Be honest, how much would you pay for this old farm sink? Well, I was ready to bid up to $40 for this beautiful piece of junk. It was all alone leaned up against a tree at a Saturday morning estate auction. I patiently waited about 3 hours for this baby to come up for bid. As the auctioneer moved closer to this old farm sink – he began to auction off some old wooden doors. The bidding for the doors wasn’t going so well so the auctioneer interjected, “I tell you what. I’ll even throw in that old farm sink!” My heart sank!
NO!!! Don’t give away my farm sink to some door person. Sold. Before I could do anything the old farm sink was the property of Bidder 128. I, on the other hand, was empty handed. But that never stopped me before.
Let’s Make a Deal
I approached the new owner of this old farm sink, and gave him my best proposal, “I’ll give you 5 bucks for that old farm sink.” He scowled down at the sink and looked back at me. “I guess,” he replied. I tried to contain my joy. I had recently seen these old farm sinks sold at other antique shops for hundreds of dollars, and I just robbed – I mean bought this one from a guy for 5 bucks! Sweet!!
Most people would ask, “What in the world do you need a farm sink for?” That’s the wrong question. When it comes to upcycling stuff, don’t ask, “What do I need this for?” Instead ask, “What are some creative ways I can use this?” That’s when you’ll start to uncover some creative and hopefully useful ideas. Erin and I didn’t know exactly what this would be used for, so it sat in our garage for a few months as we pondered the idea. Then one day it hit us. It would be perfect coupled with a metal table we had sitting on the back porch.
Match Made in Heaven
Erin had purchased this table in Canton, TX a few years back, and I never really liked it. I thought it was plain ugly, and didn’t serve in good use. It was a little too tall to be a patio table, and too wobbly to be a work table. Looking back, I’m glad we hung onto it, because it was the perfect match for our old farm sink. They were both old, imperfect, and useless by themselves.
Together at Last
I cut a hole in the metal table and inserted the old farm sink. It made for a perfect working area. We toyed around with the idea of making it an actual working sink with running water and drainage. It seemed like that would have been more of a hassle in the long run requiring more maintenance. Instead we chose to keep the piece as is allowing it to serve multiple purposes.
Add the Fru Fru
Erin has always been the one to spruce up our projects. Teamwork makes the dreamwork. I do the hard work, and she makes it look pretty. Even though we didn’t have the functionality of running water, this setup still has a few uses. On one occasion we filled the sink with ice and served drinks at a birthday party. It also make a great prep area for those summer cookouts. Not to mention, it’s a definite talking piece for our guests.
That’s what we love about upcycling. Every piece has a story. Every piece has a history. We just choose to bring that story to life. It’s like a second chance.