What is a Dry Sink?

9 May

Before homes had indoor plumbing, men were still shaving and women performing their morning freshening up routines.  In early American homes a piece of furniture called a dry sink was built to assist.  It often had room for storage below, and a top surface that could hold a pitcher of water and basin.  Sometimes an edge was built around the top in order to keep any water that splashed out of the basin from ending up on the floor.


This dry sink was painted by Roger Stacey of Roger Stacey Painted Hutch Primitives using Valley Forge Mustard.

Here’s another photo I found on Pinterest, attributed to http://primsouls.blogspot.com/p/gallery.html


Here’s one more example that we included in a round-up last week, but it’s such a nice dry sink/hutch, I didn’t want to leave it out. This is also by Roger Stacey.


I love seeing these used for display in homes, and hope this has given you some inspiration.  Don’t forget we have lots of authentic, early american paint colors at your disposal.



I have lived a long time and am convinced that God governs in the affairs of men. If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? I move that prayer imploring the assistance of Heaven be held every morning before we proceed to business.- Benjamin Franklin

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