Farmhouse drainboard sinks

farmhouse drainboard sinkClassic farmhouse drainboard sinks look quite charming in a vintage kitchen. We continue to do extensive research on all the options for retro sinks and faucets — so now there is enough information to make a whole page of all the alternatives — including stainless steel options too.

1. Authentic vintage farmhouse drainboard sinks:

If you are the owner of an older porcelain enamel bathtub or sinks — or are considering buying one — please see my May 2, 2016 story Understanding potential lead hazards in old porcelain enamel bathtubs and sinks and ceramic tile of any age; this article focuses on raising awareness around three other potential sources of lead dust exposure in your home – old porcelain enamel bathtubs and sinks and ceramic tile of any era — and steps you can take to assess and, if required, address them.


Midcentury and prewar farmhouse kitchen sinks were, I believe, generally manufactured using a cast iron or steel substrate, covered with porcelain enamel. They were available in white……in pastels and other colors, as in Erica’s Jadeite kitchen (shown above.)

Here is slide show of  16 vintage Kohler kitchens that give you some idea of the designs.

Vintage sinks can usually be found at salvage companies, on craigslist, your area ReStore / Habitat for Humanity, etc.

2. Re-porcelain a vintage sink:

porcelain sinkVintage sinks can be re-porcelained. Custom Ceramic Coatings is one resource we found to do it (photo above is an example).

Reader Barb had a porcelain-enamel-on-steel sink (not cast iron) and found another source Independence Porcelain Enamel, to reporcelain it.

  • Do your own research with these companies to ask what materials and processes they use in their re-porcelaining processes.

3. Cleaning a porcelain enamel drainboard sink:

I reached out to Kohler to ask about various cleaning products for their porcelain enamel on cast iron products made today. See this story:

Please consult with the manufacturer of your sink you buy new; and again, if your sink is vintage take care considering this story.

4. Farmhouse sink reproductions — porcelain enamel on cast iron:

We know of  several sources for a reproductions of apron style farmhouse drainboard sinks. These designs below are porcelain enamel on cast iron — the very old school way to make these sinks.

sandford-cast-iron-sink-2The first is the Sanford Cast Iron Kitchen sink with drain board and apron from Signature Hardware — like Laura used in her adorable summer cottage kitchen.

farmhouse-sink-strom-plumbingAbove: Strom Plumbing also has a 42″ design – also in cast iron.

clarion-kitchen-sink-1-2The other available option — also in cast iron — the Clarion farmhouse drainboard sink. It is made by Strom Plumbing and marketed by a number of companies such as our longtime advertiser, — but you can shop around. This apron sink is 60″ wide.

These faucets will use a vintage style wall-mount kitchen faucet — as some examples of such designs available on the market today, see our story 8 vintage style wall-mount kitchen faucets.

steel drainboard sink

5. Steel drainboard kitchen sinks:

drainboard sink

A second style “drop in” (rather than full sink top)

Also check companies like Ikea and Franke, they may have some “drop in designs”.

6. Reproduction farmhouse sinks available from Nelson Bath Tub, Inc.:


Nelson Bath Tub offers six reproduction farmhouse drainboard sinks manufactured using gelcoat and fiberglass reinforced polyester resins. Above is the “Apron Sink”.

drainboard-farmhouse-sinkAbove: Apron sink with double drainboards.


Above: The second sink from Nelson Tub and Bath is a 66″ wide double sink double drainboard farmhouse sink.

double-bowl-double-drainboard-sinkAbove: Nelson’s double bowl, double drainboard 60″ sink.drainboard-sinkAbove: Farmhouse sink from Nelson’s with single bowl.

single bowl drainboard sink

Above: Nelson’s 42″ single bowl, single drainboard sink. And be sure to check their website, they continue to add new designs each year, it seems.

