May 31, 2012A New Retro Sink and Dishmaster Faucet Are Installed in Mom’s 1950s Time Capsule Condo
By Sara In AZ
It was one of those dilemmas, do we or don’t we???? Replace the kitchen sink and faucet that is.
Neither the kitchen sink, nor the faucet were original. They were just readily available items from the local big box store and hastily installed by the last guy who rented out the place. It wasn’t even a nice quality stainless sink. So we thought with all that we had put into the place it would be a nice finishing touch to have something in there that looked really nice……and also looked appropriately retro.
So Mike first removed the faucet……….
….and then the sink came out! Exciting!!!!!
Soooooo, what sink did we wind up getting for the kitchen???? Why Kohler, of course!
We decided on the Kohler Mayfield Sink in Sunlight Yellow. We needed a small sink, 25” at the most, and Kohler offered this small Mayfield model in cast iron. When I saw they offered the sink in a light yellow color I thought it would go along perfectly with everything, and since all the tile in the bathroom is light yellow I thought it might even look like it had always been there!
And here we are with the sink getting installed! In case you were wondering, the chrome button is for the garbage disposal. When Mom first got the place the only way you could turn on the disposal was to plug it in underneath the sink, REALLY not convenient. Initially we could not understand why someone would install a disposal in this awkward way. There is a switch on the wall, but it is wired only to the fan in the ceiling. Then we FINALLY figured it out. I saw another condo unit that had a button on the wood panel in front of the sink…it was a disposal on/off button. If you look on the 3rd picture down from the top you will see a hook where our disposal button was originally. Our original disposal on/off button was missing and had probably broken a long time ago and no one ever replaced it.
Neither Mike or I had any idea there were even button disposal switches still available now, as we have always just had the wall on/off switches. But rest assured InSinkErator still makes them and saved us a whole lot of heartache in figuring out how to wire in that disposal switch!
Here is a link from Amazon advertising the Button Switch, but we just bought ours from Home Depot .
For the new kitchen faucet I could think of nothing more perfect than a Dishmaster! You can order them online, but we actually bought ours at our local Ace Hardware store. You can click on the link on the Dishmaster site called “Find A Retailer Near You” to see where they are available, but a heads up – we bought ours at an Ace that was not even on the retailer list. So if you are interested definitely check around your local small hardware stores!
And here everything is, all installed and looking pretty! I’m happy to report that Mom loves her new Dishmaster, it worked out especially well since she does not have a dishwasher – as the brush part cleans and suds up when you want to scrub off those dirty plates.
And here is the little kitchen all finished off! YAY!!!
I don’t think I ever showed a close-up of the counter tops in the condo. They are the original countertops from 1959, they are the brown linen look Formica called Tan Linen.
Thank You Our Arts And Crafts Home for posting pictures of your vintage Formica chips.
I also thought this was pretty interesting. When we had the sink off I saw these stamps on the inside of the sink front panel.
They are Union Stamps from the local Carpenter’s Union. How cool is that! I love how all of these cabinets were custom built just for Mom’s little condo.
The stamps are kind of hard to read, but I am pretty sure this one had a date of 4-28-59, the 5 is kind of blurred out though. So cool anyway!
Come back next Thursday when one last secret surprise vintage find is revealed and the kitchen will be complete!