Monday, January 7, 2019

Primitive Dry Sink Made from Pallets

A pile of pallet boards...

Primitive Dry Sink Made from Pallets
became a primitive dry sink or bucket bench. In the past, a dry sink would have held a pitcher and bowl for cleaning up. It often has an upper towel bar or closed shelving under the top tray area. A bucket bench was often kept outside a home and held buckets of water for clean up and other uses inside the home. I decide this piece is sort of a combination of both primitive furniture pieces.
Primitive Dry Sink Made from Pallets

Primitive Dry Sink Made from Pallets
I started by making the sides to the piece. I used three pallet boards per side, joining them together with the bottom shelf braces and a brace across the top. I used screws to join these together. Before joining them together, I cut 30 degree angles in the two outside boards for each side. This little detail really adds to the primitive style.
Primitive Dry Sink Made from Pallets
In areas that would show on the piece, I used glue and the nail gun to keep the look more primitive--i.e. older looking with no screws showing.
Primitive Dry Sink Made from Pallets
I secured the bottom of the top "tray" or shelf to the upper braces by screwing through the bottom of the braces. I added the tray sides using wood glue and nails.
Primitive Dry Sink Made from Pallets
Two angle braces secured under the bottom shelf helped to really make this piece sturdy with no wibble wobble. 

I painted the dry sink Chateau Grey from Annie Sloan and then used Dark Walnut stain over the top. I "waxed" it with coconut oil. I let the oil sit overnight and then remove excess with a dry cloth and rub it in to buff it. It creates a lovely finish.
Primitive Dry Sink Made from Pallets
I also made a shelf to hang above the dry sink. Using the bandsaw, I cut two curved side pieces from a pallet board. 
Primitive Dry Sink Made from Pallets
I used a pallet board for the bottom of the shelf and two thinner boards i had for the back and the front. This shelf is perfect for mason jars, but also would be cute for toilet paper and toiletries in the bathroom or books.

It was fun to build something different and to finish it with a more primitive look, and I always love building with pallets.
Primitive Dry Sink Made from Pallets
PS--You can find more great pallet ideas in my books (click on title to purchase from Amazon), Wood Pallet Wonders and Crafting with Wood Pallets.

1 comment:

  1. I love both the dry sink and the shelf! Could even use the dry sink as a wine/cocktail bar for entertaining. Thanks for sharing!
    ~Cheryl

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