How to: Build your own kitchen sink base!

I knew from the minute I laid eyes on it that it would become our 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! Ok, so it definitely ended up “too high” for most people’s standards but, in the end, both Joe and I love our kitchen sink! Once we had our appliances installed I gathered my materials for building the kitchen sink base.

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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 we had to purchase was the faucet for $70 at our local fleet store. All of my materials were leftovers in the barn and had been sitting there for a very long time. 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!

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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.

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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 so I did).

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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 we hauled it into the house and set it in place.

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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 we just built 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 our onions and garlic but I have not yet found the perfect basket yet but, when I do, it will hide our 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.)

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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 our sink? You’re darned right! It is my grandparents’ fifty year old yard light that hung off the pole of our 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 our kitchen sink of course! I will put a prettier bulb in it someday, that one was the best one our little fleet store in town offered. The paper towel holder that we added to the bottom of the top barn wood shelf was something my grandparents’ made many years ago.

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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 our 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 our two main floor bathrooms and, for some reason, my brain read that I need to have ALL of our 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 our counter top. So, our kitchen sink is tall and in all actually, we both like it a lot 🙂 Because it is high it is MUCH easier for washing dishes etc. and 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 pans!

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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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  1. Barbara Riccio
    October 8, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    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.

    • October 8, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      Barbara thank you for commenting! Actually I didn’t mention how I cleaned it because it came clean with just dish soap and hot water and a little elbow grease! I couldn’t believe it, I just used a little soft scrubby sponge.

  2. March 11, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    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.

    • March 11, 2016 at 10:22 pm

      Jennifer, thank you for stopping by and for the comment! I was SO relieved when it turned out ok!

  3. March 31, 2016 at 5:37 pm

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

  4. April 7, 2016 at 1:26 am

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

  5. April 7, 2016 at 2:07 pm

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

    • April 7, 2016 at 2:20 pm

      Thank you! Yup, and in the case with normal cabinets too a towel bar would be great on the “dummy” drawer face on the front of most sink base cabinets 🙂

  6. April 12, 2016 at 1:53 am

    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!

    • April 12, 2016 at 3:03 pm

      Hey girl! Thank you for commenting! Isn’t it neat to have a barn and such a amazing materials to work with!?

  7. May 12, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    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!!

    • May 13, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      Dawn, thank you so so much!!! I’ll definitely swing by!

  8. May 20, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    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!

    • May 20, 2016 at 4:52 pm

      Chloe thank you! What a wonderful idea for one of these old sinks! I’ve seen some pinterest images of potting benches incorporating old cast iron sinks and have literally drooled lol Great idea and hope you find one!

  9. May 24, 2016 at 10:51 am

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

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

  10. May 25, 2016 at 12:07 am

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

  11. May 25, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    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~

    • May 25, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      Oh my gosh, thank you so much Lisa!!

  12. June 4, 2016 at 12:48 pm

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


  13. June 7, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    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.

    • June 8, 2016 at 3:51 pm

      Thank you!! Honestly all I used was vinegar and dish soap and a lot of elbow grease! I was shocked when it came clean so easily!

  14. June 9, 2016 at 2:15 am

    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.

  15. June 10, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    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

    • June 10, 2016 at 8:17 pm

      Oh my gosh Christine! Thank you SO much! If you do build that sink base let me know, I would love to see it!!!

  16. June 14, 2016 at 12:44 pm

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

  17. July 1, 2016 at 8:29 pm

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

  18. July 5, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Wow…this turned out amazing ! 🙂

    I’d love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J

  19. July 7, 2016 at 1:01 am

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

  20. July 8, 2016 at 2:06 am

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

  21. July 8, 2016 at 3:58 am

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

  22. July 8, 2016 at 6:59 am

    Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  23. July 10, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    I love the towel rack! Great job!

  24. July 12, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    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 🙂

    • July 13, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      Jessica, because the sink ended up higher our counter tops ended up higher too and I have to say WE LOVE IT. Its so great for working and not getting water and food on the floor! So, it definitely turned out for the better! Thank you so much for coming by I’m glad you found me too! 🙂

  25. July 13, 2016 at 12:13 pm

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

    • July 18, 2016 at 1:53 pm

      lol thank you! I’d be WAY too camera shy 😉

  26. July 14, 2016 at 1:14 am

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

  27. July 16, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    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!

  28. July 18, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    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

  29. July 27, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    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

    • July 27, 2016 at 6:32 pm

      Oh barn wood in bathrooms can be SO pretty! Thanks for coming by!!

  30. July 28, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Wow, this is really impressive.

  31. August 7, 2016 at 3:37 am

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

  32. August 10, 2016 at 12:49 am

    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.

    • August 10, 2016 at 1:59 pm

      Nancy that makes a lot of sense, thanks for coming by!

  33. August 10, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    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!!

    • August 10, 2016 at 5:45 pm

      Thank you so much Nancy! Yes, my grandma was the same type of gal 🙂 She definitely taught me that if we could build it or make it ourselves it would be silly to buy it new!

  34. August 11, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    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.

  35. August 16, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Amazing!!! Great job!

  36. August 22, 2016 at 8:02 pm

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

    • August 22, 2016 at 8:21 pm

      Thank you so much Beverly!

  37. August 22, 2016 at 8:56 pm

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

  38. August 24, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Wow…this turned out so great!

    Would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, and tips:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  39. August 29, 2016 at 1:22 am

    Great job.

    I love those old sinks.

    I found you on a link up.

  40. September 4, 2016 at 6:38 am

    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.
    Bloggers Pit Stop

    • September 4, 2016 at 1:55 pm

      Thank you Kathleen 🙂

  41. September 12, 2016 at 8:46 pm

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

  42. JES
    September 24, 2016 at 3:53 am

    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! 🙂

    • September 25, 2016 at 9:55 pm

      Thank you so much Jes!!!

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