Roanoke 4 SquareTraditional Kitchen, Seattle
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While there are many manufacturers of the style, some homeowners are lucky enough to find vintage farmhouse sinks just waiting to be restored. Such was the case in this 1900s-era home, where this cast iron sink was found in the basement and has now been beautifully repurposed elsewhere in the home. Another functional feature of many high-back farmhouse sinks is the built-in drainboard adjacent to the basin.
However, it also looks charming placed off-center. This extra-wide installation is actually a sink on the right half and a drying shelf on the left, which together fill the whole nook for a complete statement. Placing the sink on a marble counter gives it extra visual richness.
Salvaged porcelain sinks. Conventional porcelain sinks aren't bad — they're certainly durable, lasting a hundred years or more. And porcelain is largely made of natural materials applied to either a cast iron or stainless steel base. But we can conserve those natural resources and keep old lavs out of the landfill by seeking a salvaged porcelain sink; they're plentiful at architectural salvage shops. If the surface is a little grubby or matte, contact a local refinisher and request a low-VOC finish.More:Guides to greener building and decorating
Not sure if this is the main kitchen or a butler's pantry, but either way it's adorable. I really love the asymmetrical cabinet below as well. Tip: If you're looking for a vintage trough sink, check out local architectural salvage yards and antique stores. But be warned, the sink may have to be refinished (a sprayed-on enamel that won't last forever), and check with your contractor about plumbing it before you buy it.