Published at Wednesday, January 30th 2019. by Osvald Henriksen in Kitchen Faucet and Sink.
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.
A common companion for stainless steel sinks was laminates. The Formica Company developed its first light-colored faux wood-grain laminates in 1927, and their popularity grew as the material became more water- and heat-resistant. In the seven years following World War II, about one-third of new kitchens were dressed in Formica. Into the '60s, laminates continued marching pinkly around American sinks. Today at least one company, Wilsonart, will match old laminate patterns by scanning them and reproducing them digitally.
Candlemakers Linda and John Meyer’s bright and bold Portland, Maine home is an enticing celebration of color and fun. A true lesson in not taking life too seriously, their carrot-colored sink effortlessly picks up on the pair’s equally vibrant collection of dishes—not to mention, the cabinet knobs. With a sink like this, washing up after dinner would seem like anything but a chore.
Even the most exacting old-house owners determined that every last spice jar and cup hook in their kitchen should be genuinely historic may quail when it comes to choosing an appropriate kitchen sink Salvage dealers often stock only a handful, compared to dozens of clawfoot tubs and lavatories. "I don't get a lot in," says Tom Sundheim of Architectural Artifacts in Denver. "The kitchen was always the first room that anyone remodeled."
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.
Steampunk isn’t the only vintage design style you might be interested in. A gold faucet with separate decorative handles can add a touch of timeless elegance to any kitchen. Gold is also a good color choice if the rest of the kitchen feels fairly bland. Adding a fixture that stands out helps break up the monotony in a room where most of the other fixtures and surfaces are white.
Unlike the bathroom lavatory, which might have been made of marble or china with fluted edges, the kitchen sink was likely to be prosaic in both shape and material, and to have become chipped and stained over the years. So when it came time to update the rest of the room, off it went to the local landfill.
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