Our 15+ favorite new sinks for a midcentury or prewar bathroom

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Planning on remodeling, repairing or building your own vintage or midcentury style bathroom? Then you’ll likely need at least one sink for your space. While we love the rainbow of colors and many shapes and sizes of vintage sinks, sometimes finding the right one for your bathroom can be a challenge. To help make sink selection easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of our five favorite sink styles — each with specific sink models you can order new today — that would work wonderfully in vintage and midcentury style bathrooms. 

1. Sinks with hudee rings

retro bathroom sinkThe Kohler Tahoe is our #1 choice for a midcentury-style, hudee-ring bathroom sink. We love that it is cast iron like the vintage originals. This guy has likely been in continuous production for … 50 or 60 years. We need to ask Kohler!

retro bathroom sink retro bathroom sinkCeco Sinks also offers porcelain-enamel-on-cast iron sinks with hudee rings — in both oval and rectangular shapes. To get the hudee ring, you need to go with the 8″ spread. The sinks used to be available in 50 different colors, but as of today only six colors are offered: White, Biscuit, almond, bone, black and platinum.
retro bathroom sink retro bathroom sinkBootz Industries offers two porcelain-finish-on-steel hudee ring bathroom sinks in round and oval that also are a great choice for midcentury bathrooms. Kate used one in her mint green bathroom refresh. These sinks are less expensive than their cast iron cousins.

2. Wall-mount sinks on metal legs

american standard wall mount sinkpink-bathroom-sink-peerlessWall-hung sinks on chrome legs, with or without integral towel bars, were ubiquitous in midcentury bathrooms. To get this look “new” today. Pam is pritty darned sure that you can install one of these commercial wall-mount sinks designs from American Standard, Kohler, and a few other companies (affiliate link) as intended — that is, on a wall, using the brackets provided… then, add chrome legs. (We’re banking on the hope that there are holes on the bottom side of these sinks where you can screw the legs in. Peerless Pottery also has sinks like this — including in pastel colors!!!.

Where to find chrome or other metal legs for wall-hung sinks: Check deabath.com for their variety of metal lavatory legs, priced beginning at $55/pair. You might also find legs vintage… at your local hardware store… or even find sink legs on Amazon (affiliate link).

Altogether, it looks like you put together a combo like this — wall-mount sink + legs — for as little as $100, not including labor. Or, you could save even more money if you found a sink vintage — Pam’s ReStore is usually chock-a-block with such sinks.

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If you want to go more upscale, the Alden Sink from Waterworks, available in two styles, is a favorite because of its metal legs with integral towel bars — spendy but pretty and very appropriate for a vintage or midcentury style bathroom. There’s a matching toilet, too.

Note: The links to the Alden sinks on Waterworks website that we share are for the legs only. The listings mentioned that the tops are sold separately but we didn’t see them on the website, so we called to inquire and the representative told us that though the tops are not listed on the website, they are available. Below is their size and price information:

  • The Alden rectangular top 28 x 22 x 8.75 is item #11-56947-33393 $371.00
  • The Alden rectangular with backsplash 26 x 20 x1 4.75 is item #11-25880-66006 $ 422.00

renovators-supply-sinkIf you want to dial back the clock a bit, you could choose this “Belle Epoque” sink from Renovator’s Supply (affiliate link), also adding legs — although with a fluttery design like this, we’d go with “fancy” legs, rather than simple ones. We’re thinking… very early 20th century for this look. But what a practical sink — what with all the space for stuff.

strom plumbing lavatory sinksAnother possibility for this look: Get one of these sinks on porcelain legs from Strom Plumbing/Sign of the Crab, then ditch the porcelain legs for metal legs. However: I am making a guess that this is possible — talk to the company first to make sure it would work including that the metal legs would support the sink safely. mississippiSeveral of these sinks have a simpler basin design — better for a midcentury home than sinks with lots of decorative flourish.

Strom Plumbing/Sign of the Crab also makes the Mississippi bathroom faucets that Pam used in her bathrooms (affiliate link) — and which she continues to adore.

retro bathroom sinkAnd if you want to go a little more retro-modern, Duravit is a favorite go-to. Above, the already-a-classic Duravit Happy D sink. This one is about as far as we’d go into the Duravit line though — other sinks, while nice, read too contemporary for our taste.

3. Sinks in pastel colors

retro sinkspeerless-colorsPeerless Pottery is currently the only place we know of where you can get porcelain sinks in retro colors such as: Venetian Pink, Dresden Blue and Harvest Gold. See this story updating where to find them.

colorful bathroom sinkIf you want color and are willing to “settle” for a drop-in sink, Thermocast currently offers 17 styles of acrylic bathroom sinks in 29 colors including pinks and aquas.

5. Pedestal sinks

vintage bathroom sinkIf you have a pre-war bathroom, a pedestal sink may be more historically accurate. We’ve written about the Duravit 1930s collection before, and their pedestal sink is one of our favorites for a vintage bathroom because of its octagonal shape and complete series of sinks and toilets for a matchy-matchy bathroom.

vintage pedestal sinkWe love this Liberty reproduction sink by St. Thomas Creations for a pre-war bathroom — it’s the classic for the period. You can also get this from deabath.com.

vintage bathroom sinkParenthetically, because we wanted to show you how this sink looked in place: Jane found this St. Thomas-like sink for her mother’s newly created bathroomnew at Signature Hardware — but it’s no longer shown as available.

kacy-sink-signature-hardwareThis Kacy pedestal from Signature Hardware has a bit more going one, but it has the deco look, too. P.S. We want to know the paint color — gorgeous!

And for a few more sinks in this vein, look at St. Thomas Creations … and Toto’s Promenade is nice looking, too.

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  1. Samantha says:

    I know this is an older post but I’m currently experiencing recurring leaks from my original Triton Faucets in my 1963 MCM. Why am I in the sinks? Because my original bathroom is starting to slightly crumble, the Formica around the sinks, and although not dire yet – I was wondering if anyone had any experience taking out their Kohler cast iron sinks with hudee rings and power washing the rust off the underside, polishing up the enamel, and resealing them and also the rings around the Formica? I’m at the point of do I replace or restore? The sink is a1963 KOHLER similar to the Tahoe but oval, and I can’t find the exact one online. A couple of years ago I had a plumber fix them but he replaced it with a too small drain that didn’t cover the original drain ring completely and yep rust happened, and also underneath and the overflow drain. As for the Triton faucets , my design is a bit different than the newer models but I’ve gone ahead and gotten them as when I’ve looked inside there appears to be chips around the inside holes so the valves probably aren’t sitting tight anymore. I know this is loooong but I’m doing this work myself and this website is invaluable!

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