The old fishing cabin Diane and Eric Thurman bought in Algonquin, IL, on the Fox River is undergoing a complete face lift inside and out, and the couple is sticking with a distinctive fishing and nautical vibe throughout. To pay homage to the original cabin’s roots, they installed a hand-made fish cleaning-style station as the vanity in their downstairs bathroom.

Diane told us the original cabin was one large room with a rudimentary kitchen and a Thurman fishing vanity sink & faucetbathroom, and it was expanded over the years into 2,000 square foot two-story family home. We came across part of the Thurmans’ story when Diane posted a review of the Danze Opulence single-handle bathroom faucet in satin black “a Cheesehead” installed for them.

To help you understand why the term “Cheesehead” in Diane’s review is so important, Wisconsin residents – including everyone at eFaucets – are often referred to as Cheeseheads because Wisconsin is known as the Dairy State. The rivalry between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears professional football teams adds another layer to the teasing banter between citizens of Wisconsin and Illinois.

“Ordered this for a downstairs bathroom vanity in our house on the Fox River,” her review reads. “Wanted the vanity to look like a fishing station. Hired a “cheesehead” to construct and love the finished product!”

The Cheesehead to whom Diane refers is Arthur Carlson of Good Riddance Farm in Elkhorn, WI. She said stumbled across his page/shop on Etsy while looking for a vanity that would fit the fishing cabin look she was going for in the downstairs bathroom.

“It turns out he’s willing to build almost anything,” Diane said. “Art normally builds potting stations out of pallet wood, and when we asked about a fish cleaning station, he said, ‘yes.'”

Carlson also agreed to install the stainless steel sink and the Danze faucet as part of the build so when Diane and Eric took delivery of the vanity, installation was a snap.

“We’re so happy with the way (the vanity) turned out,” she added. “It looks just like a fish cleaning station that’s been converted. Art did such a great job, and the black faucet looks like it was always part of it.”