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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Dry Sink Tutorial

Hi Prim girls,

This is the first time that I make a tutorial. Hope you enjoy it as much I enjoyed making this piece. I 'm sure that all of you know Linda from Behind my Red Door and enjoy her amazing home and every single picture that she post. Like me. Well, since the first time that I see her home in Mercantile Gathering Magazine I loved the mustard dry sink that she had in her living room ( mustard is one of my favorite colors).
I asked Linda for permission to use her pictures as example of this post. Thank you Linda for send them to me. If this is the first time that you see it, look these pictures.
This weekend my husband and I decide to made one using as inspiration and guide the magazine picture of Linda's piece.
You'll need the following:
  • piece of 1" x 8" x 6' board ( You can use pine, maple ...)
  • 2 piece of 1" x10" x6' board
  • piece of 3/4" x 4" x 6' board
  • wood nails
  • wood glue
  • sander
  • gig saw
  • Paints ( I choose black and mustard))
  • Stain

Sides of the piece,

Using a piece of 1x10, cut
2 pieces of 31" long. In one side of the piece, measured 2" from the edges to inside and mark each points. Measure 5" from the bottom of the piece to the top and draw a semi circle. I made mine using a plastic bottle.( You can use a Clorox bottle). And connect that semi circle with the points from the edges.
Use this piece as template for the other side.
Dry sink legs will look like this.

Then, using the other 1x10 board make the top and the bottom pieces of the dry sink. Cut to pieces one 33 3/4" and other piece of 28 1/2". Using the top of the table, mark 2" from the edges and place the legs. Use glue and nail to secure the piece. Bottom shelf will be placed inside two sink legs. Remember, I am not an expert carpenter, if the measure of 28 1/2" if larger than the center of the legs, carefully sand both sides to adjust the piece and secure in place using wood glue and nails.

To make the sides of the dry sink, using a scrap of 1 x 10, cut two pieces of wood with the following measures 3 3/4" x 9 1/4" x 5". Attached the piece to both sides of the top. Like this .....

Using the 1x8 board, cut a piece of 35 1/2" long. Draw a semi circle in the upper edges ( see picture below) . I used the scrap piece from the legs as template to make this drawing.

Attached it to both sink sides and the bottom of the table top.

Now will cut the front of the sink. Using the board of 3/4" x 4" , cut a piece of 35 1/2" long. Place it in front of the sink.
To give support to the piece attached a piece of wood to the back of the lower shelf. Using the 3/4"x4", cut a piece of 29 3/4" and secure it in place.

Optional, if you want put a little piece of wood of 1" in front to secure crocks in place. Cut it with measures inside the legs. Attached it with glue.

Ok, the piece is finished. Round the edges and make sure all sanding has been completed prior to painting. Give the base color ( I used black, flat color from Walmart, dry fast and it is only 96 cents/can) .

For the color of the piece, I choose mustard ( Painted all the piece with acrylic paint - yellow ochre). Let dry.
To give a distressed look, use the sander and remove paint in the specific areas to create a worn look. Then apply stain. Now your piece looks old and primitive.

This is my "new baby" now. Love it!!!

I am not an expert making carpentry or tutorials, but I want to share it with you. This project was easy and you can make it for less than $24.00. What do you think?

Bye, Bye and see you soon..... Evelyn


  1. You did a fantastic job on your drysink Evelyn. Your directions sound relatively easy as well. I might just have to talk my hubby into trying to build me one of these. You can't beat it for only $24.00 and your time. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Wow great job, thank you for sharing

  3. That is wonderful Evelyn!! You and your husband make a great team!!

  4. That is fabuluous!!!!! Thanks for the tutorial.


  5. I'm gonna try and get my hubby to make this for me...it is awesome! Thanks so much for the tutorial and also thanks to Linda for sharing her pictures with you!!

  6. That turned out great, Evelyn!! Thanks for sharing!


  7. Wow Evelyn...that turn out awesome!! Thanks for sharing how to make it...and I love how you decorated it!

  8. Don't you just love Linda's home? Your dry sink turned out primtastic!! I love it and thanks for sharing the tutorial with us : )


  9. You've done a terrific job! Love it and will have to try this so thanks for showing it.

  10. Wow!!! I love it. Love the color and thanks for the tutorial.

  11. LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT! Hard to believe this is your first tutorial, you're already a pro at it! Thanks so much for sharing with us!