Glowing French Shaving Sink {Junkers United Christmas Vignette}

Let the Christmas decorating games begin! Today I am joining up with my junky-loving friends for the 2nd annual Junkers United Christmas blog hop.  <–Click here to see last year’s junky little Christmas project!

Over the years, my husband has brought home all sorts of antiques and junk that he finds during his treasure hunts.  I am never at a loss for cool old things to blog about because of my junk-lovin’ man. For my birthday this year, he presented me with one of THE most unique finds to date… this antique shaving stand with a built-in sink and copper soap dispensers! See the pedals at the bottom? Those control the soap dispensers that are sticking out of the shelf just under the big wooden”B”. Sidenote: If you’re looking for the tutorial on my DIY Reindeer moss wreath, click here!

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He found this jewel at the Oak Mountain Emporium where they called it a French Shaving Stand.  I have Googled all combinations of search terms from “french shaving sink” to “antique sink with pedals” but so far, nada. I cannot find anything like it online. Does anyone know what this cute little stand is actually called?  Anyone have a link to one they can share? Feel free to leave it in the comments so we can all ooooh and aaaaah over it!


If you’ve been reading this old blog for any length of time, you’ll know that one of my signature Christmas decorating ideas is to fill up a unique container with Christmas ornaments and a string of lights and call it a day. Glowing Christmas decor It all began in 2010 with a glowing wooden dough bowl on the dining table.  In 2011, I filled a wooden basket on the hearth, then went back to the glowing dough bowl in 2012. By 2013, the old wooden tool box o’ magic arrived. This little decorating trick takes approximately 2 minutes to complete, and looks like approximately a million bucks.  It’s become an annual tradition for me at this point.  Who am I to break any Christmas traditions?  (especially when they are as simple as this one!)


So, this year, I decided to up the ante and fill up not one but TWO unique containers with the light/ornament combo.  I moved the wooden toolbox to the bottom shelf of the shaving stand, added some ornaments and a light strand inside the sink and plugged it all up! Voila!  Double the magic!  French-Shaving-Stand-Decorated-for-Christmas-4.jpg

As a bonus, I now have an entire Christmas vignette decorated by my front door in just minutes. I finally replaced the old photo collage on a column that used to sit in this spot, and I love how it opened up the space in front of my front door.  It’s the perfect size for the area.

Will you show your glow this year? Please share your pics with me if you do! I LOVE seeing how you decorate for Christmas!

Now, y’all please be sure to go visit all of my junker friends and see their AMAZING Christmas ideas this year!  These ladies never disappoint with their genius junk-filled ideas.  Are you ready?

visit more

Donna – Funky Junk Interiors

Susan – Homeroad

Bliss – Bliss Ranch

Becky – Beyond the Picket Fence

Beth – Unskinny Boppy

Carlene – Organized Clutter

Laurel – Chipping with Charm

Breida – Breida with a B

Angie – Knick of Time

Brian – GadgetSponge

Laura – Finding Home

Marianne – Songbird

KariAnne – Thistlewood Farms

Pauline – My Altered State

PS: Don’t forget to enter the Showcase Showdown Giveaway where I’m giving away over $2,500 in AWESOME prizes this week!

And, be sure to come back tomorrow to take my full home tour for Jen Rizzo’s 4th Annual Holiday House Walk! I’ll be Stop #18 on the tour! CANNOT WAIT!!



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  1. This vignette is both clever and gorgeous, Beth! The glow is awesome!

  2. What a sweeeet piece of junk you have there! My, my, your hubby gets a gold star for that one. Adorable, Beth, and I love the simple lights in a barrel, bowl or box trick. I use that one too, and they end up being my favorite vignettes. Go figure, right? Happy Holidays.
    Rita C at Panoply

  3. GadgetSponge Brian says:

    What a fantastic arrangement! I’m betting that it was a medical sink because the soap dispenser is foot operated so the doctor didn’t have to touch anything. Regardless, it’s a showstopper piece. I would have definitely grabbed it. Everything looks so great with it. And the lighted ornaments are a “glowing” accent. So glad to be part of the Christmas Junkers United this year with ya’ll! #christmasjunkersunited

  4. I’m drooling over that sink, as well as the effect of the lights with the ornaments – it’s amazing how simple something so lovely can be!

  5. What a dreamy little spot…love the stand and what you did with it for Christmas. I have a feeling you will have fun with this piece all year long!!

  6. Love it Beth – all of the elements pulled together are perfect. But, I must admit, you really had me with that amazing vintage box filled with lights and ornaments!

  7. That stand is amazing when it’s not all lite up, but that takes it too a whole ‘nother shaving level!

  8. I love this, I want a shaving stand! I love the lights, they really are magical!

  9. Oh, Beth! It’s so pretty and glowy and wonderful! I just love everything about it – especially that big B!!
    Merry Christmas!

  10. I believe this piece you are featuring might be called a wash stand, which some called a shaving stand. They are also called lavabo’s. Does the piece on the bottom of the top bowl look like it might have opened for draining? See or Good luck…either way it’s a cool piece!

  11. So so so so GORGEOUS! I’ve always wanted to adopt your signature illuminated ornament idea. Maybe this year! And you have most certainly found the perfect way to display it this year. What an amazing piece!

    Your entire entry is jaw dropping gorgeous, Beth!

  12. That is gorgeous Beth! I love the lights!

  13. Holy cow, that is an amazing find! I’ve never seen one before. You seriously know how to design and highlight a space. (Hello! understatement.) I love the lights in this so much. Awesome Beth!

  14. Fonda Rush says:

    The shaving stand is so unique, and I love it. I also like how you light your ornament displays. Neat idea!

  15. Love it. I have no idea what it is. I have found that when I need advice like this I go to Hometalk and I usually get an answer:) I love putting lights in all my displays, too. But there’s always the ugly cord to contend with. Have you found any cordless lights that are a decent length and don’t cost an arm and a leg?
    Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home}

  16. Ooh La La…so pretty!

  17. Well damn. I do have a glowing box ala Unskinny Boppy, but I’ve yet to do my holiday photo marathon. Mine is in our fake fireplace. It lives up to all the hype and more. 🙂

  18. This is the most unusually perfect thing I have ever seen. What a great piece and you knew how to make it gorgeous for Christmas. I love lighted balls. Yes, that’s on my to do this.

    Thanks for sharing.

  19. Beautiful!

    Of course I’m the queen of sidetrack so I have been having a wee root around WWW land. Couldn’t find a single one out there with pedals, but I did find a few wash stands, none as spectacular as yours though – you’re hubby is a true gem! 🙂

    here’s the link to my search if you want a wee nosy. 🙂



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  2. […] also seen the  glowing French shaving stand full of lights and ornaments from yesterday’s Junkers United post.  I love this stand so […]

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