We now have a salvaged sink (complete with a bright blue base) in our basement

We now have a salvaged sink (complete with a bright blue base) in our basement

For a long time - several years, at least - we've had a huge, double-basin, cast-iron kitchen sink sitting in our garage. It was just waiting for the day that we'd get motivated enough to install it in our unfinished basement as a salvaged laundry sink.

Blog PhotoRob had some free time this month, so I when I put the basement sink project on my yearly to-do list, he was kind enough to make it happen.

I was at work for most of the sink construction and plumbing, but here's what I know. Rob used regular old 2-by-4s to build a base for the sink and plumbed it to drain using the same line as our washing machine. He was able to rebuild the drain so the washing machine doesn't drain into the actual sink, though, which I really appreciate.

He also discovered that part of the existing drain had cracked near the sewer line and someone (before us, maybe a previous owner?) tried to fix it with a mess of electrical tape. So, he ended up replacing all the PVC pipe that makes up that drain. He was really frustrated by this (because it meant his fourth trip to the home improvement store that day) but I love that fact that we were able to fix a problem we never knew existed.

Rob painted the wooden sink base Barcelona Blue, hooked up a standard kitchen faucet to the existing nearby water lines, and voila, working sink in our basement.

Honestly, it probably would have been easier and required fewer trips to the store if we'd gone with a laundry tub kit, and the cost would have been about the same.

But I love that this version includes both salvaged and homemade elements, and the cast iron sink is incredibly solid. I didn't have time to inspect it, but I'd guess it was made in the United States. And now, it's no longer taking up space in our garage.

Plus, Rob built the base with the idea that we'd need below-the-sink storage. I love the way he thinks, because this will definitely come in handy for things like laundry soap, the watering can I use for plants wintering in the basement and that sort of thing.

I am so excited for this - I can now clean my paintbrushes downstairs, fill said watering can and wash overflow pots and pans when entertaining (although our sink in the kitchen is a nice, large single-basin stainless steel number). I'm also looking forward to Rob having a place to wash his hands when he's gotten really, really grimy after working outside or in the basement.

Probably about a year ago, I promised him I would get him a huge bottle of heavy-duty hand soap if he'd just get a sink working in the basement, already. I guess I better go buy some.



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rsp wrote on January 28, 2013 at 9:01 am

And a tub kit wouldn't have a sprayer hose! Big plus. 

Meg Dickinson wrote on January 28, 2013 at 1:01 pm
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That's a good point!