Outdoor Sink For Washing Garden Veggies

9 Materials
$20.00
1 Week
Medium

We garden a lot and also buy from our local farmers. An outdoor sink for washing everything in 'raw well water' was a must. Money being scarce we started looking in the thrift stores and trash items thrown out to the curb (we are passionate about recycling). It took awhile to gather what we needed but saved us a big chunk of money.
outdoor sink for washing garden veggies
This isn't in the order that our 'parts' were found, but is in order of being built. Our neighbor threw out this table. It is on wheels with scrappy peeling paint. Couldn't get it in the car so I pushed it home. Here it is getting all the loose paint removed.
outdoor sink for washing garden veggies
Found the sink at a local thrift store. $5. Can't see it in the picture but it had all the hardware underneath. And if you ever had to buy plumbing parts you know how quickly that will get expensive.
outdoor sink for washing garden veggies
Turned the sink upside down and carefully marked out the cutting line on the top surface.  This was the trial fit.  Perfect!
outdoor sink for washing garden veggies
Two coats of house paint left over from painting the house.
outdoor sink for washing garden veggies
The top was in such bad shape we found some vinyl flooring at the local thrift and covered the top and the bottom shelf. Used old patio bricks for bonding weight for the glue. The top edge was then finished off with plastic edging we got for $1.
outdoor sink for washing garden veggies
We needed a drain rack to drain off the water from our vegetables, so we mounted the piece cut out to make room for the sink on the side of the table.
outdoor sink for washing garden veggies
Trial fit on the rack (Target $10).
outdoor sink for washing garden veggies
Back view: The lattice was leftover from another project and just sitting by the shed. Used it to hold the hose in the back. Black hose leftover from old washing machine. Hook came from thrift store. $.25. Adapter from hardware store. $3.
outdoor sink for washing garden veggies
Decorated the legs with painted plastic flowers (thrift $.50) and leftover paint. Drain hose - thrift $1. The bottom is a nice storage area for the rack and drain hose.
outdoor sink for washing garden veggies
Final test run. One very small drip underneath that we can live with. Very, very happy how this project turned out.
outdoor sink for washing garden veggies
Drain water is sent to our garden beds.
outdoor sink for washing garden veggies
We have since bought a cover for it online that keeps it dry and out of the sun.
outdoor sink for washing garden veggies
Adding additional photos of the underside of the sink.
outdoor sink for washing garden veggies
outdoor sink for washing garden veggies

Suggested materials:

  • Paint Scraper  (Old toolbox tool)
  • Sink with hardware  (Thrift store)
  • Table  (Side of road)
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  • S
    on Apr 28, 2017

    Isn't the piece you call "plastic edging" actually drywall corner bead?

    • Theresa Wiberg
      on May 10, 2017

      I love this idea! Love how you decorated the front with the flowers too! Great job

  • Tami Turcotte
    on May 1, 2017

    Without the template that comes with the sink (when bought new) How did you know how to cut the hole for the right fit? Thanks :)

    • Cmoonlitwolf
      on May 1, 2017

      Hi Tami. We turned the sink upside down on the table. Then drew the outline around it. The sink had a lip of about an inch on it so we had to adjust the line we drew for that. When drawing the line, when we got to the faucets we just made a mark on both sides, lifted the sink off and drew a straight line connecting the marks. If you look at picture #4 & #7 you can see that it is not a perfect circle. Most of the faucet sits on the top surface of the cart. We only needed the hole big enough for the basin. On this sink (not sure if all are like this) there were 4 metal clamps attached to the sink that are used to secure it to the cabinet. We lucked out on the first cut because the basin fit perfect and the clamps fit snug. We also used some small screws to secure the clamps to the wood top underneath. Hope this has been helpful to you.

  • Cat10278168
    on May 5, 2017

    What does the plumbing look like underneath?! The drain pipe to carry the water away to the sewer drain from an interior installation, is substantially larger than a garden hose connector. How did you adapt that very important part of your creation? Is that a secret or is the really fun part of this project going to the Home Improvement store to flirt with the plumbing guy as he tells us how to do it?!!!!!

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  • Pam Huffman
    on May 23, 2017

    Love your project! I'm going to copycat but make a birdbath with recycling water. Thanks for the GREAT idea!

  • Cmoonlitwolf
    on May 23, 2017

    Thank you Pam. And I hope you post pictures of your project. Sounds like something I would like to try next.

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