Vintage style drainboard sink – Clarion by Strom Plumbing

drainboard sink

This story has been updated — there are actually two, wall-hung farmhouse sinks like this on the market — read about them both here.

If you are looking for a porcelain drainboard sink made new, this is the only one that I know of. It’s the Clarion, manufactured by Strom Plumbing, and for sale online and via catalogs at places like Vintage Tub & Bath. It’s not cheap — around $1,600 — but it appears to be the real deal — a reproduction of an original farmhouse sink, made of porcelain over cast iron, and including the much coveted double drainboards. It’s a whopping 5′ long. What an amazing centerpiece for a farmhouse kitchen, a camp house or cottage kitchen, a bungalow kitchen, or a Victorian.

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Comments

  1. dale says

    I picked up a farmhouse sink with single drainboard at a scrap metal yard. I had it re “enameled” which turned out to be a mistake. The finish doesn’t expand and contract with the changing water temperature and the sink bowl cracked and peeled like crazy. Same thing with my bathroom sink. So it may actually pay to buy a reproduction that has been finished in a factory setting with baked on paint. Also, it’s hard to find a good wall mount faucet set with an 8 inch spread like these. Mine is from China and needs new washers that both Lowes and Home Depot don’t sell. Even the local plumbing supply can’t match them. If you go the vintage route make sure the sink comes with the wall brackets – these were usually tossed when a sink was taken out of service. You may also need to get a non-standard 1 inch strainer and drainpipe from a specialty supplier. New is starting to look not so bad.

  2. Jeff says

    Reminds me of the many here in Michigan- the style was carried over into the servant’s kitchens of the many mansions built in the teens and twenties as well.

    I bought the Ikea Domsjo double bowl for my kitchen, which is the closest thing to this beauty I could find at the time.

  3. Gail says

    I considered this one too, but the front apron prevented putting the dishwasher where it needed to go, and the backsplash is high and would have created issues with the window over the sink. Ended up going with a new Kohler white cast iron overmount and I’m really happy with the look and practicality.

  4. magnarama says

    I was watching an episode of one of Julia Child’s cooking shows that were filmed in her own kitchen, and looking at her sink, which was a double-bowl, double-drainboard all-stainless unit. And I’m thinking, Hmm, that could look just right with laminate counters in a retro kitchen, which she kind of had, with her seafoam-green color scheme. And lo and behold, there’s a RetroReno post with a 1953 ad for just such a unit:
    http://retrorenovation.com/2007/12/01/stainless-steel-sink-counter-drainboard-combos-are-classic-40s-50s-60s-retro-kitchen-choices/

    And I’ll bet you could locate such a sink unit through a restaurant supplier. And used restaurant equipment is pretty easy to find, too.

  5. Just another Pam says

    So very beautiful but I’m not moving just so I can put one in my house though I’m sorely tempted.

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