Farmhouse Sink Splurge  for vintage character restoration
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Farmhouse Sink: Splurge

A favorite in hardworking American kitchens since the turn of the 20th century, farmhouse sinks have a protruding "apron front" that was originally designed to prevent water that sloshed over the rim from damaging wood cabinetry.

This 35½-inch-wide beauty is molded from a single piece of dense and extremely durable fireclay. It's coated with a scratch-resistant glaze on both the front and the sides, allowing it to be undermounted or dropped in. Choose either a white, biscuit, matte black, or gloss black finish.

Franke Fireclay Apron Front Double Bowl Sink in white, about $1,350; Kitchensource.com
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