How to: Build your own kitchen sink base! Do it yourself, wood working

Oct 06 2015
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I knew from the minute I laid eyes on it that it would become my kitchen sink and that I would be building a custom kitchen sink base for it! Never mind that it had been sitting in a shed for god knows how long and it had, in fact, been filled to the brim with a mouse nest and had probably raised hundreds (if not thousands) of rodents for decades and was, in fact, totally covered in the resulting excretions. Nope, none of that bothered me! I took one look at this sink and my heart soared. It was perfect!

NOTE: Minnesota has what is considered some of the harshest and toughest electrical codes in the country. No, that outlet by my sink is NOT a GFCI outlet because GFCI outlets no longer meet code here in MN. Instead, my entire kitchen is on two separate dual GFCI/ACFI 20amp breakers.

How to build a kitchen sink base @GrandmasHousDIY

My materials all came out of the barn or were scraps from the renovation and, amazingly, the drain was in perfect condition – the only thing I had to purchase was the faucet for $70 at my local fleet store. I knew I wanted to wrap the whole outside of the sink with something very big so I headed to my secret stash of amazing barn wood that I’ve been gathering and pulled out the biggest thing I had: a rough-sawn, ancient, 2×10!

How to build a kitchen sink base @GrandmasHousDIY

It was a really basic piece that I had in mind. Four 4×4 legs, 2x4s laid across the top of them for support, and then the entire thing clad with barn wood. First thing I did was get the most accurate measurements of the sink that I could, which was much easier said then done – no part of this sink is flat or square on the bottom side. From there, I knew how long each of my 2x4s needed to be cut to fit totally under the bottom of the sink. From there I also knew exactly how tall the 4×4 legs had to be so I got to cutting.

How to build a kitchen sink base @GrandmasHousDIY

I screwed the whole thing together with my impact driver and 3″ screws (that sink is HEAVY – I needed to make this kitchen sink base very sturdy lol).

How to build a kitchen sink base @GrandmasHousDIY

Here the kitchen sink base is complete, I will admit that I had a few doubts but I knew my 2×10 from the barn (as well as some more barn wood to be added) would completely cover the 2x4s but I was still nervous as I hauled it into the house and set it in place.

How to build a kitchen sink base @GrandmasHousDIY

Finally got it in place and the sink and dishwasher all hooked up! I added a barn wood shelf under the sink as well as one above the sink for extra storage. You can see how the 2×10 hugs all around the sink, I added this after I installed the sink and the base, it looks like its supporting the sink but really its just hanging out, the bottom base I is what is holding the sink up! 

I hate that you can still see some of the plumbing under the sink, I know most people won’t notice but… it bugs me. I plan on adding a wicker or wire basket to that shelf down there to hold all of my onions and garlic but I have not yet found the perfect basket yet but, when I do, it will hide my plumbing. (the left side of the kitchen sink base, you can’t see it, is totally covered by barn wood so you can only see the plumbing from the from.)

How to build a kitchen sink base @GrandmasHousDIY

I added the towel bar after covering ALL of the kitchen sink base and ALL of the barn wood with two coats of poly acrylic. Is that an old yard light above my sink? You’re darned right! It is my grandparents’ fifty year old yard light that hung off the pole of my little farm yard for many decades! It got replaced and when this old light came down I knew exactly where I wanted it to go 🙂 Above my kitchen sink of course! I will put a prettier bulb in it someday, that one was the best one my little fleet store in town offered. The paper towel holder that I added to the bottom of the top barn wood shelf was something my grandparents’ made many years ago.

How to build a kitchen sink base @GrandmasHousDIY

A couple of things I have to admit. The sink is taller then the counter top not because I wanted it to be, actually I planned on building the kitchen sink base so the sink would be about an inch LOWER then my counter top to make for easy wiping. However, when I ran the drain lines in the house I had expected to have vessel sinks in my two main floor bathrooms and, for some reason, my brain read that I needed to have ALL of my drains that high.

Sighs…

So it was either rip off the drywall and redo the drain line (over my dead body…) or end up with a kitchen sink about four inches taller then my counter top. So, my kitchen sink is tall and in all actually, I like it a lot 🙂 Because it is high it is MUCH easier on the back for washing dishes etc.

