Outdoor Sink For Washing Garden Veggies

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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.
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.
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.
Turned the sink upside down and carefully marked out the cutting line on the top surface.  This was the trial fit.  Perfect!
Two coats of house paint left over from painting the house.
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.
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.
Trial fit on the rack (Target $10).
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.
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.
Final test run. One very small drip underneath that we can live with. Very, very happy how this project turned out.
Drain water is sent to our garden beds.
We have since bought a cover for it online that keeps it dry and out of the sun.
Adding additional photos of the underside of the sink.
Suggested materials:
  • Paint Scraper   (Old toolbox tool)
  • Sink with hardware   (Thrift store)
  • Table   (Side of road)
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  • S S on Apr 28, 2017
    Isn't the piece you call "plastic edging" actually drywall corner bead?

  • Tami Turcotte Tami Turcotte on May 01, 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 :)

  • Cate Cate on May 05, 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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  • Cmoonlitwolf 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.

  • Judith Judith on Apr 19, 2020

    So clever!!! Hubby is an avid vegetable gardener, and something like this would be a great first wash for the produce. We'll likely "poach" your great idea. Thanks so much for posting it, along with the great photos.