Farmhouse sinks — two sources for authentic early-1900s reproductions

farmhouse sink cast iron authentic reproduction 42"

farmhouse kitchen sink for a retro kitchen

Laura made a skirt for her Sandford sink

Reader Laura gets major snaps for finding the 42″ Sandford farmhouse kitchen sink, above, which she used in her adorable retro kitchen renovation. If you are doing a bungalow kitchen, or a Victorian kitchen, or a charming Farmhouse kitchen with any degree of retro / vintage twist — this sink would be great. You gotta LOVE the drainboard on the left — so useful.  Other great details: It’s 42″ — a great size to pair with a 42″ vintage stove (repetition of sizes is good in design)…. It’s porcelain-enamel on cast iron — just like the originals… You’re going to use a wall-mount faucet, 8″ spread, like the ones here. Note, 7″ deep bowl is going to get splashy, a good excuse to wear a spiffy vintage apron. Where to buy: $827 with free shipping — Buy it exclusively at Signature Hardware, it’s made just for them, their website says.

There’s only one more sink like this available today (that I know of) — read on –>

farmhouse kitchen sink authentic reproductionThere is also a second, bigger choice for a classic, wall-hung, drainboard kitchen farmhouse sink: The Clarion sink, manufactured by Strom Plumbing. This design is a full 5′ wide, and because of its size and those legs, I would say that this goes in a Victorian kitchen or a vintage-retro kitchen that’s not trying to be “authentic” to any particular era. Bungalow? Maybe, but I think it would be pretty big for most bungalow kitchens – and I don’t *see* the legs in a bungalow, although the sink top design in general, yes. The Clarion includes two drainboards — one to the right, one to the left… a much higher backsplash… comes with two legs… and the sink is deeper, just over 9″. Like the Sandford, it also is “real deal” porcelain enamel over cast iron. It weighs almost 500 lbs, and is about $1550, with free shipping.

Where to buy the Clarion: There seems to be one major supplier, Vintage Tub & Bath, and if you go to them via this link on Amazon — Strom Plumbing Clarion Farmhouse Drainboard Sink P0814 White — I get a spiff. Hey, every little bit for the blog helps.

vintage kohler farmhouse sinkDo you want to see some vintage kitchen sink inspiration? See this story with 16 photos of vintage Kohler kitchen sinks — awesome images provided direct to me from the great folks at Kohler.

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Comments

  1. Sarah says

    I will always covet a drain board sink but there is no room for one in my kitchen setup. My little sister recently moved into a rental with a full set of steel cabinets and a drainboard sink atop that her landlord is throwing out. If only I had an extra kitchen!!

    • Shelly in PHX says

      Sarah, maybe your sis could convince the landlord to let us know about the cabinets & whatnot after he pulls them out?

      • Sarah says

        I actually told her to let her landlord know that someone will probably be very happy to scoop them up instead of letting them sit in a landfill. We’ll just have to wait and see! I’ll be jealous of whoever gets them though. 🙂

  2. njw says

    My mom’s 1940’s “Colonial” in Arlington, VA had a sink very much like that Sandford, but I think the wash bowl was wider. Back in about 98, I tried to convince her to retain it for the remodelled kitchen but didn’t pull it off. Well, the porcelain was long since worn to nothing. The sheer functionality of it impressed me.

    • says

      Also from Arlington VA, had simillar sink, but bowl was very large and drain side was on left. splash wall was along right side of drain, and behind sink. Had to preplace faucet in 80s and had a horrid time finding one, now they are more available. House was built in 1930

  3. Jordanna says

    This might be stupid, but what’s the difference between a farmhouse sink and an apron sink? Because I can find plenty of apron sinks.

    I do love a nice white sink. I don’t know where I would find one narrow enough for our tiny apartment kitchen, and just as well I guess because then I would have to buy it – when our stainless one still works – but I do love the look of them. Maybe next house!

    • says

      The difference? First understand that the term Farmhouse or Farm Sink is merely a slang term. These high back splash, apron or no apron model sinks were sold in high rise city buildings as often as a rural farmhouse. Why? because it was just the design of sinks from the early 1900 to 1950 eras.

