Can you Paint a Utility Slop Sink?

Can you paint an old dirty slop sink?

That was the question I had. My latest project was to completely clean and organize my work space and I'm beginning with the sink.

Dirty slop sink with a paintbrush in it.

This is where it started. 

I know, I know, a paint sink should be dirty, and usually it is. 

Since I was cleaning and reorganizing everything in my workshop I needed to know if the sink could be spruced up too. 

First I cleaned it. 

I scrubbed the sink with a scrubber and soap to remove all the grit. 

Cleaning it did a fairly good job but now my question was, "Can you paint a slop sink?". 

This sink is plastic or something like that so I thought why not? 

It was about 6 years old now and I had nothing to lose.

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I'm experimenting with an oops paint from Home Depot. 

It was a paint that included primer and while I wasn't too concerned with the color, I wanted something light so I'm using this very light grey color. 

If I didn't have a paint with a primer in it, I would use a primer first before I painted the sink.

First coat of light grey paint on the sink

The very first coat made it look amazing! 

I could have stopped there and been happy but I let the first coat dry then gave it another coat. 

I painted all around the edges and around the faucet. 

The faucet is going to be another story, it is a cheap plastic faucet with a lot of paint stains. 

After the second coat dried I sealed the sink with Polycrylic

It seemed to do the job!

Light grey painted basement slop sink

I couldn't even believe the difference myself. 

I was actually afraid to use the sink when I was finished... but I did. 

I waited 3 days before I even ran the water. 

After 3 days I cleaned a paint brush or two. 

I am happy to announce to you right now that yes, painting the slop sink worked! 


I am sure it is not going to stay like this for long but if it matters to you to start fresh with a clean sink, then this is the way to go.

SLOP sink with pinterest overlay

I can not even believe that this is the same sink! 

Before you go please check out the floor I stenciled in the workshop! 

I'm so happy with the results and I hope it stays like this for a long time! 

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painted slop sink with overlay


Update: There has been no peeling or chipping of the paint, the only issue is that I'm pretty messy and it's getting dirty again. 

Before and after of a painted slop sink

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .