Problem: A boring, off-the-shelf sink with a pedestal and no storage. Solution: This Rustic Sink Pedestal Surround, that didn't cost me a single cent. I built this pedestal surround in 5 hours and used six pallets. However, it looks like I spent a lot of money for someone to make me a custom pedestal and sink combo. And, this created much-needed storage!
Rustic Sink Pedestal Surround:
First, measure to the bottom of your sink. You want to have it as close to the bottom of the sink as possible, so it looks like a custom unit instead of a surround. Next, cut deck boards to length and create a simple box. Butt-join the bottom and sides; secure with fasteners.
Rustic Sink Pedestal Surround - shelf, top, and bottom:
Frame up a shelf (or two) by laying them out after cutting them to fit. Then, cut thin strips, approximately 1''x 1", and secure them to the bottom of the shelf, but plan on being able to cut a "U" shape to accommodate the original pedestal. These strips will stabilize the shelf after it is cut to fit. Secure the shelf in place with fasteners. You'll do the same with the bottom and top. Provide extra support so that when the shelves/top/bottom are cut to fit around the pedestal, they won't collapse.
Rustic Sink Pedestal Surround - the doors & finishing:
Cut deck boards to create one or two doors to your preference. Then, just cut more of those 1" x 1" strips and secure the doors together. Install the hinges and mount the doors. Finally, put in a couple of fun handles or knobs. We chose cute little daisies. :)
I sanded everything smooth, but left the hardware holes, the "tan lines," etc. intact. To finish, I applied a varnish to protect it from moisture.