This post is sponsored by The Home Depot. As part of The Home Depot’s DIY Challenge, using Piping, I recycled an old kitchen sink into a functional outdoor “garden-style” sink.
After recently installing new countertops in our new home, my fiancée and I had a leftover kitchen sink. An enamel coated cast iron sink is hard to come by these days, so I wasn’t about to let it go to waste. After it sat in the shop for a few days, I had an ah-ha moment when I thought that it’d be great for the outside.
Using some 2×4 studs and 2×6 boards I got at The Home Depot, I joined them together with a biscuit jointer and #10 biscuits. For some added strength and stability, I added some pocket hole screws in between the biscuits. Truthfully, this is probably overkill, but since I was cutting a rather large hole in this table top, I wanted all the strength I could get. I placed the biscuits about every eight inches. After gluing it all up, clamping it, and letting it sit overnight, I was ready to cut a hole for the top.
In order to cut the hole in the top, as you may be able to tell from the above picture(s), I, first snapped a chalk line to determine the outside edges of my sink. (Note: this is not what I cut) The outside edge marks are just for my reference. These would allow me to take measurements around the sink in order to determine where my hole should be. Since the actual basins were inset differently I measured around and then transferred my marks to my top using the chalk lines as reference. To cut out the hole for the sink, I drilled pilot holes in each corner, then used a jigsaw to cut on my lines.
After getting the sink in place, I tapped it a few good time with a rubber mallet to sink it into the ground some. Then, I placed the sink itself into the top and began hooking up the drain and hose. You could very well, not connect the drains, I chose to do so because I had dug a french drain underneath my sink and wanted to get the water as close to that as possible. Using a 2-Trap / Center Outlet Waste kit I connected the two traps and added an extension to the middle pipe. This is a thin-walled PVC kit and requires no adhesives to assemble. Lastly, using a hose to faucet connector (see detailed photo above), I hooked up the hose to the sink. (Unfortunately, I don’t know the name of this particular piece) You can always ask someone in the plumbing department — just tell them you’re trying to hook a garden hose up to a faucet. (That’s what I did)
Once that’s done, all that’s left to do is turn it on. If you did everything correctly, then it should work brilliantly. Full disclosure: I forgot to get a cap for the hot water side, so mine sprayed water everywhere the first time it turned it on. Another 50 cent plumbing fixture and it was all fixed. Having had the outdoor garden sink installed now for the past month, I can not tell you how many times we’ve used it. It’s just outside my shop and is great for messy clean-ups, washing my hands after yard work, or just cleaning out a nasty bucket.
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