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Arsenic: The Shade is Deadly

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How many colors have a higher body count than your average serial killer? Arsenic Green holds that title, responsible for the deaths of men, women, children and even an emperor. When we think of arsenic today, we immediately go to thoughts of poison; but that wasn’t always the case! For almost 50 years, arsenic was known for its practical use as a dye. Fabric, wallpaper, paint and even children’s toys. It’s been said that the stomach cancer that killed Napoleon originated from the fumes of his arsenic clad walls. Scheele’s Green and Paris Green were the two most popular colors, both of which were created using arsenic. Eventually the toxicity of arsenic was discovered but not before a rash of deaths, especially those of the factory workers that assembled arsenic dyed items. Today Farrow & Ball produces an almost exact match to Paris Green, minus the poison of course. We currently offer F&B Arsenic Green on any of our sinks and bathtubs. Arsenic Green is a fantastic option if you want to be period appropriate but also have a cool story. How many other paint colors can claim to have killed Napolean?

Indulge in the Unexpected

Why not do something different in your bathroom redesign? Often when the time comes to pull the trigger on a bathroom renovation, so many clients end up with a standard stock sink from a big box retailer. For example, the same poorly chosen glass vessel sink/dark vanity combo that screams New Construction. Despite homeowners having [...]

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How Sinks Arrive & How They Leave

When we're asked for photos of a sink before they've been refinished, we're always hesitant to oblige. Hopefully this blog will help to shed some light on why we're reticent to share sinks in their original state. When the sinks arrive they're generally in very rough shape. Most of our sinks are in the 80-100 year range and the years [...]

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Alcove Bathtub Origins

While we generally think of the alcove bathtub as a staple of mid century design, it's origin is actually much earlier. Examples of alcove tubs can be seen as early as 1911! As indoor plumbing became more common, the residential bathroom shifted away from its previous incarnation, a spa-like respite for the very wealthy. This shift brought [...]

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Trough Sinks!

What we consider the modern trough sink was actually the precursor to the farm sink. The high back and rolled rim are two design elements that would transfer over to the traditional farmhouse sink. While the farmhouse sink would ultimately become the more popular style, the trough sink didn't go away. It found a new [...]

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Wall Mount Sinks vs Deck Mount Sinks

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How Old is Your Farm Sink? We Can Help Date It!

One thing we get asked a lot is "How can I figure out the age of my farm sink?". While it's not an exact science, and there are always exceptions, there are a few ways to help zone in on the correct era. Below we've put together a timeline showing the history of the farm [...]

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Reclaim Style with Reclaimed Wood for Your Kitchen, Bathroom & Utility Space

In an era obsessed with removing all traces of age, it's refreshing for an item to be seen as more desirable as it grows older. With reclaimed wood, a developed patina is not only acceptable, it's generally preferred. There's richness inherent in antique wood, both in color and texture that is only possible with age. [...]

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Vintage fixtures bring the charm, we bring the personalization!

With so many vintage sinks of all sorts and bathtubs refinished beautifully, what more could you ask for? Color customization of course, and that's just what we offer. If you need the perfect shade for your clawfoot or exposed bottom of your sink, we've got you covered. We offer to change the exterior color of any [...]

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Vintage Deep Basin

1931 Refinished Kohler 42" Depression Era Double Basin Cast Iron Porcelain SinkNew Faucet + DrainMostly seen at the height of the depression in the 1930's, this vintage sink was so well crafted that it still functions brilliantly. The double basin food prep sink is very unique in that it has an unusually deep basin for [...]

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