Thanks to the reader who sent in the tip that Kohler’s single-bowl, porcelain-on-cast-iron, hudee-ring Bakersfield kitchen sink has been discontinued. My contact at Kohler confirms this is true, noting that the larger double-bowl Kohler Delafield kitchen is still in production. She also tells me that the Delafield is “not going to be discontinued this year any more, since those [product discontinuations] are done in June.”
Readers, this prompts me to advise: On hard-to-find, unique-in-the-market items like these hudee-ring sinks… if you have have a project coming up in the next few years… then you might want to buy them once you know what you want… and store them away for later installation. Another case in point: Boomerang laminate by Formica. Get this stuff while the gettin’ is good, because we retro renovators are still a fringe-y market in the grand consumer scheme of things.
Where to buy hudee-ring (metal rim) kitchen sinks?:
Buy a vintage sink? Sure — that’s what I did, my kitchen features one of four 42″ double bowl kitchen sinks that I salvaged from a 1963 kitchen from a cooking school once run by nuns. Tips: Get a vintage sink that’s perfect — no chips, no significant wear – as there is no way I’ve heard of yet to really reglaze a porcelain kitchen sink effectively. Also, if you find a perfect vintage model – you need the hudee ring that goes with it (DON’T try to match it later, there were more than 1,000 different size hudee rings back in the day) and grab the mounting clips.
- See all my stories including more tips about kitchen sinks for a mid century kitchen here.