I just have to mention, why do they even make sinks that are broken into two parts?! I know, they’re made for when people wash dishes by hand so one sink can be a dish drain rack but, quite frankly, I’ve washed a lot of dishes in this sink and I would never go back to a divided double sink because, for the first time in my life, my sink is big enough to accommodate even my biggest pots and pans!

Some updates have happened since this post! Check out the entire kitchen reveal post here AND I added a great little basket to my sink that made my life SO much easier!

How to build a kitchen sink base @GrandmasHousDIY

And here’s just the old cast iron sink so we can all embrace the incredible ickiness that just a little soap, some hot water and elbow grease cleaned up in only a few minutes!

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Barbara Riccio
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PLEASE. tell us what you used to clean that sink and exactly how you did it! I’ve scrubbed tiny spots and can’t get my sink to look even close to this one! Thanks…. and your idea was wonderful.

Jennifer
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I am so impressed with how creative and clever you are! I would never have thought to rescue that sink by building the base. Bravo! Thanks for joining us for Thursday Favorite things blog hop.
Cheers,
Jennifer
http://awellstyledlife.com

Terry
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WOW! I love this project! You have mad skills! It looks authentically farmhouse! Well done! Sharing on FB!
Have a great day!
Smiles!
Terry
The Curator’s Collection & Making Broken Beautiful

Terry
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Hello Tarah! Loved your sink so much I’m featuring it this week on Making Broken Beautiful! Have a great day!
Smiles!
Terry

Heather
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Wow! Love the sink. Such a good idea to put the towel bar on front.

Kammy's Korner
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Girl, we’ve got a lot in common I think! I always drag wood out of my barn for projects too! And I think we have the same backsplash. 🙂 Not sure I have your handy skills, though! Great job building the base!

Dawn
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WOW WOW WOW!!! I just LOVE this – such a great use of an old solid sink! You did a fab job building the base and I actually love that it’s a bit taller than your counters, my hubby and I like things a bit taller – way to work it on this DIY! I’ll be featuring your sink base at this week’s Friday Favorites – swing by and say hi!!

Chloe Crabtree
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I LOVE this! This is just the kind of sink I want for outdoors for arranging flowers and doing other gardening chores. Sadly I don’t have one of these sitting in a barn out back! Your sink and the base are fantastic, and I am so impressed it was all out of “found” pieces!

Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
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WOW!! What a beautiful sink! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

I’d like to feature this post today at Tuesdays with a Twist!

Angela Boone
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This is gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing at Meet Up Mondays!

Lisa B.
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Good Morning!! Your post has been selected as a Featured Post for the Welcome Home Wednesdays Link Party! Stop by and see your post linked-up and don’t forget to grab your Featured Button too!! ~Lisa~

Tania
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Wow! That looks so great! I’d love to find a sink like that :o)

Tania

Melissa Ruddy
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This is incredible! Just whatever you did to clean the sink totally transformed it before you even create the base, which was amazing it it’s own right. I just love the care and time you are taking to make these things new and usable again. I so love to see the progression of these items. Thank you for sharing.

Sue
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You make it look so easy! Most people would not have the imagination to turn this into a beautiful piece of kitchen furniture. Thanks for sharing with us at #OvertheMoon.

Christine at Must Love Home
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Hi Tarahlynn…fantastic job on the sink! Thanks for sharing at Wonderful Wednesday! I have an ugly plastic tub sink in my laundry room and was thinking of replacing it by making a stand for an old sink. You have saved me the trouble of designing one because I am copying what you did!! Thanks!! BTW,I am choosing your project to be featured at the next Wonderful Wednesday Party!! Hugs- Christine

Helen Fern
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I love the rustic look to this – and the instructions are great! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW DIY party!

Michelle
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Amazing. Simply amazing. Like a brand new model. The work you did. So impressed. Pinning for sure.

Jess
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Wow…this turned out amazing ! 🙂

I’d love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J

Sandra Morris
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LOVE this!!
Thanks for sharing at our Simple Homestead Hop 🙂

Ashleigh
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Thanks for stopping by Peace, Love. Linkup! Hope to see you tomorrow at 6 for more sharing goodness : )

Laura
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That looks great!
Thank you for sharing this at Thoughts of Home. We are so glad you are here.

