Wednesday, June 19, 2013

UTILITY SINK IN THE MUDROOM


This might not look like much changed but it's all hooked up!  Finally!  Had a plumber come out and make the connections.  This spot used to be where "Ma" kept her washing machine.  There was hot and cold water and a drain.  We decided we weren't going to have a washer at the farm and opted instead for one of these nice utility sinks (or slop sinks as they are often called).  Picked it up at a restaurant supply store for a great price.  We needed a plumber to do it thought because the pipes needed to be cut and repositioned, as well as moving the floor drain over, and, well, that was just slightly above my pay grade, ha.


So now, boom, WATER!  We have running water in the mudroom sink.  Yay!  I envision all sorts of things happening here.  It's a sink just as you step in the mudroom door from the porch, and it's off the kitchen as well.  Lots of outside uses, and lots of cooking related uses.



The next plan is to find some shelves to go above it.  I'm not 100% sure but I'm leaning toward something stainless steel to match the sink.  It would almost make it look like a unified unit.  But then old wood would be kind of cool too.  We'll just have to see what we can find...that's half the fun anyway.  Best of all, if we ever DO want to put a washer back here, the connections are pretty easy to switch out.  Until then, if we should want to wash clothes at the farm, l think this sink will work just fine with a washboard.*

*I'm not sure 2nd Man would agree with that assessment, LOL!

27 comments:

Annie*s Granny said...

Buy yourself a new toilet plunger! I can remember living in an apartment when I was first married, and not having a wash machine. I filled the bathtub with soap and hot water, then used the plunger to agitate the clothes until they were clean, drained out the dirty water, filled it with rinse water, agitated a bit more....clean clothes! You could do the same with your big sink. You could even buy one of these, although it's a bit pricy:

http://www.getpreparedstuff.com/Best-Hand-Clothes-Wringer-p/clothes-wringer.htm?Click=97

Mary Ann said...

Oooooo good idea above this, but I am not sure I see it happening. (laugh). Love the sink, though.

Tombstone Livestock said...

Pretty fancy sink there.

Dani said...

LOL - you obviously have the muscles (to wash) and the wrists (to wring out the wet clothes) that you won't miss a washer...

T'is a very handsome utility sink :)

kymber said...

Annie - you are dead on right! that is how we do our clothes - with a plunger. then we use an old drafting table to wring them out - bahahahahah!

kymber said...

1st Man - that is the fanciest utility sink i have ever seen!!! our utility sink is a big blue bin - bahahahahahah! tell 2nd Man that doing laundry by hand is fun - like it really is! we love doing laundry! but we do not wear enough clothes to need to do laundry more than once a month! you and 2nd Man need to go nude more often!

your friend,
kymber

The Stay @ Home-Gardener said...

Hmm, Im thinking that would make a great loft-style/bohemian shed shower basin. :)

The Stay @ Home-Gardener said...

I had to wash my clothes in the tub when I was doing Traffic Watch on Long Island. It barely paid enough to pay for the room rent and a few tubs of oatmeal (I honestly lived on Oats for the 4 months down there...). I would mash it all down with my feet like grape wine. Then attempt to squeeze it all out, hang it up in the walk in closet with the space heater and hope for the best. ;)

Annie*s Granny said...

Well, if he bought the portable wringer, 2nd. Man could use it for making pasta!

jaz@octoberfarm said...

great sink!!! i have one similar and i love it. stainless shelves would be nice but they collect dust and dirt and if you get grit on them they scratch. wood might be better!

Quinn said...

I'd love to have a laundry tub for cleaning the feed buckets and rinsing out my hand-dyed yarn, but don't have a place to put one. I will admire yours from afar!

GrafixMuse said...

Love the sink! The first thing I though of was how easy it would be to wash a big harvest from the garden. It would be nice to not have to track in all the soil and insects into the kitchen sink.

Linda said...

A couple of of large colanders would make the job a snap. I have a really nasty sink in the basement that does not drain. I have always wished for a large sink outdoors, under the porch at the outdoor basement door for dirty things. Dirt going down the kitchen sink into the drains and lines to the roads is not good for the plumbing.

Joani said...

Awesome sink. Good luck on the washing with the washboard. Been there and done that. Don't want to do that again. About the shelves.....find an old wood ironing board and cut it into three slats to put up as shelves. Find an old dresser and put it on the wall with taking the front of the drawers out. Thanks for sharing.

1st Man said...

Y'all are cracking me up with the comments. I have a whole new respect for all of you. I'm now picturing Kymber and J, naked of course (LOL) using the plunger, Granny with her bathtub, and Cloud stomping clothes with his bare feet.

Actually Granny, that wringer is pretty cool (and so is that website!) Thanks!!

1st Man said...

LOL! Thanks, and yes, leave it to Granny, Kymber and Cloud to make us laugh.

1st Man said...

Thank you!!! I've already washed my hands in it, when coming in from outside, ha. Works great.

1st Man said...

Ha, I wish!! We cheat, remember we still have the house in town, and it's got all the comforts of modern conveniences, ha.

Thanks!

1st Man said...

You know, we got it at a restaurant supply and it was on sale to boot. It was less than plastic ones we saw at the big box hardware stores so it was a no brainer for us. Restaurant supply stores are a great place to get good deals on stuff that are more elsewhere.

Um, as for the second part of your comment, um, no comment. :-)

1st Man said...

Um, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't fit in there, LOL. Of course, the other day, after I mowed, I came in and took my shirt off and used it to rinse off my arms and the back of my neck and face....but I didn't wash any other body parts, does that count? :-)

1st Man said...

It's our first one, and it's just SO convenient, especially right off the back door/porch. Hmm, good idea on on the stainless...I'll remember that. I did find some cool ones that have stainless rods of sorts instead of a solid shelf so that might work. We'll take our time to find just the right one.

1st Man said...

If we didn't have that "spot", we'd be admiring someone else's from afar too, ha. I thought about using it for crafting related stuff too, have never dyed yarn but actually thought about it for a special project someday.

1st Man said...

Thank you both for the great ideas. I thought of garden washing too (when we finally get it all up and growing of course) but didn't realize about soil and such. Is that bad for septic tanks too? The drain lines used to connect to a washer, so I hope that they will tolerate dirt a bit better??

1st Man said...

Ha, there won't be any washboards, it was just a veiled threat to 2nd Man, haha. I love your suggestions for shelves, thank you for that.

The Stay @ Home-Gardener said...

It is darn close to counting if nothing else.

Anonymous said...

For shelves, check out IKEA Ekby Mossby with Bjarnum shelf brackets. They're what I used above my SS utility sink and they look great.

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20031289/

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10136135/

1st Man said...

thank you so much for the link. Awesome!!!