Farmhouse Drainboard Sinks

farmhouse drainboard sinks where to buyClassic farmhouse drainboard sinks look quite charming in a vintage kitchen. Whether you are looking for a reproduction drainboard sink, or are hunting for vintage, I’ve pulled together all my research to help you find what you are looking for in this buyer’s guide. Overall, I count 9 difference sources depending on the age and material of farmhouse drainboard sink that you are looking for.

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.

A note on terminology: I have seen the terms “Porcelain Enamel”, “Enamel”, and “Porcelain” each used to describe the top coating that is baked onto metal substrates on bathtubs, sinks and other products. As such, you may see the various terms used interchangeably on this blog by me and by others who are interviewed or commenting. To verify what types of products you have and what they are made of, do your own research including consulting with the original manufacturer or your own professionals.

vintage jadeite kitchen sink and cabinet

Prewar and mid century drainboard kitchen sinks were, I believe, generally manufactured using a cast iron or steel substrate, covered with porcelain enamel. They were available in white…… and 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 kitchen sinks in massachusetts
Ken in Massachusetts specializes in collecting and selling original-condition drainboard kitchen sinks. See this story.

Where to find vintage drainboard sinks:

Vintage sinks may be found at salvage companies, on craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, ebay, etsy, at your area ReStore / Habitat for Humanity, etc. See this story I did on Ken, who specializes in collecting and selling original-condition vintage kitchen sinks.

2. Re-porcelain a vintage sink:

porcelain sinkIf you already have a vintage drainboard sink in hand, but it needs restoration, it can be done. Yes, vintage sinks can be re-porcelained. Custom Ceramic Coatings is one resource we found that can re-porcelain cast iron sinks (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:

Now I’m diving into reproduction / new farmhouse drainboard sinks with porcelain enamel coatings on cast iron substrates.

I 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.


The 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 kitchen sink from strom plumbingAbove: Strom Plumbing also has a 42″ design – also in cast iron.

clarion farmhouse kitchen sinkAnother available option — also in cast iron — is 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 sinks will all use a vintage style wall-mount kitchen faucet. As some examples, see our story 8 vintage style wall-mount kitchen faucets.

double drainboard kitchen sink from ready to reAnother source for cast iron drainboard sink reproductions, like the one shown above (more designs on their website): Ready To Re — now apparently called “Watermark Fixtures”.

elkay steel drainboard sink
A new Elkay drainboard sink

5. Steel drainboard kitchen sinks:

Next up: Drainboard kitchen sinks made out of metal — steel, mostly, but check before you buy.

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

Need a faucet? I like the one that Joe used. It looks like this Chicago model

I also am a #1 fan of Dishmasters — I use one in my kitchen! 

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

reproduction fiberglass drainboard sink

Next up: Modern technology allows for drainboard sink reproductions to be made from modern polymeric materials.

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.

where to buy a drainboard sink made newAbove: Nelson’s double bowl, double drainboard 60″ drainboard sink in vintage styleAbove: 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)

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.

See all of my kitchen sink research here.

  1. Linda M says:

    Hi –
    Renovating 1920 home and I really want a drainboard. My limit is the counter length of 9′ and the sink cabinet is 24″ so it cannot be an apron sink. However, many I find have small sinks. Do you have anything that would fit? Thank you

    1. Pam Kueber says:

      Hi Linda, I do not sell anything. You need to refer to / reach out to the companies profiled. Blue text = hotlinks.

  2. Shelly Davis says:

    I’m looking for faucets to fit my 7 inch center 4 hole, vintage kitchen sink. Any tips on were to purchase. Ty

    1. Pam Kueber says:

      Give a try – they might be able to help you. Otherwise, I have never researched this…

  3. Deborah Mays says:

    What the word on getting vintage metal cabinets repainted? This is a 1929 English Tudor with an original Geneva kitchen with updated appliances.

  4. Liz Kay says:

    Hi looking to identify and sell my vintage jadeite color sink with faucet. What is the best way to identify and sell it.

    1. Pam Kueber says:

      Hi Liz, I am not an expert on identifying vintage sinks. Re selling: Usual places include craigslist, ebay, etc.

      Please note: No buying/selling here in the Comments on the blog or it would become chaos.

  5. Raymond Glover says:

    I’m looking for a vintage look cast iron or porcelain apron sink with two bowls and a drainbord on one side. I’ve seen one before but can’t find again.

        1. Ken Buzzell says:

          Yep! Got three! In the list of resources for vintage sink you will find Grampas Antique Kitchen in Gardner, Ma. That’s me! I have three of those sinks. It is a rare design. I build custom fit crates for each sink and set you up with a shipper at reasonable rates. Look at the story on me and call id you really want one. thanks. I too love Erica’s two tone Jadite green sink and cabinet – beautiful

  6. Kailee Esser says:

    I have a drainboard sink (like the one pictured with the lemons on it) and love the table shown in that picture. Any idea where you got it?

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