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Oct 06 2015 -
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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.

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.

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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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131 Comments

  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.
    Cheers,
    Jennifer
    http://awellstyledlife.com

    • 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!
    Smiles!
    Terry
    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!
    Smiles!
    Terry

  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)

    Tania

  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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    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!
    Michelle

  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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    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.
    Kathleen
    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!!!

  43. Marsha Sturgill
    December 3, 2016 at 12:08 pm

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

    • December 5, 2016 at 3:55 pm

      Hey Marsha, thank you!! In MN we have some of the strictest electrical codes in the county and GFCI outlets no longer cut it for us! So, instead of a GFCI outlet instead I installed a dual GFCI/AFCI breaker on the whole circuit 🙂 I didn’t mind so much, though the breaker was VERY expensive, I’ve always found the GFCI outlets to be kind of annoying and have had several quit working on me in the past, so it worked out!

  44. January 7, 2017 at 8:33 am

    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.

    • January 9, 2017 at 5:36 pm

      Hi Sheila, because this sink is so old it does have scratches in the bottom of it and those are the only places it gets dirty and needs scrubbing otherwise these cast iron sinks don’t stain at all and are as tough as nails!

  45. January 9, 2017 at 12:53 am

    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!

    • January 9, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      Thanks Sue and don’t worry about that outlet. We live in one of the strictest electrical code states in the country and GFCI outlets are no longer considered compliant, now we have to install dual GFCI/ACFI breakers at the panel instead which I did on all of our bathrooms and kitchen 🙂

  46. Michele
    February 12, 2017 at 5:46 am

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

    • February 13, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      Hi Michele, we did not add a garbage disposal as we’ve never had one lol and didn’t think we needed one but I think it would have been just as simple to install here as on any other sink. I honestly don’t know what this sink was “built” for – it was so old I really don’t know if it was literally once made to be a kitchen sink or otherwise. Regardless, its SO deep and big I just love it!

  47. Jen
    February 15, 2017 at 12:20 am

    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!

    • February 15, 2017 at 4:01 pm

      Hey Jen, yup this sink weighed a TON – I could barely move it on my own lol With most sinks they sit into the counter top and just hang there by their lip that runs across the outside top of the sink but because of its weight I just didn’t dare try that. Instead I built the base to the size of the bottom of the sink so it would sit directly on those 4x4s. Sorry I don’t have the dimensions!

  48. February 21, 2017 at 4:56 am

    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.

    • February 21, 2017 at 4:01 pm

      Thank you so much Leanna!

  49. February 21, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    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 🙂

    • February 22, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      Thank you so much Amber!!

  50. April 5, 2017 at 8:51 pm

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

  51. Lyn
    April 30, 2017 at 12:51 am

    i’ve been struggling for a year trying to figure out how to build a base for my vintage cast iron sink with drainboard. i haven’t been able to find anything suitable or to my taste until now. your base is so simple to make and exactly what i was looking for. a million thanks for sharing this.

    • May 1, 2017 at 11:10 pm

      Oh Lyn that’s so great to hear! I was so excited when this turned out because it’s impossible to find cabinets that work with these old beauties and custom sink bases are incredibly expensive!

  52. May 23, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    That came out BEAUTIFULLY! Seriously, I love it. Thanks so much for linking up on Thoughtful Thursday! <3

  53. Diana
    June 17, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    Love your work. I’m trying to design something similar for my house in Australia so this is very helpful. My question is, where do you drain your pots etc?
    Cheers
    Diana

    • June 19, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      Hi Diana, we have hooked up to a regular sink drain and it goes into our septic tank – thanks!

  54. June 25, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Giggle. I noticed the outlet and did think about it not looking GFCI.

    I love the barnwood pieces. The rustic weathered look is perfect. Thanks for sharing on Friday Frivolity.

  55. July 26, 2017 at 1:13 am

    This wonderful post is a HOME feature on the July You’re the STAR blog hop: http://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/2017/07/youre-star-week4-home-july-2017.html
    Thanks
    Angie

  56. August 2, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Thanks for the information about kitchen sinks and counter tops. I have been wanting to get new counter tops in my kitchen for a while now, but I don’t know what would look good with my sink and appliances which is why I am really glad I came across this article.

    • August 3, 2017 at 3:13 pm

      Great, thanks for coming by!

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