Vintage sinks, particularly those that are in top quality condition are a good buy. Most vintage sinks are made from heavy grade porcelain, stone or stainless steel. Individuals with a good eye for vintage sinks made from porcelain can turn an ordinary bathroom decor into a provincial country look. However, it's important to know the plumbing fixtures compatibility to modern plumbing and piping. For sinks made from stone, a sealant finish may be necessary to preserve originality and durability. Stainless steel sinks look best in retro style designed bathrooms. However, vintage stainless sinks should be tested to insure that no lead has been used in the processing.
Many can be re-glazed to upgrade the finish by a pass through in an industrial kiln. It's a good idea to include any motifs or designs like painted flowers before the re-glazing. The result is a pretty, freshly updated country look. Many home re-modelers are finding a treasure trove of value in vintage bathroom sinks that require little more than inexpensive re-glazing at a savings of up to half of the cost of a new one.
The vintage look in bathroom decor tends to provide a "homey" look and feel to the entire room. It's easy to add other bathroom accessories like a vintage tub and toilet to coordinate the full complement of vintage style. Add to this with faucets with a rubbed or oiled look and the vintage sink sets a whole new atmosphere for the entire bathroom, adding beauty and elegant fashion.
Shop around for the best bargains. You'll be amazed at how economical vintage sinks can be compared to new "knock-offs". Making the old new again is a fun experience as well as easy on the budget. But, the best part is the top quality materials that last and last from one generation to the next. By adding a bit of design to a plain white vintage sink and replacing the faucets, a completely custom look is achieved. They can be re-glazed in tints to include fresh, subtle colors that add interest and focus to the bathroom. Vintage sinks were built for constant use. As a result, they are easy to clean and maintain.