When we designed our kitchen, I was on the hunt for an old farmhouse late 1940’s kitchen drain board sink. I love old vintage items from the past and had seen several of these sinks in homes when my husband, Mark, and I were living in Mitchell, Oregon. I had seen one that had a double sink and double drain boards and this is the one I had my heart set on.
A cool side note: Mitchell is a town of about 175 people and Mark was teaching at the small 64 student K-12 school in town. Mitchell is in central Oregon and is about 45 minutes from the nearest town. If you are ever on Hwy. 26 in Oregon heading from Prineville to John Day you will see this little town right after the turn off to the Painted Hills. The Painted Hills are a little unknown spectacular site to see. If you are ever in this area, you will not regret taking a few extra minutes to drive and see the Painted Hills. So, as we were designing our kitchen, the hunt was on to find one of these sinks. I thought that the double sink and double drain board would be great because being off grid we were not going to have a dishwasher. I was going to have my drying rack out permanently and the water would always drain into the sink with ease and if I ever had allot of dished to do I could always use both drain boards. I started looking on Craig’s list, at local Re-Stores, and local salvage stores. On one particular outing in search of other house fixtures we went to a store in Spokane, Washington named Brown Building Material. This store is a “junkers” paradise, my paradise. I loved looking at all the old, used items they had collected. As we were going through yet another building, I spotted my sink. It was perfect. A few scratches, but hey that shows character, right? My husband and I asked if they would buy another sink we had brought with us they agreed and so we left with the old farmhouse drain board sink with double drain boards and double sinks. I was stoked!
I had some old kitchen cabinets that were left in an old cabin on our property and so I went to work remaking these and making sure that the opening on top would fit my new sink. Mark helped to place the sink on the renovated or re-purposed cabinets and we screwed the sink down, although this sink is so heavy I do not think that it will ever move. I have enjoyed using my sink in our kitchen for three years and love it more each time I use it. It is old, sturdy, and so functional.