Carol Cook
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Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Michelle
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I love the towel rack! Great job!
Michelle

Jessica
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I love this sink! I actually have thought many times that the sink needs to be higher so you can keep the dishes from splashing water on the floor without hunching over (and I’m not tall!). I love how you use reclaimed materials with a story. I can’t wait to look around the rest of your blog to see what else you’re doing! I’m glad I found you 🙂

Sandra Garth
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Thanks for sharing this at Celebrate Your Story and you should have a Home Improvement Show!

Elaine Matthews
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This turned out absolutely amazing!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Pinned!

Michell
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Wow!! This turned out beautiful!! I’m a novice DIYer, who hasn’t tackled anything like this…but you’ve just inspired me! Stopping by from “Kimberly’s Weekend Traffic Jam” linkup. Have a wonderful weekend!

Eclectic Evelyn
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Love the rustic look of this. You made this look so easy but I know how hard DIY really is. Thanks for sharing at #TrafficJamWeekend Linky Party

Carla a.k.a Mrs. R
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Hi Taralynn, what a gorgeous idea. I have some reclaimed barn wood that I picked up in a neighboring town. I want to use it for a vanity in our bathroom remodel. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing with us at #SimplifyWednesdays. I look forward to seeing what you share next week! Pinned, Tweeted, Shared

Lux G.
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Wow, this is really impressive.

Our Messy Adventure
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I love this! Thanks so much for sharing this DIY! Super inspiring to look beyond the cosmetics!!

nancy
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Great job with recycling and set up! I have that exact same back splash, looks great too! I think another reason for 2 part sinks is to have things like raw meat dishes/utensils separated from fruits/veggies, etc. No cross contamination.

Nancy Henry
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I learned from my Grandma to “waste not, want not.” I have an old cast iron sink a neighbor threw out after her kitchen remodel. I’m going to use your great idea as a basis for my “new” vanity! Beautiful use of what you had to repurpose your grandparents house. I can feel the love!!

Theresa
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How awesome. I’ve always wanted to re do a really old house or farm house.
Thanks for sharing at the #InspirationSpotlight Party. Pinned & shared. See you again soon.

Ann
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Amazing!!! Great job!

Beverly
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This looks wonderful! How great that you were able to use the old sink. I love the look. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle! Pinning.

Karen Grosz
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Thanks for sharing on Let’s Get Real Link Up. That is amazing sink – I would love that in my house!

Jess
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Wow…this turned out so great!

Would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, and tips: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

Meena
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Great job.

I love those old sinks.

I found you on a link up.

Kathleen
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You should bottle that elbow grease it did an awesome job cleaning the sink. I so enjoyed reading this post. I just think that is because you are so practical, I have no interest in doing anything like this, years ago I would have, but not now. Keep up the good work, your grandparents would be so proud of you.
Kathleen
Bloggers Pit Stop

Sandi
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What an awesome job! I’m sure your grandparents would be so proud of your accomplishment. Thank you for sharing with us.

JES
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Oh wow!! Gorgeous and just my style!!!! Thank you for sharing with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth! 🙂

Marsha Sturgill
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Love your sink, but please change your outlet to a GFI

Sheila M. Miller
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Its looking so stylish and really a lovable kitchen sink ever. Its a another part that adding a bar with this. White color is beautiful but I’ve a little confusion about it. Does a white sink dirt quickly? Thank you for sharing this.

Sue
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Love your sink and your ideas! Have not talent of my own but enjoy seeing others. Please tell me that you have replaced the outlet on the right hand side of the new sink with a ground fault outlet. A regular outlet is not safe that close to a water source. We learned this the hard way and now have the ground fault at all kitchen and bath sink areas. Good Luck with your remodel. It’s lovely!

Michele
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I love your sink and your base. This wasn’t a kitchen sink, right? Were you able to add a garbage disposal?

Jen
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Hi Tarahlynn! I love, love, love it! Do you happen to o have the dimensions of the base that you made? I assume the sink is really heavy and needed extra support? it is perfect for the sink!

Leanna
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You really are creating the loveliest of homes one project at a time. Everything about your decor is one of a kind vintage. Its beautiful.

Amber Harrop
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I would not have believed you made this out of reclaimed parts Tarahlynn – it is honestly so gorgeous. I am delighted you shared it with us on I am Pinnable and I hope you won’t mind if I feature it 🙂

Julie Christiansen
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What a great transformation. It’s amazing the things thst can be salvaged with just a little but of effort. Beautiful!

Iris Nacole

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