My Backyard Fountain Pedestal Sink
I have always wanted a backyard sink.
One that would be lovely to look at, as well as functional to use.
The only way that we could rig that up was to make the sink a fountain. So I asked Gordon to do it for me, and here is how he did it.
A week before this project was completed, Gordon and Brodie had created this patio area for our new potting bench.
We spend a lot of time outside, that’s why I wanted a nice area to use as a base for my gardening.
Gordon started to the far left along the back of our house and built a retaining wall, then we added a water barrel to help us to save a little bit of money on our water bill, by using rain water, then he and Brodie built this patio area for us to use for our gardening purposes.
This is a beautiful, functional area that we will use, I just wanted to add one more thing to make this all come together for me.
The Spring Landscaping Project for the Backyard
Gordon and Brodie Working Together
Our Backyard Fountain Pedestal Sink
What I like about this is that I can either use it as a fountain, or a sink when I do some potting. The water drains out the back and into the rocks and soil so there is no buildup or clogging.
When used as a fountain, the water comes up out of the fixtures and shoots up into the air.
My Veronica and Our Brian
Veronica and Julie
This area worked so nicely for our Easter. We even enjoyed some of our limoncello lemonade by the fountain.
Our Outdoor Limoncello Lemonade
Lemons, Limes and Lemon Balm Herb
I love lemons, and I love lemonade, and I love alcohol…..
So Limoncello Lemonade it is!
Just a nice cocktail to have outside by your very own potting bench. 🙂
I just eyeball this but I use an entire bottle of any brand of Limoncello liquor, a 2 liter bottle of lemon/lime sparkling water, about a cup of 100% organic lemon juice from Italy. It’s a volcanic lemon juice. Then I add various lemon flavored waters depending on what I find at the store. Pour in some sugar just to get rid of all the tartness.
Sliced lemons and limes with some fresh lemon balm as a garnish.
Mason jars with lids and straws were perfect for this.
Our Limoncello Lemonade
Put On Ice
It was Perfect for our Easter Refreshment Outside by the sink
We Found the Perfect Spot for my Sink
To make this project you need…
a few bags of paver base to give your fountain a steady base,
a concrete block large enough to hold the base,
two bolts and mounts rated to hold the weight of the sink,
two washers large enough to cover the holes in the back of the sink,
fountain pump and water tubing,
normal faucet tubing with an adapter to fit into the water tubing outlet,
threaded pipe cap,
large PVC pipe and end cap,
level, drill, drill bit, and rubber mallet. Whew!
Smooth out the base in the area the concrete stone covers.
Make sure your base is level using a rubber mallet and bubble level.
Use your rubber mallet to make small adjustments.
Mark on the wall the height of the pedestal sink. Also take the measurement of the area within the pedestal for the pipe which will hold the water and pump. The pedestals come in various shapes and sizes, so yours may not be the same as the one I have.
Now, place the sink on top of the pedestal to get the measurement for the sink’s mounting holes.
You can also attach the sinks drainpipes as seen above.
Drill the holes large enough for the wall mounts. Ensure your bolts are rated for the weight of the sink.
Mount your sink onto the wall being sure not to tighten the screws too tight.
If your measurements are correct your sink will be nice and level!
Now that we have determined where we want the sink to be, it’s time to attach the hardware.
Use thread tape to create a tight seal.
Cap the side of the sink not being used.
Tighten the sink’s cap.
Use of a sink pipe wrench helps to accomplish this.
Now, tighten on the inlet side water tubing to your sink. This is the normal tubing you would use in a sink.
Tighten the end of the tubing to the fitting which also fits into your clear tubing for your pump.
Tighten them both until snug.
Cut this clear plastic tubing so it’s just long enough to reach your pump while it is within your large PVC pipe. The PVC pipe is used to hold your pumps water and will be shown later.
Cut your PVC pipe so it will fit into your sink’s pedestal. Using PVC glue, affix your pipe to your end cap.
Let the glue dry about 15 to 20 min. Fill with water and test your system and fixtures for leaks.
Slide your pedestal under your sink and you are done!
I hope you enjoy this project!
Our Little Backyard Bird Parents
These two cute little birds built a nest in our plant here. Because we our outside near it the parents are keeping their eyes on us.
Not to worry little parents, we are happy to have you live here.
Julie and Gordon