Published at Wednesday, January 30th 2019. by Osvald Henriksen in Kitchen Faucet and Sink.
Porcelain enameling, the process of applying ground glass to hot metal, has been used for ornament for hundreds of years, but it wasn't until about 120 years ago that manufacturers figured out how to fire it onto heavy cast iron. By the 1920s cast iron was by far the most popular material for sinks. Early models were supported in front by iron legs, shaped to resemble furniture legs. Of course they were all white, as befit the national mania for antiseptic surfaces.
In the 1920s, an ore with a naturally occurring mix of copper and nickel (with a dash of iron, manganese, silicon, and carbon) was tapped to make Monel, a corrosion resistant, lightweight white metal. Stainless steel, a blend of several different iron and chromium alloys, was studied as early as 1821, but until 1909 no one knew how to make it corrosion resistant. The material took off in the 1940s and '50s, not only for sinks but in countertops.
So how do you decide between the many options out there? OHJ checked in with two readers—one of them a former editor on staff—to find out how they selected sinks for their kitchen rehabilitations, and the specific challenges they faced in getting them installed. But when it came to the sink, they realized they could go a couple of different ways. They could select a sink from the mid-1800s, the house's early timeframe, or one dating to the year they had documented the installation of indoor plumbing on the house, which was 1948.
You’ll be spending a little time each day standing in front of your kitchen sink, so select something lovely to dazzle your gaze. Choose a work of art you love—a painting of a relaxing scene or framed doodles from your children—to decorate this space. Antique farmhouse kitchen gadgets or a vase of fresh flowers will add great color and texture. These can be hung directly on the wall or placed along a shelf or two. Make sure the art you select is lovely but not precious since these items will be living above an active water source.
Black on black on black has never looked better. The secret to this high-impact scene? Consistency. In addition to the coordinating countertops and backsplash, we love that the interior of this perfectly square sink follows suit. Only a tiny brass faucet gives away the sink’s discreet location.
A brushed nickel faucet is the ideal choice for someone who wants to strike a balance between contemporary and classic styles. The minimal design and sleek sheen of this faucet type blends with the subtle aged quality of brushed nickel to bridge the gap between the new and the old. Consider this style if you’re thinking about upgrading your whole kitchen in the future, but haven’t yet chosen a design plan. It’s versatile enough to match any major style.
Laura and John Lazet had already repaired decades' worth of remuddles to their mid-1800s farmhouse in Mason, Michigan, by the time they decided to tackle the kitchen. They knew they would keep the room's design aligned with the rest of the house. They were also fortunate enough to have found a sketch of the kitchen's early layout and have a few original, untouched pantry doors on which to model the cabinets.
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