8 vintage style Elkay drainboard sinks for a midcentury kitchen remodel

vintage style drainboard sinks from elkay

When I wrote about Joe and his project to replace his timeworn porcelain drainboard sink with a similar, new Elkay stainless steel model, I had the darnedest time finding the Elkay examples on their website. As in: I could not find them at all. Elkay’s communications team was very helpful, though. So, here for your reference — shown above — are the eight models and model-numbers of Elkay Lustertone stainless steel drainboard sinks you may want to consider for your retro kitchen renovation. They start at 48″ wide, one drainboard, one bowl… and go all the way up to 84″ wide, two drainboards, two bowls.

1953 lustertone sink

I love these drainboard sinks, because (1) they are original vintage authentic — the same as they ever was… And, because a stainless steel drainboard is about as durable as you can get. I have Never heard of a stainless steel sink wearing out. DH really wanted one for our kitchen, but our salvaged Geneva cabinets came with four porcelain drainboard sinks, so I used one of those.

2011 elkay stainless steel drainboard sink installed onto a vintage steel kitchen cabinet
Joe’s new Elkay drainboard sink — installed on his vintage Beauty Queen steel sink base

As you can see from my screen shots of the eight Lustertone drainboard sinks from Elkay’s website, these puppies are not inexpensive. Note, however: The prices shown are Manufacturer Suggested Retail Prices (MSRPs). I typed one model number — S5419 (circled in the lead photo, above) — into google and, but quick, pulled up all kinds of online retailers discounting the MSRP by 1/3 or so. Maybe you can do even better with some deeper dive research once it’s clear what you need. Also, you should check if you can get similar discounts locally, through a brick-and-mortar store. For example, I checked online, and Lowes, Home Depot and Menards all carry Elkay (although these drainboards are not shown). It’s always nice to order something expensive like this from a “real” store — so that if there is a problem you may have better recourse. That said: Check the return policies on special orders wherever you buy.

elkay drainboard sinkFinally, if you want to aim for a super-deal, stalk your Re-Store and craigslist. These sinks are out there…. and like I said, they never drr, wear out. So with time and patience, you may be able to score a used sink at a phenomenal price compared to new-.

Link –> To find the Elkay stainless steel drainboard sink of your choice – type the model number — these are circled in my lead photo above — into the search box on Elkay’s homepage here.


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  1. Betsy says:

    Thank you for this information. We just purchased our 1969 dream house, and I am now the proud owner of a 96″ Elkay Lustertone double sink/drainboard. It is an absolute unit of a sink and a joy to use. I always, I appreciate the information compiled over the years on Retro Renovation and its service to the preservation community.

  2. Jo Deppe says:

    How does one deal with the seam created by the drainboard sink and the adjoining countertop? I am planning a stainless drainboard sink and marble countertops. Do I need to attach them together and how do you keep crumbs and liquids out?

  3. Robert Proctor says:

    I’ve been trying to find someone who can give me some info on a vintage Elkay 3 bowl sink/Nutone food center combo. It measures 22″ X 54″. The motor runs perfect, and I have most all attachments that came with it along with original box and owners manual and recipe book. Purchased this home built in 1937, and we remodeled the kitchen and removed this unit before we realized what it was. We found box of attachments a week after we moved in! I haven’t found any like it, even after searching the internet! Any info would help me, I want to sell to someone who wants to go vintage.

    1. Juliet says:

      Hi Robert,

      I have a smaller sink with a built in Nutone center–the sink was made by Elkay. My house was built in the 60’s, but I believe the sink is from the 70’s, and the motor is shot, and I don’t have any of the accessories. Please let me know if you are still looking for a buyer–I live in the Seattle area.

  4. kate says:

    I am happy to have found this site. We are remodeling our kitchen and I happened to pick up a very gently used Elkay Lustertone ILR4322R this morning at my local Building Resource/Recycle center for just under $40 – so they’re definitely available on the reuse market. Now I’m searching for examples of how others are using the sink in their kitchen projects.

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