Replacing the Vintage Sink with IKEA’s Domsjo Sink




Back when I was planning out my kitchen, my heart was set on a vintage cast iron sink. I searched Craigslist for months looking for just the right one. And I thought I found it. It was $50, and had a bit of rust damage, but my FIL recommended a guy he worked with (he’s a professional plumber) who refinishes cast iron. So I paid $225 to get it refinished. It looked stunning, for about two months. Then it started doing this:



The “new finish” was chipping and flaking and mold started growing beneath it. It was turning brown and smelling. The drain often clogged and dishes piled up. My husband loathed it. After months of pestering me, I finally agreed to get a new sink and take this one out. I will be honest, I cried a little. I really liked this sink! My compromise was that we would be keeping the wall-mount faucet. I needed that much, at least.



We started by taking out the old sink. Some of the paint came with it, as you can see. We decided on the IKEA domsjo double bowl sink. The catch was even though the overall dimensions are shorter than the vintage sink, the actual bowl size was significantly larger. It would be more than a simple quick change. I had to take out my veggie bin, move the refrigerator, remove the countertop, and move both cabinets 9 inches to the left. We built a custom base from scrap wood to be hidden behind the curtain. After dry-fitting the sink, I re-attached the cabinets to the wall and we measured for the new countertop cuts. The old sink was a drop in, and the new one was not. So we cut the counters and set them in place.



The connections would be an issue though. As you can tell, the plumbers were quite enthusiastic. To keep my wall mounted faucet (and to limit just how much renovation we would tackle) I made a faux backsplash to cover the holes and paint damage until we decided on either a full-wall backsplash, or a custom order ceramic piece to fit behind the sink.



There was a surprising amount of work involved to fix everything up so it looked nice again. I needed to add face trim to the new base (which was made with barn wood, so not a match at all!), we had to re-route the plumbing and install new drains, we added a disposal (yay!) and needed to extend the lines for the reverse osmosis filter and dishwasher. Then there was the caulking, cleaning up the caulking, sanding down the imprints of the old sink on the counters and re-sealing them, and the backsplash. So more steps than I thought, but it only took a week of working on and off. I’m very happy with the switch, it was definitely worth it!



As far as the veggie cabinet, I decided to hack it up and rebuild it rather than do something new. I had about 6″ of space left. It was built with pocket holes, so I simply removed the screws and used the same sides. I used the table saw to slice the back board in half and the chop saw to halve the shelves. It made for the perfect wine cubby! I have 10 slots for bottles, and a taller top that’s the perfect size for glasses.




I’m very pleased with how the sink looks with a wall-mounted faucet. I won’t lie though, it’s not a perfect solution for this huge sink. But I had to keep the aesthetic I fell in love with, and it works for me. The faucet reaches about 1/4 of the way into each bowl, so I can still fill up big pots and clean the sinks. To fill the original faucet hole, I grabbed a soap pump kit at Lowes specifically for this person. I love this little thing! It’s so handy. I use it for hand soap since I also enjoy my Fiesta dish soap pump my sister gave me to match my dishes.

8 thoughts on “Replacing the Vintage Sink with IKEA’s Domsjo Sink

  1. Love the new look, more balanced. Great job! Also am glad on the follow up to refinishing the sink was planning on doing this and now know it’s not a good option.

  2. I have an old cast iron pedestal tub that used to sit in the field and caught water off the barn to water the horses. I decided to put in in the basement bathroom. I called a company that came and sprayed the inside of the entire tub. I was told NEVER-NEVER use cleanser or any other harsh chemical to clean it, just use a cleaner called ‘soft scrub’- when I could no longer find it I began using cleanser and over time the finish began chipping and then it began rusting. I bought a big rubber mat to cover the bottom and still use it. I have always wondered if i had continued to use the soft scrub if the finish would have held up..

    1. I also had the soft scrub finish stuff, and yeah, it still chipped. From what I read it’s just going to happen if there’s ever water pooling on the bottom, which obviously happens in sinks and tubs. If I were to do it again, I would consider trying powder coating. It’s not foolproof either, but it may have held up better on a sink that is really just a spot to hold dirty dishes!

  3. It is has been a super long time since I have caught up on your blog(I started following you on wedding bee). I remember when this was all in early talk stages! It looks beautiful! Also, I really want to know where you got that amazing rug in your dining area! Love the bold pattern!

    1. I wouldn’t call it a cabinet. It’s a “stand” of sorts, cobbled together from barn scraps. 4×4 post legs, 2×6 aprons, it’s very messy under there! But it’s incredibly sturdy, and works great for a curtain.

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