I have been thinking recently about “remodeling” the kitchen. When I say remodel, I mean tear out the flooring, throw in some simple new lower cabinets (because the current ones are too shallow for a dishwasher), and tossing some paint at the walls. I want butcher block counter tops and a subway tile backsplash, but nothing fancy or expensive. If you want to see our kitchen currently, you can check it out here. I want the kitchen to be vintage and beautiful. Fit our home, but not over the top. I have been searching the web as normal, and found a few 1920s and 30s kitchen pictures that I have locked away in my inspiration folder.
Don’t you just LOVE that green? I would like to paint the upper part of the walls this color and have been trying to find the match for months! And look at the sink in the upper picture? Love that! That sink made me start thinking about what kind of sink I want in my kitchen. Currently, we have a double sink in stainless, which is so boring and not vintage at all, unless you are talking vintage 70s. Anyway, during the wish list making process I made a trip to Home Depot where I came across this American Standard farmhouse sink and decided that was the style I wanted: A single basin sink with an apron front. And although it is listed at $750 on Amazon.com, I thought I could justify it since I wasn’t doing a total kitchen overhaul.
The sink is lovely, and has been in my Amazon.com wish list for a year now, but not much has happened with the kitchen. Since the summer is gearing up, I decided it was time to get more serious about my fixture choices. I started searching craigslist for cast iron and porcelain sinks just to see if I could find anything old and interesting that I liked that was less expensive than the American Standard sink. I found that many old sinks were usually around the $200-$300 level, and would fit into the budget a little better. Plus, who doesn’t love vintage over new any day!? I decided I wanted to go with one of the sinks with a drainboard (like the one in the pic above), as I like to use a dish drainer for small loads, and started searching a several hour radius for the perfect one. I searched for a few months, and then I found this:
I almost pooped myself. First, I LOVE the green of the 1920s and 1930s kitchens. As mentioned above, I am intending to paint the walls this color, and I almost died when I found out it could be found in a sink! Second, I have never seen a sink this color! I quickly did some research into the color of this sink and the going price, and found that $1250 was actually a pretty good deal. The seller must have also done their research, and I respect that. However, this was craigslist we were dealing with, so I was pretty sure I could haggle that price down. I contacted the seller and was able to get them down to $850. I thought this deemed the sink worthy of a visit. The problem was, the sink was in Nebraska and about 3.5 hours away!
Now, I am a fool, but I don’t like to do craigslist deals alone. And I wasn’t going to drive to Nebraska alone to haggle for a sink. Chet’s schedule kept changing and screwing up my plans, but I was finally able to trap him 2 weeks after initial contact and force him on a trip to Nebraska. As you can tell, he was more than excited.
We made it to the small town where the sink was located and found out it was on a farm. Good thing I didn’t go alone, right? Although the man was very nice, he seemed a bit of a hippie, and I could have ended up fertilizer under his prized lettuce he sold at the farmer’s market! As I mentioned above, I talked the man down to $850, and was pretty pleased with that, but I really wanted to buy it for $600. $600 for a sink is quite reasonable, right? Right?! My next move was to unleash Chet on the poor man. After increased haggling on Chet’s part, we settled at $750. I know. $750 is a lot for a sink. BUT HAVE YOU SEEN THIS SINK?! Plus, if you look above, that damn new, soulless, sterile, bland sink from Amazon.com was $750, and I was willing to splurge there, so why couldn’t I splurge on a rare, beautiful, vintage treasure like this green sink? Needless to say. It came home with us.
Currently it is sitting on our living room floor. Possibly, this inconvenience is motivation to work on the kitchen. Possibly, it is just the cusp of the hoard explosion from beyond it’s confines. Only time will tell…
But seriously, who cares? SINK!!!!