Nothing says ‘country decor’ more than a vintage cast iron sink. Except maybe a log cabin. Or a big pick-up truck. But nothing says ‘botulism’ or some other sort of nasty bacterial infection more than a vintage cast iron sink that’s been scratched and chipped and generally uncared for to the point where you couldn’t get it clean except with something toxic.
When we moved into our little cabin in the woods, it came with a vintage but less than pristine sink that had been ‘refinished’ with one of those paint on do-it-yourself kits a number of years previous. The paint had started to peel and over 3 years of daily use, it didn’t exactly get better. So while we were building an addition to the cabin, and it was warm enough out that we could open the windows to let the smell of aircraft paint out, the timing was perfect to get it refinished.
As usual, I did a whole bunch of research before we decided on a plan of attack. In the process, I discovered that you’ve really only got three options to repair a vintage cast iron sink that’s seen better days:
We decided on #4. And am I ever glad we did…
Now, trying to find a sink and tub refinisher in a small town isn’t exactly an easy feat, but we lucked out and found a refinishing pro right here in our little town. He showed up one Friday morning with all his gear in tow and after about 3 hours and a lot of masking tape, the sink turned out almost like new.
The trick now is how to keep it that way.
Refinished Cast Iron Sink Care Tips from the Pros
And that’s about it! With a bit of forethought and a lot of care, you can have essentially a brand new sink for much less than new. And you get to keep that fabulous vintage look in your rural home.
Do you have any other tips to share on caring for a cast iron sink? If so, let us know in the comments below!