With all of the interest in retro kitchen appliances, accessories, and furnishings, it is no surprise that vintage kitchen sinks are growing in popularity. After all, the materials that vintage kitchen sinks are made with hold up quite well and most of these sinks look wonderful after they have been subjected to a good scrubbing.
When you are shopping for vintage kitchen sinks, you should take a close look at both the inside and the outside of the sink you are interested in. If the sink is enamel, check the inside and the rim for chips. Chipped enamel can be repaired if it is just a small spot, but a badly damaged sink will need to be resurfaced. The resurfacing job may end up costing you more than you spent on the actual sink.
Since most of these sinks are made with cast iron coated in enamel, however, it is still often worth the cost. Of course, iron can have some drawbacks. Be sure that you turn the sink over to check for rust spots. There can be places where the sink is about to wear through from the back. If you see any of these badly damaged spots, do not buy the sink.
Once you find the right sink for your kitchen, docnot forget to see if standard faucets will fit it. Some of these vintage kitchen sinks do not have the standard faucet hole sizing of today’s sinks, so you cannot always just go to your local hardware store and pick up a faucet. If the sink does not have standard sizing, you may have to place a special order for faucets that will fit.
Finally, if you find vintage kitchen sinks that are in bad shape, but still are coated with bright enamel colors, you may want to consider buying them anyway. You can use a sink as a water feature in your garden.
A single sink is the perfect size for a small fountain and a few water garden plants. You can also drill some holes in the bottom of a sink for drainage and plant it with colorful rock garden plants.