Be it a casual cottage or gingerbread Victorian, the soapstone sink takes center stage in when included in a kitchen designs. Often featured alongside such quintessential details as inset cabinets, bin pull and latch hardware, glass door fronts and wooden flooring, the soapstone sink simultaneously engenders period accuracy and au currant kitchen styling.
Unoiled Belvedere Soapstone counters and sink, courtesy Focylrac.
Many people still consider granite the pinnacle of kitchen stones—and it surely seems to be earning its place as a kitchen design classic. But a cadre of remodelers in the know often defer to soapstone as the perfect material for their fabrication. It makes a terrific countertop choice. The same qualities that make it desirable as a countertop also make it desirable as a sink. Soapstone is non-porous so it is completely stain-proof. It is non-reactive, heat-proof and, despite it’s reputation as a soft stone, is available in very hard varieties.
Soapstone sinks are a historically accurate choice for a period remodel. They can be fabricated from one single block, although the size of this style sink is somewhat limited. However, soapstone sinks made up of epoxied slabs are custom made according to the customer’s specifications. With such a custom sink, width and depth are within your control, making the back breaking labor of hand washing pots a customized breeze.
Block sink from Bucks County Soapstone.
More often than not, these sinks are done with apron fronts–thus creating an instant focal point in the kitchen. Sometimes an integrated backsplash is incorporated into the design, with wall mounted faucets providing additional charm and integrity to the period mise en scène.
Salvaged soapstone sinks are a great find. With a lot of elbow grease and just as much low grit sandpaper, you can resurrect an antique treasure. No matter how ickly blicky that sink appears, underneath is a just-from-the-quarry beaut waiting to reveal itself. Epoxy any cracks and pick out your faucet. That baby will definitely hold water.
While the Riley House sink is original to the house, Garden Web Kitchen Forum member Trailrunner restored a salvaged sink for her kitchen remodel.
Why stop with the kitchen sink? Trailrunner also restored a sink from salvage for the sunroom.
Bloggers Tony & Kate also scrubbed up a retired sink for use in their remodel.
Of course, new sinks look pretty good too! And the only work they require on your end is plunking down the credit card.
Love this 60″ custom sink! Okay, this being my sink probably pre-disposes me to some sink bias. Belvedere soapstone sink fabricated by M. Teixeira Soapstone. “Where can I purchase those lovely Victorian pulls?”you ask. Well, step right in to the Victorian Pull Store.
Slope front, dual bowl sink from Vermont Soapstone.
These sinks are not just eye candy. Like their early American lineage alludes to, these sinks are workhorses. Oversized canning pots, bushels of vegetables, vases of fresh cut flowers. Whether you fancy yourself an urban homesteader (or an urban homesteading wannabe) or enthusiast of early Americana, the soapstone apron front sink’s apeal will more than compensate for its price tag.