DIY Outdoor Sink from Salvaged Materials

This garden sink plan incorporates an old kitchen sink, a metal table frame, and two 5-gallon buckets for water collection.

DIY Outdoor Sink

Place an old kitchen sink in your garden to rinse fresh produce outside and easily reuse the greywater on your crops.

Photo by Tammy Flowers

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My husband complains that I don’t like to throw anything away. However, sometimes this habit serves me well. When his aunt said they had to replace their old kitchen sink, I immediately asked for it. I knew just what to do with it and some other “junk” I had lying around the house.

To enact my garden sink plan, I used ceramic floor tiles, which a friend gave to me, to lay out a small foundation in my garden. I then took the metal frame from a cheap table we had and placed it on top of the tiles. I settled the double sink into the metal table frame and used some scrap wood to cover the rest of the tabletop. Next, I placed two 5-gallon buckets under each of the sink’s drains to catch the dirty rinse water. I like being able to rinse off my veggies in my DIY outdoor sink without tracking dirt into the house, plus it’s easy to empty the 5-gallon buckets back into the garden when they’re full.

Tammy Flowers
Diboll, Texas