      So really there are more recent slang terms to describe these sinks. Don’t get me wrong, I use the term as well, but only because the average person understands the terms. A high back splash sink may have an apron (5 1/2″ to 8″ wide/tall belted area around the waste line of the sink. Some ceramic apron sinks don’t have a back splash. So you need to know what you actually want, demand a picture to fully grasp the design.

      I contacted one of the manufacturers of the reproduction “Farmhouse” sinks and was told it was baked enamel paint, not Furnace fired Porcelain. So do some good research and ask direct exacting questions.

  4. Chutti says

    Oouhoyoouuuhoo! Perfect timing for this story!
    We’re about 1/2 way through restoring our 1920 bungalow kitchen to 1930 era. The 4th picture in the linked story is spooky. SO MUCH like our vision it’s scary.
    The sink, window, cabinets and stove are all in the same positions as our house.
    Whoa!

    Was VERY lucky to find a nice farmhouse with left drainboard and wall mount faucets intact for…$250!….at a local salvage place. Been looking hard for photos of mounts without legs. This is exactly what we are looking for.
    The little corner of the stove in that one looks slightly newer than our 1930 Spark stove, but in the same place. That stove will be our kitchen star, but I want the sink to look right too.

    Thanks for the inspiration. Hubs will be getting these photos added to his honey-do book. LOVE it!

    • Chris says

      Hey Chutti!

      Although I love this blog — and adore mid-century modern — our house is from 1934.

      Can I assume that you are doing a 30s house as well?

      Wondering if you’ve found any good blogs or anything for this time period.

      🙂
      Thanks!
      Chris

  5. Jennifer Kepesh says

    For those of us who neither have patience to find the perfect-fit original farmhouse/apron sink nor the $ to buy a koehler tribute, note that IKEA carries apron sinks in both single- and double-bowl versions. I have one of each in my newly-remodeled kitchen; they look nice, and the cost can’t be beat.

  6. jhart05 says

    I have a small, very modest, built in 1925, home.
    Currently remodeling my kitchen.
    I have almost the exact sink in the first picture, except it’s about 54 inches wide.

    Three things I’m looking for a little guidance on:

    1) Everyone says I should put in a new sink. Keep telling myself I should keep the old one because it will save money, it’s in decent shape, and it’s the right thing to do. Could just use some reassurance on this one. LOL. 🙂
    2) Splash from the sink. It’s a shallow sink and splashes up on you. Any ideas on how to eliminate that? Different type of faucet? Maybe just a small, cheap, square plastic tub would help?
    3) Need legs for support. This is a big one. I have searched all over and have only been able to find a pair for $210 from antiqueplumber.com. Just seems expensive to me for a couple of adjustable legs. Is it?

    • pam kueber says

      jhart, you are in a place where folks are going to tell you: Love the House You’re In. That is: Be grateful you have some cool vintage features remaining in your house — keep ’em!

      Can you add a link showing the sink legs you are looking at? And if you are interested – send me some pics of your kitchen – perhaps I can do a post. Email them to me at retrorenovation [at] gmail [dot] com

    • says

      If the legs are nice porcelain legs, buy them. I’d want twice that. Legs were thrown away more often than sinks as they were easy to dispose of. I buy junk sinks for $200 just to get the legs whenever I can.
      Word to the wise. They don’t make 80 year old sink legs today!

      • jhart05 says

        I did get them. However there was one problem.

        My sink is on the right.

        The leg was too long to fit under there.

        So I only have one of the legs in use.

        Not sure what to do with the other. Find someone to cut it down? I don’t know.

  7. Callie says

    I plan to get a fiberglass reproduction sink when we redo the kitchen. We have broken more dishes in one year with our mid century porcelain iron sink than we did in 12 years with a stainless steal sink. I love that some one thought to make them in fiberglass.

  8. Heidi says

    I have an early 1900 high back sink we are having refinished for our kitchen. I’m wondering where I can find the wall mounting brackets for it. Anyone know of a supplier?

  9. Edward Howe says

    I have a circa 1900 farmhouse wall mounted sideboard sink with adjustable legs
    Were would I go to sell this?

  10. Brenda says

    I am restoring an old two bowl farmhouse sink. The left bowl is deep and circular while the one on the right is square and more shallow. It almost seems like it might have been made to have some sort of insert? Anyone have any info on this style?

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