7. Reproduction drainboard sinks in other materials (including colors)

drop-in-drainboard-sinkCorStone drainboard sinks  come in five designs and lots of colors — including pale yellow, greens, pinks and even a bluish lavendar.
drop in drainboard sink

Another new option is this Blanco sink (*affiliate link) lists for $933 plus shipping. While this model has the lovely drainboard — and appears to be made of a composite including hard rock granite — it is not what we’d describe as “retro” in style. Still, we’ll put it out there for you. This model is available in eight neutral colors — but also has the drawback of no faucet holes — limiting counter top options.

Whitehaus seems to have apron-style sinks with drainboards, made of fireclay. There are quite a few colors.

8. Drainboard laundry sink

drop in drainboard sink

Also of note — the CorStone Hamilton Laundry Sink (*affiliate link), prices starting at $258 — with three holes for a deck mounted faucet — appears to come in all of the same 36 colors as the kitchen sink. So if your laundry room is right off the kitchen, and you like colorful matching sinks, this might be just what you’ve been looking for.

See all our kitchen sink research here.


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  1. Mary Becknell says

    My brother remolded his kitchen recently and removed his old 1948 double deep sink but did not save the cabinet. I asked him to save the sink for me. Any chance that I could get just the cabinet to install this back into? Any Ideas as to how I could incorporate this into my outside flower garden?

    • pam kueber says

      See our stories about steel kitchen cabinets including where to find them in the Kitchens / Steel Kitchens category.

  2. Olga says


    I’m wondering if anyone has any experience installing a double drainboard double sink onto anything other than a steel sink cabinet base? I fell in love with the sink and bought it off of Craigslist without realizing it doesn’t easily mount on modern sink base cabinets!

    Any ideas would be appreciated. Also, my apologies if I’m not posting in the right place – I am new here!

    • Linda Ghiloni says

      After owning my double drainboard double bowl cast iron porcelain PINK sink for almost 10 years, it is finally installed!!! We opted for quartz counter tops by Olympic in the Nevern pattern.

    • Maggie says

      Putting mine on a frame built around it with large old table legs repurposed in front and mounted to a board on the wall in back.

  3. Deb says

    I recently bought the farm sink from Signature Hardware, after looking for a used one for two years. It’s beautiful and worth the little more than I would have paid for a used one.

    • Tracy says

      Have you been happy with this sink? I notice a “Deb” posted a review of this sink on the Signature website noting that it scratches easily. I need to replace a 42 inch vintage sink and would really like to get this one, but not if it will look bad quickly. Thanks!

        • pam kueber says

          We’ve written about two. The key: You need to get them re-porcelained, truly re-porcelained. Epoxy coating = paint = won’t hold up.

          • Tracy says

            We had ours redone at a machine shop recommended by the building parts salvage store. They supposedly sandblasted it, recoated it with porcelain, and baked it. But it did not hold up in the sink basin. Began to look bad after a couple of years and coating is almost entirely gone in basin now. Not sure if others do the process better. That is why I’m looking for a new sink.

  4. Pam Zirbel says

    WOW!!! How hard is it to find a dbl bowl porcelain left drain board!!?!! OIYE!!! This is Pam that has bought that 1870 house and showed you a pic on FB today!!! Might have to settle for a stainless one..or..use the cruddy stainless one that is there!! Looked on ebay and of course…people know the valiue and how popular they are now!! Might be looking at Buffalo Restore place!!! Can a stainless one BE porcelainized!?!! Thanks and thanks for having your blog!! You rock!!

    • pam kueber says

      I was told that stainless cannot be porcelainized. but check our reporcelainer — see story under Kitchens / sinks

    • pam kueber says

      I looked at the photo on Facebook. Will a Kohler Delafield drop into the same space as your stainless sink? I presume you are not messing with those pink countertops!

  5. Donna says

    I am lucky enough to live in my family farmhouse with original dbl drainboard, dbl sink. My problem is finding a drain stopper that fits. Evidently, standard size has changed over the years. Any suggestions?

    • pam kueber says

      hmmm…. My first place to try would be, but this one may be tough…. What is the size you are looking for?

