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Cast Iron Sink Restoration Project

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We just love cast iron sinks and this one was in great condition for its age. Other than some minor wear and tear from years of service, this sink was in pretty good shape. The question, was; can we restore it and make it more suitable for this kitchen restoration project since white really wasn't going to go with the design plan.
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As you can see, there was just some minor cleaning that needed done before we started our process of restoration.
  • cast iron sink restoration project, kitchen design, painting, repurposing upcycling
We began by putting some base coats of our products on and getting it to as smooth of a surface as we could before we get ready for coloration.
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We don't have a picture of the previous step, but we painted it black first so that when the hammered copper paint does it's hammer texture that it doesn't show the white color of our products. This took two coats of hammered copper painted and then two coats of our countertop epoxy.
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Here is a close up of the detail in the finish! What do you think... worth the effort??? We sure think it was!!!!
  • cast iron sink restoration project, kitchen design, painting, repurposing upcycling
Here is a photo of this restored beauty in it's final resting place! We think it sure looks much better with our resurfaced countertops than a white one would have!
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Here is a wider angle of the entire sink area before we started this entire kitchen restoration. We completely changed the look with no tear-out and waste of existing materials!!!

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Got a question about this project?

  • Maureen Wilson
    Maureen Wilson Hesperia, CA
    on Apr 16, 2015

    I love this.

  • Becky from Practips
    Becky from Practips Camden, SC
    on Apr 16, 2015

    Love the copper color, and what you did with the counter in this kitchen. Great look! I also gave you a "like" on Facebook. :)

  • Bre Casey
    Bre Casey
    on Apr 16, 2015

    Just beautiful. Will it stand up to hot hot water, washing dishes and things being dropped in the sink like mine does (grandkids..LOL)? It is pretty!!! :)

    • Dream Home Supply, LTD.
      Dream Home Supply, LTD. Cambridge, OH
      on Apr 16, 2015

      @Bre we are pretty sure it will do just fine with both hot water and things being dropped in the sink. The epoxy that we use is scorch resistant to 500 degrees and is impact resistant to 14,000 psi... which is pretty hard! The epoxy is the same that we use on our countertop projects which is from Granicrete's line of products. And, Thanks!!!! We appreciate it!!!

  • Sue Snow
    Sue Snow Spencer, MA
    on Apr 16, 2015

    What is the paint product used? I have an old cast iron tub that needs s face lift...

    • Dream Home Supply, LTD.
      Dream Home Supply, LTD. Cambridge, OH
      on Apr 17, 2015

      @Sue Snow ... The paint was simply Rustoleum Hammered Copper! However, it's just there for color, not durability. To be sure the paint adheres to the substrate, we sanded, cleaned with TSP, and used an epoxy based stone coating before applying any paint. It was then covered with a couple coats of epoxy to seal it all in.

  • Dream Home Supply, LTD.
    Dream Home Supply, LTD. Cambridge, OH
    on May 16, 2016

    Hi Michelle! We used Granicrete countertop epoxy. We are certified through them to use their products, but they don't sell to the general public. However, you should be able to achieve the same thing with any countertop epoxy. We did use 2 coats since it is a self-leveling epoxy and it must be sanded between coats to get the proper adhesion.

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