pen.
And he lined up the blade for our first cut.
Master and Guest baths called for Eased edges; and downstairs bath (the curvy French console) got Ogee.
While Aaron worked on side and back-splashes, his brother Jose worked on the actual top for the master bath. Notice the corners of the top were cut at 45 deg.
Meanwhile, Sean continued to make cuts for the other vanities.
We dry stacked the master vanity with its side and back-splashes to see how it’d look.
Next step was to cut holes for the sink and faucet.
We are planning to install a widespread faucet in each of the three bathrooms. Below, Jose cuts the three holes for it in the master top.
After the holes were cut, the top was turned on its back to install the under-mount sink.
Jose centered the sink and prepared to attach it.
To secure the sink to the stone, he drilled four small holes to fit metal clips.
Nice work, Jose!
Below, I caught a few glimpses of the detailing work of the French console top. Because the wet saw machine only cuts straight lines, Aaron hand cut the curves.
I hope to share with y’all soon these finished vanities.
Thanks to Al and the crew at F-W-S COUNTERTOPS for allowing me to come behind the scenes to see our vanity tops made!