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.

  • 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

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

5/9/2018 12:05:32 PM

I cobbled together an outdoor table and sink from some things I had around the house. I had a sink from a camper I had acquired, some scrap lumber (pressure treated), and a couple of glass shelves from one of the gazebos such as sold by Kmart or ?Walmart. Like the author I use a plastic bucket to catch the water for use watering or keeping the compost moist. Unfortunately I don't have a way to post a photo of it.

5/9/2018 11:42:53 AM

Great idea!! I got a salvaged sink from my brother and plan to do the same.

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