Published at Wednesday, 30 January 2019. Kitchen Faucet and Sink. By Osvald Henriksen.
When you do find kitchen sinks at a salvage yard, they're predominantly the white enameled cast iron kind that graced a majority of kitchens from roughly 1900 to the 1940s. There were other materials used over the last century or so, but how do you know what's right for your old house?
If you need more space, the solid wall in front of your kitchen sink provides an excellent location for additional storage. You can choose to install glass-front cabinets to show off your beautiful dishes or open shelves to make your mixing bowls easier to reach. (Open-air shelves will need to be dusted and cleaned more frequently, so limit the items you put on them.) Illuminating your cabinet spaces with curio lights makes for a nice finishing touch.
When the Neanderthals needed a water basin they probably used a big rock that had been eroded into a concave shape by centuries of rain. All the rage today is the apron-front, squarish farmhouse sink, which echoes the shape of stone sinks made in America for some 150 years. In this region you may have a prayer of finding a salvaged slate sink. But buyer beware, says Tatko. The sinks may harbor hidden cracks from years of exposure to the elements, and you'll have to custom build your cabinets to accommodate their odd sizes.
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