How To Install A Garden Sink

How we installed a vintage 1920s sink in our garden to create an outdoor garden sink for washing up hands and vegetables from the garden.
We have always wanted a sink in the garden. With kids, pets, chickens and a vegetable garden we needed to have a place outside to wash up and not track dirt and germs indoors.

We had an unused garden spigot and knew this would be the perfect spot. It sits next to hubby's barbecue which is handy too. I will share the simple plumbing required to install the sink. It has only cold water but we put an old drink faucet on the other side so our daughter could get fresh drinks of cool water while playing outside.

The only additional garden sink plans we have is to seal the under part of the iron sink. You can see it came with some rust but being outdoors we do not want to see it damaged from moisture. A clear sealer will take just minutes to apply.

Hubby made a few trips to the hardware store for a garden hose sink adapter but he actually plumbed it like a regular sink but just with cold water. We searched the garage and found an old piece of rigid PVC pipe to drain the sink into the adjacent planter, but you could use flexible tubing.

We do not use any harsh cleaners that would drain into this planter but when I do scour the sink we just pull the flexible hose into a bucket and can dump that indoors in our stationary sink.

Cost of DIY Outdoor Garden Sink

$45 vintage 1928 sink

$20 one sink faucet

$24 hoses

Total: $89

This was a great upcycle project and we use it all the time from washing dog bowls to washing hands and rinsing veggies just picked from the garden.
We even place the plug in the sink for soaking and to ice cold beverages when we are having a party.
Flexible hoses connected to the garden hose spigot.
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