One of the things I wasn't crazy about when we bought this house was the GIANT 1950's metal sink unit in the kitchen. As a matter of fact, on the walk through of the house I told L & our realtor that it would be the first thing to go. As finances wouldn't allow for the kitchen remodel to be the first thing I did when we moved in, I didn't really have the option to rip out the sink.
After living with it for two weeks I fell in love with it. I knew it didn't really fit in the kitchen but we decided that when we built the wetbar in the basement we would move it downstairs. I could then "update" the kitchen to 1929.
As the opportunity to finish the basement or remodel the kitchen never arrived it still sits in the kitchen. When deciding on a listing price for the house our realtor suggested a figure that would most likely keep up from having to compete with homes that have fully remodeled kitchens. (Something in this market that can cause a house to sit for MONTHS.)
Last Tuesday was the real estate agents tour. Our agent actually held a lunch at our home and 50+ agents come through and look at the home. I arrived home a bit early and was able to hear some of the comments agents were giving. I was asked lots of questions about the paint colors (and even had to list them for a couple agents) but my very favorite comment was "where in the world did you find such a fabulous sink?!" I couldn't believe my ears. After a coat of paint, new light fixtures and a some new windows coverings my sink went from something that didn't really fit to being very "retro chic" and it was assumed I paid a fortune for it.
I guess getting rid of the 1980's in the kitchen really did make a difference.
Isn't it amazing what a bit of paint and fabric can do to update a room?!
Marg the sink is in its original condition. Both side drain boards and the giant double sinks themselves were originally, and continue to be, stainless steel. I am really going to miss them when we leave!
are you kidding me? when i saw the teaser text on houseblogs that you hated your huge 1950s metal sink, i thought, "ooh, maybe i could go buy it! let me go check it out!" such things bring four figures new. you're lucky! glad you love it now.
Lisabee...you aren't the only one who was interested in it. I received several emails last spring when we were painting the kitchen asking if we were planning on tearing it out when we remodeled and wondering if we would sell it. We were planning to do a 1950's style "soda shoppe" when we did the bar in the basement and were thinking about having the cabinets painted red when we moved the sink downstairs. Ahhh...what might have been.
I don't know how the new owners feel about it but if I hear that they are planning to tear it out during a remodel (they are friends with some of our friends in the neighborhood) I'll post something and folks can keep an eye on craigs list.