14 July, 2010

Vintage 1920s Kohler Sink with Mixing Faucet


We just found the most awesome vintage sink on Craigslist. It came from a 1929 bungalow in Oak Park, where the owner was "upgrading" with another vintage piece. I love the whole steampunk look, with the arms that come up to a mixing faucet. We're going to use it in the basement, where we already have a 1920s toilet in a sort of half bath.

Overall, it's in good shape. There is some rusting around the drain, not too bad, so the plan is to clean it up, apply some naval jelly, and then use a porcelain repair kit to smooth it out. I poked around the Net and have found tons of products proclaiming to work, with a wide range of prices, but I have no idea which is the best. Anyone with experience repairing old porcelain sinks care to recommend a product?

3 comments:

Casey said...

What an awesome find! I love the faucet! I don't know a whole lot about repairing porcelain, but my husband and my in-laws have used the kits from Menards and it worked very well. Good luck to you!

Tonia said...

This is gorgeous. In my modern condo, I'm living my "living in a vintage home" fantasies through you. Doesn't this sink just cry out for hex tiles?

Joanne said...

Casey...thanks for the input! I think I just needed to hear those kits actually worked for someone.

Tonia...believe me, I have fantasies about still living in a modern condo where everything worked and I could come home and not work on a house project.