I have wanted to install an outdoor garden sink for years. With all the gardening, barbecuing and kid play in our yard, a garden sink workstation would really come in handy. We looked for inspiration at all the outdoor garden sink ideas but I knew I wanted something vintage.
This summer on vacation in Oregon, a vintage hunter's dream store, was not far from my brother's home. Hubby and I went crazy in there. They had an entire room devoted to old sinks. I think we spent an hour and decided on this antique sink from the 1920s for our garden sink DIY project. It came with the mounting piece it was originally set with. Lucky!
To me, working in the garden is healing and now I can work outside without coming in to wash up. I rinse vegetables in the garden sink faucet and we put the old drinking fountain on the other side. The drinking fountain had been in this garden since my hubby was a boy. Now our youngest gets a cool drink whenever she wants one.
The antique garden sink sits right next to hubby's barbecue so he can quickly wash up and rinse things like our special corn on the cob recipe. We have the old rubber stopper and plug that came with it and we can soak things out here as well. I've even seen a few Barbie's using the sink in the summer. Talk about a multi-purpose outdoor sink.
We knew our old sink would go in this spot because we had an old water spigot that was no longer in use. Hubby made a few trips to the hardware store for a garden hose sink adapter but he actually plumbed it like a regular sink but just with cold water. We searched the garage and found an old piece of rigid PVC pipe to drain the sink into the adjacent planter, but you could use flexible tubing.
The only additional garden sink plans we have is to seal the under part of the iron sink. You can see it came with some rust but being outdoors we do not want to see it damaged from moisture. A clear sealer will take just minutes to apply.
We do not use any harsh cleaners that would drain into this planter but when I do scour the sink we just pull the flexible hose into a bucket and can dump that indoors in our stationary sink.
Cost of DIY Outdoor Garden Sink
- $45 vintage 1928 sink
- $20 one sink faucet
- $24 hoses
- Total: $89