    • Jade says

      You can get a flat drain cover – they’re about 6″ across and will cover nearly any drain. Not perfect, but at least it’ll do until you can find something that really fits. I’ve used them in old bathtubs, and even in stall showers that were deep enough to bathe a baby.

  6. Audrey says

    We just found a steel cabinet with double farm sink. The cabinets have 2 very narrow and tall doors on either side of the middle doors. Any idea what those narrow compartments are for ?

  7. says

    The green color is gorgeous, but I must admit I’m kind of nonplussed by the extremely shallow depths of all the repro and about half the actual vintage sinks. I currently have an 8-inch deep sink and am often frustrated at how hard some things are to wash in it. I couldn’t do it if I didn’t have my sprayer hose. Are gallon stockpots a modern invention? Even most of my vintage Pyrex would be hard to get under the faucet in some of these.

  8. veronique tanasale says

    I say a double deep porcelain sink with no washboard dated around 1941 with on hole between the two sinks . made by crane. what type of sink is this called is it for a laundry room??? sinks 18x20x14″. want to make sure not going to pay too much.

  9. jackie says

    My boyfriend and I just bought a house that was built in the 1920’s and in the basement we found an old sink with a drainboard to the right side and a shallow bowl on the left with a tall splashboard in the back… in picture 2 of the kohler vintage sink slideshow you have above . We are having a hard time locating a model number and I was wondering if you knew of any kohler archives for these much older sinks. We would love to figure out its age, etc. Thank you.

    • Kyleeddy says

      I have acquired a 52″ farm sink with a 17″ back.. I’m trying to get itvreporcelaid but having no luck. I’m in Fort Collins. My sink had a printed date on the back of the splash. 6-19-21

  10. Travis says

    Don’t really know if anyone is looking for a us steel double drain board and cabinet, but I picked one up today. Sinktop is in good condition, the cabinet is rusty but complete. Have a couple of pictures, I am located in the Midwest. So if anyone is looking, drop me an email.

  11. lloyd says

    I have a 1915 cast iron sink with drain boards on both sides. I need a drain for this sink. The hole in the sink is 2 inches in dia. Where can I find one.

  12. says

    I have a left drain white farmhouse sink (believe this house was built in 1910) …We re-did our kitchen and the sink splashes water on the wood cabinet build in, designed by a local kitchen store. Do not know how to stop the wetness on the wood glaze?

    • pam kueber says

      Hmmmm…. I am not an expert on such issues but here are a few thoughts: Is it possible that your faucet is so high that there’s more gravity causing splashy bounce ups? This may be all the more an issue if the sink basin is not very deep. I’m not sure if this makes any sense, but that’s one thought. If this is an issue, a lower profile faucet might provide a solution, or a partial solution.

      My other thought: Talk to the kitchen store. Certain glazes/finishes resist water better than others. Perhaps there’s something they could topcoat the base cabinets with that would be more water resistant.

      Let me know how it turns out!

  13. Samantha says

    I have an old farm house sink in my kitchen. I bought my house last year an. Now I’m looking in how to get rid of the rust an stains and at the bottom of sink it’s peeling. Does anyone know how to get rid of rust that can explain the procedures to me. Thank you

  14. Lady Draco says

    I have a question and I can’t find the place to ask ..
    So this should work as it is a bout my 72″ sink..

    I have the base unit for the sink.. Most likely NOT the one for said sink but it works…
    When we were testing the sink and base we had crumpled the base a little , and had to fix it . Oops..

    Does anyone know how do I need to reinforce with 2 x 4 on the under side ?
    And if so does anyone have a photo ? Or a good diagram..
    Also what are the little screw thingy’s on top of the sink base?


  15. Lady Draco says

    Thanks Pam …

    All the ones around here scratch their heads ..And have never seen a sink that big..

    Didn’t you have a Q & A around here along with the Classifieds ?
    Where did that go …

    • pam kueber says

      I closed it a while ago. Was not getting much use anymore now that folks use craigslist. Even so… because this sounds like a variety of safety issue ’tis better you consult with a licensed pro…. Good luck.

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