Jun 29, 2012

Glamourising the Kitchen Sink :: can we?

I don't know about you, but doing the dishes is one of those jobs
I am terribly good at procrastinating over.
I mean, it's just so dull. 
And it's no sooner done, than those rotten dishes 
are all back again. 
So let's see if we can inject a little glamour into this, um, 
possibly not glamorous space,
to turn what has to be done,
into something a little more fun.

For starters, I reckon these super-duper helpful fellows 
may be a lot better than a yellow dish sponge.
At least they are a lot more comical. 
And let's face it: when was the last time your yellow sponge gave attitude 
as good as these two?

And when was the last time you looked this happy about clean dishes?
(Umm...maybe we are missing something in our modern lives???
Whatever they put in that dishwashing detergent, 
I want some. If life could be so simple...)

It's possible that if the kitchen sink itself is a beautiful item,
we may be more inclined to want to hang around it a a bit more.
This one is rather fabulous, all in brass.  
Nah, who am I kidding? It needs to also be an automatic sink.
The kind which scuttles around the kitchen, collecting dishes,
washing, drying & putting them all away.
Do you think somebody could invent one of those?

Failing the automatic sink idea,
at least using beautiful utensils & products will inject some glamour.
Which isn't so unachievable. 
When I am designing kitchens for my clients,
I mostly incorporate various pull out drawers under the sink for detergent,
sponges & so on. 
But if you already have a kitchen,
keeping them in a fabulous dish or tray makes a big difference.
Old crystal trays or bowls, apart from looking rather glam,
contain all the drips to one spot. 

Of course, one doesn't want to get too caught up in the superficiality of 
pretty dishes while washing them.
So perhaps using one of these literary minded tea towels,
from UK based Kitchen Sink Dramas
(love the name)
would help to keep the whole process loftily intellectual?
With excerpts from Katherine Mansfield, Oscar Wilde, DH Lawrence & the like, 
I think I may be tempted to just sit down and read the tea towel instead.

To get the children involved in the process
there are fabulous childhood stories on the tea towels as well. 
(My own seem to have an allergy-to-dishes medical condition;
I'm hoping it's contagious.)

So, do you think we can glamorise the kitchen sink, even a little?
After all, it's one of those jobs which simply have to be done, 
so it may as well be a little fun & beautiful.


  1. Virginia, these lovely images of spotless and stylish sinks are enough to persuade even the laziest amongst us...Hmmm...not mentioning any names...to do the washing up.

    I love the old ads and the punk and groovy man are wonderful.

    1. if only it worked on me Dash! Every night, I think, "hmmm maybe we'll deal with this in the morning instead..." bad move!

    2. Have to say that this is me too. Sigh. And then it is so depressing getting up in the morning to such a hug mess. I need a robot maid like they had in "The Jetsons".

    3. ooh... I forgot about that. I should have added the robot/maid to the post. That would be very welcome!

  2. Yup, I'm sure they put crack cocaine in the washing powders back then.
    Sar x

  3. Love this post, Virginia. I love chunky soaps and beautiful, clear bottles of soap on a lovely dish in a kitchen. I agree. I DO thing you can make beautiful these everyday things. Funny pics at the top too! You write such amazing posts.

    1. Chunky soaps... I like the sound of that Carla!

  4. Oh, Virginia, you're so right about doing the dishes, but every night I think it's better wash all my dishes right after we use them than to wake up in the morning and start my day with such a boring task. I guess there is not a single woman in these vast planet that would enjoy to wash the dishes.
    Now, i love that brass sink, it's fabulous. This week I posted about this Brooklyn apartment where there is a lot of brass items, specially in the kitchen.
    Have a great weekend with your sink empty.

    1. Your post must have snuck past my eagle eye - because I missed that one. Hopping over to check it out now though!

      Oh I wish my sink were empty!!! Well it is at this minute, but I can just see my son and his friend about to attack the chocolate cake - so there goes the tidy kitchen again!!

  5. I absolutely loathe doing dishes, always have, always will....I would rather clean bathrooms, vacuum, take out the trash, anything else than wash dishes!

  6. I hate doing dishes, too so I leave that to my husband. :) I cook and clean, he washes. Sounds fair, right? The brass sink is so gorgeous, I think the trend for future kitchens will be all things brass- brass appliances, brass sinks, brass lighting, etc.

    Love those vintage commercials, I actually read all of them. :)

    Good post, love the gorgeous kitchen sink images!

    Enjoy your day!


  7. I'm in the middle of a kitchen remodel or as I call it attending the school of unintended consequences. I'm using Kohler's Harborview sink which is 48" long and has a built-in backsplash and the whole 200 lbs+ sits on legs. To accommodate installing dishwasher so lines don't show the counters to left and right of the sink were bumped out 3" and the sink area bumped out 3" as well. Now I have an "alter" for my LARGE sink which I envisioned floating on a backsplash of sheet mirror. Yes, I paneling my kitchen in mirror. The plumber would not "hang" the sink monster on mirror, and I'm trying to find a metal fabricator to make a mirrored stainless "slipcover". That's turning out harder than I thought. But one day, there will be a great sink, a view of my garden beyond the sink area and ORDER. CALM. PLEASURE of having a disposal and a working kitchen. Sighs heard half-way round the world!


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