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All Washed Up Outdoor Sink

Updated: Feb. 15, 2023

This outdoor sink will allow you to wash up anywhere on your property.

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Vintage washtubs and boards are good for more than just suds when they find new roles in the home and garden.

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Clean Creation

Fashion an outdoor sink for tidying up after gardening, a backyard BBQ or trips to the barn. The ideas and uses for this sink are unlimited!

What you’ll need for a DIY outdoor sink:

  • Galvanized double washtub
  • Wall-mount faucet
  • Thread tape
  • Elbow pipe
  • Straight pipe, slightly longer than
    the depth of the sink
  • Brass garden hose adapter
  • Deck boards
  • 2-by-2 board
  • Screws
  • Wrench
  • Drill with a bit the size of the
    faucet opening
  • Circular saw

DIY Outdoor Sink Project Directions:

1. Drill hole for faucet

Drill a hole in one tub near the back edge. Push the faucet through from the front and apply thread tape to all the threaded ends. Twist the elbow pipe onto the back of the faucet.

2. Make garden hose attachment

Apply thread tape to the threaded end of the straight pipe and twist that onto the other end of the elbow. Attach the garden hose adapter to the bottom end of the straight pipe. Tighten all connections with a wrench.

3. Hose adapter

Attach a garden hose to the hose adapter.

4. Create the lid

To create the lid, cut the deck boards 1 inch longer than the tub’s width, so the lid will overhang the tub opening. Cut enough boards to cover the top. Cut two lengths of the 2-by- 2 board 1 inch shorter than the opening, to fit inside and prevent the top from sliding off.

5. Attach the lid

Line up the longer boards edge to edge. Center the shorter boards perpendicular on the longer boards, leaving a space between them. Screw the shorter boards onto the deck boards. Flip the top and place it over one of the tubs. Voila! You now have an outdoor sink!

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This story originally appeared in the Country Woman Magazine