1918 Original Farm Sink

05. January 2016 Design, DIY 10
1918 Original Farm Sink

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We are super super blessed to not only live in an old home, but to know as much history about our home that we do. Our next door neighbors were born and raised in our little town (they’re in their 80’s) and they have lived next door for over 50 years. They have seen families come and go in our house. Their own son even owned our house for a number of years. They have stories for days about the things that have happened in our house (like the mayor of the town once lived here and the couple who owned the place in the 70’s used to sun bathe naked in the backyard!). In addition to our next door neighbors, we have a lovely couple who lives behind us and another up the hill from us who have both lived in this town for 60+ years. They’ve shared stories of the giant Maple tree that is in our backyard and how they watched it grow from a sapling. Or how our bathroom tile is original and has NEVER been covered up.  They were here when the addition was added to the house. Or when the garage was extended. We love this house so much, but its much more meaningful to know SO MUCH about our house and even the people who lived here before us.

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I’m getting long winded aren’t I? Let me get to the point of today’s post. When we toured this house 5 years ago before purchasing it, we were told (by the son of our next door neighbor) that the original farm sink to the house was in the basement. Sure enough, when we got to the basement, there she was. We were also told that years ago, (I’m not sure when exactly, although I’m sure one of my neighbors could tell me Haha!) the current owners gutted and remodeled the kitchen. They opted to keep the farm sink and had it moved to the basement to be hooked up as a utility/laundry sink. We had never considered moving the sink back into the kitchen. I don’t know why. We just didn’t. We’ve updated the kitchen quite a bit, but never replaced the stainless steel sink. Last week my husband and I were talking about how fun it would be to put the sink back in the kitchen. I began measuring and figuring out how it would work (it’s massive). Unfortunately for my husband, once my mind is made up, there’s typically no turning back…..and I usually want it done RIGHT NOW. We decided to tackle it. The sink should be back in it’s rightful place…..although it’s not back where it was originally. When they gutted the kitchen, they moved the sink underneath the window. It used to be where the stove is. You get the idea though.

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Here’s the sink in the basement, where it’s been for decades. It took HOURS of scrubbing to get it clean. I was so sore the day after I scrubbed it. My butt muscles hurt the worst. Note to self; Relax while scrubbing. Don’t clinch.

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Once we got it unhooked from the basement and carried upstairs (my husband and I carried it alone….I might’ve cried a little) I started scanning the back of the sink for a stamp. I knew it would have SOME kind of stamp somewhere on it. When I found it, I got a little emotional. I knew it was the original sink, but seeing the date on it made it so real. I don’t know why this stuff gets me the way it does, but it does. I just love the history so much. I wish I could know more about the family who built this house.

The stamp “Kohler 10-18-18” (Our house was built in 1918).

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I won’t go into detail about the actual install, but it was the worst project ever. It took us 9 hours to install this sink. We are not plumbers and never want to do anything like this ever again. (haha).

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All in all, I am so happy. Do you know how many people have stood over this sink washing their dishes?! How many hands have touched this enamel? That’s the good stuff, kids. That’s what makes me happy.

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What do you guys think?! 🙂 Did we make the right decision? I think we did! 🙂

 

 

 


10 thoughts on “1918 Original Farm Sink”

  • 1
    Christin on January 5, 2016 Reply

    I absolutely love that you put the original sink back in the kitchen! It looks like it’s always been there! And I love how you have stories about your house from so long ago! We have stories too but not the good kind (our house was the “drug” house of the neighborhood and the former owners are said to have let a homeless drunk sleep behind our garage.) Great work.

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    Wendy Johnson on January 5, 2016 Reply

    Yep, you did.

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    Serafina on January 5, 2016 Reply

    Looks great, definitely the right decision! I love how much the history of your house and the original pieces mean to you. I feel the same way, it’s what makes it very special.

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    Velia on January 5, 2016 Reply

    The sink looks marvelous in your kitchen. How lovely it must be to have some knowledge of your home’s history and the people that occupied it. If only sinks could talk…

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    Jenny Slaton Sanders on January 5, 2016 Reply

    Jennifer, I love this sink so much. I found one in an old barn last fall and really would like to do the same as you. Thanks for the info concerning the stamp. My sink as not near as old…..can not remember the date but 52 was the year. The sink is single and not very deep. It also has a slotted drain board. Wish me luck!

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    Wendy Grieve on January 5, 2016 Reply

    Tom can’t remember for sure, but he thinks the Sooy’s (from whom he bought the house) bought the house when he was around 10 (he’s now 56). I’m sure his parents would know the date for sure. But anyway, they are the one’s who remodeled the kitchen to what it was when you bought it. He just did some minor cosmetic stuff. It was so fun when we found the catalog that showed all the original kitchen and house plans. I’m sure the Sooy family have old family photos of the house from over the years and may have some with the old kitchen before it was remodeled. When Tom bought the house the old dining room set was left there, so he gave it to Mrs. Sooy’s grandson. There were a lot of old cool bottles and stuff left in the basement that I kept. Nothing valuable, just nostalgic (which I love like you do!). The ferns behind the garage are from Mrs. Sooy; I tried to save more of the flowers that she had planted but one of our renters unfortunately kept ripping them out. I managed to stop her from ripping out the ferns. Mrs. Sooy took great pride in her yard and putted around in it until she moved to the senior place in town (I believe she was 90 then!). She used to ask me all the time at church about the house after Tom bought it. She was a wonderful lady and would be so happy that children live in the house again!

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    jenhigg on January 8, 2016 Reply

    It’s a perfect match for your space! Would love to remodel my kitchen and have my sink at the windows.

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    Pat Reed on July 1, 2016 Reply

    You definitely made the right decision putting the sink back in, I absolutely love it!!!

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    Jaime Pullen on February 25, 2017 Reply

    Hi Jennifer. I’m looking for some of the details of that 9 hour install that you haven’t blocked out! Lol! Specifically, how did you enlarge the drain hole so as to fit a modern garbage disposal?

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    sandeeschnupp on May 23, 2017 Reply

    Hi Jennifer, I live in Fairfax Va.now but Iam from a small town named McMechen W.Va. The house i grew up in had this exact sink in the kitchen except the draining board [which is what we called it] was on the right side of the sink.This house was also old; I think my parents bought it in the late late 40″s. I have soo many good memories of “doing the dishes” with my mom in that very sink. I always LOVED that sink and our kitchen itself. I have 2 doll houses and I found this exact sink for one of my houses; I was so excited when I found this doll house scale model. Your kitchen is really cute and I”m so happy that you were able to put the original sink back in its proper place- hurahh for you and your husband!!! If I might ask where do you live? I love reading your blog! Sandee from Fairfax Va.[ I do not have a blog myself I just love reading them]

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