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Makeover An Outdoor Utility Sink

Upcycle a salvaged kitchen sink basin into a stylish farmhouse-style outdoor utility sink

Upcycle a salvaged kitchen sink basin into a stylish farmhouse-style outdoor utility sink

What You’ll Need:

  • Salvaged cast iron farmhouse sink
  • 4 36-inch tall chunky island legs, 4X4 posts, deck posts or table legs
  • 8-foot pressure-treated 2X4 boards
  • Pocket hole jig
  • Drill
  • Circular saw
  • 2 1/2 inch outdoor screws
  • Tape measure
  • T-square
  • Work gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Nail gun
  • wood glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Wagner FLEXiO Paint Sprayer
  • Exterior paint
  • Dropcloth
  • Kitchen faucet
  • Plumbing supplies

STEP 1:

Measure the salvaged sink to determine the dimensions for the sink base. Use a circular saw to cut pressure-treated 2X4 boards to make side and front supports and stretchers for the sink base.

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STEP 2:

Use a pocket hole jig and a drill to attach the 2X4 boards to the turned island legs, deck posts or table legs For stability, use supports on the top and bottom of the sink base.

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STEP 3:

Build the decorative top for the sink base using additional 2X4 boards, joined using pocket holes. Attach this frame using wood glue and finish nails.

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STEP 4:

Prepare the sink base for painting by sanding. Allow pressure treated wood to dry completely before painting.

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STEP 5:

Fill the Wagner FLEXiO 4000 sprayer with exterior paint. Specially formulated door paint or marine paint is a good choice for this project. Attach the detail finish nozzle to the sprayer.

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STEP 6:

Adjust the material flow control and the spray nozzle and paint the sink base, making sure to cover all areas.

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STEP 7:

Once painted, position the sink base near an outdoor water source. Level, as necessary, using gravel or blocks. Once leveled, put the salvaged sink into the base.

STEP 8:

Add a kitchen faucet and connect to an outdoor water source using plumbing connectors. Workers at your local plumbing supply or hardware store can tell you exactly what parts you’ll need, depending on your sink, faucet and water source. Read more about this project at Atta Girl Says

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